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Trojan rally comes up short against Hobart

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Trailing 8-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, things clearly weren't looking too great for Chesterton on Friday in its home game against Hobart.

Fortunately for Chesterton, the deficit didn't last too long as it was able to erase that six-run deficit and even have a chance to take the lead heading into the final inning with ace Austin Peterson warming up for a possible save.

With runners in scoring position with one out, the Trojans went down looking twice as Brickies reliever Adam Eck froze Logan Lawson and Kolton Cardenas with curveballs to leave the game tied at eight Hobart went on to score two in the seventh and hang on for the 10-8 win.

"We were calling the curveballs," Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. "If it's a matter of getting fooled, sure, but when you're calling them out and then still looking at them then that makes it even more difficult. Hopefully there's a lesson to be learned there."

The Brickies (11-5) chased Trojans' starter Chris Torres after just 2 2/3 innings hitting him with six runs and six hits.

“Usually, he keeps the ball down all the time. He was up with his pitches,” Campbell said. “(Hobart) hit his curveball, fastball and sometimes you have games like that.”

Chesterton fell in an early 2-0 hole before even coming to the plate, but Chris Van Eekeren's two-out single tied it in the bottom half. Hobart would add four more runs in the third and one in each of the next two innings as it pushed the lead out to six.

The Trojans (10-4) broke through in the fifth pushing across five runs with the big hit coming from Tyler Nelson as the sophomore launched a three-run homer to left field to get back within a run.

“That was big, that gave us momentum,” Campbell said about the Nelson homer.

Kolton Cardenas raced home on a wild pitch to tie the game at eight in the sixth. The tie looked poised to be broken as well, but Eck was able to escape the jam.

“(Hobart) hit a lot in-between us,” Campbell said. “They made two diving catches and caught another shot by Peterson. The guys battled back and tied the game and give the kids credit, they had two innings where we could've won the ballgame.

"Down 8-2, it would've been easy to call it quits but give the kids credit, they battled. When you have 19 kids pulling in the same direction, that's a good thing."

Nelson was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Van Eekeren (two RBIs) and Grant Brunt (two runs) also had a pair of hits.

Hobart 10, Chesterton 8



Hobart 204 110 2 -- 10 12 2

Chesterton 200 051 0 -- 8 9 2

2B -- Ryan Earp, Sam Hicks (H); Austin Peterson, Tommy Benson (Ch). HR -- Tyler Nelson (Ch). Pitching summary -- Hobart -- Benny Guevara (5 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO); Adam Eck (2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO). Chesterton -- Chris Torres (2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO); Brayden Cortwright (2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO); Chad Dzierba (2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO). WP -- Eck. LP -- Dzierba.



Posted 4/30/2018




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