Owen Hallas opened
the door. Austin Peterson slammed it shut.
baseball team opened its 2017 season on the road and picked up a key 2-1
Duneland Athletic Conference victory over No. 2 Lake Central on Tuesday.
Hallas ripped the
second pitch of the game off of LC starter Joe Graziano over centerfielder
Brandon Nisle’s head for a leadoff triple. One out later, Hallas scored on a
wild pitch for a 1-0 Trojan lead.
Lake Central wasted
no time in trying to get the run back as they loaded the bases against
Peterson with no outs in the bottom of the first.
A ground ball to
Peterson forced the runner at home for the first out and another ball back
at the Purdue commit turned into a double play and the end of the inning.
In the second,
Brett Roeske drew a leadoff walk and was replaced at first by courtesy
runner Patrick Sosby. A single by Tommy Benson put runners on first and
second with nobody out.
sacrifice bunt pushed everyone up 90 feet and Sosby scored on Erik Ralph’s
sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
LC again threatened
in the sixth inning with a single and double with one out. A sacrifice fly
cut the lead in half, but Peterson struck out Brad Loden to end the threat.
In the seventh,
Peterson worked quickly and got three easy ground balls to record the
victory. On the night, Peterson struck out three and scattered seven hits.
and Ralph each had two hits.
The Trojans return
to Lake Central today for a 4:30 p.m. game against the Indians.
Chesterton 2, Lake
AT LAKE CENTRAL
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 110 000
0 -- 2 9 0
Lake Central 000
001 0 -- 1 7 0
2B -- Erik Ralph,
Anthony Kurek ©; Brad Loden, Jerrett Lopez (LC). 3B -- Owen Hallas ©.
Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Austin Peterson (7 IP, 7 H, 3 K, 2 BB);
Lake Central -- Joe Graziano (7 IP, 9 H, 8 K, 1 BB). WP -- Austin Peterson
(1-0). LP -- Joe Graziano (1-1).