RedHawks down — barely
Phoenix escape Marist upset bid to claim crown
Had Marist beaten top-seeded Lincoln-Way North on Saturday, RedHawks coach Tom Fabrizio wouldn’t have considered the outcome an upset.
And because his team played well enough to keep the championship of its own Class 4A regional squarely within its sights until the very end, Fabrizio wasn’t upset, either.
Sure, he would have preferred to play on in the postseason, particularly since the Phoenix earned a sectional semifinal date with Stagg. Fabrizio considers the Chargers’ coaches some of his best friends in baseball and would have enjoyed matching wits with them at tournament time.
He had nothing but praise, however, for his guys in the aftermath of a 4-3 final, which didn’t tilt in Lincoln-Way North’s direction until Nick Garcia belted a two-RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to expunge Marist’s one-run lead.