Northwestern football rookie Jack Lausch highlights Brother Rice’s undefeated start with a scoreless home run against IMG. “That was pretty cool.”

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Jack Lausch has had some big moments over the past year, arranging a huge season at quarterback for Brother Rice and committing to play football at Northwestern.

The senior outfielder added another to the roster on March 24 when he hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Crusaders to a 7-5 win over IMG Academy at the National High School Select Tournament in Emerson. , Georgia .

IMG, a boarding school in Bradenton, Florida known for attracting top athletes from across the country, was ranked No. 2 in the country at the time by Perfect Game.

“It was pretty cool,” Lausch said. “It was a great team win for us. Everyone in the team played great. It was a great moment to be part of, and this win will give us momentum to move forward.

Brother Rice (10-0) won the tournament with a 4-0 record, also beating two teams from Tennessee and one from Florida.

This helped move the Crusaders up the Perfect Game rankings to No. 22. They are the only team from Illinois in the top 50.

“It gave us a lot of confidence knowing we could go out there and play with anyone,” Lausch said. “It showed us a lot of things we were doing well, some things we could work on.

“It was a good start. I’m really excited to keep the momentum going at home.

Louisville rookie Zion Rose was named tournament MVP after going 13 for 17 with nine runs, four doubles and three stolen bases.

“I wouldn’t have been the MVP without my team,” Rose said. “It’s a good reward, but I don’t really like being on myself. It was a team effort and I think the team won MVP.

Rose said the Crusaders felt like they represented their part of the country.

“The whole North was on our side,” he said. “It was funny watching all the game highlights and seeing all the teams here that usually hate us going, ‘Oh, Brother Rice is on top. We’re leading the South.

“It was good that we could recognize the teams from the North because we have really good competition here. The only difference is that we play in the snow.

Brother Rice’s coach, Sean McBride, was proud that his team could showcase Chicago baseball.

“Our brand here is really good,” he said. “People here know it, but I don’t know if they know it in the whole country. Maybe they do a little more now.

“There are other teams in our area that could have gone there and done well too.”

Pride of Porter: Lockport (9-0) is still perfect this season, and first-year coach Scott Malinowski said that’s because the team can weather the times when the Porters aren’t perfect and still respond well.

“We have competitors,” Malinowski said. “We have guys who can play. They do things the right way. They play hard.

“Are they perfect? No. Is anyone going to be perfect in this game? No. For me, it’s about overcoming the imperfections of this game. It’s the teams that are mentally strong that defend themselves from those failures that succeed.

The Porters went 4-0 to win the WJOL Tournament, beating Minooka 5-4 in Sunday’s championship game.

Arms race: Andrew’s coach, Dave DeHaan, believes his team has the pitching to make some noise this season.

“Our throw is the deepest in a while,” DeHaan said. “We should have four or five guys casting in the upper mid-80s.”

The Thunderbolts (2-2) showed it in a big 8-2 victory on March 21 against Mount Carmel, with senior Mike Pustelnik – a rookie from Lindenwood – and Alex Day combining for a hit.

Steve Millar is a freelance journalist for the Daily Southtown.

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