AURORA – Thursday’s baseball game between Marmion and Aurora Central Catholic started off well for the Chargers, got better for the Cadets in the middle and finished ... well it never did finish.
Rain, thunder and lightning stopped the game where it stood in the top of the sixth inning at Marmion, and despite an Aurora Central Catholic run in the inning, the game was ruled complete after five, giving Marmion a 5-3 victory.
The Chargers looked strong early, tagging Marmion starting pitcher Shane Carmody for three runs in the top of the first. With two outs, ACC got three straight RBI hits from centerfielder Phil Schuetz, first baseman Mike Fidler and second baseman Steve Belovich to jump out to a quick advantage.
But the Cadets’ bats answered right back, scoring twice in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from left fielder Brian Simon and a sacrifice fly from designated hitter Zach Siwiec. Marmion posted its own big inning in the third, scoring three runs to take a 5-3 lead.
ACC starting pitcher Matt Rahn allowed the first four batters of the inning to reach base, as Simon picked up two more RBIs with a double into the right-centerfield gap. Marmion’s attack came with nobody out, but Rahn minimized the damage, as the Cadets scored one more run in the inning on an RBI single from shortstop Josh Meyers.
Simon finished with three hits – two were doubles – three RBIs and a run scored.
“We had a team meeting yesterday about sticking together and really picking each other up,” Simon said. “and I think we really showed that today. We came out, we had the energy, and we really picked each other up.
“I went 0 for 5 in the last series, so I was feeling pretty bad. I guess I was kind of seeing the ball well today and being aggressive on the first pitches like our coaches are telling us a lot. So, I guess I was just seeing it well.”
Carmody settled down and allowed three base runners between the second and fifth innings, with one reaching on a hit. ACC struck again in the sixth, starting the inning with three hits, scoring a run and chasing Carmody from the game. They had runners on base, too, threatening to score more. However, the rain and all that came with it wiped the inning away.
“I think this is Shane’s first start. He’s been a reliever, primarily, for us this year, and we’ve had a lot of games recently with all the makeups,” Marmion coach Dave Rakow said of his pitcher. “Maybe it was just first-inning jitters, but he definitely calmed down. I give him credit. He kept us in the game, and that’s what we asked him to do.”
The rain-shortened win for Marmion sends the Cadets to an 8-5 record on the season (5-2 in conference), while ACC moved to 22-4 (11-3 in conference).