It’s not the seat
he’s used to, but that didn’t prevent the emotion from getting to Jack
from the hill in left field after hip replacement surgery two weeks ago, saw
the Chesterton baseball team earn him victory number 700 for his career,
with a 2-1 win over Highland on Friday.
“I never got into
it to get a number of wins,” Campbell said on the field after the game.
“That’s not why I do it. After this many years, I guess, you just get there.
It’s been difficult watching out there.
“You have to give
so much credit to John (Thanos) and Pat (Antone). Jordan (Peterson) is
helping out now too with the pitchers. It means a lot to have guys like that
who have come back and continued to be a part of it.”
ultimate teacher,” Thanos said. “It’s great to celebrate his 700th victory
and be a small part of it. He’s always been someone that would do anything
for his players. I think you see little pieces of him in everything that
gets done out here. His positive attitude really sticks with you. Having
been with him for so many years now is really special.”
The Trojans opened
the scoring in the bottom of the first as Owen Hallas singled to start. Matt
Kubacki’s long fly ball to right center field was misplayed and allowed
Hallas to score all the way from first for a 1-0 lead.
Things would stay
that way until the top of the third when Highland manufactured a run without
the benefit of a hit to tie the score.
The game-winner for
Chesterton came in the fourth when Cameron O’Brien singled, but was erased
at second when Blake Soffa reached on a fielder’s choice. Max Benoit singled
to put runners on the corners.
Courtesy runner Pat
Tilden got caught in a run down between first and second, but Soffa
scampered home with the eventual game-winner.
“It was fitting to
do it tonight like this to win a close game after having lost six close
games earlier in the year,” Thanos said. “It shows just how far we’ve come.”
in the fifth with runners on first and third, but Chesterton’s Garrett
Swanson got a strike out to end the threat. The visiting Trojans got just
one base runner the final two innings.
Swanson worked all
seven frames and struck out six, while scattering just three hits in getting
the complete-game victory.
was a perfect example of what happens when you throw strikes,” Thanos said.
“In high school, if you throw strikes and field the ball, you can do a lot
of good things.”
SCORING BY INNINGS
Highland 001 000 0
-- 1 3 3
Chesterton 100 010
x -- 2 4 2
Pitching Summary --
Highland -- Clay Keltner (6 IP, 4 H, 6 K, 3 BB); Chesterton -- Garrett
Swanson (7 IP, 3 H, 6 K, 1 BB). WP -- Garrett Swanson. LP -- Clay Keltner.