Brother Rice coach Dan Szmergalski has been waiting for his young team to come of age.
When he looks back at his first season as coach, he might recall Wednesday as the day the tide began to turn for his squad.
Brother Rice scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to capture a stunning 12-11 victory over No. 1 Providence in a Catholic League Blue contest in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community.
Conor Sullivan’s two-out RBI double tied the game and Jon Mahay’s bases-loaded walk mercifully ended the marathon that lasted more than three hours.
When the dust settled, the teams combined for 23 runs, 22 hits, 20 walks and six errors.
“This is the exact opposite of what’s happened to us the first 16 games of the season,” Szmergalski said. “We made errors today at spots where we haven’t made any all year and we came up with a slew of big hits in situations where we haven’t been able to all year. We’ve been waiting for a game like this. Different kids stepping up at big moments.”