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Peterson blanks Lake Central in baseball; Trojans forge DAC tie

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ST. JOHN -- What time is it?

Jack Campbell asked the question, half smiling, after Tuesday's game at Lake Central, an Austin Peterson special that took 90 minutes.

"That's the problem with majors," the Chesterton coach said at 6:07. "Three, three-and-a-half hour games. When it's 3-2 to every batter, pretty soon you're looking for clovers. There are none here by the way. No. 1, he's a tremendous competitor. No. 2, he throws strikes. That's him. That's what he does."

Peterson rolled through the Indians lineup, allowing three hits and one walk while fanning 11 and the Trojans scratched out enough offense for a 3-0 victory that tied the teams atop the Duneland Athletic Conference.

"I just think that's how baseball should be played," Peterson said. "Last week was a little bush league, what LaPorte did. They made the game too long, step in, step out every pitch. Props to (Lake Central) for getting the game going."

That was a question mark after Peterson jammed his right knee, the same one that slowed him during basketball season, last week.

"Obviously, he was OK," Campbell said. "It was a well-pitched game by both kids. (Zach) Dobos pitched well. 'Pete' was awesome. We got a couple key hits early and he made it stand up."

Command was the key for Peterson, who froze a number of Indians with his slider, while commanding all of his pitches.

"The good thing was I had four pitches going good," he said. "Last week I kind of only had two. I had the changeup going against left-handed hitters. The two seams to lefties tail away more. I told Logan (Lawson), you need to be further over and (Chris) Torres, I need you by the line. I'm not going to be able to get over there fast enough. They were making fun of me. I had to be perfect as far as location. I couldn't leave balls up if I wasn't getting any push off the mound."

Peterson said athletic trainer Bernie Stento told him he needed to be out for 10 days, but that wasn't going to happen. Not a chance.

"That's who I am," he said. "I've got to be out here. I was feeling good. I was throwing strikes and the defense was able to make the plays. That helped out a lot."

There wasn't much need for defense, but Grant Brunt (third base) and Kolton Cardenas (center field) provided it with highlight reel plays. The Indians' sole threat came in the first when they put a runner on third with one out but Peterson fanned the next two.

"You could say we had an off offenseive game but obviously pitching had a lot to do with that," Indians coach Mike Swartzentruber said. "We've seen him enough to know he's going to be around the strike zone. We want to be aggressive, look fastball, hit strikes. If you swing through a slider and look silly, so be it. He works fast He likes to get in a rhythm. In hindsight, there are things we should've tried to do but he's been around the block. Not many people solved him and we sure as heck didnít."

Chesterton nicked Zach Dobos for single runs in the first, second and seventh, Peterson putting the Trojans up 1-0 with an RBI single that plated Tommy Benson after his double. Lawson brought in Tyler Nelson and Benson homered in the seventh, reportedly the first opponent long ball in the field's four years.

"The first three at-bats, every single time he started me off with a first-pitch curve ball," Benson said. "I wasn't sitting curve ball but in the back of my head I thought it might be coming. He left it up."

L.C. (19-4, 10-3) comes to Chesterton (14-6, 10-3) today for a winner-take-all game in the DAC.

Chesterton 3, Lake Central 0



Chesterton 110 000 1 -- 3 8 0

Lake Central 000 000 0 -- 0 3 1

2B -- Tommy Benson (C). HR -- Tommy Benson (C). Pitching summary -- Chesterton -- Austin Peterson (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 SO); Lake Central -- Zach Dobos (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO). WP -- Peterson. LP -- Dobos.



Posted 5/16/2018




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