Baseball: Andrean rebounds from first loss with win over Munster
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent May 6, 2013 9:10PM
Andrean's Jimmy Skiff throws during the third inning of the 59'ers home game against Munster Monday May 6, 2013. The sophomore went the distance and earned the win against the Mustangs. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 8, 2013 6:33AM
MERRILLVILLE — Andrean getting a good pitching performance is not exactly surprising, and surely they got one on Monday by right-hander Jimmy Skiff against Munster.
But what Skiff said after the game was a bit of an eye opener.
“I want to thank them for getting me some runs today because we sure needed them,” Skiff said.
Indeed, the 59ers, who have struggled offensively from time to time, came up with four-run innings in the third and the sixth in their 8-2 Northwest Crossroads Conference win over the Mustangs.
Granted, neither inning brought back memories of the 1927 New York Yankees, with several Munster misplays on defense (four errors in the game, all coming in both four-run innings) opening the door for Andrean to bounce back from its first loss of the season on Saturday.
“I saw the wind come out of our sails after they scored four runs in the third after two outs and no one on base,” said Munster coach Bob Shinkan said. “For some reason we couldn’t catch or throw the ball. You can’t give a great team like Andrean that many chances because they took advantage of every break they got.”
Skiff took it from there, going the distance while giving up two runs and five hits and retiring 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced after Mike Mueller’s two-run single gave the Mustangs a 2-0 lead in the third inning.
“We were looking to come back strong after that loss (to Marian Catholic),” Skiff said. “We had to put the ball in play and take advantage of our opportunities and that’s what we did.”
Two 59ers who supplied a majority of the Andrean offense in the loss to Marian came through again on Monday with shortstop Frank Podkul getting two hits and scoring twice.
Second baseman Jeremy Wright picked up the only RBI in the 59ers’ four run third inning which was aided by two Andrean batters hit by pitches and two errors.
Mueller had two hits for Munster, while Scott Shaner got on base three times (walk, hit-by-pitch and single).