The Chesterton baseball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead and then added four
more runs late to get a 10-8 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Crown
Point on Tuesday.
Andrew Ralph led off the bottom of the first with a single. Jordan
Morandini’s bunt put runners on first and second just before Aery Pratt’s
RBI single made the score 1-0.
Austin VanderZanden’s RBI single to center field pushed the lead to 2-0 and
Mike Crowley walked. Tyler Sufana’s ground out moved the runners to second
and third and Corey Rusboldt’s ground out scored VanderZanden. Mitch Kobitz’
single to center scored Crowley for a 5-0 lead.
Pratt, Chesterton’s starter on the mound, cruised through the first three
innings before the Bulldogs touched him up for three runs in the fourth,
including back-to-back home runs to start the frame.
The Trojans answered with a solo run in the bottom of the fourth as Pratt
drew a walk and VanderZanden was hit by a pitch. Crowley’s ground ball
scored pinch-runner Jeremy Jaeger.
Three more runs for the Bulldogs in the fourth ended the night for Pratt as
he was replaced by Dallas Milligan with the score tied 6-6.
Things would stay that way until the bottom of the sixth.
VanderZanden led off with a single and Sufana had a one-out hit to put
runners on first and second. Rusboldt singled to right scoring VanderZanden.
Kobitz reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Sufana.
After Michael Griffin was hit by a pitch, Ralph singled to left scoring
pinch-runner Colin McEuen.
Eli Taubert reached on an error that scored Griffin to give the Trojans a
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning, but Matt
Kubacki worked his way out of a jam and struck out the final hitter to
preserve the win.
Offensively, Ralph had a 4-for-5 day from the leadoff spot, while Pratt and
VanderZanden each recorded a pair of hits. Sufana, Rusboldt, Kobitz and
Griffin all had singles in the Trojans’ 12-hit attack.
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2B - Nickla, R. Plesac (CP); Andrew Ralph, Aery Pratt ©. HR - Nickla, Hecht,
Z. Plesac (CP). Pitching Summary - Crown Point - Burkholder (4 IP, 7 H, 5 K,
4 BB), Kepshire (2 IP, 5 H, 0 K, 1 BB); Chesterton - Aery Pratt (4.1 IP, 8
H, 4 K, 0 BB), Dallas Milligan (1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB), Matt Kubacki (1 IP,
1 H, 1 K, 0 BB). WP - Dallas Milligan. LP - Kepshire. S - Matt Kubacki.