South Bend, Indiana – It was mandatory that the iCASE team watch the movie “Rudy” en route to South Bend, firstly because it is a must-see flick, but secondly to give them some insight as to what Holy Cross University stands for. While the student-athletes from Stratford Northwestern SS were welcomed on Sept. 27th with open arms, sunny warm temperatures, blue skies, and received top-notch hospitality, it was a different story between the white lines. The Brian Blondell-led Saints rolled to a 15-2 victory over the Huskies at Coveleski Stadium, an astroturf professional park that houses the South Bend Silverhawks, the Single-A franchise of the Chicago White Sox.
Mississauga’s Colton Gill scored the Huskies’ first run when he singled up the middle to lead off the fourth inning, stole second, and scored on Waterloo’s Chris Iltshishin’s liner to centre field. Guelph’s Nick Feren doubled off the left field fence to lead off the eighth, reached third on Brody Higgs’ single, and was brought home by Cambridge’s Brandon Whalen’s opposite field single. Holy Cross provided the rest of the offence in the landslide win as they belted out 13 hits, and were helped by a a dozen bases on balls given up by seven different iCASE wide-eyed, somewhat star-struck high school pitchers.
“Naturally, we have to expect to get beaten when we play a college team of this calibre, but we walked far too many batters and I felt that we beat ourselves more than they beat us,” summarized head coach/GM Tom Valcke.
“However, playing better teams exposes weaknesses and thus gives us direction in areas requiring more practice. Overall, it was an excellent day, and a treat for the players to see first-hand the campuses of Holy Cross as well as the University of Notre Dame. Holy Cross coach Blondell encouraged our players, and reminded them of the importance of grades and community volunteering, and that post-secondary extends much beyond the ball diamond.”
iCASE’s overall record for the Fall now stands at 5 wins and 3 losses, with the following action in South Bend EBT Fall Classic slated for Sept. 28-29.