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Sports

Suburban Life Most Valuable Athlete: Alex Marotta, Westmont, baseball, senior

Alex Marotta
Alex Marotta

WHY HE WAS SELECTED:

Alex Marotta went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 9-3 win over Chicago University, and in the process recorded his 100th career hit. Marotta also threw an inning in his first pitching appearance since a torn labrum injury. On the season Marotta is hitting .396 with four doubles, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

Marotta talked about the game, the season and more with Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge. Here is an edited version of the transcript:

Welge: What does the 100th hit mean?

Marotta: It's a cool milestone, but it wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for my coach. He has had me up on varsity for a lot of games. He has run a program that's almost flawless.

Welge: Did you know you were closing in on 100?

Marotta: I actually had no idea. All of a sudden one of the players on our team had a ball in their pocket and I was like "what is it," and he said "coach told us to save the ball for the 100th hit." I had no idea. It was kind of cool.

Welge: And this was your first game back pitching?

Marotta: I tore the labrum in my right shoulder at the end of last season. I wasn't aware that I had torn it at the time and I pitched through it during the summer. I was doing fall training when there was really bad pain and I got an MRI. I didn't have surgery. They gave me the option of surgery, but surgery for overhand arm throwers, it's really hard. They advised me to do therapy. I missed every single of our practices. My first swings were after our first game.

Welge: How did it feel to throw again?

Marotta: It felt awesome to get back out there. I forgot how much I loved to pitch. I can't wait to do more. As the season progresses the plan is for me to throw one to three innings in a game.

Welge: What's your thoughts team-wise on the rest of the season?

Marotta: The past three years we've gone to the regional final and lost every time. This season is like our revenge; this is the season we want to take a regional championship. This is the season we want to make a run. We've come very close multiple times.

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