Prep Baseball Report

Mahoney Deals As St. Viator Rolls Past St. Patrick

By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - St. Viator sent sophomore Jack Mahoney to the mound on Monday afternoon in their matchup with East Suburban Catholic foe St. Patrick. Mahoney and the Lions of St. Viator cruised to an 11-1 victory in six innings.

Mahoney, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Illinois’ 2020 rankings, was as advertised on a gorgeous day in the Northwest Suburbs. The South Carolina commit, was extremely efficient throughout, going all six innings in the win, throwing a total of 70 pitches with 73% of them landing for strikes. In his six innings of work, Mahoney scattered two hits, one earned run, struck out six and did not walk a batter. The athletic right-hander is extremely advanced for his age, working quickly on the mound and showing off a highly-advanced three-pitch mix throughout. His fastball sat 88-89 mph, touching 90 once in the first inning before settling in at 86-88 mph. Despite the firm fastball it was his offspeed that is a separator. Mahoney showed supreme confidence in his changeup. He went to it often and received a number of swing and misses throughout. He matched that with a sharp curveball that has a chance to be a plus pitch in the coming years.

St. Viator (13-13) put up 11 total runs on only five hits in the ballgame. They walked eight times, were hit by a pitch four times and also reached base on four errors. The Lions did most of their damage in an eight-run bottom of the fourth inning which broke the game open. In the frame they were helped out by a couple of errors and some free passes. They also got two base hits, one from Michael Ruth, who later came around to score and a two-out RBI single from Bryce Hellgeth (Dayton commit). In the bottom of the fifth inning St. Viator tacked on two more runs. Matthew Zawilenski came off the bench and delivered a two out RBI double to deep right-center field.

St. Patrick (14-13) took a 1-0 lead after 3.5 innings of play. Shortstop Sammy Correa lined a pitch down the left-field line for a leadoff double. He later came around to score on an RBI single to right field by Tom Busam. Those were the only two hits of the day for St. Patrick.

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