No. 4 Mount Carmel Powers Past Loyola
May 7, 2015
By Colin Sallee
CHICAGO, IL - The Caravan of Mt. Carmel plated six runs in the first two innings against the visiting Loyola Academy Ramblers on Wednesday afternoon, and wouldn’t look back as the team improved to 24-2 (11-0 in the CCL Blue) with their 11-1 victory.
Senior Ako Thomas (Michigan commit) and Freshman Alek Thomas drew back-to-back walks to start the home team’s half of the first, and later scored on Malik Carpenter’s moon shot three-run homerun over the left field fence, giving his team an early advantage.
Carpenter finished 2-4 in the contest with four runs batted in and collected one of the six extra base hits for his team on the afternoon.
Sophomore Cameron Hupe was stellar on the hill, fanning four while surrendering just one earned run over five innings of work.
“Cameron’s mental toughness has been great,” said Caravan coach Brian Hurry. “And to tell you the truth it, it just keeps getting better. He’s been repeating his delivery extremely well and is learning how to pitch effectively as an underclassmen going against some of the better hitters around.”
Hupe mixed his 82-85 mile per hour fastball nicely with an above average slider, keeping hitters off balance throughout the game. He didn’t get behind in many counts, and walked just one batter. The visiting Ramblers were only able to muster five hits off the young right hander.
For Loyola, shortstop Alex Thomas was 1-3 with an RBI single in the third. The inning proved to be Loyola’s only real threat in the game, as they strung three hits together and plated a run one before Hupe struck out Jack Yalowitz (Illinois commit) on a curveball in the dirt, followed by an infield pop out.
Junior pitcher Neil Udelhofen struggled to find the zone for much of the game, walking six and hitting one over his five innings on the mound. Udelohofen finished with four strikeouts while giving up nine earned runs.
Ako Thomas finished the day with two doubles, three runs scored, and reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances. Sophomore Bobby Seymour (Wake Forest commit) reached base three times, including the game ending triple which scored Senior Nick Wheeler (Grambling commit). Seymour’s triple pushed the score to 11-1, activating the six inning-ten run mercy rule.
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