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Chesterton baseball gift wraps a win for Crown Point

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File this one under lost and found, as in lost for Chesterton and found, then gift wrapped, for Crown Point.

Three outs from a quality win, the Trojans proceeded to fashion creative ways to not win.

They blew a two-run seventh-inning lead, left runners on base in the last five at-bats, had the potential winning run thrown out at the plate in the eighth and committed errors on three consecutive plays in the 11th, when the Bulldogs (4-2, 2-0) scored twice and hung on for a 5-3 Duneland Athletic Conference victory.

"Baseball's a game of failure, it's how you deal with it," Trojans coach Jack Campbell said. "You can beat yourself up and it affects you in the field, batting or pitching, or you can own it and move on."

Chesterton (2-4, 1-2) struggled in all phases, least of which was pitching, where it struck out 18 Bulldogs. Austin Peterson worked six strong innings, rolling through the last five after he was nicked for a run in the first. He fanned eight and walked one, exiting with a 3-1 lead, the point at which things began to get interesting.

"He wasn't out of pitches," Campbell said. "He wanted to stay on. We just don't want to overdo things and (Chris) Torres has thrown well."

Torres came on to try to close out the win in the seventh, but a roller up the third base line, followed by a walk and a hit batter loaded the bags with nobody out. A would-be double play went awry when catcher Brett Roeske's throw to first sailed into right field. Torres induced another come-backer, only to throw home rather than first, loading the bases for Luke Adams, whose single, the only ball to exit the infield in the inning, tied the game.

"Baseball's considered a slow game until you have to do something fast," Campbell said.

Torres managed to keep the score tied at 3 with a strikeout and groundout.

It looked like the disappointment would be short-lived when the Trojans put two on with none out in the seventh, but Peterson rolled into a double play and Ethan Conway struck out with the winning run on third.

The eighth may have been even more frustrating for Chesterton. Erik Ralph was robbed of extra bases by Adams in left center. Grant Brunt doubled, but then was late breaking from second on a double to deep right by Roeske and was an easy out trying to score. Roeske was then left at third.

"One of the disappointing things is we're not reading things," Campbell said.

Chesterton put two on in the ninth and 10th, only to again come up empty, another twin killing ending the 10th.

Stephen Gilbertsen was betrayed by the defense in the 11th, when two fielding miscues and a bad throw put C.P. up, a second run coming in on the only hit of the frame. Gilbertsen took an unlucky loss despite fanning nine in four innings, the victim of half of the Trojans' six defensive mistakes.

"He pitched great," Campbell said. "It's our second day on our field. That's an excuse. You've still got to catch the ball."

The Trojans' sole runner-less inning came in the 11th as Kyle Robinson fanned the final two hitters to end the game. Chesterton left 12 on base in all. Roeske had three hits and two RBIs.

"We put the ball in play," Campbell said. "They made plays and we didnít."

Crown Point 5, Chesterton 3



Crown Point 100 000 200 02 -- 5 9 2

Chesterton 110 100 000 00 -- 3 10 6

2B -- Erik Ralph, Grant Brunt, Brett Roeske (C). Pitching summary -- Crown Point -- Brandon Haczynski (5 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 SO), Ryan Bolda (4 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 SO), Kyle Robinson (2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 SO); Chesterton -- Austin Peterson (6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 SO), Chris Torres (1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 SO), Steve Gilbertsen (4 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 9 SO). WP -- Robinson. LP -- Gilbertsen.



Posted 4/12/2017




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