It was a lonely day
in the third base coaching box for Jack Campbell.
Only one Trojan
came to see their coach Thursday as Chesterton was blanked on four hits by
Crown Point's Ryan Bolda in a 5-0 Bulldogs win.
"The kid pitched
great," Campbell said. "Great curve ball. Good location, middle of the plate
out. If you don't try to hit the ball the other way, you’re going to be in
trouble. He mixed his pitches well. He had good velocity, good control."
If Bolda's name
sounds familiar, it should. A week earlier, he picked up the win at
Chesterton and he was much better this time around.
"I realy wasn't
planning to throw him the whole game," C.P. coach Steve Strayer said. "After
seeing him the first game, I thouight they would get to him. I thought he
had better stuff. He mixed it up well. There's much you can do when you
don't score any runs"
Grant Brunt at third after his leadoff single in the second. Its best
chance, best by default, came in the fifth inning when Brett Roeske and
Chris Van Eekeren singled with one out. Bolda halted the threat right there
with a pickoff at second and a strikeout.
"Two runs behind,
one out, we weren't going anywhere," Campbell said. "It was a baserunning
The game started
inauspiciously when leadoff hitter Jake DeFries' pop up fell in front of
home plate and a subsequent bad throw to second base let him get to third.
With one out, Chris Van Eekeren threw out DeFries at the plate on a grounder
to third and Grant Brunt made it out of the inning scoreless.
He escaped trouble
again in the second when Tyler Nelson's throw from center field to cutoffman
Chris Torres was relayed to Brett Roeske for another putout at the dish. C.P.
had a third runner cut down trying to score in the third, to Strayer's
"We made several
good defensive plays, tags at the plate," Campbell said.
Even so, Crown
Point (7-3, 3-2 Duneland) got on the board with two runs in the third. The
inning started with a walk and bunt single, the first run scoring on a
passed ball and the second on a Ben Fridrich triple.
"We weren't going
to smoke the ball all over the place against Chesterton," Strayer said.
"They have five pitchers who have great stuff."
The Bulldogs broke
the game open with three runs off Stephen Gilbertsen in the fifth before a
scoreless sixth by Brayden Cortwright.
"A perfect bunt
down the line, a chopper, you get those when you win," Campbell said.
"Stephen's pitched great. They barreled him up a couple times. We haven't
given (Cortwright) many opportunities. We’ve been working with him on his
breaking ball. Hopefully, this will give him a little more confidence."
doubled with two out in the seventh, but was stranded, preserving the
shutout for Bolda
"I had to hit my
spots in order to beat them," Bolda said. "When I do that, the game goes
well. I'm working on all my pitches so I can throw them in any count.
The start of the
game was pushed back more than an hour to get the wet field ready for play.
3-2) returns to the field today when they host Valparaiso. First pitch is
scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Crown Point 5,
AT CROWN POINT
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 000 000
0 -- 0 4 2
Crown Point 002 030
x -- 5 8 0
2B -- Chris Torres
(C). 3B -- Ben Fridrich (CP). Pitching summary -- Chesterton -- Grant Brunt
(3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO), Stephen Gilbertsen (2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3
ER, 0 BB, 2 SO), Brayden Cortwright (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO); Crown
Point -- Ryan Bolda (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO). WP -- Bolda. LP -- Brunt.