SOFTBALL: Sophomore Riley Bendery hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth Wednesday to lift the Ramblers to a 7-3 win over Lane Tech at home. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak.
“We were pretty down after those losses, so it was good for us to bounce back,” Bendery said.
A second-year varsity player, Bendery said she can sense something special about this team. Loyola is looking for its first regional title since 2012.
“We all connect so well with each other,” she said. “We are having a blast.”
Senior Alexis Rocha and junior Kathryn Kinsella combined for seven strikeouts in the five-hit win. Nyah Moore and KK Raymond both had two hits, and Emily Molloy scored two runs.
Offense has been the team’s strength this season. Even after scoring 14 runs in their three losses and seven Wednesday, the Ramblers are averaging 11.5 runs a game. They are batting .438 with an OPS of 1.144.
“We are getting production from all over the lineup,” Farrell-Fink said. “That’s been different than year’s past.”
The Ramblers (6-3) host Montini on Thursday and Glenbrook North on Saturday.
BOYS LACROSSE: After one of the biggest wins in program history Sunday — a 9-8 victory over Georgetown Prep, of North Bethseda, Maryland — the Ramblers avoided a letdown by beating St. Viator 11-7 on Wednesday at home.
“That was such a huge deal for us, so we were kind of worried about how we would play [Wednesday],” Loyola head coach Rob Snyder said. “We didn’t play as well as we could have, and that had something to do with St. Viator. They made it tough on us. But great teams find ways to win.”
A rebuilt defense continued to produce. Senior Quinn Cashion caused four turnovers and had three groundballs. Senior Luca Lazzaretto caused three turnovers and had three groundballs, and junior Cooper Prawdzik caused two turnovers and had three groundballs.
The offense was led by senior Quinn Callahan (3 goals) and junior Timothy Hackett (1 goal, 2 assists). Senior Andrew Forsyth (2 goals), junior Nolan Chow (2 goals) and junior Mike Feuer (2 goals) also contributed. Junior Mick Burden and sophomore Branden Tait both had two assists.
Loyola (6-0) plays at Fenwick on Saturday. The Ramblers host St. Ignatius on Tuesday before going to Upstate New York, where they will play three games against some of New York’s top teams, including Victor Senior.
GIRLS LACROSSE: One of the best athletes to attend Loyola, 2013 graduate Anna Schueler is in her first season as an assistant coach for the girls varsity lacrosse team.
After helping the Ramblers to three state titles in high school, Schueler became a four-year standout at University of Michigan. She was a captain her junior and senior seasons and was the only player to start every game in the program’s first four seasons. Schueler finished her career first on the Wolverines’ all-time list in draw controls and groundballs and second in points. She was a three-time selection to the Academic All-Big Ten team.
In addition to playing lacrosse at Loyola, Schueler started on the basketball team that finished fourth at the Class 4A state tournament in 2012. She grew up in the Wildwood neighborhood of Chicago and graduated from St. Mary of the Woods.
The Ramblers (7-3) play at home Thursday against Lyons.
BASEBALL: Down three heading into the bottom of the seventh Wednesday, the Ramblers rallied to send the game into extra innings. The game was called in the bottom of the eighth with the score tied 5-all.
Seniors Henry Haracz, Will Jackson and Matthew Raymond each drove runs in the seventh. Junior right-hander Patrick Neenan pitched three innings of scoreless relief to give Loyola an opportunity to come back.
Senior Johnny Mejia had two of the team’s six hits.
The Ramblers (7-1-1) play at St. Francis on Thursday and at home against the Spartans on Saturday. Both are Catholic Blue games.
GIRLS SOCCER: The Ramblers beat Lake Forest 1-0 on the road Wednesday to finish 1-0-1 in pool play at the Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Classic. Loyola (6-0-1) lost the tiebreaker to Glenbrook South on goal differential and won’t advance to the tournament’s semifinals.