CHICAGO | There's a reason why St. Rita is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest and No. 14 nationally, according to MaxPreps.
With a little bit of hard luck and some aggressive hitting from the visiting Mustangs, Times No. 1 Mount Carmel ran into a buzz saw Wednesday evening in its 12-5 Chicago Catholic Blue loss.
St. Rita (28-2, 13-2) bolted out of the gate with four runs in the first.
Mount Carmel starting pitcher Dave Dobrinich gave up a walk, a single, and a double in succession, and then allowed a massive three-run homer to Rita first baseman and Dyer resident Nick Goldsmith.
"We feel like we can beat teams in a few different ways," St. Rita coach Mike Zunica said. "It was good to get up early on a good team and be aggressive."
The Mustangs added three in the second, including one on a throwing error to home plate which was preceded by a controversial call on a fielder's choice in which St. Rita leadoff man Danny Gleaves appeared to be out at second on an attempted force play.
"We tell the guys to put their energy in everything they can control," Mount Carmel coach Brian Hurry said.
Dobrinich was chased after an inning-and-a-third.
Mount Carmel (21-6, 11-4) tallied one run in the second on an RBI fielder's choice from catcher Scott Kapers, who knocked in designated hitter AJ Lewis after he reached on an error four hitters earlier.
The Caravan added their second run in the fourth on an Ako Thomas RBI single.
Mount Carmel's biggest offensive outburst came in the bottom of the seventh, as it scored three runs in the frame.
"They jumped on us early and we couldn't recover," Hurry said. "We're gonna address the things we have to fix including getting better at-bats and better situational hitting."
Aaryn Chandler pitched two innings of relief, allowing just two hits and one run. Nick Wheeler went 2-for-2 with a double.