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Chesterton Baseball beats Valparaiso for IHSAA Sectional title

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By TR HARLAN

One year later, the Trojans got their celebration.

The Chesterton baseball team dropped a heartbreaker last season to Andrean, but were not going to let it happen again as they beat Valparaiso 7-0 for the IHSAA Sectional title on Monday.

“I don’t know if last year was motivation for us or not,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “I’ve done enough over the years that it’s always nice to win (a Sectional). This is about the kids now. They really worked hard for it and earned it. I’m happy for them.”

A scoreless game into the third inning saw the Trojans load the bases with one out thanks to two hit by pitches and a bunt single from Connor Krantz.

A ground ball from Chris VanEekeren to third was thrown away down the right field line that plated all three Trojans for a 3-0 lead. A single by Austin Peterson scored VanEekeren to push the lead to 4-0.

“We made a couple of errors in the first inning, which is uncharacteristic of us, but got out of it,” Campbell said. “They made a couple and we got three runs out of it. You have to take advantage of situations when they come up in big games.”

The Vikings got a leadoff double by Marcus Gholston in the fourth, but Peterson recorded two strikeouts to get out of the situation. Peterson struck out nine in working six innings for the win.

“Austin is awfully good,” Campbell said. “When he is out there you know you have a chance to win. In fact, you expect to win. You just have to play good defense and score a couple runs.”

The Trojans scored three more runs in the fourth as Tyler Nelson drew a walk and promptly stole second base. A throwing error moved Nelson to third and he scored on Logan Lawson’s bunt single.

Chris Torres singled to put runners on first and second. Lawson scored on a two-strike suicide squeeze from Krantz and Torres scored on a single to right by Tommy Benson.

“Our senior class is awfully good, but our outfielders (Nelson, Krantz and Kolton Cardenas) made some great plays,” Campbell said. “Defensively, they made some great plays and they put the ball in play, stole bases. They were a big factor this week.”

The Trojans didn’t allow a run through three games during Sectional play and outscored their opponents 35-0.

“We have a lot of arms,” Campbell said. “I got paranoid and had Grant (Brunt) DH in case he had to get up early. We just didn’t know how (Austin Peterson’s) arm would be.”

Chesterton will play in the IHSAA LaPorte Regional on Saturday against Lake Central beginning at 10:30 a.m.

IHSAA Sectional

Chesterton 7, Valparaiso 0

AT CHESTERTON

SCORING BY INNINGS

Valparaiso 000 000 0 -- 0 2 4

Chesterton 004 300 x -- 7 7 3

2B -- Marcus Gholston (V). Pitching Summary -- Valparaiso -- Matt Jindra (3 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 2 BB), Noah Comstock (3 IP, 5 H, 1 K, 3 BB); Chesterton -- Austin Peterson (6 IP, 2 H, 9 K, 4 BB), Steve Gilbertsen (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB). WP -- Austin Peterson. LP -- Matt Jindra.

Chesterton 11, Hobart 0

Tommy Benson got hot and the Chesterton baseball team followed.

Led by Benson’s three home runs, the Trojans pounded out 14 hits and cruised to an 11-0 semifinal victory over Hobart on Friday.

Connor Krantz, Austin Peterson (double) and Chris VanEekeren each added two hits in the onslaught with Kolton Cardenas adding a home run and Logan Lawson tallying a double.

Peterson tossed five innings of one-hit ball, while striking out six. Steve Gilbertsen worked the final two frames and struck out a pair.

IHSAA Sectional Semifinals

Chesterton 11, Hobart 0

AT CHESTERTON

SCORING BY INNINGS

Chesterton 130 140 2 -- 11 14 0

Hobart 000 000 0 -- 0 2 2

2B -- Austin Peterson, Logan Lawson ©. HR -- Tommy Benson 3, Kolton Cardenas ©. Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Austin Peterson (5 IP, 1 H, 6 K, 1 BB), Steve Gilbertsen (2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB); Hobart -- Adam Eck (2 IP, 5 H, 2 K, 1 BB), Brock Cooper (4 IP, 8 H, 1 K, 4 BB), Tyler Schultz (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB). WP -- Austin Peterson. LP -- Adam Eck.

 

Posted 5/29/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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