High school baseball: Quite the finishing kick for Marmion

Marmion baseball closes strong to take home state trophy

Marmion Academy's Trevor Taus (right) makes the force out at second base June 10 during the IHSA 3A state third place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. Taus had two of Marmion's 15 hits in a 7-1 win that clinched third place for the Cadets.[]

JOLIET – The old saying goes, 'It's not how you start, it's how you finish.'

If there was a personification of that saying, it was Marmion's baseball team this spring.

An eight-game skid (albeit a slide that included losses against powerhouse programs like Brother Rice, Mt. Carmel, Providence and St. Laurence) had the Cadets sitting at 12-15 a little over a week before the Class 3A postseason started.

Marmion proceeded to win nine of its next 10 games, including a 6-3 win against Morton in a supersectional game June 5, a victory that clinched a state berth and locked up the program's first state trophy. From May 12 to June 10, the Cadets went 10-2 to close out the season.

It was quite the way to go out for seniors Nick Brummel, Collin Gibson, Zack Lentz, Bobby Pierce and Trevor Taus, and with a majority of the roster slated to return, the 2018 season could have more in store for Marmion.