Welcome to 4A.
baseball team captured its second consecutive IHSAA Sectional title with a
6-3 victory over Class 4A No. 2 Andrean on Saturday at Merrillville.
“I still get
butterflies, that doesn’t go away,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said.
“It’s great for the kids. I’ve had my share of this. Andrean is a great
program, with a great coach, but it was nice to get this one.”
defending Class 3A champion 59ers opened the game by getting an early run
against Trojan starter Grant Brunt.
Evan Hylek drew a
leadoff walk and moved all the way to third on an errant pickoff attempt.
Hylek scored on an RBI single by Adam Bednarek.
“Grant did it to
himself in the first,” Campbell said. “That’s all he gave up. The mark of
any pitcher is determined by how you come back from it and he was super.”
Brunt retired 10 of
the next 11 batters he faced to give his offense a chance to get going. On
the night, he worked 5.1 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out
“Grant pitched down
at Carmel for us in the championship game and just pitched great,” Campbell
said. “He hasn’t been given a whole lot of opportunities. We’ve seen that
from him in the bullpen every day.”
The Trojans finally
cracked the scoreboard in the fourth when Austin Peterson reached with one
out on an Andrean error. Pinch-runner Issac Shook scored on double and error
off the bat of Patrick Arndt to tie the game.
triple to right field plated courtesy runner Logan Hofferth for a 2-1
The hit parade
continued in the fifth when Jack Mullen singled with one out. With two outs,
Ethan Conway and Anthony Kurek drew walks to load the bases. Peterson’s
two-run single to center scored Mullen and Conway.
A single by Arndt
plated Kurek for a 5-1 lead.
The 59ers started a
rally in the sixth as Brunt put two runners on before giving way to
Peterson. Peterson struck out Brad Leveque and Bailey Scurlock to end the
(Assistant) Coach (Dan) Caudle he had two innings today,” Campbell said. “We
got into the sixth and then made a decision. He got us out of a jam with a
couple of strikeouts in the sixth. Then made big pitches in the seventh when
he had too.”
Owen Hallas led off
the top of the seventh with a home run to left before Andrean put together
another rally in the bottom of the frame that brought the tying run to the
Peterson recorded a
strike out and got a pair of fly balls to end the game.
“We lost five games
to weather early in the year and didn’t get to see our kids play,” Peterson
said. “As you go along, you sort things out and hope you play well at the
end of the year. “
The Trojans will
face Munster, a 5-4 winner over Lake Central, on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the
IHSAA LaPorte Regional.
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 000 230
1 -- 6 8 1
Andrean 100 000 2
-- 3 6 2
2B -- Patrick Arndt
©. HR -- Owen Hallas ©. Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Grant Brunt (5.1
IP, 2 H, 4 K, 5 BB), Austin Peterson (1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 K, 0 BB); Andrean --
Evan McCune (4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 4 BB), Jake Sweeney (1.1 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB),
Justin Ruthrauff (1 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 0 BB). WP -- Grant Brunt. LP -- Evan