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Baseball: Dillion Dilorio, Marmion look to get back on track after rough loss to Loyola

Communication issues, errors hurt Cadets in sixth straight loss

Dillon Dilorio
Dillon Dilorio

AURORA – The team postgame chat was brief.

Field maintenance quickly followed, but not much sound rang out besides the scraping of rakes.

After being shut out 14-0 at home at the hands of Loyola on Thursday, Marmion quickly turned the page amid its toughest stretch and sixth consecutive loss.

On Tuesday, the Cadets lost at Loyola in a 15-14 doozy.

A team captain and senior, Cadets right fielder Dillion Dilorio knew his role moving forward was to get things back on track.

"Boost the morale of the team," said Dilorio, a three-year varsity player. "Wash this one from the brain...have a good practice tomorrow, come back and get it going."

The Cadets (4-9) mustered only three hits, while collectively struggling with passed balls and errors. Communication, it appears, is atop the list of areas for the Cadets to improve upon in the field.

"As the season goes on, hopefully our communication gets better," Dilorio said. "Keep talking, keep growing as a team."

Loyola had little trouble finding the pitches it wanted throughout the game. It also was aided by defensive miscues, whether pickoff attempts or passed balls behind the plate by Mac Eccher, a freshman.

"The game is moving quick for [Mac]," Marmion coach Frank Chapman. "He was out all last week with a little arm injury so [we're] trying to get him back into it."

The second and fifth innings, in particular, proved difficult for the Cadets.

Already up 2-0, with two outs in the second, the Ramblers hit a single and walked. A passed ball then allowed both runners to advance a base, The next passed ball allowed a run to score, while an ensuing infield RBI single by Michael Bednarek made it 4-0.

The next batter, Cadets pitcher Will Dietz's pickoff throw to first got away from Nick Talarico, allowing another run to score. Jacob Novak walked to put runners on first and third. With Colin Summerhill at the plate, another pickoff throw to first bounced away to bring in another run, making it 6-0.

Andrew Smart's single made it 8-0.

The rout was on. Loyola, wich had nine hits, pushed across two runs in the fourth and four in the fifth. The Ramblers' approach at the plate was patient and it paid off.

"We were on-base a lot based on quality at-bats," Ramblers coach Nick Bridich said. "Just allowing balls to be balls [and] taking what the game gives us."

The Cadets have some players coming through the lower ranks at the catcher position, which will bring some competition for the position in the future.

"It's going to be great for all those guys to push one another," Chapman said. "Having that competition is going to be great for [Eccher]; having that experience of playing up right now at the varsity level is going to be great. Long-term, he's going to be fine. We just have to get the rust off right now, keep learning and get back after it."

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