Baseball: Danny Gomez steps up as Andrean cruises past Munster
MUNSTER — With senior Matt DeSomer unavailable to pitch because of a minor elbow injury, Andrean turned to No. 3 starter Danny Gomez for an important Northwest Crossroads Conference showdown with Munster on Monday night.
Gomez seized the opportunity by hurling a complete-game shutout as the 59ers downed the Mustangs 16-0 in five innings.
“Danny stepped up,” Andrean coach Dave Pishkur said. “That’s what players on good teams do. You’ve got to give him all the credit in the world.”
The Andrean offense exploded for 11 runs on eight hits and sent 15 batters to the plate in a marathon second inning. Alex Vode and Jamie Johnson had two hits each in the second inning alone.
Gomez tossed a two-hitter and earned the win to improve to 4-1 this season.
“I thought I was locating my fastball well,” Gomez said. “I had a nice changeup that really threw them off.”
Munster starter Sam Bell was troubled by a lack of control. He issued five walks in 11/3 innings as the 59ers produced four hits and seven earned runs against him. Andrean added four runs against reliever Grant Rademacher to complete the 11-run outburst.
“That’s tough,” Munster coach Bob Shinkan said. “In the game of baseball, it happens both ways. We’ve done that to teams, and then on the flip side, you see how it is. That’s why we talk about being humble regardless of what side you’re on when something like that happens.”
Entering the game, Pishkur was nervous that his team may have been at risk of its first conference defeat. The 59ers suffered a 13-10 loss to St. Laurence on Thursday before receiving three straight days away from the diamond because of prom.
“After a prom weekend, you have no idea what you’re going to get, and usually it’s not pretty,” Pishkur said. “I was talking with (assistant coach) Joe Plesac and I said maybe we should give them more three-day weekends off if that’s the way they’re going to play.”
Donovan Chandler went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs to lead the Andrean offense.
The venue shifts to Andrean as the 59ers (20-2, 9-0 Northwest Crossroads Conference) and Mustangs (18-3, 7-2) meet again on Tuesday.
“I’m going to be curious about how we react,” Shinkan said. “I still know we have a good ball club. We faced an excellent team and they took full advantage of everything we gave them.”