Baseball: Bishop Noll’s seven-run inning puts away Lowell at Steel Yard
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent April 16, 2013 11:44AM
Teammates congratulate Bishop Noll's Jaylen Yarbrough who hit in the winning runs in the bottom of the 5th at The Steel Yard in Gary on Saturday, April 13, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 16, 2013 3:17PM
GARY — For four innings, all was relatively quiet, as Bishop Noll and Lowell squared off at the Steel Yard. The Warriors held a modest three-run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
That’s when the game would end, however, as the Noll offense ignited a rally that torched the Devils. Before the inning finished, Bishop Noll had secured a 10-0 win over Lowell.
“We had some good swings early on, too,” Bishop Noll (4-2) coach Paul Wirtz said. “We had two groundouts in the first inning but they were both hard ground balls. We were trying to pull everything early. We made a little bit of an adjustment and that opened it up.”
Said Lowell coach Bobby Wong: “Our pitcher did a nice job in the first two innings. But then he started missing up in the zone. And against a good team that can hit the ball, that’s just going to lead to problems.”
Noll’s first three runs all came in the third inning, thanks to a Larry Crisler RBI triple, a Tony Cobb single and a Matt Sandoval double.
Cobb was also part of a slick 4-6-3 double play turned in the top half of that inning. With two runners on, Cobb fielded a grounder on his backhand, flipped the ball straight from his glove to shortstop Angel Figueroa, who then fired to first to complete the double play and end the inning.
Plays like that aided a solid pitching performance from Noll starter Chad Mateja, who allowed three walks and two hits with eight strikeouts in his complete-game outing.
“I was just getting the ball over the plate and letting my defense make plays,” said Mateja.
After going down in order in the fourth inning, Bishop Noll’s offense ended the game with seven runs in the fifth. It started with an Anthony Fundukian triple to right field, with Fundukian scoring on the same play thanks to a throwing error.
Later in the inning, Danny Pobereyko drove in a run with a double to right field. Julian Guerrero and Angel Figueroa added back-to-back RBI singles to continue the rally.
The game ended when junior Jaylen Yarbrough — the 11th batter of the inning — drove in a pair of runs on yet another single.
“I was trying to hit the ball to right field,” said Yarbrough, who went 3-for-3 in the game with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base. “A lot of pitchers throw away, thinking it’s a weakness, when it’s not.”