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Chesterton Baseball falls 5-3 at Semistate

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Missed opportunities.

That will be the underlying theme of Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Fishers in the IHSAA Plymouth Semistate for the Chesterton baseball team.

“We never got the big hit when we had to have it,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “We had plenty of opportunities. We were one hit away.”

The Trojans had their first chance right away in the first against Fishers starter Luke Albright, a Kent State signee.

With one out, Tommy Benson was hit by a pitch and Chris VanEekeren reached on an error. A two-out walk loaded the bases, but a fly out ended the threat.

Fishers jumped on Trojan starter Austin Peterson right away. A leadoff walk, followed by a hit batsmen, led to a two-run double to right-center field. Another double plated a third run and a follow-up single chased Peterson from the hill.

“(Peterson) just didn’t have the velocity he usually has. They hit balls on him that teams don’t hit,” Campbell said. “I asked him how he felt and he said ‘ok’. That’s not always the response you want.

“Nobody hits the ball against him like that when he’s right. Something was wrong, whatever is was.”

Chris Torres came in and induced a double play to end the frame with the Tigers on top 4-0.

In the second, Tyler Nelson and Brett Roeske singled with one out to put runners on the corners. After a stolen base by courtesy runner Patrick Sosby, Benson appeared to cut the lead in half with a single to center.

A catcher’s interference call by the home plate umpire blew the play dead, sending both runners back to their bases and Benson to first.

“(The umpire) said he called catcher’s interference as soon as the bat hit the ball,” Campbell said. “That stops play and sends the runners back to their bases. I didn’t see anything or hear anything. I was watching the baserunners when he came out and called the play dead.”

A soft ground ball back to the pitcher ended the inning.

The game stayed that way until the third when Alex Jamieson hit a home run off to left to push the lead to 5-0.

Chesterton’s comeback started in the fifth inning as Connor Krantz and Benson singled to start the inning. A sacrifice fly to right off Chris VanEekeren’s bat plated Krantz with the Trojans’ first run. Peterson reached on an error scoring Benson.

Another rally in the sixth for Chesterton started with a one-out double by Nelson. Nelson moved to third on a ground out and scored when Krantz reached on an error. A single by Benson put runners on the corners, but relief pitcher Grant Richardson got a strike out to end the threat.

“Awesome year,” Campbell said. “You win a Sectional by scoring 35 runs and not allowing any. Two great comeback wins in the Regional. We battled back today and just couldn’t get all the way back this time.”

In the seventh, Richardson got a strikeout to start the inning, But, Grant Brunt and Chris Torres both singled to start a rally. A strikeout and weak ground ball in front of the plate ended the season.

“This was the group,” Campbell said. “We’ve never been to the State Finals before. They were built for it. I’ve coached a lot of games. I feel bad for the kids. That’s the biggest thing right now.”

IHSAA Semistate



Chesterton 000 021 0 -- 3 8 2

Fishers 401 000 x -- 5 6 5

2B -- Tyler Nelson ©; Grant Richardson, Matt Wolff (F). HR -- Alex Jamieson (F). Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Austin Peterson (.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K), Chris Torres (3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 K, 1 BB), Steve Gilbertsen (2 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB); Fishers -- Luke Albright (5 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB), Grant Richardson (2 IP, 4 H, 3 K, 0 BB). WP -- Luke Albright. LP -- Austin Peterson. S -- Grant Richardson.



Posted 6/11/2018




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