Good pitching beats good hitting.
Veteran Chesterton baseball coach Jack Campbell can only hope the old adage
is true when the Trojans open the 2012 season today at Hammond Gavit.
“We had a really good scrimmage against Lowell pitching-wise,” Campbell
said. “We threw a lot of strikes and got ahead of hitters. That was really
The Trojans have a formidable 1-2 punch on the mound in seniors Jake Post
and Bobby Humphreys.
“We expect Jake and Bobby to have great years,” Campbell said. “With the
changing of the bats, the bat doesn’t have as much exit speed now. There
will be a lot more small ball and a lot fewer home runs. That makes pitching
a premium and I think we have a lot of it.”
Post, an Ohio State signee, was 6-3 last year with a 3.41 ERA. He also
struck out 84 batters in just 58 innings.
Humphreys, headed to St. Joseph’s College, was 4-2 last year with a 1.04 ERA
Chesterton will also see senior Mike Albano, junior Aery Pratt and
sophomores Jeremy Jaeger and Kevin Jones see time on the hill.
“Pitching is usually ahead of the hitting early in the year,” Campbell said.
“I guess we’ll find out with six games in the first week of the season.”
The Trojans have had the advantage of being outside through the pre-season,
but so has everybody else.
“The only bad thing about the weather getting too good too soon is that you
don’t spend as much time on the fundamental stuff as you do when you’re
stuck inside,” Campbell said. “Hopefully that doesn’t catch up with you
early in the year.”
Defensively, Campbell’s squad will feature seniors KJ Zelenika, Humphreys
and Zach Jenks at third, shortstop and second base. At first base, Post,
Brandon Jenks, Pratt and Max Kerr are battling.
“We have a myriad of first basemen,” Campbell said. “That’ll be determined
by who’s swinging the hot bat.”
In the outfield, the Trojans will have sophomore Andrew Ralph in
centerfield, but the rest of the spots are still open.
“In the outfield we’re a little thin in numbers,” Campbell said. “Andrew
Ralph in the leadoff spot as a lefty is something we haven’t had in a while.
He can go get it in center field and finds his way on base. Having been a
varsity athlete in football will help him too.”
Filling out the roster are Jordan Morandini, Josh Jaeger, JR Frederick, Alex
Rochowiak, Spencer Sutton, Austin VanderZanden, Mike Crowley, Mitch Kobitz
and Nathan Crownover.
“We’ve always played a lot of kids the first couple of weeks because we play
a lot of games,” Campbell said. “We’ve got six here the first week. We’ll
get to see everyone and find out what they can do before we get into
With 10 seniors on the roster, the Trojans do have some experience to rely
“Our attitude has really been great here in the pre-season,” Campbell said.
“We’ve got three great captains in Post, Zelenika and Humphreys, but we also
have other seniors and guys that have been around. They know what’s expected
and how to do things. That’s a huge advantage for us.”