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The St. Bede baseball team rallied in Game 1 on Saturday to beat long-time rival Marquette 5-3 before taking the second game 10-0 in six innings to complete the sweep in Peru.
For a little more than 5 innings in the first game, freshman Evan Snyder quieted the bats of the Bruins and Marquette led 3-1 thanks to two RBIs from Logan Sparks and an RBI from Patrick Killelea.
However, the Bruins got started with one out in the bottom of the sixth when Brad Groleau hit a bloop single to short centerfield and then Austin Schwab singled to left field.
Then on a 0-2 count, Brandon Pietrowski slapped an RBI single to right field to make it a 3-2 Crusader lead.
Jake Postula followed with a game-tying RBI single on another 0-2 count. Damin Smith then beat out a throw to first, which allowed Pietrowski to score to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead.
Michael Bellino hit a rocket that skipped just under the glove of the Crusader shortstop. The shot gave the Bruins a 5-3 advantage that held up as Groleau finished off a complete game to earn the win.
“It’s the same for everybody this year. We just haven’t had that many innings out here to work on stuff,” St. Bede coach John Bellino said. “Marquette pitched well and really hammered the ball early and we hung in there. It’s good that the bottom of the order got key hits there when we needed them. We need to keep doing that.”
Groleau and Bima led the Bruins with two hits with Bima collecting two RBIs as well. Sparks led the Crusaders with two hits as well as two RBIs.
Game 2 was all Bruins.
Sam Lucas walked and then stole second base. Groleau then picked up an RBI bloop single to left for a 1-0 St. Bede lead.
The Bruins broke the game open in the fourth with five more runs.
Pietrowski led off with a walk and two wild pitches put him on third base.
Postula made it 2-0 with a single to left. Two batters later, Bobby Morrow picked up the first of his two RBIs in the game for a 3-0 lead.
An error led to two more runs, and by the time the inning was over, St. Bede led 6-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Bruins added three more runs for a 9-0 advantage. Postula and Morrow each picked up another RBI, but the inning was highlighted by Michael Bellino’s RBI triple.
A Bellino double in the bottom of the sixth ended the game.
Postula led the Bruins with three hits, while Stephen Ebener and Bellino each added two. Morrow, Postula and Bellino all had two RBIs.
“One bad inning like in Game 1 has been the story of the season for us,” Marquette coach Todd Hopkins said. “St. Bede outclassed us. It’s like the Yankees playing a minor league team. They’re better coached and better players. There is a big gap that will take a miracle to close in three weeks (before the Class 2A Marquette Regionl).”