Whatever the level, the last out in a baseball game is often the hardest one
was Thursday when the Chesterton never recorded the 21st out against
Michigan City as Riley Shreve's two-run double turned a 4-3 Trojans win into
a 5-4 loss.
take the blame on that," coach Jack Campbell said. "I called the pitch he
hit. We had him 1-2, I thought about throwing high heat. It was a good
breaking ball, it was down and in. It was a tough ball to hit, but he just
golfed that sucker out of there."
Shreve took a two-strike approach, shortening up and crowding the plate, but
it was far from a protect mode swing as he drove the pitch into the
left-center jet stream, carrying to the fence. A slight bobble allowed pinch
runner Chris French to score easily with the winning run.
"With us, I feel like it's the big hit," Shreve said. "I was the same
situation earlier, two outs, bases loaded, and I couldn't touch the ball.
I'm just glad I got a second chance at it."
hit was a perfect bookend for City (5-11-1, 3-9 Duneland Conference), which
took a 1-0 lead in the first on Tyler Siegmund's leadoff home run. It was
the only run allowed by Zach Westphal while he was in the game. He was
charged with a second run that scored after he was pulled in the sixth.
threw great," Campbell said. "It's his first really long outing that he's
been out there. I said if somebody got on in the sixth, we'd bring in the
lefty (Chad Dzierba). He's got a great pickoff move, but they had seen him.
With a two-run lead, they weren't going anywhere."
Clarkson sliced a double to left to make it 3-2, but a strikeout and a
groundout got Dzierba out of the inning with the tenuous lead intact. The
Trojans pushed the margin back to two on a two-out Jeremy Krantz single to
right in the seventh, his second hit of the game.
tag up on a foul fly ball, we squeeze one in. I hate to have to do that,"
Campbell said. "At some point, it's like, is somebody going to hit the ball
hard somewhere? (MC starter Tyler Cuma) changed speeds, the shortstop
(Shreve) had to have made five, six plays on ground balls. The grass is a
little thick, it hits that, it slows it down, you're great in the field."
Campbell went to Ryan Slivka after a leadoff walk in the bottom half.
Siegmund reached on an infield single and after a strikeout, Slivka plunked
Bryce Hayman to load the bases.
has him 0-2. Throw a curve ball down the middle, break it out, you strike
him out," Campbell said. "It's always easier said than done."
Cuma's sharp grounder was redirected off Slivka's for a force play, scoring
the second run on the second out, and setting the stage for Shreve.
"It's been a hard two-and-a-half, three-and-a-half weeks," said Shreve of
the Wolves' eight-game losing streak spanning nearly a month.
Campbell had used Tyler Nelson in the closing role previously, but he threw
four innings in a start Wednesday, striking out 10 against La Porte, and was
unavailable to pitch.
"We've been using him there when we've needed him," Campbell said. "He's
faced 22, 23 batters and struck out 19. He's got good velocity, a nice curve
ball. Ideally, that would have been a perfect situation for him."
Chesterton took the lead in the third without hitting the ball hard. A walk,
hit batter, wild pitch and Connor Krantz squeeze bunt tied the game. After
Jeremy Krantz's bunt single, Jake Roof (two hits) came home on Westphal's
foul pop up that the first baseman caught with his back turned to the plate.
McKenna tripled in Nelson with two outs in the sixth to make it 3-1
score 11 runs (Wednesday) night, we hit the ball hard," Campbell said.
"(Tonight,) we scratched to get four runs."
already-rescheduled road game was played at Chesterton due to field
conditions at M.C.
Michigan City 5, Chesterton 4
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 002 001 1-- 4 7 0
Michigan City 100 001 3--5 7 0
2B -- Riley Shreve (MC). 3B -- Zach McKenna (C). HR -- Tyler Siegmund (MC).
Pitching summary -- Chesterton -- Zach Westphal (5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3
BB, 3 SO), Chad Dzierba (2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO), Ryan Slivka
(2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO); Michigan City -- Tyler Cuma (7 IP, 7
H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO). WP -- Cuma. LP -- Slivka.