With the game scoreless in the third inning, Brother Rice senior Ryan King was looking to kick-start the offense.
It didn’t matter that St. Rita’s corner infielders were anticipating a bunt from the Michigan State recruit. King, a right-handed hitter, was undeterred.
His perfect bunt single to the right of the pitcher’s mound started a third-inning rally Thursday that wouldn’t end until the Crusaders scored four runs.
That was more than enough cushion for Rice pitcher Ryan Kutt, who made the lead stand up during a 4-0 victory in a Class 4A St. Laurence Sectional semifinal game.
It was the Crusaders’ fifth straight shutout. It also was Kutt’s 27th career win, a program record. Brother Rice (29-9) advanced to play St. Laurence (33-5) at 11 a.m. Saturday for the sectional championship.