Baseball: Jake Jatis supplies the power in Crown Point win
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent April 2, 2013 8:26PM
Crown Point's Jake Jatis leads the team back to the dugout after hitting a 2 run homer to right field in the top of the 4th at Bishop Noll on April 2, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 4, 2013 6:46AM
HAMMOND — On a cold day when runs were at a premium, Jake Jatis took it upon himself to give his Crown Point team enough to win.
Jatis drilled the first pitch he saw from Bishop Noll’s Danny Pobereyko in the top of the fourth inning over the fence in right-center field with Zach Plesac on after a leadoff walk to give the Bulldogs the lead. They added an insurance run in the top of the sixth to come away with a 3-0 victory.
“Honestly, I was trying to get the ball up into center field to advance Zach (Plesac) to third,” Jatis said. “He (Pobereyko) is a good pitcher. I just jumped on it when it crossed the plate.”
The Bulldogs trio of Ronnie Plesac, Noah Burkholder and David Kepshire allowed one hit while striking out 10 to make a winner out of Plesac, who is 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery. Plesac topped out at 86 miles an hour on the radar gun.
“I really focused today and kept my jacket on to try to keep warm,” Plesac said. “We played good defense out there today, my brother Zach made a great play at short and Bobby (Morgan) called a great game today behind the plate.”
The Warriors’ pitching matched the Bulldog trio, striking out 11, but the two pitches Pobereyko left over the plate were hit hard.
Alex Nickla hit a shot off the top of the fence in right-center field in the top of the sixth, took third on an errant throw and scored an insurance run on Morgan’s ground out to short.
“We got just enough runs and got a win against a very good team today,” Crown Point coach Steve Strayer said. “Ronnie (Plesac) was very focused and locked in, as were all of our pitchers today.”
While the Warriors pitchers allowed five baserunners, the leadoff walk in the fourth was big.
“The leadoff walk hurt us,” Warriors coach Paul Wirtz said. “It’s a much different mindset in the late innings if you’re down 1-0 versus 3-0. We gave them that third run but you have to give them credit, they are a great team and it will be fun to watch them.”