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.”
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
“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.”
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."
SCORING BY INNINGS
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).