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Walks and hit batters sink Chesterton in loss

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Bishop Noll left with several more bumps and bruises than it had before Thursday’s game, but it wasn't anything a few bags wouldn’t remedy.

Bishop Noll gritted its teeth and took one, make that seven, for the team, reaching base that many times via the hit by pitch and five more by way of walks.

Thanks to the wildness of Chesterton pitchers Brandon Roeske and Dallas Milligan, the Warriors routed the Trojans 11-0 in five innings, despite being out-hit 5-4.

“Those are things you can't defend,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “Ball four, passed balls, hitting seven guys. They just couldn't throw strikes. Then you start guiding the ball. Most of our throwing has been inside. For the most part, they've had good control. Both of them are far better than they threw. Everything Brandon was throwing was high, right at the eyes. They'd just stand and take it. That's good baseball.”

A Chesterton misplay in left field on the second batter of the game set up Noll’s first run in the opening frame. The other reached on Roeske's first of three hit batters. Roeske (0-1) seemed to settle in, getting two outs into the third before a single touched off a string of wildness. He bookended two more HBPs around a pair of bases on balls, prompting his exit from his first start. Milligan came in and plunked the first hitter he faced before serving up a three-run triple to right center to IU-bound Larry Crisler. Milligan struck three more Warriors with the ball in the fourth, when a bases-loaded walk chased him. A Jaylen Yarbrough double off Michael Jacobucci plated a pair to complete the Noll scoring. In a game in desperate need of silver linings for Chesterton, it was Jacobucci, who didn't walk or hit anybody in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

“It's early in the season. We're trying a lot of stuff," Campbell said. “We've just got to get back on the horse.”

Chesterton (2-1) picked up five hits off Cal Djuraskovic, who hit two batters himself, but didn’t walk any. The Trojans' best threat came in the first when Michael Griffin and Corey Rusboldt singled with one out. Griffin reached third, the only Chesterton runner to do so in the game, on a force play, but Jeremy Jaeger struck out to end the inning. Tyler Quillin and Andrew Ralph reached on back-to-back one-out singles in the fifth, but were stranded. Djuraskovic (1-1) struck out five.

“Their kid threw great,” Campbell said.

The win was the first for Noll (1-3), which had scored just five runs total in losses to Lake Central, Crown Point and Michigan City.

"We just need more live pitching," Warriors coach Andrew Ramker said. "Playing these teams doesn't help. Our kids were itching for a win. We could tell. They smelled blood in the water. We got a couple runs -- that's the first time we've led -- and we hopped on them, which is what you want to see."

Bishop Noll 11, Chesterton 0



Bishop Noll 206 30 -- 11 4 0

Chesterton 000 00 -- 0 5 1

2B -- Jaylen Yarbrough (BN). 3B -- Larry Crisler (BN). Pitching summary -- Bishop Noll -- Cal Djuraskovic (5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO); Chesterton -- Brandon Roeske (2.2 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO), Dallas Milligan (0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO), Michael Jacobucci (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO). WP -- Djuraskovic (1-1). LP -- Roeske (0-1).


Posted 4/11/2014