Chesterton baseball team wasted little time Monday night in their
season-opener against Hammond Gavit.
Trojans pounded out 12 hits and erupted for 12 second-inning runs en route
to a 14-4 victory.
Aery Pratt struck out the all three Gladiators he faced in the top of the
first, Andrew Ralph led off the CHS half of the inning with a walk. After
Ralph stole second, Jordan Morandini also drew a walk.
ground out by Pratt moved each runner up 90 feet and Mike Crowley plated
the season’s first run with a sacrifice fly.
second inning onslaught started when Mitch Kobitz reached on an error.
Corey Rusboldt put runners on first and second after a botched fielders
choice and Brandon Roeske singled to center to score Kobitz.
single pushed the lead to 3-0 as Rusboldt scored. Morandini followed with
a single to load the bases.
scored on Pratt’s RBI ground out and Crowley singled to score Ralph.
After Austin VanderZanden was hit by a pitch, Nate Crownover’s double
scored Pratt and Crowley. Kobitz again reached on an error and
RBI ground out scored Crownover and Roeske’s RBI single plated Kobitz.
After Roeske advanced to second, he scored on a single by Ralph. Pratt’s
double plated Ralph and Morandini to finish the rally.
Trojans final run of the game came on Rusboldt’s RBI ground out in the
fourth that scored Dallas Milligan.
Ralph, Morandini, Crowley and Roseke all tallied two hits in the victory.
Pratt picked up the win on the mound with a three-inning, six-strikeout
14, Hammond Gavit 4
Gavit 000 04 -- 4 5 2
1(12)1 0x -- 14 12 1
-- Thompson (HG); Aery Pratt, Mike Crowley, Nate Crownover, Dallas
Milligan ©. Pitching Summary -- Hammond Gavit -- Byrd (1.2 IP, 6 H, 0 K,
3 BB), Calderon (2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 K, 1 BB); Chesterton -- Aery Pratt (3 IP,
2 H, 6 K, 0 BB), Brandon Roeske (2 IP, 3 H, 5 K, 1 BB). WP -- Aery Pratt.
LP -- Byrd.
Chesterton junior varsity baseball team opened the 2013 season with an
impressive 21-3 victory over Hammond Gavit on Monday.
Trojans scored 15 runs in the opening inning and were never challenged.
Garrett Swanson (2 innings), Patrick Tilden (2 innings) and Mack Leinweber
(1 inning) handled pitching duties.