posttrib
DYNAMIC 
Weather Updates

Senior Babe Ruth: Jimmy Tarala tosses perfect game, Schererville blasts Logansport 10-0

Schererville's starting pitcher Jimmy Taralthrows against Logansport fourth inning opening night Crown Point Babe Ruth 16-18  baseball tournament Crown

Schererville's starting pitcher Jimmy Tarala throws against Logansport in the fourth inning on opening night of the Crown Point Babe Ruth 16-18 baseball tournament in Crown Point, In., on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. | John Smierciak~for Sun-Times Media ORG XMIT: cpbabe16-PTB-071113-11

storyidforme: 51955308
tmspicid: 19278754
fileheaderid: 8751971
Article Extras
Story Image

Updated: August 12, 2013 11:49AM



CROWN POINT — Jimmy Tarala knew what was going on, but he was trying not to get ahead of himself.

“Till the fifth inning, I wasn’t thinking about it,” the Schererville Indians pitcher said. “Once I got to the fifth inning, I was like, ‘I’m not going to think about it.’ ”

“It” was a perfect game, and Tarala has plenty of time to ponder it now that it’s over. He retired all 15 batters he faced, striking out four, as Schererville blanked Logansport 10-0 Wednesday evening in the opener of the Senior Babe Ruth (16-18) Northern Indiana state tournament at Teagle Field.

The Indians (14-4-1) advance to a winners’ bracket semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Friday against the Hammond Hurricanes Purple, who won the nightcap 5-0 over the Crown Point-based Northwest Indiana Rippers. The Rippers have an elimination game against Logansport at 10 a.m. Saturday.

First-round action continues Thursday with South Bend Clay facing Crown Point Post 20 at 5:30 p.m. and Kokomo meeting the LaPorte Lakers at 8.

Schererville made Tarala’s life easier in Wednesday’s opener by jumping off to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning and the right-hander cruised from there. Logansport hit just two balls out of the infield.

“He had them off -balance the whole game,” Schererville manager Todd Scheub said.

“It was all location,” Tarala said. “Everything had movement. All you had to do was locate off-speed, locate fastball.”

Tarala also went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs. Joey Plesac also had a couple hits for the Indians, who are unusual in that they’ve been consistent winners for three seasons despite not having many high school players.

“It’s actually really impressive,” Tarala said. “I’ve been friends with all these guys growing up. We have amazing chemistry. We know how to win together.

“The kids all have heart, they come out hard every day. They may not make the high school team, but they’re all really good, solid kids.”

In the nightcap, Purdue Calumet recruit Aurilio Cazares pitched a three-hit shutout for the Hurricanes. He struck out four and walked two.

“His slider was working fairly well,” Hurricanes manager Vern Jefferson said.

The Hurricanes broke open a close game with a three-run fifth inning highlighted by Cazares’ successful suicide squeeze and Matt Bulatovich’s two-run single.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.