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Chesterton rally comes up short against Valpo

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A six-run sixth-inning rally turned a one-sided victory into a one-run defeat that left Chesterton bemoaning what might have been Thursday.

"It magnifies it when it's 9-8 instead of 9-2," Trojans coach Jack Campbell said after the Duneland Athletic Conference loss to Valparaiso. "We had a couple double relays where we didn't talk and didn't get out there that gave them an extra base, a passed ball, a ball goes under a glove. Nobody's trying to do those things. Baseball is a game of adjustments and if you donít adjust, it's a difficult game."

Chesterton (5-3, 1-1) never led after Valpo (3-2, 1-1) broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the third against Brandon Roeske (1-2). The Vikings put two more on the board in the fourth to double the lead and Roeske's eight-strikeout outing ended after another Valpo run scored in the fifth.

"He'd get to 0-2 and didn't finish," Campbell said.

The Trojans broke the ice in the fourth on a Cameron O'Brien roller to second that brought in Tyler Sufana, who led off the inning with a single and stole second. Corey Rusboldt's line out to right field made it 5-2 in the fifth.

"(Valpo starter Alfonso Casaday) did a nice job changing speeds, mixing up his pitches," Campbell said. "But we went up there like we didn't have a plan of what we wanted to do. We get a first-pitch fastball, we take it for a strike, then here comes a breaking ball."

Valpo struck for four runs in the sixth off Zach Burris, aided by a walk, hit by pitch, Chesterton's third of the game, and a two-out error.

The uprising proved pivotal when the Trojans hung a six in their half of the frame.

"We could've laid down," Campbell said.

Roeske doubled to start the rally and Casaday exited after a pair of one-out walks, his only bases on balls of the game, loaded the bases. A mishandled throw to second on an Andrew Ralph grounder let in two runs and a dropped toss on Patrick Tilden's roller toward first made it 9-5. Corey Rusboldt followed with a three-run home run down the right-field line to draw the Trojans within 9-8.

"Corey's been great," Campbell said. "He's really been hitting the ball well for us."

Cameron O'Brien, who worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, singled with one out in the seventh, but was stranded by Michael Jindra, who retired Max Benoit on a ground out to second to end it.

"I don't think any lead's safe," Valpo coach Dave Coyle said. "It's Indiana baseball. We played five innings of great baseball. The wheels started to come off, but we bounced back and made the plays to come out with the win, as ugly as it was."

Roeske and Rusboldt both had two hits for Chesterton, which hosts Andrean at 11 a.m. Saturday. -

Valparaiso 9, Chesterton 8



Valparaiso 002 214 0 -- 9 10 4

Chesterton 000 116 0 -- 8 9 2

2B -- Andrew Page 2 (V); Brandon Roeske (C). 3B -- Sam Miller, Justin Duty (V). HR -- Corey Rusboldt (C). Pitching summary -- Valparaiso -- Alfonso Casaday (5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO), Max Jindra (1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO);- Chesterton -- Roeske (5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO), Zach Burris (1/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO), Cameron O'Brien (1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO). WP -- Casaday. LP -- Roeske.

Junior Varsity

Valparaiso 8, Chesterton 6

The Chesterton junior varsity scored four runs in the seventh, but it wasnít enough in dropping an 8-6 decision to Valparaiso on Thursday.

Offensively, the Trojans got hits from Jack Mullen, Lucas Rochowiak, Ethan Conway and Jeremy Parkerson (double).

On the mound, Mullen worked five innings with three strikeouts. Tyler Smithson pitched the final two frames.


Posted 4/18/2014