A 13-run first
inning propelled Chesterton to a 17-0, five-inning whitewash of Merrillville
in the opening game of the Chesterton Class 4A Sectional on Wednesday.
As far as big
innings go, it wasn't even the most runs Brett Roeske had seen scored in one
frame. Not even close.
"Our freshman year,
we scored 23 in the first inning against the same guy," Roeske said.
Poor Israel Woods
was victimized for nine this time, the Trojans chasing the Pirates senior 10
batters into the game. By the time Chesterton was a hitter away from batting
around twice, it had plated 13 runs.
ready. We wanted to jump on them early, not wait until the last second, like
we have lately," Chris VanEekeren said.
The first eight
Trojans reached base via a walk, an error, two hit batters and four hits.
VanEekeren and Roeske both knocked in a pair with a double and a triple.
against us in the regular season and wasn't too bad," Roeske said of a 7-3
game. "We were a little passive in counts (that game). We were aggressive at
the plate, hitting first-pitch fastballs. We did a lot of practice waiting
on the ball, staying back and trying to drive the ball instead of yanking
everything down the line."
in another run and Roeske's hustle double gave him four RBIs for the inning.
"We hit the ball
hard," coach Jack Campbell said. "We hit it where they weren't, between,
over, in front. That's the way baseball is. We wanted to score right away
and sometimes it snowballs. I've seen it the other way."
By that point,
Campbell biggest concern was making sure he started substituing at the right
"No matter who you
play, it's, well, what if the next 10 guys put it over the fence?" he said.
That was never an
issue as Chris Torres and Grant Brunt combined on a shutout. Torres allowed
three hits in three innings and Brunt a walk with three strikeouts in his
two frames as the Chesterton outfield didn't record a single putout.
"Chris has thrown
well and Grant has, too," Campbell said. "We talked to Grant and told him if
we get the chance we're going to get you a couple innings. There weren't
many decisions to be made."
launched a three-run home run in the fourth and Chad Dzierba knocked in the
final run in the fifth with his first hit of his varsity career. Campbell's
only regret was the bunt David Mahaffey put down in the fourth with the
"It was his idea,"
Campbell said. "I apologized. (Merrillville coach Paul Wirtz) understood.
He's a kid who doesn't play a lot."
Patrick Sosby, Benson, VanEekeren, Brunt, Tyler Nelson and Roeske all had
two hits with six Trojans scoring twice. Chesterton racked up four doubles,
a triple and a home run among its 19 hits.
"It sure makes
everything easier," Campbell said.
The Trojans face
Hobart in Friday's semifinal. The Brickies edged Crown Point 1-0 in
Wednesday's second game.