Baseball: Hanover gets just enough offense to earn win over Wheeler
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent April 8, 2013 10:18PM
Hanover Central's Zac Maciejewski beats the tag from Wheeler's Tyler Crussen at second base in the fifth inning Monday afternoon at Wheeler High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 10, 2013 6:36AM
VALPARAISO — Apparently your every day 9-to-5er isn’t the only one who dreads Mondays.
At least one high school baseball coach isn’t too crazy about it either.
“We didn’t take many good swings today; you can tell it was a Monday,” said Hanover Central baseball coach Doug Nelson.
“We have a few games coming up this week weather permitting so we better hit the ball better than we did today if we want to have a good week.”
The Wildcats did put just enough offense together along with some solid pitching by sophomore Daniel Balich to make the beginning of the work week a lot more bearable for Nelson.
A four-run first inning did the trick for Hanover Central in its 7-0 non-conference win over Wheeler, with Balich going five strong innings giving up only two hits and one walk in getting the victory inspite of the Wildcats getting only five hits for the game.
“I felt pretty good. My catcher and I work pretty well together,” Balich said. “It builds more confidence for me when I know we’re in the lead early.”
That confidence came as early as inning number one when the Wildcats(3-1)took the lead for good with the big blow being a three double by Riley Welch.
Balich and the Wildcats’ bullpen let the lead hold up although the Bearcats (1-4) came close to getting back in the game in the fourth inning with runners at second and third and nobody out. But Blaich retired the next three batters to end the threat.
“Balich threw well today and we just didn’t make any adjustments,” said Wheeler coach Josh Long. “We struggle a little bit and before you know it we were down 4-0 and it’s hard to come back when your’e facing a pitcher who’s throwing strikes.”