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Devin PickettSpartans (24-15) foiled by St. Viator in 3A title contest

JUNE 10- After Marian Catholic had rallied from an 8-1 deficit with a thrilling seven-run sixth inning, Saint Viator pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh inning Saturday to hand Marian a 10-8 setback in the IHSA Class 3A state title contest at Joliet Slammers Stadium.

The Spartans (24-15) trailed 8-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, but errors and walks assisted the rally, in addition to RBI from Pierce Jones, Christian Beal and Dan Gutierrez. The Spartans left the bases loaded to end the sixth, then had the tying run at the plate to conclude the contest.

Beal rapped three hits, while Wyell Woods scored twice in the contest. Angelo Cantelo collected the lone other RBI for Marian, knocking home Woods in the fourth to bring the Spartans to within 4-1 at the time.

The third time was the charm for Saint Viator (25-15) in the postseason, as the Lions knocked out Benet Academy, Carmel Catholic and Marian Catholic, three teams that had swept St. Viator in ESCC play. Marian had claimed earlier 5-1 and 8-1 ESCC victories over the Lions.

Marian won the 2012 Class 3A championship with a 10-2 decision over LaSalle-Peru in its lone other baseball title-game appearance. The Spartan girls volleyball squad topped Marian Central Catholic to win the IHSA crown in the fall, as both title contests for Marian this year featured all-ESCC matchups.

SPARTAN DRAFTED: Maryland-bound Spartan senior Mark DiLuia was drafted in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers.

FACES, HIGHLIGHTS IN JOLIET

Left: Jordan Smevoll hurls to the plate June 10 vs. St. Viator at Joliet.

(Videos: Last out of the 2012 semifinal, last out and awards ceremony of the final.)

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WP- DeSelm. LP- M. Bohlen (6-2).

2017 IHSA Class 3A Runners-Up: Marian Catholic
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2017 Honors

Most Valuable Player: Mark DiLuia
Most Improved: A.J. Anderson
Academic Award: Christian Beal
Hustle Award: Daniel Gutierrez

All-East Suburban Catholic Conference
Christian Beal, Outfield
Michael Bohlen, Pitcher
Mark DiLuia, Pitcher

SouthtownStar All-Area
Mark DiLuia (Sr.), Infield, 1st Team
Christian Beal (Sr.), Outfield, HM

Illinois HS Baseball Coaches Assn All-State
Mark DiLuia (Sr.), Pitcher/Infield
Wyell Woods (Sr.), Outfield