More St. Rita Baseball Players Commit to Collegiate Baseball

By: John Nee '93

In Mike Zunica’s 20 years as head baseball coach at St. Rita, the Mustangs have captured fourteen Regional Championships, five Sectional Championships, five Super-Sectional Championships, five Chicago Catholic League Blue Championships, three Summer State Championships, and three 2nd Place finishes in the Class 4A State Tournament.

They have been ranked nationally in thirteen of those twenty seasons, including securing the #1 ranking in the USA Today poll for a time last season.  Despite all the wins, championships, and national rankings, Coach Zunica has never measured the success of the program on wins and losses but on the number of players who are able to continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level.

Back row (L to R): St. Rita Principal Mr. Brendan Conroy, Mateo Zunica, Max Franklin, Christian Pearl, Danny Gleaves, Head Baseball Coach Mr. Mike Zunica, President Mr. Ernie Mrozek '71 Front row (L to R): Mike Smith, Dominic Sarro, Ray Hansen, Luke Bechina.

Nationally, on average each high baseball program in the country sends less than one senior on to play college baseball each year.  Over the past two seasons, the St. Rita Baseball Program has had 22 of their 26 seniors sign letters of intent to continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level, including nine this year.

Mateo Zunica (Kansas), Danny Gleaves (Michigan St.), Dom Sarro (Villanova), Ray Hansen (St. Ambrose), Luke Bechina (St. Ambrose), Mike Smith (St. Ambrose), Max Franklin (Heartland C.C.), Pete Vasquez (Aurora), and Christian Pearl (South Suburban C.C.) from the Class of 2016 have all signed letters of intent to play college baseball.

Luke Bechina 

Ray Hansen

Mike Smith

Dom Sarro

St. Rita Baseball

Next up for the St. Rita Baseball Seniors is Senior Day vs St. Laurence at home on Monday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m.