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Trojan Baseball opens today at home

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Pitching is always the key and the Chesterton baseball team has a full lot of cars.

The Trojans open the 2018 season tonight when they host Hammond Gavit beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the depth on the mound is set and ready to go.

We have five kids with all kinds of experience on the mound coming back,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “We feel pretty good about where we are at.”

Austin Peterson spearheads the staff after tallying a 7-0 DAC record with a 1.38 ERA and being named Duneland Athletic Conference MVP Pitcher. The Purdue signee also hit .359 with 17 RBI’s.

Joining Peterson on staff are Grant Brunt (1-1, 4.74 ERA), Chris Torres (1-0, 1.53 ERA), Brayden Cortwright (1-0, 1.31 ERA) and Steven Gilbertson (0-2, 2.24 ERA).

At any point, Pete, Grant, Chris, Brayden and Steve can be in there,” Campbell said. “We’ve got five solid guys. Especially early in the year, you don’t win or lose with just one guy. We try to split people up as much as we can.

I don’t have any qualms about any of those five kids throwing.”

Offensively, the Trojans get a boost with the return of catcher Brett Roeske (.381, 15 RBI’s), shortstop Tommy Benson (.242) and second baseman Logan Lawson (.375).

We have to replace a lot,” Campbell said. “Our entire outfield is gone. Tommy has to move to shortstop from second and we’ll be new at third. That’s a lot of runs and defense to replace.”

Peterson and Torres will see time at first base depending on who is pitching that day, while Brunt or Chris VanEekeren will man third base duties.

Outfield spots are still up in the air,” Campbell said. “We’ve got several kids that are fighting for spots out there. The kids are smart enough to know that’s where the openings are.”

The Trojans will also have speed on the bases that should provide a needed offensive punch.

Tyler Nelson is the fastest kid in the program,” Campbell said. “Patrick Sosby didn’t play a lot last year, but runs really well. Benson really runs well and so does Logan.”

Chesterton’s roster also includedsZach McKenna, Jeremy Krantz, David Mahaffey, Garrett Fairbanks, Kolton Cardenas, Haydn Malackowski and Chad Dzierba.

You try not to think ahead,” Campbell said. “We’ve been doing this a long time and you have to worry about yourselves. Every at bat is important. Every ground ball and fly ball is important too.”


Posted 4/2/2018




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