Touching All the Bases: Chicago Christian senior starting pitcher Jeremy Kamp used a dominant fastball with a curve here and there to shut down Evergreen Park in an 11-0 baseball victory. The game was called after six innings on Wednesday because of the 10-run rule. Kamp only gave up one hit and struck out nine in five innings. On offense, junior center fielder Jon Lemmenes had four RBIs to lead the Knights. His two-run homer in the sixth inning capped off the explosive day for the Chicago Christian offense, which was able to get to Evergreen Park’s No. 1 pitcher, Ben Modesitt. He exited in the third inning.
Patch’s MVP: Jon Lemmenes, Chicago Christian. The junior center fielder was only a triple away from the cycle. He finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
Chicago Christian Leaders: In addition to Lemmenes, senior starting pitcher Jeremy Kamp (9 strikeouts, 1 hit, 1 walk and 0 ER in five innings). Kamp made just as strong of a case for game MVP as Lemmenes. Junior shortstop Michael Kamp (2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs). Senior second baseman Ritchie Santarelli (1-for-2 with a double, an RBI and 2 walks).
Evergreen Park Leaders: Relief pitcher Chance Emlund (4 innings, 3 strikeouts, 7 hits, 4 ER). The lefty came in during the third inning to relieve starter Ben Modesitt and minimized the damage Chicago Christian was inflicting. First baseman Josh Venhuizen had the only hit (a single) for the Mustangs.
Quotable: Chicago Christian starting pitcher Jeremy Kamp on whether he was nervous in his first start of the season: “No. With it being the first start of the season, I just figured not everyone’s on their game. I just wanted to go out there and challenge batters. I threw mostly fastballs and threw some curveballs in there. I figured, I’m a senior, I should be able to dominate.”
Quotable II: Evergreen Park coach Mark Smyth on his team’s struggle to get hits: “It was very reflective that it was our first time out swinging the bats. (Kamp) did a nice job throwing strikes and coming at us, but we did a very poor job with two-strike hitting. We try to work on that and pride ourselves on that, so we have to get better there. And we’ll get there, we’re a much better team than what we showed.”
Team Records: Chicago Christian is 2-0. Evergreen Park is 0-1.
What’s Next: Chicago Christian takes on Lisle on Friday at home. Evergreen Park will host Illiana Christian next Monday.