The Chesterton baseball team pounded out 11 hits and cruised to an 11-1
Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Michigan City on Friday.
Neither team scored until the bottom of the third when the Trojans cracked
the scoreboard for two runs.
Andrew Ralph led of the frame with a single. After back-to-back outs, Austin
VanderZanden ripped a double to right field that plated Ralph. VanderZanden
scored on a single by Mike Crowley for the 2-0 lead.
The Chesterton offense exploded in the fourth inning to the tune of six
Mitch Kobitz and Corey Rusboldt led off the inning with back-to-back
singles. Pinch-runner Jeremy Jaeger scored as Michael Griffin reached on an
error and Ralph loaded the bases with an infield single.
After a fielder’s choice, Aery Pratt drew a walk to score Griffin and
VanderZanden’s sacrifice fly plated Ralph. Crowley’s three-run home run to
left field cleared the bases and staked the Trojans to an 8-0 lead.
Michigan City clawed out its only run in the fifth, but CHS answered with
one of its own in the bottom of the frame. Kobitz scored when Jordan
Morandini reached on an error.
The final two tallies of the night came in the bottom of the sixth as
Crowley got a one-out single to start the rally. Tyler Sufana’s double to
center field allowed Kobitz’s sacrifice fly to score Crowley. Rusboldt’s
single scored Sufana to set the final margin.
Crowley and Rusboldt led the offensive attack for Chesterton with three hits
each, while Ralph tallied two hits in the victory. Crowley also had four
Pratt worked the first 4 1/3 innings on the mound to garner the win after
allowing just three hits and striking out three. Dallas Milligan worked the
final 1 2/3 innings and struck out one.
2B -- Austin VanderZanden, Tyler Sufana ©. HR -- Mike Crowley ©. Pitching
Summary -- Michigan City -- Lemon (3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 K, 3 BB), Hebb (1.1 IP, 1
H, 0 K, 1 BB), Kaletha (.2 IP, 3 H, 0 K, 0 BB); Chesterton -- Aery Pratt
(4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 1 BB), Dallas Milligan (1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB). WP --
Aery Pratt. LP -- Lemon.