April 25, 2015
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Crusaders use late rally to eliminate Chicago Christian

HERSCHER, Ill. – Marquette Academy saved its best for last Wednesday, and as a result they will play this weekend for their third sectional title in five years.
Bryce Hinkelman doubled home Patrick Killelea in the sixth inning and scored two batters later on a Jel Raikes sacrifice fly as Marquette turned a one-run deficit into a 3-2 victory over Chicago Christian in the IHSA Class 2A Herscher Sectional semifinals.
Evan Snyder tossed another postseason gem, allowing the Knights just three hits on a rainy day in Herscher. He retired 12 batters in order after a rocky first inning and kept Marquette (30-6) in the game while he waited for run support.
When the Crusader bats awoke and gave him the lead, Snyder wiggled out of a seventh-inning jam to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Through the game’s first ten minutes, however, it looked like Snyder would struggle to make it to the middle innings. The sophomore righthander walked two of the first three batters, and two batters later allowed a seeing-eye two-run single to Trevor Wolterink. When he retired Zach Frieling to end the inning, Snyder had thrown 34 pitches and looked anything but sharp.
Marquette got one of the runs back moments later, as Trystin Raikes tripled on a rope that one-hopped the fence in center field, and came home on Patrick Killelea’s ground ball to second.
From there, it was largely a pitchers' duel. Snyder settled in and dominated, retiring Chicago Christian in order in the second, third and fourth innings. His offense, however, was stifled by Chicago Christian righthander Christian Bolhuis. The Crusaders failed to score after C.J. Norman and Jel Raikes singled to lead off the second, then did not threaten in any of the next three innings.
Josh Novak singled to lead off the sixth inning, giving the Knights their third and final hit of the afternoon, but he was left stranded on second after Snyder retired the next three hitters in order.
Killelea started the home half of the sixth with a single, was sacrificed to second by Snyder, then scored to tie the game on Hinkelman’s double down the left field line. Norman laced a single to left on the very next pitch, but hit it right to Ron Clark in left field, who held Hinkelman up at third. With runners on the corners, Jel Raikes delivered with a fly ball to left that allowed the senior backstop to tag up and score and put Marquette in the lead.
The Crusaders, who had scratched out just five hits through the first five innings, pounded out four hits in their final trip to the plate to go in front. Still, they were far from out of the woods.
Snyder hit Frieling with the first pitch to open the seventh inning, and the freshman shortstop was sacrificed to second by pinch hitter Mike Santarelli. Patrick McCarthy walked, a wild pitch moved runners to second and third, then Clark and Sean O’Meara flew out to end the ballgame and put Marquette through the final.
Snyder allowed two earned runs, fanned seven and walked three. Raikes ended the day with a pair of singles in addition to the game-winning sac fly, and C.J. Norman collected two hits for Marquette as well.
Marquette will face the winner of Thursday’s semifinal between Herscher and Bishop McNamara. 
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