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).
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.
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.
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
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.”