Baseball: CP’s Ronnie Plesac puts the clamps on the champs
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent April 16, 2013 11:44AM
Crown Point's Zach Plesac connects on a pitch during a game against Lake Central on Tuesday, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 16, 2013 3:17PM
CROWN POINT — Another sharp outing by Bulldogs ace Ronnie Plesac and a late rally aided by some Lake Central fielding errors gave Crown Point a 4-1 victory over its DAC rival and the defending 4A state champion.
“It’s a big win,” Crown Point (4-1, 1-0 DAC) coach Steve Strayer said after the game. “I told the guys that they’re still the champs until someone knocks them off. We didn’t panic, even when we got down 1-0. That’s a credit to our guys, but we still have to keep getting better.”
Plesac ran his record to 2-0 with a six-inning start that surrendered only one run while striking out 13 Indians — including a stretch of six in a row. Changing speeds was key for Plesac. “I used a fastball away and I finished with a changeup.”
Moments before receiving a shaving cream pie in the face from teammate Alex Nickla, Plesac added: “I was a little jittery coming into this game, with it being our first home game and playing against Lake Central. But this was a great team win today.”
Despite Plesac’s strong outing, it was actually Lake Central (3-3, 0-1 DAC) that struck first, thanks to a one-man rally by Alec Olund in the fourth inning. The Indians’ No. 3 hitter reached base with a single through the left side, then quickly stole second base. On his attempted steal of third, the throw bounced away, allowing Olund to score and put his team up 1-0.
Crown Point’s offense was stifled early by LC starter Aaron Glatt, who kept the Bulldogs scoreless through four.
“I thought Aaron pitched his butt off. We’re proud of him,” said Lake Central coach Jeff Sandor. “He kept us in the game. We had a few balls that we should’ve made some plays on.”
The Bulldogs tied the game in the fifth, thanks to a leadoff single by Zac Plesac, who later scored on a double to right by Jake Jatis. The Bulldogs broke the tie in the next inning.
“I think we gave them about seven outs,” Sandor said of the decisive sixth inning.
A Jake Jenks single and a Johnny Lynk double had two Bulldogs in scoring position with no outs early in the sixth. Tyler Downing then reached on an error in left field, a mistake that allowed Jenks to score and gave Crown Point a 2-1 lead. That lead extended to 4-1 when Zac Plesac drove in two more runs with a single back up the middle.