Brother Rice is pleased to announce Sean McBride as the new head baseball coach for our Crusaders. McBride is a graduate of Sandburg High School and St. Joseph College in Renssalear, Indiana, where he earned All Region honors and All Conference honors. McBride has been the assistant baseball coach at Brother Rice for 7 years with 11 years of High School coaching experience.
“I am very excited and thankful of the opportunity to continue coaching at Brother Rice,” Coach McBride said. “I’ve loved my 7 years here as assistant coach because of the great kids, parents and faculty that make this such a special school. I cannot wait to move forward and build on all the success of the Brother Rice baseball program.”
Brother Rice proudly congratulates Sean McBride on his new position and wishes him the best for the upcoming season.
Photo Credit: Allen Cunningham / Daily Southtown
By Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown
Brother Rice pitcher Ryan Palmblad was perfectly aware of Mount Carmel’s recent offensive achievements.
The Caravan had scored 40 runs in their previous three playoff games, inducing the 10-run rule each time.
While that might have intimidated some, the challenge of taming those bats excited Palmblad, a Central Michigan recruit.
The senior left-hander was up to the challenge Saturday afternoon, throwing a six-hitter to lead Brother Rice to a 7-2 victory in the Class 4A St. Laurence Sectional championship game.
Baseball – April 30
The varsity baseball team defeated St. Rita 13-3 in CCL Blue action. Dillan Fike led the Crusaders going 3-3 and Patrick Hayes added key hits and great defensive plays. Mike Hopkins added a big day at the plate, and Joey Payton got the win.
The sophomore baseball team got a huge win versus St. Rita 4-3. Colin Campbell was the star, throwing 6 strong innings, and Dylan Robertson got the huge save. Big RBI’s by Jack O’ Leary and Alex Roche while Matt Rascop had another web gem in center field.
The freshman baseball team took it on the chin versus the St. Rita Mustangs 16-6. Nick Cipriani led the Crusaders in defeat with 2 hits, 2 runs batted in, and a stolen base.
Baseball – May 1
The baseball program was back in action as rivalry week continued for the Crusaders. The varsity team defeated St. Rita 4-1 as Ryan Palmblad was brilliant on the mound. Jack Payton delivered a big triple to lead the Crusaders to victory. Lou Latino came in the game in the 7th to close out the win as he has ice in the veins.
The sophomore team got a huge comeback win 6-5 over the Mustangs. Sebastian Barrera stepped up with 5 strong innings. Nate Sobek and Dylan Robertson were outstanding in relief. Jacob Sullivan and Connor King added huge 2 RBI doubles.
The freshman baseball team completed the sweep defeating St. Rita 12-11. Nick Cipriani was again clutch as he went 4 for 4 with the game winning hit. Ben Somers and Jeremiah Powell were big in the win with huge offensive days. Thomas Hermanson closed out the Mustangs providing wonderful relief innings.
Volleyball – May 1
In volleyball action, the Crusaders were victorious over the Mustangs of St. Rita on 3 out of 4 levels.
The freshmen A and B teams both went 3 games and won tight matches. Standout performances were turned in by Marty McKee for the A team and Danny Farritor for the B team.
The sophomore team took another 3 game loss to the chin, 19-25, 25-21, 22-25. Nick Reidy had a nice night with 8 kills.
The varsity defeated the Mustangs 25-13, 25-23. This victory gave the Crusaders the outright CCL title. This is the program’s 8th straight title! Tommy Kleist had 19 digs and Matt O’Donnell chipped in 21 assists for the winning effort.
The baseball program was hard at work on Thursday, April 19, as the Crusader varsity team narrowly defeated St. Francis 7-6. Marquis Jackson came up huge in the 7th, getting the save with 3 huge outs and 2 strikeouts. Ryan Maher had 5 runs batted in and a grand slam to give the Crusaders the lead.
The sophomore team defeated St. Francis 10-5. Amarion Brown and Brendan McQuillan paced the Crusaders on the mound. Eddie McGunn put the finishing touches on the game with a perfect 7th. Tons of Crusaders contributed offensively.
The freshman team continued their torrid start with a pounding of St. Francis 10-0. Jeremiah Powell had a double and 2 runs batted in. Jacob Palmer added a triple and 3 runs batted in, while Nate Mosqueda added 4 stolen bases. Ben Guzek, Jack Sullivan, Ryan Kirchman paced the Crusaders. Brother Rice travels to Lockport High School on Friday, April 20, to take on the top-ranked Porters in the first round of the Do It Stevie’s Way tournament.
The baseball program was back in action as the program swept the St. Viator Lions on Tuesday, April 11.
The varsity defeated the 2017 3A State Champs in 5 innings by the score of 12-0. Zach Litke paced the Crusaders on the mound while Mike Bolton led the charge offensively. Big hits were provided by the entire offense.
The sophomore Crusaders defeated St. Viator 13-3. Jack Landmesser added 3 hits and Billy O’ Hara added 2 hits to lead the offense. Amarion Brown, Luke Whirity, Tom Devine, and Dylan Robertson combined for the gem on the hill.
The freshman Crusaders defeated St. Viator 11-3 as Luke Lawrence had a clutch bases-clearing double. Joey Konstant and Andy Sloyan pitched great in the win.
Ryan Maher went 3-for-4 with three RBIs during Brother Rice’s 9-1 win Thursday over Sandburg. (Gary Middendorf/Daily Southtown)
By Pat Disabato
Whether he’s penciled in at one of the infield spots or exclusively as designated hitter, Brother Rice junior Ryan Maher promises to have the same mindset at the plate.
“I just focus and take it one play at a time,” Maher said. “Try to get my pitch and drive it.”
Over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Brother Rice baseball program was hard at work in St. Louis. On Friday night, the Crusaders took on #4 ranked Plainfield North and defeated them 9-5 with a huge comeback win. Ryan Maher had the huge blow, delivering a key 3 RBI triple. Marquis Jackson and Mike Hopkins had big days at the plate. Zack Litke turned the tide, delivering 3 innings of great relief work. On Saturday, the Crusaders lost to #3 ranked O’ Fallon. Eric Diaz pitched wonderfully in relief, and Sam Jones added a huge solo blast. Patrick Hayes added a big RBI single.
On Sunday, the freshman Crusaders swept the Mustangs of St. Rita. In the first game, the Crusaders defeated St. Rita 7-3 behind Armani Garcia’s huge double with 2 RBIs. Mike Bernas was brilliant in relief, striking out 3 in two innings. Sebastian Barrera and Ben Guzek pitched well to pace the Crusaders. In game 2, the Crusaders won 5-2 behind Jeremiah Powell’s great day at the plate. Tom Hermanson, Jack Sullivan, Matt Maloney, and Andy Sloyan pitched a gem.
The Brother Rice Varsity Baseball program and head coach John McCarthy invite all 3rd through 8th grade boys to a FREE baseball camp.
The camp will be a high energy and very informative session, which will cover the mental and physical aspects of baseball.
The camp will cover in depth: Hitting, Fielding, Bunting, Speed Training, and Core Strength.
Brother Rice Fall Camp will give your son a perspective as what practices will look like as a Crusader. There will be no need to pre-register.
Registration will take place upon entry at the school.
Where: Brother Rice High School – Gym
10001 S. Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60655
What to Bring: Glove, bat, gym shoes, baseball apparel