The Chesterton baseball team scored six runs in the seventh inning to blow
open a close game and garner a 9-2 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over
LaPorte on Wednesday.
The Trojans opened the scoring in the top of the first as Andrew Ralph was
hit by a pitch to lead off the game. After Jordan Morandini sacrificed him
to second base, Aery Pratt’s single to center scored Ralph.
LaPorte answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and held a
lead until the Trojans put two runs on the board in the top of the fourth.
Pratt doubled to start the frame and scored on Austin VanderZanden’s one-out
single to centerfield. A pickoff move got past the first baseman and
VanderZanden would eventually come all the way around to score for a 3-2
Things would stay that way until the top of the seventh when Corey Rusboldt
started the inning with a one-out single. After a fly out, Michael Griffin
drew a walk. Ralph singled to rightfield, scoring Rusboldt.
Eli Taubert walked to load the bases and Pratt also walked to drive in
Griffin. Mike Crowley’s double to center scored Ralph and Taubert.
VanderZanden singled to score Pratt and Crowley to set the final score.
Offensively, Pratt was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s, while Crowley
and VanderZanden each tallied two hits. Ralph, Sufana and Rusboldt also
contributed to the 10-hit attack.
Mitch Kobitz allowed just four hits and struck out two in working all seven
innings as he improved to 3-0 on the season.
Chesterton 9, LaPorte 2
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 100 200 6 - 9 10 0
LaPorte 200 000 0 - 2 4 1
2B - Aery Pratt, Mike Crowley ©. 3B - Tyler Sufana ©. Pitching Summary -
Chesterton - Mitch Kobitz (7 IP, 4 H, 2 K, 0 BB); LaPorte - Teets (6.2 IP, 8
H, 3 K, 3 BB), Miller (.1 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB). WP - Mitch Kobitz. LP - Teets.