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Marian Catholic Men's Baseball

Devin PickettSpartans 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.

Left: Kellen Williams rips on June 6 vs. Providence.

(Videos: Last out of the 2012 semifinal, last out and awards ceremony of the final.)

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2015 Honors

Most Valuable Player: Bryce Hennessy
Most Improved: Chris Austin

All-East Suburban Catholic Conference
Chris Austin (Sr.), OF
Bryce Hennessy (Sr.), P
Kellen Williams (Sr.), OF

SouthtownStar All-Area
Bryce Hennessy, 2nd Team

Varsity head coach: Tony DeCarlo
  (2nd year, 21-15-1, 581)
School phone: 708-756-9770
Assistants: George Shimko, Dan Gutierrez
Sophomores: Joe Stith, Jeff Bohlen
Freshman: Ross Madden, Mark Swanson