BASEBALL: Juniors Ryan Nevins and Colin Summerhill each hit two-run doubles, and senior left-hander Joe McKermitt pitched three scoreless innings of relief Tuesday as the Ramblers beat Lane Tech 7-2 in Chicago for their first win of the season.

“It was not perfect, by any means,” Loyola head coach Nick Bridich said. “But we pitched pretty darn well, and our bats came alive.”

Junior right-hander Michael Ellingsen started and went four innings to earn the win for Loyola (1-2). McKermitt closed out the game by striking out three and allowing one hit for the final nine outs. The defense was error-free for the first time this season. 

“We got a quality start out of Ellingsen, who did a good job of getting ahead in the count,” Bridich said. “Joe was competitive and worked himself out of a couple of jams.”

Sophomore Braden Mullen went 2-for-2 and scored one run, while Summerhill had three RBIs. Junior Andrew Smart finished with two RBIs. Senior Jake Novak and junior Michael Bednarek both scored two runs apiece. 

“We have some young guys in the lineup, and they are excited to be there,” Bridich said. “We were able to slow the game down [Tuesday] and put some good swings on balls.”

GIRLS LACROSSE: Loyola is off to a 5-0 start and has outscored opponents 88-8. But work remains if the Ramblers want to return to the top of the sport, according to head coach John Dwyer. 

Which is why he welcomed a week without games.

After beating Kentucky Country Day 16-4 at home Saturday, Loyola doesn’t play until April 3. The Ramblers then head to the Washington D.C. area, where they will play four games against some of the best teams on the East Coast.

“I’m pleased with our progress, but we need to be in midseason form when we get to D.C.,” Dwyer said. “We continue to put in new things and clean things up we’ve already learned.”

Sophomore Ellie Lazzaretto leads the team in goals (20) and points (25). Junior Annabelle Burke is first in draw controls (20) and second in points (23). Freshman Maley Starr (16 points), senior Maggie Gorman (14 points), junior Sophia Rucker (14 points) and senior Brynn Holohan (10 points) all have contributed on the offensive end. 

“I like our balance, which is something we emphasize,” Dwyer said. “We do a good job of sharing the ball, and we have a lot of weapons. But we can be more efficient. It’s coming.”

BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Ramblers started the Catholic Blue schedule Tuesday with a 25-14, 25-13 win over Brother Rice in Chicago. 

Winners of six in a row, Loyola (6-1, 1-0) was led by senior Jack Howard (10 kills, 2 blocks) and sophomore Ryan Merk (13 digs, 2 aces). Senior Henry Clemons (8 kills), senior Gavin Elliott (5 kills, 2 blocks) and junior John Hitt (22 assists) contributed to the victory. 

The Ramblers play Wednesday at home against St. Ignatius. 

BOYS TENNIS: Weather permitting, the Ramblers will compete at their first invitational Saturday when they travel to Oak Park-River Forest. It will be a good step toward solidifying the lineup after Loyola graduated all five of its state qualifiers from a team that took eighth place in Class 2A. 

Seniors Patrick Lawler and Ryan Reardon return with experience. Lawyer and Reardon both helped the Ramblers capture the Catholic League championship last season. 

Seniors John Carpenter and Michael Reardon each will see an increased role this year.  Newcomers to watch include junior Ethan Tong and sophomores Brendan Hadley, John Rosinski and Michael Sullivan. 

“After one of our best seasons, we must now focus to get the talent in the proper positions,” Loyola head coach Tom Fitzgerald said. “The season goes quickly and each contest is a new opportunity to get closer to accomplishing that goal.”