By Leo Niksic ‘24

The 10-10 Brother Rice Crusaders took on the St. Rita Mustangs on April 22. It was just not the Crusaders, day, as they fell to the Mustangs 10-0 in 5 innings. That comes as the third straight loss for Brother Rice.

Aidan Nohava said “I haven’t been playing my type of baseball, and I got to get back to what I do best- my hitting. This team hasn’t come close to reaching its full potential and I can’t wait until we do.”

St. Rita pitched an exceptional game, not letting up a single run the whole game. Their bats were on fire as well, putting up early runs and not letting up all game. The Mustangs are on a roll winning 8 out of the last 10 games.

Junior Connor Stack said, “I couldn’t be more proud of this team. We have battled through some tough injuries and a whole lot of adversity. This season is far from over, and we’ve worked too hard to give up now.”

Brother Rice has the talent to be one of the best teams in the state. It’s early on in the season, and I know the players and coaches are correcting the little things. I’m very excited to see where this team ends up when the playoffs come around.

Senior Rudy Perez said, “I know we’re not where we’re supposed to be right now, but, trust me, we will get there. This team is special, believe that.”

The expectations are high for the Crusaders, but that is because they have the talent and chemistry to finally bring a state championship back home to 99th street.

The Crusaders have some key conference games coming up against Loyola, Providence, and Mt. Carmel. Winning these games would boost Rice back in for a chance to win the conference.