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Lake Central's Chuck Alexheads for home after hitting homer left field scoring 2 additional runs putting Lake Central up 8-0

Lake Central's Chuck Alexa heads for home after hitting a homer to left field scoring 2 additional runs putting Lake Central up 8-0 in the top of the 4th at Portage High School on Friday, April 26, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 29, 2013 7:54AM



PORTAGE — Lake Central freshman infielder Zach Turnbough needed Friday evening.

Come to think if it, so did his teammates.

Twenty-four hours after Chesterton sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run inning that helped the Trojans come from behind to beat the Indians, Lake Central batted around twice to knock off Portage 14-1 in five innings, with Turnbough leading the way with his first two varsity hits and four RBI.

“After yesterday’s debacle, I’m proud of our kids for bouncing back and punching first today,” said Lake Central coach Jeff Sandor. “We shook the lineup up today and our hitters were patient.”

Turnbough can tell you a few things about patience.

In his first two varsity starts, he went hitless, then in his first at-bat Friday he was robbed on a highlight film catch in center field which turned into a double play.

His next two at-bats helped lead to big innings by the Indians with a two-run double in a six-run third, then another two-run double in the fourth when Lake Central scored eight times.

“I was struggling the past two games but today I found my rhythm,” Turnbough said. “You have to be persistent and push through difficult at-bats. It took a lot of weight off of my shoulders.”

That weight was passed on to Portage, which went 0-3 this week, including a last at-bat loss to Crown Point on Thursday.

“It’s been a rough week playing three DAC teams in five days,” Portage coach Tim Pirowski said. “That’s going to take its toll on your pitching staff. We didn’t do a good job throwing strikes today.”

Lake Central pitcher Aaron Glack allowed three hits to get the win, while teammate Ryan Burvan had two hits and three RBI. Chuck Alexa pitched in with a third inning home run.

C.J. Haupt drove in Portage’s only run in the third inning.



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