Three state tournaments all part of the sports schedule
Separated by a few hundred yards and approximately 10 minutes, Marist’s baseball and softball teams were on opposite ends of two walk-offs Saturday as the latter hoisted a Class 4A regional trophy afterward.
Athletic director Bob Lim offered Marist to the IHSA as a host for both baseball and softball regionals, and the RedHawks’ presence in each final simply added extra flavor to the events. And if that wasn’t enough, the school was also the site of a boys’ volleyball sectional last week.
“It’s just stuff like this [softball celebration],” Lim said in explanation of why he wanted Marist to be a host. “And stuff like that [baseball game], even though we lost.
“There’s always something exciting going on, and I think part of it is being here at home.”
Lim said he enjoyed hosting the two regionals because it’s for the athletes. If events are on the same day, or even at the same time, that doesn’t matter because plenty of help is available to him.
“I was just talking to [athletic director] Matt Lyke over at [Lincoln-Way] North, and he’s like, ‘You’re nuts for doing this,’” Lim said. “While I’m setting everything up and it’s crazy I’m like, ‘I’m not doing this again.’ And then when it gets to next year and they ask me to host, I’m like, ‘Absolutely,’ because we have home games. If we have to go somewhere else, we might not win this [softball] game.”
Lim said he would like to host more sectionals going forward, but he would prefer that the RedHawks advanced into those later rounds.
“Nothing against it, but I just hate hosting stuff we’re not in,” Lim said. “We’re hosting the boys’ volleyball sectional and that’s great volleyball — [Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North] are probably the top two teams in the state, I would think — but us not being in it kind of makes it a little tougher.”