Baseball: CP’s Zach Plesac leads the way in win over LC
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org/@lamondpope April 30, 2013 11:16AM
Crown Point's Zach Plesac pitches in the first inning against Lake Central Monday afternoon at Lake Central in St. John. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 2, 2013 1:37PM
ST. JOHN — Lake Central collected four hits in the first two innings against Zach Plesac.
The Crown Point pitcher limited the Indians to just three more hits for the rest of the game.
Plesac found a groove and the Bulldogs rallied for a 7-3 victory on Monday.
“He didn’t have it early and once he found his rhythm, then he was pretty good,” Crown Point coach Steve Strayer said. “It was nice that he found that and obviously it gave us a chance to get a big victory against a good team.”
Plesac struck out 10 in six innings. Ronnie Plesac struck out the side in the seventh.
“We punched,” Lake Central coach Jeff Sandor said. “We made Zach Plesac throw 135 pitches in six innings. We competed our butts off. We are talking a Division I pitcher that’s really stinking good.”
Lake Central (9-5) relied on some two-out magic to build an early lead. Chuck Alexa knocked in two runs with a two-out single in the first inning. Nick Kellams drove home Ryan Burvan with another two-out hit in the second inning to make it 3-0.
Crown Point (10-2) started its rally with two runs in the third inning. Tyler Downing scored on a double play, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Jake Jatis then homered to center field.
As the Bulldogs’ bats began hitting up, Plesac began settling in on the mound.
“They were probably sitting fastball,” he said, “so I realized I needed to hit my spots — inside, outside — get them out in front and break the curveball off.”
The Bulldogs captured the lead with four runs in the fourth inning.
Lake Central couldn’t turn a double play early in the inning, and Crown Point made them pay. Alex Nickla had the bit hit in the inning, driving in two runs with a single to give the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead.
“They were doing a good job keeping us off-balanced, but we just competed and started hitting the ball where they were pitching at,” Strayer said. “If they threw it away, we were taking it to the right side. If they were throwing in, we were taking it to the left side. We did a really nice job of that.”