into a pumpkin one hour early.
As the clock struck
11 p.m. on Wednesday night, Bryce Pause strolled home from third base in the
bottom of the 10th inning to give No. 1 ranked Crown Point a 2-1 Sectional
opening victory over Chesterton.
“Great high school
ball game,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “We certainly had our
chances and just didn’t get the big hit when we needed it.”
Crown Point started
the scoring in the third with an unearned run off of Chesterton starter
Tyler Nelson. Nelson worked 6 1/3 innings before being lifted because of the
state’s pitch count rule. He struck out 12 and allowed just three hits.
awesome,” Campbell said. “He really battled out there. Probably should’ve
won the game 1-0. Can’t ask for him to do much more.”
The Trojans tied
the game in the top of the fourth when Zach Westphal doubled to left to
start the inning. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Westphal scored
when Tyler Nelson reached on an error.
Chesterton put a
runner on second in the fifth, loaded the bases in the sixth and had runners
on second and third in the seventh, but couldn’t score against CP starter
Fender threw seven
innings, allowing three hits and striking out 15.
Campbell said. “We’ve seen him before and he’s always around the plate. You
have to be aggressive early in the count against him.”
In the bottom of
the 10th, Gene Kolarik moved all the way to second on a Trojan error. After
an intentional walk and a hit by pitch, Jacob Bosse drew a bases loaded walk
from Chesterton pitcher Chad Dzierba.
“Chad threw great,”
Campbell said. “What a tough spot for a kid to come into. He got out of the
bases loaded jam in the ninth with a couple strikeouts. Just threw great.”
finished the season 12-13 overall.
“Up and down year
for us,” Campbell said. “We had a bunch of new guys out there playing and
they saved their best one for last. It just wasn’t quite enough.”
Crown Point 2,
AT CROWN POINT
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 000 100
000 0 -- 1 4 3
Crown Point 001 000
000 1 -- 2 5 1
2B -- Zach Westphal
©; Jonathan Sabotnik (CP). Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Tyler Nelson
(6.1 IP, 3 H, 12 K, 4 BB), Chad Dzierba (2.2 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 3 BB); Crown
Point -- Ryan Fender (7 IP, 3 H, 15 K, 3 BB), Jonathan Sabotnik (3 IP, 1 H,
4 K, 1 BB). WP -- Jonathan Sabotnik. LP -- Chad Dzierba.