CHICAGO | His teammates call him Storm.
Not because of the destruction he causes to opposing hitters, but Storm is Mount Carmel pitcher Jeremy Kravetz' middle name.
They also call him a leader, friend and his coach Brian Hurry calls him the ace of the Caravan pitching staff.
"Jeremy gets the job done and he never quits," Hurry said. "Talk about leading by example, Jeremy goes out and doesn't get riled. He wants the ball when the game is on the line."
The Lansing resident and Kansas-bound Kravetz tossed a complete game in beating Lyons Township in one semifinal of the Class 4A Reavis Sectional, then came back on two days rest to save the game against St. Rita.
That save gave the Caravan the sectional title.
Monday, he tossed a complete game to give the Caravan a 2-1 win over Lockport in the Standard Bank Stadium Super-Sectional.
"I just really throw strikes and let my teammates make the plays," Kravetz said. "I have that much confidence in them that no matter where it is hit, someone will make the play."
Kravetz told Hurry the morning of the St. Rita game that he could go if needed.
"I want the ball because if you are a leader, when it is your turn, you step up," Kravetz said. "I want to pitch in the big games. At Mount Carmel, I am not the only one to step up. We are all leaders."
Another thing you will see Kravetz doing is picking up around the clubhouse at Haggerty Field. The paper, cups and food wrappers that are left behind, Kravetz makes sure they are picked up.
"That shows you what kind of guy he is," Hurry said. "He is not too good to make sure our clubhouse is clean. I know he even does some vacuuming."
Hurry said when the Caravan played four games in Louisville, Kravetz was the only player who did not see action.
"He didn't complain about it and that is the kind of kid Jeremy is," Hurry said. "He said, 'Coach, that's OK.' I felt bad, but it was just the way the rotation worked out. He is just a great teammate."
Kravetz is 8-3.
His season started with two losses in his first three starts despite just giving up one earned run in the two setbacks. He said he didn't worry about it.
"I knew you just have to keep pitching and work at getting hitters out," Kravetz said. "You don't like to lose, but if you let it bother you, you will not get better and then those losses will pile up."
Teammate Tom Hayes said Kravetz's work ethic has rubbed off on him and the younger players.
"In the winter workouts, at 6 a.m., Jeremy is out there working hard and leading," Hayes said. "He was in the best shape. You see that (and) you push yourself harder. We know when he is on the mound, he is in control."
Kravetz will get the ball Friday when the Caravan face Neuqua Valley in one Class 4A semifinal at Joliet's Silver Cross Field.
"I am going to go out and throw strikes," Kravetz said. "We know these next two will not be easy, but we are prepared."