Prep Athlete of the Week: Marist baseball team

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      EUGENE, Ore. - Marist head baseball coach Scott Dewitt expected big things from a talented Spartans roster heading into the 2014 season.

      They also had new faces on the team, guys like Tanner Cantwell, a transfer from Willamette. Cantwell said he shared the same expectations.

      But expectations are one thing.

      Performance is another.

      The Spartans stumbled out of the gate, losing five of their first six league games.

      That battle-tested mentality paid off down the road. Last Wednesday against No. 1-seeded Bend, the Spartans, the 16th seed, pulled off the upset.

      Ultimately, this season wasn't about one individual, but an underdog team making a statement.