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CHS Baseball falls in sectional opener

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By TR HARLAN

It finally ran out.

Whatever “it” is that the Chesterton baseball team had bottled all season, came to a screeching halt at the hands of fireballing right-hander Brandon Murray and Hobart on Wednesday night.

The Trojans gave the Brickies seven unearned runs and fell 8-2 in the Sectional opener at LaPorte.

“The seven unearned runs was the difference,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “That’s something we really hadn’t done all year.”

And that was more than enough for Murray, a South Carolina signee, who struck out 12 on the night with his 90+ mile per hour fastball and curve ball.

“He’s as good as I’ve seen,” Campbell said. “It’s not just the 90+ fast ball. He threw the curve for a strike tonight and that just makes it incredibly tough.”

Hobart took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Murray singled to center field to score Tyler Kenjic.

The Trojans evened things up in the top of the fourth as Jordan Morandini drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Aery Pratt’s RBI single to left plated Morandini.

Things fell apart for Chesterton in the bottom of the fourth as the Brickies sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four runs. Hobart took advantage of a Trojan error and four walks to build a 5-1 lead.

“(Chesterton starter) Mitch (Kobitz) and Aery (Pratt) have thrown the ball great for us all year,” Campbell said. “Mitch wasn’t getting any calls around the knees and Aery struggled. It happens.”

Matt Kubacki came in to strike out Drey Devereaux to end the inning.

The Trojans put two runners on in the fifth, but Murray struck out the side to stop the rally. A solo run for Chesterton in the sixth scored as Austin VanderZanden singled and moved to a second on a single by Mike Crowley. VanderZanden went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error.

“I told them they can’t let go of what happened all year because they lost a game tonight,” Campbell said. “I don’t know that I’ve had a better team, as far as an actual team goes, in my 23 years. They were a group of unheralded guys coming in that really came together as a group.

“It’s great to see what happens when you have team chemistry and nobody cares who gets credit.”

Three more runs by Hobart set the final score, but the Trojans did get a single from Jeremy Jaeger and a double by Eli Taubert in the seventh as a final rally that fell short.

Hobart 8, Chesterton 2

AT LAPORTE

SCORING BY INNING

Chesterton 000 101 0 -- 2 5 4

Hobart 001 403 x -- 8 5 1

2B -- Eli Taubert ©. 3B -- Nicholas Bokun (H). Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Mitch Kobitz (3 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 2 BB), Aery Pratt (.2 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 3 BB), Matt Kubacki (2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 1 BB); Hobart -- Brandon Murray (7 IP, 5 H, 12 K, 5 BB). WP -- Brandon Murray. LP -- Mitch Kobitz.

Chesterton Boys Golf finishes 4th in DAC Meet at The Brassie

The Chesterton boys golf team finished fourth on Wednesday in the Duneland Athletic Conference Meet at The Brassie.

Valparaiso won the team title with a 295, while Michigan City (309), Lake Central (313), Chesterton (313), Crown Point (314), Portage (317), LaPorte (325) and Merrillville (390) followed.

Evan Zondor shot a four-over-par 76 to lead the Trojans with John Kelley shooting 77. Brandon Martin and Zach Von Huben each shot 80, while Logan Krantz fired an 83 to round out the scoring.

Valparaiso’s Bobby Jacobs shot one-under-par 71 and won in a playoff to take medalist honors.

Duneland Athletic Conference Meet

AT THE BRASSIE, Par 72

Team Results

1. Valparaiso, 295; 2. Michigan City, 309; 3. Lake Central, 313; 4. Chesterton, 313; 5. Crown Point, 314; 6. Portage, 317; 7. LaPorte, 325; 8. Merrillville, 390.

Individual Results

Valparaiso -- Bobby Jacobs 71 (Medalist), Kyle Meihofer 72, Andrew Gariup 75, Patrick Andrie 77, Alex Pancek 79.

Michigan City -- Aaron Skibinski 71, Ryan Brinckman 75, Josh Palmer 81, Devin Gambill 82, Noah Nieman 85.

Lake Central -- Danny Mikrut 76, Ryan Wells 78, Matt Meneghetti 79, Nick Good 80, Rhett Barker 82.

Chesterton -- Evan Zondor 76, John Kelley 77, Brandon Martin 80, Zach Von Huben 80, Logan Krantz 83.

Crown Point -- Mike Lee 76, Patrick Mudd 76, Luke Lambert 80, Grant Miller 82, Matt Mudd 85.

Portage -- Noah Kunstek 76, Jordan Henson 77, Nick Lewis 79, Tyler Gonzalez 85, Tep Junyanid 94.

LaPorte -- David Lehman 78, Zach Liberatore 80, Austin Wells 83, Zach Perschke 84, Tyler Baker 85.

Merrillville -- Naim Muhammad 93, Kyle Krause 96, Fard Muhammad 98, Robert Neilsen 103, Michael Robinson 118.

 

Posted 5/23/2013