AURORA – After the Marmion baseball team recognized its nine seniors, the Cadets turned their focus on Suburban Christian Conference rival Aurora Central Catholic winning, 15-5, in five innings.
The Cadets (13-6, 11-1 SCC Blue) scored their 15 runs on 12 hits. In the second and third innings, Marmion scored four runs and in the bottom of the fifth, added five.
Marmion coach Dave Rakow was proud of his seniors and glad they got the win on their last home game.
“It’s always a big deal for the seniors to win on senior night,” Rakow said. “Especially when it’s ACC, crosstown rival.”
ACC (15-11, 7-7 SCC Gold) jumped on the board in the top of the first with an RBI single by Mike Fidler, but the Cadets answered in the bottom of the inning. After leadoff man Edgar Sanchez singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, he stole second and moved to third on a ground out by Brian Simon. Catcher Brady Roberts then had an RBI groundout to the shortstop to tie the game at 1.
The Cadets then scored nine consecutive runs highlighted by Simon’s two-run single in the bottom of the second.
“Short fast swing is what coach has been telling me to do,” Simon said, “I think it was a good team win.”
Simon added another RBI in the bottom of the fifth giving him three for the game.
In the top of the fifth the Chargers made a four-run push highlighted by a three-run home run by Fidler deep to left-center. Fidler had four of the five runs for the Chargers.
ACC coach Sean Bieterman gave credit where credit was due.
“I like the fight. I like the competitiveness, but we just got to play better against a team of this caliber,” Bieterman said, “The credit goes to them (Marmion) today. We will regroup and go back to work tomorrow.”
Danny Bicknell gave the Cadets four and one-third solid innings and was replaced by senior Garrett Fisher who closed out the game.
Andrew Bruss started for the Charges and struggled with control in the early going getting his team into trouble. He was replaced in the bottom of the fifth by Matt Rahn.
Rakow was able to reflect on his seniors after the game.
“They’re a talented group but, the best thing about these guys is they have an awesome work ethic (and) very coachable,” Rakow said. “These guys are all about the team.”