AURORA – The Marmion baseball team remained unbeaten in the Suburban Christian Conference Blue on Monday with a thrilling, 2-1 win against Montini in 10 innings.
The pitchers duel featured Michigan State-bound left-hander Alex Troop for Marmion and Broncos senior standout Eric Frontzak.
Troop was dominant, striking out 15, walking two and allowing only one hit in eight innings of work.
“Going for the head of the conference right there, staying undefeated on our part … that was a big win,” Troop said.
“ … It really was just great overall.”
Troop also went 3 for 3 at the plate with a triple.
Frontzak went seven innings, striking out six and walking two. He was replaced by junior Jordan Lazowski, who was tagged with the loss.
In the bottom of the 10th, Marmion center fielder Tyler Eberth singled to lead off the inning. After two popouts, Eberth stole second, and catcher Brady Roberts’ deep drive to right field brought in the game-winning run.
“I told myself I had to keep waiting back on [the ball] and try to go middle, middle-right on it,” Roberts said of his game-winning hit.
Montini got on the board in the top of the first after Troop walked shortstop Eddie Bava with two outs. Senior Austin Kline then ripped an RBI double to right field, giving the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
The Cadets answered in the bottom of the second. It started with Troop singling and Nick Salazar coming into the game as a courtesy runner. Frontzak threw a pitch in the dirt that Montini catcher Tom Long couldn’t find, allowing Salazar to move from first to third base. Gunnar Stanke walked before first baseman Zach Siwiec had an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1.
With the win, the Cadets moved to 10-0 in the conference and 11-5 overall. Marmion coach Dave Rakow was happy with the way the tight ballgame unfolded.
“It was a pitcher’s duel and I’m glad we came out on top,” Rakow said, “It’s kind of a playoff environment with two teams that are battling for conference, and I was just really happy to see that we were able to come out on top when it was all said and done.”
Garrett Fisher came in for Troop in the ninth inning. He gave up one infield single and struck out two, getting the win.
The Broncos dropped to 9-2 (second to Marmion) in SCC Blue and 14-3 overall.
The Cadets and Broncos are scheduled to square off again today in Lombard.