When Chris Torres
is locating his curveball, he's tough to beat. Just ask Valparaiso.
pitcher not only found his groove with his breaking ball on Friday, but
continually forced minimal solid contact with his fastball.
Peterson blanked the Vikings in an 11-0 win on Tuesday, it was Torres' turn
to put up zeroes in a 10-0 home win for the Trojans.
"Mainly, my 2-seam
was working," Torres said. "I was running it out on the lefties and in on a
righty and trying to keep it away from them since they're a pretty good
hitting team. I was trying to keep the ball off the plate and split the
plate between the corners. My curveball wasn't too good early on but after I
got a feel for it, it was pretty good."
Torres helped his
cause at the dish as well, going 2-for-3 with a double.
“Helping myself out
at the plate was good because that helps me with my approach batting and it
keeps me confident with all my pitches on the mound,” he said.
went nine up, nine down before giving up his first hit in the fourth inning.
He would give up four hits -- all singles -- with six strikeouts and no
Valpo's best chance
came in the fourth after back-to-back two-out hits before a Charlie Healy
lineout was snagged by Austin Peterson at first base for the third out.
"To come back and
get the next guy out was the big thing," Chesterton coach Jack Campbell
said. "When he throws his breaking ball for a strike, he's really good. He's
got good velocity so when he throws the curveball for strikes, that's kind
of the old equalizer. I keep telling the kids that strike one is the best
pitch in baseball and if you throw strike one and you take it, then you're
On Thursday, the
Trojans were locked up to the tune of only four hits by Crown Point's Ryan
Bolda. A day after, the offense found no trouble producing with 10 hits --
including four in a five-run fifth inning that ended the ballgame.
“Bolda was really
good and just better than us (Thursday), nothing but credit to him,"
Campbell said. "I keep telling the kids that the weather's gonna get better
and then we're gonna get better. We beat Valpo 11-0 the first time and that
didn't mean anything this game. Fortunately, we got hits with people on base
and were able to create some things offensively."
produced at the top of the lineup for Chesterton (6-3, 4-2) going 3-for-4
with three RBIs, adding a run and a stolen base. Krantz got everything
started in the first inning with a single and a stolen base, scoring on a
Peterson double for an early 1-0 lead.
struggling a bit there at the top and we've had a few guys there and
Connor's done a great job here lately," Campbell said.
Krantz also had a
two-run single in the three-run fourth.
“I played on (Zborowski's)
team the last couple of years, so I kind of knew what he had,” Krantz said.
"We had to stay back on the curveball and drive it the other way. I informed
everyone else about it that it would definitely be a lot of off-speed. A lot
of us have had trouble hitting off-speed, so the biggest thing was keeping
our foot down.
"We were just
trying to get ahead early and get out in front like we did the last time
against them. We had to try to look for the pitches we needed to get. We
weren't so hot against Crown Point, so this was a good one to bounce back
3-3) was held to a combined seven hits in 11 innings in the two losses to
Chesterton. Zborowski, who was previously 3-0, was chased after three
"We just never
really got into a rhythm where we were in a good count and could throw our
pitches. We were throwing pitches they were expecting, which helps as a
batter," Valpo coach Todd Evans said. "We hit the ball pretty hard, but just
didn't hit it hard enough, enough times in a row. I don't think they're 10
runs better than us, but it's happened twice now.”
SCORING BY INNINGS
Valparaiso 000 00
-- 0 4 2
Chesterton 101 35
-- 10 10 0
2B -- Austin
Peterson, Tommy Benson, Chris Torres (C). Pitching Summary -- Valparaiso --
Zack Zborowski (3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 SO), Ronny Morey (1 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 0
SO), Michael Jovanovic (1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 SO). Chesterton -- Chris Torres
(5 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 SO). WP -- Chris Torres. LP -- Zack Zborowski.