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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
SCORING BY INNINGS
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