By TR HARLAN
It finally ran out.
Whatever “it” is that the Chesterton baseball team had bottled all season,
came to a screeching halt at the hands of fireballing right-hander Brandon
Murray and Hobart on Wednesday night.
The Trojans gave the Brickies seven unearned runs and fell 8-2 in the
Sectional opener at LaPorte.
“The seven unearned runs was the difference,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell
said. “That’s something we really hadn’t done all year.”
And that was more than enough for Murray, a South Carolina signee, who
struck out 12 on the night with his 90+ mile per hour fastball and curve
“He’s as good as I’ve seen,” Campbell said. “It’s not just the 90+ fast
ball. He threw the curve for a strike tonight and that just makes it
Hobart took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Murray singled to center
field to score Tyler Kenjic.
The Trojans evened things up in the top of the fourth as Jordan Morandini
drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Aery Pratt’s RBI
single to left plated Morandini.
Things fell apart for Chesterton in the bottom of the fourth as the Brickies
sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four runs. Hobart took advantage of
a Trojan error and four walks to build a 5-1 lead.
“(Chesterton starter) Mitch (Kobitz) and Aery (Pratt) have thrown the ball
great for us all year,” Campbell said. “Mitch wasn’t getting any calls
around the knees and Aery struggled. It happens.”
Matt Kubacki came in to strike out Drey Devereaux to end the inning.
The Trojans put two runners on in the fifth, but Murray struck out the side
to stop the rally. A solo run for Chesterton in the sixth scored as Austin
VanderZanden singled and moved to a second on a single by Mike Crowley.
VanderZanden went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error.
“I told them they can’t let go of what happened all year because they lost a
game tonight,” Campbell said. “I don’t know that I’ve had a better team, as
far as an actual team goes, in my 23 years. They were a group of unheralded
guys coming in that really came together as a group.
“It’s great to see what happens when you have team chemistry and nobody
cares who gets credit.”
Three more runs by Hobart set the final score, but the Trojans did get a
single from Jeremy Jaeger and a double by Eli Taubert in the seventh as a
final rally that fell short.
Hobart 8, Chesterton 2
SCORING BY INNING
Chesterton 000 101 0 -- 2 5 4
Hobart 001 403 x -- 8 5 1
2B -- Eli Taubert ©. 3B -- Nicholas Bokun (H). Pitching Summary --
Chesterton -- Mitch Kobitz (3 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 2 BB), Aery Pratt (.2 IP, 0 H, 1
K, 3 BB), Matt Kubacki (2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 1 BB); Hobart -- Brandon Murray (7
IP, 5 H, 12 K, 5 BB). WP -- Brandon Murray. LP -- Mitch Kobitz.
Chesterton Boys Golf finishes 4th in DAC Meet at The Brassie
The Chesterton boys golf team finished fourth on Wednesday in the Duneland
Athletic Conference Meet at The Brassie.
Valparaiso won the team title with a 295, while Michigan City (309), Lake
Central (313), Chesterton (313), Crown Point (314), Portage (317), LaPorte
(325) and Merrillville (390) followed.
Evan Zondor shot a four-over-par 76 to lead the Trojans with John Kelley
shooting 77. Brandon Martin and Zach Von Huben each shot 80, while Logan
Krantz fired an 83 to round out the scoring.
Valparaiso’s Bobby Jacobs shot one-under-par 71 and won in a playoff to take
Duneland Athletic Conference Meet
AT THE BRASSIE, Par 72
1. Valparaiso, 295; 2. Michigan City, 309; 3. Lake Central, 313; 4.
Chesterton, 313; 5. Crown Point, 314; 6. Portage, 317; 7. LaPorte, 325; 8.
Valparaiso -- Bobby Jacobs 71 (Medalist), Kyle Meihofer 72, Andrew Gariup
75, Patrick Andrie 77, Alex Pancek 79.
Michigan City -- Aaron Skibinski 71, Ryan Brinckman 75, Josh Palmer 81,
Devin Gambill 82, Noah Nieman 85.
Lake Central -- Danny Mikrut 76, Ryan Wells 78, Matt Meneghetti 79, Nick
Good 80, Rhett Barker 82.
Chesterton -- Evan Zondor 76, John Kelley 77, Brandon Martin 80, Zach Von
Huben 80, Logan Krantz 83.
Crown Point -- Mike Lee 76, Patrick Mudd 76, Luke Lambert 80, Grant Miller
82, Matt Mudd 85.
Portage -- Noah Kunstek 76, Jordan Henson 77, Nick Lewis 79, Tyler Gonzalez
85, Tep Junyanid 94.
LaPorte -- David Lehman 78, Zach Liberatore 80, Austin Wells 83, Zach
Perschke 84, Tyler Baker 85.
Merrillville -- Naim Muhammad 93, Kyle Krause 96, Fard Muhammad 98, Robert
Neilsen 103, Michael Robinson 118.