Baseball is a karma
game, sometimes beautiful, sometimes cruel.
experienced the cruel side last year, when he gave up the winning hit to
Andrean in the sectional championship.
It appeared the
Chesterton senior was destined to deal with more disappointment in
Saturday's Class 4A LaPorte Regional championship, where he pitched
brilliantly for six innings, only to be on the short end of a 1-0 score.
That's when the
baseball gods chose to intervene, a few fortuitous turns of events going the
Trojans way in a four-run uprising that carried them to an improbable 4-1
victory over Mishawaka.
definitely the lowest point of my baseball career," Torres said. "I've never
forgotten that day. I've worked ever since to get better to make sure I
don't feel it again. To do this now, it's amazing. I'm shaking still."
was down to its last two outs against Grant Jablonski, who had blanked the
Trojans on two hits, both Connor Krantz bunts, through six innings.
"He was awesome,"
Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. "We were basically helpless at the
plate. (Jablonski) certainly didn't deserve (to lose). Sometimes, it only
takes one swing of the bat."
That one pivotal
swing came after Brett Roeske managed a one-out walk, getting ball four
after a couple close pitches went his way.
"We were there last
year," Campbell said, referring to some ball calls late in the Andrean game.
Logan Lawson lined
a pitch to center field and the whole trajectory of the game changed as
Donovan Snyder slipped and fell, the ball sailing over his head for a tying
"It was looking
rough," Lawson said. "I made good contact, but I thought he was going to
catch it. I saw it fall and I just thought I've got to see how far I can
get. It's just like the Lake Central game. We were down the whole game and
came back. Everything came together the last inning."
With Lawson at
third, Torres dropped down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to give the
Trojans their first lead.
told me we'll give you one swing and we'll probably call it," Torres said.
"The coaches wanted to do it. It was a really good move. We took some
chances and it worked out on our part."
"I trusted Chris to
get it down," Lawson said.
followed the exclamation, providing the cushion with a home run to left
field. Benson knew it when he hit it, raising an index finger in celebration
as he dropped the bat.
Torres did the
rest, finishing off his two-hit, 11-strikeout gem for his second pitching
win of the day.
"It was definitely
a grind," he said. "I was working (my curve ball) early, building off it,
and coming back with the fastball."
plated its only run in the fourth with a dropped third strike, throwing
error, single and ground out.
"He was awesome,"
Campbell said. "He threw strikes, threw his curve for strikes."
While he was the
biggest hero, Torres wasn't taking all the credit by any means.
"All my teammates
were behind me," he said. "I couldn't have done it without these guys. We
have three leaders but I feel we're all leaders. We were talking on the
side. Everybody was staying up. We keep each other up, no matter what
regional title is its first since 1994.
"It's one of things
where this is a tough regional," Campbell said. "When (Ken Schreiber) was
(at LaPorte), he was about the only one who was winning. To do something
like this, it takes a special group, not just nine, 10 guys, but everybody."
The Trojans will
play Fishers in the second game of the Plymouth Semistate on Saturday at
approximately 2:30, but not before a little hair styling for Campbell, who
promised to have his hair dyed maroon and gold if the Trojans won.
"It's exciting to
have this team go," Lawson said. "We've all been playing together since were
like 12. There were times for a couple days when I was waking up. I couldn't
sleep because I was excited. A couple of us were talking about not being
done with the season. There's nothing, no words that can explain it at this