Written by: John Nee '93
The St. Rita Baseball program has registered the most wins in the State of Illinois over the past ten seasons and was ranked the #1 team in the entire country at one point during the 2014 season. They have also participated in three Class 4A State Championship games since 2009 and have won three Summer State Championships during that span; but Head Coach Mike Zunica points to another aspect of his program as the one he is most proud--the number of St. Rita players who continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level.
After 22 of 26 senior baseball players signed national letters of intent to play college baseball from the classes of 2015 and 2016, the Mustangs added three more to that already impressive list from the Class of 2017.
Washilewski, from Dyer, Indiana was the ace of the Mustangs’ pitching staff in 2016. He will continue in that role this coming spring. He went (8-2) last season with an impressive 1.35 ERA while striking out 93 hitters in 72 innings of work.
Verdun (Homer Jr. High) emerged as the Mustangs’ number-two starter the latter part of last season as he posted a (6-2) record with a 2.12 ERA. He also played second base while hitting .288 with nine RBIs and 17 runs scored.
Woynerowski (St. Gerald), after spending most of the first half of the season on the bench, came on strong at the end. He won the job at first base in the latter part of the year and into the playoffs. He hit .242 in limited at bats, and he provided one of the most memorable moments of the season--cranking a ninth-inning homerun at St. Laurence to lead the Mustangs to an exciting 3-2 road victory over the rival Vikings.