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."
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
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."
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
AT LAKE CENTRAL
SCORING BY INNINGS
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.