OTTAWA — Rivalry games are supposed to bring out the best in the two combatants, but neither Marquette Academy nor St. Bede could claim it was on top of its game here at Masinelli Field on Wednesday afternoon.
It was just that the Crusaders were a little better at finding other ways to come out with the win.
Bryce Foster struggled to get ahead in counts throughout his six innings on the mound, but still managed to hold the Bruins to just two runs, only one earned and four hits before Bryce Jones came in for the seventh and shut the door. Meanwhile, Michael Killelea had a terrific day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a triple and two doubles, driving in two runs and scoring two as MA clawed its way to a 6-2 victory.
In keeping with their recent trend, the Cru posted runs in four of their six turns at the plate, with Killelea's triple in the second inning and his second two-bagger in the sixth sparking two-run rallies that Foster and Jones made stand up to lift their record to 24-2 on the season. Feisty St. Bede falls to 8-13-1 due in some part to a pair of errors leading to a pair of unearned tallies.
"Bryce didn't have his best today, and that's my fault for not having pitched him since the Somonauk game when he had only 50 pitches," MA coach Todd Hopkins said of the May 2 contest that was rained out in the top of the third inning, "but what he did do, what he did show us today was that he battled. This was a game when he didn't have his regular Bryce Foster stuff, but this was a great time to have that.
"It was great to get this one in, and though we didn't play all that well, he found a way ... and Killelea hit the ball today like we thought all season that he could. Hopefully that will be contagious for us for the next month.
"Their pitcher (Sanchez) pitched a good game. They're a good team. They can swing it, but they had a couple of misfortunes. Otherwise, we'd still be playing. ... This was a good win in a rivalry game on senior night."
A one-out single by Dyche and the Killelea triple to left-center field put the hosts on top, and the latter crossed the plate on a Bedan error. In the second, a Nate Melvin single and stolen base set up a Logan Komater RBI hit and in the fourth, Killelea doubled, alertly took third on infield out and scored on a groundout by Nick Melvin to make it 4-0.
Foster, meanwhile, was not himself, falling behind with a 2-0 count on seven of the first nine hitters he faced, but he worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second. St. Bede reached him in the fifth for a single by Jerrick Kapraun, a groundout and two wild pitches, then closed to within 4-2 against Foster on an error and a run-scoring single by Colton Yanish. In the latter frame, he again left the bags filled.
The Crusaders regained the cushion on a Foster infield hit, another SBA miscue, Killelea's second double and a wild pitch before Jones struck out the side around a single in the seventh.
"We had the bases loaded twice, and those were missed opportunities that hurt us," said SBA coach Bill Booker. "We had a few guys square balls up, but we don't have a lineup 1 through 9 right now, and we have a week before regional to find a way to put a charge into the ball, to take better approaches at the plate. And defensively, we gave up two unearned runs when we had the infield in, we had the ball hit right at guys and we just didn't make plays.
"When you give these guys extra outs, you're gonna get beat 6-2 like we did today. ... Mateo doesn't get a lot of innings, but he deserved better today."
At Masinelli Field, Ottawa
Marquette 6, St. Bede 2
ST. BEDE (2) — Sanchez p-ss 4-0-0-0, Clendenen 3b 4-0-1-0, D. Bernabei cf=p 4-0-1-0, B. Bernabei ss-2b 4-1-0-0, Schupp c 1-0-0-0, Cook cr 0-0-0-0, Mooney lf 3-0-1-0, Yanish 1b 3-0-1-1, Kapraun rf 1-1-1-0, Marcinkus 2b-cf 2-0-0-0. Totals 26-2-5-1.
MARQUETTE (6) — Na. Melvin ss 3-1-1-0, Couch 2b 3-0-0-0, Komater cf 3-0-1-1, Foster p-3b 3-0-1-0, Dougherty cr 0-1-0-0, Dyche c 3-2-1-0, Killelea 1b 3-2-3-2, Snook rf 2-0-0-0, Ni. Melvin dh 3-0-1-0, McAlpine 3b 0-0-0-0, Jones p 0-0-0-0, Cook lf 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-6-8-4.
St. Bede (8-13-1) 000 011 0 — 2 5 2
Marquette (24-2) 021 102 x — 6 8 2
LOB - St. Bede 8, Marquette 4. 2B - Killelea 2. 3B - Killelea. SB - Mooney, Na. Melvin, Snook, Ni. Melvin. HBP - Kapraun 2 (by Foster), Na. Melvin (by Sanchez).
St. Bede ip r er h bb k
Sanchez (L) 5.0 6 4 7 0 2
D. Bernabei 1.0 0 0 1 1 1
Foster (W, 5-0) 6.0 2 1 4 3 6
Jones 1.0 0 0 1 0 3