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CHS Baseball hands Jack Campbell 700th career win

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It’s not the seat he’s used to, but that didn’t prevent the emotion from getting to Jack Campbell.

Campbell, watching 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.”

“Jack’s the 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.”

Highland threatened 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.

“Garrett tonight 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.”

Chesterton 2, Highland 1



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.



Posted 5/18/2015




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