Touching All the Bases: Like he did Providence Catholic's Sam Travis gave the Celtics an early lead in Saturday’s state championship game with a bombastic home run in the first inning.
Unfortunately for Providence, Lyons came out swinging the bats against Celtics senior right-hander Brandon Magallones. The first three batters for the Lions singled and scored, and Lyons was on its way to an 8-3 victory and the Class 4A championship at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.
Lyons led 5-1 after three innings and extended the lead to 6-1 in the fourth. After Providence scored twice in the top of the sixth, Lyons responded with two more runs in the bottom of the frame.
Patch’s MVP: Lyons pitcher Connor Cuff finished the season 11-0, throwing a complete game against Providence. He yielded five hits, three earned runs and two walks, and he struck out six.
Providence’s Leaders: Sam Travis went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and an RBI double. Leadoff man Kevin DeFillippis went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Joe Houlihan went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Lyons’ Leaders: In addition to his performance on the mound, Connor Cuff doubled and drove in four runs. Steve Heilenbach went 3-for-4, Spencer Mahoney went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and Brian Rodemoyer went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. The top three hitters for the Lions combined to go 7-for-8 with seven runs scored.
Quotable I: Providence coach Mark Smith on Connor Cuff: "He's the first pitcher all season long, I'd say, that's done that to this team."
Quotable II: Providence third baseman Sam Travis: "It didn't work out like we thought, but we had a great season. I want to thank everyone on this team. I tip my hat to the other team."
Team Records: Providence and Lyons both finished at 37-4.