Offense, offense, offense.
The Chesterton baseball
team took their bats to Merrillville on Thursday and used them early and
often in getting a 19-8 Duneland Athletic Conference decision over the
The Trojans got going
immediately with four runs in the first. Owen Hallas started things with a
single and stole second and third. He was thrown out on a fly ball off the
bat of Jack Mullen.
Patrick Arndt proceeded to
walk and Matt Kubacki doubled to plate Arndt. Anthony Kurek walked and
Travis Brooks reached on an error that scored Kubacki. Cameron O’Brien’s
single scored Kurek and Brooks for a 4-0 lead.
The Pirates didn’t waste
any time either as they used seven hits and scored seven runs in the bottom
of the first for a 7-4 lead.
The score stayed that way
until the third when Kubacki and Kurek started the frame with back-to-back
singles for Chesterton. After a sacrifice bunt, O’Brien drew a walk to load
Max Benoit singled to score
Kubacki and Kurek. O’Brien would later score on an error and Ben Thornton’s
RBI single plated Benoit for an 8-7 lead.
The Trojans scored three
more runs in the fifth as Benoit started the rally by reaching on an error.
Thornton drew a walk and Hallas singled to load the bases. Mullen took a
walk scoring courtesy runner James Burger.
Arndt hit a sacrifice fly
that scored Thornton and Hallas before Kubacki reached on an error to make
the score 11-7.
A solo run in the fifth for
the Pirates was followed by four more runs in the Chesterton sixth.
Benoit reached on an error
to get things started before Hallas and Mullen both walked. Arndt singled to
left scoring courtesy runner Isaac Shook and Hallas. Kurek’s single plated
Mullen and Arndt to make the score 15-8.
The Trojans put the final
touches on in the seventh as O’Brien singled to start another rally. Garrett
Swanson doubled to score O’Brien before Michael Jacobucci walked and Zach
Burris was hit by a pitch. Arndt’s sacrifice fly plated Swanson.
Shook singled to plate
Burris and Burger followed that with a single to set the final score.
(double) and Kubacki (double) led the way for Chesterton with three hits.
Arndt, Kurek and O’Brien each tallied two hits in the win.
Michael Mallon earned the
win for the Trojans with 4.2 innings of relief work (7 strikeouts). Swanson
pitched the final two frames (2 strikeouts).
19, Merrillville 8
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 404 034 4 -- 19
Merrillville 700 010 0 -- 8
2B -- Owen Hallas, Matt
Kubacki, Garrett Swanson ©; Thomas Butler, Brendon Bistrican (M). HR -- Jon
Streck (M). Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Owen Hallas (.1 IP, 6 H, 0 K,
0 BB), Michael Mallon (4.2 IP, 2 H, 7 K, 1 BB), Garrett Swanson (2 IP, 1 H,
2 K, 1 BB); Merrillville -- Nathan Potter (3 IP, 8 H, 1 K, 4 BB), Matt Meux
(3 IP, 5 H, 0 K, 5 BB), Thomas Smith (1 IP, 4 H, 0 K, 1 BB). WP -- Michael
Mallon. LP -- Nathan Potter.
Chesterton 24, Merrillville
The Chesterton junior
varsity scored 17 first-inning runs and cruised to a 24-2 victory over
Offensively, the Trojans
pounded out 22 hits led by Chris Boren and Eric Ralph with three hits each.
Sam Boland, Blake Notzen, Austin Peterson, Grant Brunt and Kevin Jugovic all
had two hits.
Jugovic worked the first
three innings on the mound and struck out five before giving way to Braydon
Cortwright for the final two innings (5 strikeouts).