baseball team scored six runs in the sixth inning and got five innings of
shut down pitching from Jack Mullen in picking up a 9-4 Duneland Athletic
Conference victory over Merrillville on Thursday.
The Pirates jumped
on top with three runs in the first as Trojan starter Mike Mallon struggled
with his control.
the lead to 4-0 with a solo run in the third before the Trojans got on the
board in the bottom of the inning.
Owen Hallas and
Ethan Conway started the inning by drawing back-to-back walks. Hallas scored
Chesterton’s first run on an Anthony Kurek ground out.
In the fourth, the
Trojans scored another run as Brett Roeske reached on an error. Jack Mullen
singled to put runners on the corners and Erik Ralph’s fielder’s choice
The slow climb back
into the game continued in the fifth when Austin Peterson singled with one
out and moved all the way to third on a pair of passed balls. Patrick
Arndt’s ground out scored Peterson to cut the lead to 4-3.
exploded offensively in the sixth as Mullen singled with one out. Ralph
reached on an error and Hallas singled to load the bases.
Conway grounded out
to short, but scored Mullen to tie the game. Kurek’s single to center plated
Ralph and Hallas, just ahead of Peterson scoring Kurek with an RBI single.
After Arndt drew a
walk, Blake Soffa doubled to score Peterson and Arndt to set the final
Peterson and Mullen each had two hits to lead the Trojans. Mullen got the
win with five innings of relief work, allowing just two hits and striking
SCORING BY INNINGS
000 0 -- 4 2 2
Chesterton 001 116
x -- 9 8 2
2B -- Blake Soffa,
Anthony Kurek ©. Pitching Summary -- Merrillville -- Ramirez (5.2 IP, 5 H, 1
K, 4 BB), Smith (.1 IP, 3 H, 0 K, 1 BB); Chesterton -- Mike Mallon (0 IP, 0
H, 0 K, 4 BB), Chris Boren (2 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 4 BB), Jack Mullen (5 IP, 2 H, 6
K, 2 BB). WP -- Jack Mullen. LP -- Ramirez.