OTTAWA — Patrick Killelea was a three-sport athlete at Marquette and was a NewsTribune All-Area selection in football and baseball.
Despite success in multiple sports, it wasn’t difficult for him to decide which to pursue in college.
“Baseball has been my No. 1 since I started playing T-ball,” Killelea said. “Football I never started loving until seventh or eighth grade. With everything that happened the last two years (with Marquette football going 21-2 and making the playoffs twice) I really started thinking about (playing football in college), but baseball was just always there. And I felt like I could compete a lot more as a baseball player.”
Killelea decided to continue his baseball career at Waubonsee College, a junior college in Aurora.
“I like the coach. He’s a straightforward guy and he’ll look you in the eye,” Killelea said Monday. “He has a lot of big plans. They have a great history up there. They’re building a brand new field house that’s going to be done this winter. It’s just a great place to play for two years, then plan for two more somewhere else.”
Marquette teammate Matt Allen will join Killelea as he also signed with Waubonsee.
“Pat had a little bit of influence,” Allen said. “It just worked out. They gave me a roster position right off the bat, so it’s pretty nice.
“Going to IV, I had to make the team. (Joliet Junior College) I had the same offer to tryout in the fall to make the spring team. For (Waubonsee) to say you’re on the team in the spring is nice.”
Killelea was a Second-Team NewsTribune All-Area pick as a senior after going 10-1 with a 2.14 ERA in helping the Crusaders to a 31-7 record and a super-sectional appearance.
Killelea, who also played third base, hit .322 with 31 RBIs and 23 runs.
“He was a four-year player,” Marquette coach Todd Hopkins said. “They don’t come around very often. He’ll definitely be missed.
“I think they’ll probably like him at third base or second base or somewhere in the infield. He can hit well. They’ll like him. He’s a ball player.”
Allen went 1-1 with a 5.78 ERA as a senior.
“He’s going to get better,” Hopkins said. “He has an upside because his ball runs at the end. His breaking ball is good, he just needs to master it as far as hitting spots. He’s a good kid. I still think he has a little growth in him. He has a big frame. I can see him adding a few miles per hour on that fastball.”
Killelea is going to study business while Allen will focus on his general education classes at Waubonsee.
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