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Baseball: Joliet Catholic tops Marian Catholic

Updated: June 10, 2014 6:45AM



Wednesday was a grinder kind of day for Joliet Catholic.

The Hilltoppers were grinding out at-bats and grinding across runs.

All the little things added up to a solid win as Joliet Catholic defeated visiting Marian Catholic 5-1 in an East Suburban Catholic Conference game.

“We’ve been losing a lot of close games all year,” Joliet Catholic coach Jared Voss said. “We got back to basics (Tuesday) at practice and worked on some of those grinding-type things.”

Keegan Tyrell and Rylan Bannon had two RBI apiece for Joliet Catholic (19-6, 6-4), with Aaron Markley adding an RBI double. Patrick Schmidt had an RBI single for Marian (13-11, 5-5).

Tyrell knows the makeup of the team and knows what will bring success. The Hilltoppers aren’t big boppers — they’re quite cool with it. Bring on the small-ball.

“We don’t have the biggest, most powerful guys, and we’re not going to mash the ball,” Tyrell said. “We’ve got to do the little things and play great defense.”

Joliet Catholic went to work in the first inning, making Marian starter Mike Bainbridge work for every pitch and out. Markley’s double scored Dalesandro (2 runs) and the offense was off.

Tyrell added a hard-hit RBI single up the middle to bring Markley around, giving Joliet Catholic a 2-0 advantage. Dalesandro stole two bases in the first.

“It was a good day to hit, and it was only a matter of time before we came out and swung the bats,” Markley said. “The coaches preach the little things, and that is what wins game more often than not.”

Bannon drilled a solo homer in the fourth and added another RBI with his sixth-inning single.

Pitching on short rest after having thrown Saturday, Joliet Catholic starter Kyle Polaski lasted four innings, allowing a run on two hits with five strikeouts. Polaski and three relievers combined on a three-hitter.

“We don’t hit the ball, and that’s been our problem all year long,” Marian coach Phil Wail said. “We have bad fundamentals, bad approaches, and we don’t change anything. All we face is good pitching all year long, guys that throw strikes.”



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