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