The Chesterton baseball team spent more time getting the field ready on
Saturday than they did playing on it.
The Trojans exploded offensively for 16 hits and cruised to a 14-2 Duneland
Athletic Conference victory over Merrillville Saturday morning.
The visiting Pirates put together both of their hits and took advantage of a
first inning Chesterton error to get on the board in the top of the first
A leadoff single by Andrew Ralph and a one-out single by Tyler Sufana got a
rally started for the Trojans in the bottom of the first. Brandon Roeske
reached on a fielder’s choice to score Ralph.
Things would stay that way until the Trojans opened up the flood gates in
the bottom of the third.
Ralph singled and stole second. Corey Rusboldt tripled to score Ralph and
Sufana singled to play Rusboldt. Roeske doubled and scored on a two-run home
run by Cole Teal.
Cameron O’Brien was hit by a pitch and stole second. After advancing to
third on a passed ball, O’Brien scored on Matt Kubacki’s double. Courtesy
runner Patrick Tilden advanced to second as Michael Griffin drew a walk.
Tilden scored on Ralph’s single and Rusboldt’s single to left plated Griffin
The final touches offensively came in the bottom of the fourth inning as
Teal doubled with one out to get things started.
O’Brien singled to put Teal on third and moved to second on defensive
indifference. Kubacki’s single to left scored Teal and O’Brien.
Tilden again ran for Kubacki and immediately stole second base. Another walk
to Griffin and an infield single by Ralph loaded the bases. Rusboldt cleared
the bases with a three-run triple to set the final score.
Kubacki dominated the game on the mound for the Trojans, allowing just two
hits and striking out 11 in going all five innings for the win.
Chesterton 14, Merrillville 2
SCORING BY INNINGS
Merrillville 200 00 - 2 2 1
Chesterton 108 5x - 14 16 1
2B - Brandon Roeske, Cole Teal, Matt Kubacki ©. 3B - Corey Rusboldt 2 ©. HR
- Cole Teal ©. Pitching Summary - Merrillville - Gonzalez (3 IP, 11 H, 1 K,
1 BB), Ramirez (1 IP, 5 H, 1 K, 1 BB); Chesterton - Matt Kubacki (5 IP, 2 H,
11 K, 0 BB). WP - Matt Kubacki. LP - Gonzalez.