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Baseball: Three things learned

1. Marian Catholic is relentless. Trailing 3-1 Monday to Joliet Catholic and opposing promising pitcher Drake Fellows, Marian Catholic could have called it a day. Instead, the Spartans rallied to claim a 5-3 East Suburban Catholic victory. Dan Janowski came through with the game-winning two-run single in the sixth that broke a 3-all tie, and Bryce Hennessy went the distance on the mound. The Spartans are 13-10 overall, but Monday’s victory could be a springboard to an exciting finish to the regular season.

2. Lincoln-Way North can swing the bats. The No. 2 Phoenix put on a hitting exhibition Thursday against Andrew, registering 24 hits during a 23-1 win. Up and down the bating order the Phoenix used an aggressive approach at the plate. In the first inning, Conor Grove, Mike Rissley and Josh Mutter all jumped on first-pitch offerings. The result? Grove clubbed a two-run single, Rissley a two-run double and Mutter a two-run triple.

3. Providence is struggling. In absorbing a pair of two-game series losses to St. Laurence and St. Rita, the Celtics were outscored by a whopping 47-6 margin. Throw in an 8-3 loss Monday to Brother Rice and it’s apparent the Celtics are reeling. Coach Mark Smith has tried everything in his power to get his team out of its funk, including shuffling the lineup. Nothing has worked.

Pat Disabato



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