Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Marian Catholic softball fans know this about Alex Nickel: She plays with determination and heart. And they roared for her in Patch's weekly MVP voting. Nickel outpolled nine others to become eligible for April Patch Athlete of the Month recognition.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Marist senior shortstop Ryan Meyer is determined to enjoy his last hurrah on the ball diamond.
Ryan Meyer first started playing baseball when he was 4 years old. His dad rolled the ball to him in the back yard. He chased after it while making like the Energizer Bunny. He kept going and going and going. Meyer’s baseball batteries are running out of life nearly a decade and a half later. He is a senior at Marist High School and reaching the one-third milepost in his final season on the diamond. After he graduates from Marist, Meyer will enroll at Eastern Illinois University and turn his attention full-time to football. He signed with the Panthers in February as a defensive recruit. He likely will play safety, outside linebacker or defensive end in college. He has the size and speed. Meyer stands 6-4 and weighs 195 pounds. He plays …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Marist 4, Sandburg 0: Marist senior right-hander John McKevitt tossed a three-hit shutout against his old pals on Monday afternoon in Orland Park. He also doubled and scored a run as the RedHawks won for the seventh time in nine games.
Touching All the Bases: John McKevitt, pitching for the road team, scored a hometown victory. McKevitt tossed a three-hit shutout in Marist’s 4-0 baseball victory over Sandburg on Monday afternoon in Orland Park. McKevitt lives in Orland. He grew up playing with many of the Eagles before enrolling at Marist. He mowed down his old friends by spotting his fastball and mixing in his curve and changeup, too. He also doubled and scored a run. Ryan Meyer blasted a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning as the RedHawks won for the seventh time in nine games. Patch’s MVP: John McKevitt, senior right-handed pitcher, Marist. McKevitt (3-1) tossed a three-hit shutout. He struck out three and walked three. He took a no-hitter into the bottom of …