BASEBALL: Playing against arguably the best team in the state Tuesday, the Ramblers rallied late but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 6-4 loss to St. Laurence at home in the Catholic Blue. 

Down 4-1 after two innings, Loyola scored one in the fifth and two in the sixth to even the score at 4-all. Junior Ryan Nevins delivered the two-out, game-tying single that scored senior Jared Lombardi. 

But the Vikings, ranked No. 1 by Prep Baseball Report, responded by scoring two in the seventh for the final margin. 

Junior Mikey Bednarek went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Senior Jack Moran (pictured above) had one hit and one RBI. 

Senior Patrick Neenan, a captain, came on in relief in the third and gave Loyola an opportunity to win the game. The right-hander threw four scoreless innings before surrendering two runs in the seventh. 

The Ramblers (12-9, 5-5) play at St. Laurence on Thursday. Loyola completes the conference schedule whenever it resumes Monday’s game at Mount Carmel that was suspended after seven innings tied 6-all due to darkness. 

Loyola earned the No. 4 seed at its own Class 4A sectional Tuesday. The pairings for the state tournament, which starts May 20, come out Wednesday. The Ramblers wrap up the regular season next week. 

SOFTBALL: Senior Kathryn Kinsella did it all in the Ramblers’ 11-0 win over Regina Dominican in five innings Wednesday at home. Batting at the top of the order, she went 3-for-3, scored three runs and had one RBI. She also pitched two scoreless innings of relief to combine with Mackenzie Barry for the one-hit shutout. 

Marisa Michi hit two doubles to finish 3-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored. KK Raymond went 2-for-2 with four RBIs and two runs. Emily Molloy had one hit, two RBIs and two runs. Barry finished with one hit and two RBIs.

The Ramblers (17-6) received the No. 3 seed at the Class 4A Niles West Sectional on Tuesday. The pairings for the state tournament, which starts May 20, will be released Wednesday.

Loyola has four games remaining in the regular season, including one Monday at home against New Trier.

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