BASEBALL: Since moving to the top of the order April 21, senior Trey Torain (pictured above) has been on a tear at the plate. He’s hit safely in all seven games for an average of .444 and scored 13 runs. With Torain in the leadoff spot, the Ramblers are averaging 9.7 runs a game.

“We hadn’t established anyone there yet, and we were kind of searching for that piece,” Loyola head coach Nick Bridich said. “I was writing out lineups, writing out lineups and things started to make sense to me.”

While batting in the middle of the order, Torain had been slumping, and Bridich said a change of scenery in the lineup could be helpful.

“Without asking him, I could see in his performance and body language that we needed to take some pressure off of him to slug it and be that RBI guy,” Bridich said. “We had a discussion about him having a different approach as the leadoff hitter. I didn’t care how he got on base, but we wanted him to score runs. All of sudden things took off. He’s been doing a great job there.”

Through Wednesday, the George Washington-bound Torain has raised his batting average to .291 and has an on-base percentage of .452. He leads the team with 22 runs scored and is 11-for-11 in stolen bases.

Loyola (12-7-1, 4-6 Catholic Blue) starts a two-game series with St. Rita on Saturday in Chicago. The Ramblers host the Mustangs on Monday.

GIRLS SOCCER: The Ramblers stayed in the hunt for the GCAC Red title this week with wins over St. Ignatius and Providence Catholic. They beat the Wolfpack 2-0 at home Tuesday before earning a 3-1 win over the Celtics on the road Wednesday.

Loyola (11-1-4, 4-0-1) closes out the league schedule Monday at St. Francis. A victory assures the Ramblers of their 13th conference championship in 15 seasons. The Spartans tied Fenwick 2-all on Wednesday. The Friars and Ramblers tied 2-all on April 24.

Senior Stephanie Ramsay, junior Maggie Brett and junior Emily Chrisman all scored Wednesday against Providence Catholic. Ramsay and Brett had goals against St. Ignatius, while senior keeper Maggie Avery earned the shutout.

Last week, Loyola learned it received the No. 2 seed at the Class 3A Glenbrook South Sectional. New Trier is the No. 1 seed. The Ramblers open the playoffs May 15 against No. 15 Von Steuben at Niles North’s regional.

Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola