Spartans thwarted by Providence Catholic in Class 4A sectional championship contest
JUNE 6: A seventh-inning comeback effort fell just short on Saturday, as Marian Catholic dropped a 4-3 decision to Providence Catholic in the championship contest of the Marist IHSA Class 4A Sectional.
Chris Austin belted an RBI-double to score Mark DiLuia, then scored on Dan Gutierrez' single to pull the Spartans within one run. Marian (21-15-1) could not complete a comeback victory, despite outhitting the #2 seed Celtics, 6-3.
Marian held a 1-0 command after DiLuia singled home Kellen Williams (walk) in the fourth, but Providence parlayed two doubles into four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
DiLuia was the tough-luck loser on the hill, scattering three hits and striking out six.
In bidding for its second Elite Eight appearance in four years, #9-seed Marian was hoping to knock off its fourth straight higher-seeded team. The Spartans had reached the Sweet 16 with wins over #8 Shepard, #1 Brother Rice and #5 Lincoln-Way North.