By Carter McAlilly ‘22

The Brother Rice baseball team lost their first game against an Illinois team last week. Losing 6-4 against Catholic League rival Mount Carmel. The Crusaders became 18-3 on the season after the loss.

Brother Rice and Mount Carmel have always been huge rivals in every sport. No matter the stakes, it will always be a tough and gritty game.

The day after their first loss to Mount Carmel, the Crusaders bounced back with a 15-4 victory against Mount Carmel at their home field.

Multiple players stepped up their game going into the second game. Jack Lausch, Dylan Warda, and Nick Daugherty all played extremely well.

Senior Jack Lausch, a Northwestern football commit, has a lot to say about this season. He said, “It was great for us to bounce back and beat Carmel. That was a big win for us to get back on track in the league.”

Jack also had some things to say about his team and his teammates: “I expect us to compete every day and always find ways to get better. Our goal is a state championship and we will do anything to get to that point.”

Nick Daugherty also had a big game for the Crusaders. He said, “I just went out there and gave it my all. I knew I was going to play and hit well, and I knew my teammates felt the same way.”

Nick is going to Maryville to play baseball. Many others from the team are also going to play Division 1 ball.

University of Louisville baseball commit, junior Zion Rose, had some big plays in the second game. Zion said, “We are all going to play at our highest level, and we will be the best players and team we can be.” The whole team played great, and is looking forward to making a deep playoff run.

The Brother Rice Crusaders baseball team is definitely looking forward to having another great season. Except this year, they are sure they will come out on top. They want to hoist up that state championship trophy.