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Baseball: Mustangs fight off Panthers for win

Updated: April 25, 2013 11:02PM



GRIFFITH — Thursday’s Munster-Griffith Northwest Crossroads Conference game had just about everything: a five-star performance by a Munster pitcher, a home run from a player known for his long-distance talents in another sport and a near-comeback from a seven-run deficit in the Panthers’ last at-bat.

Not bad for a game that one of the coaches felt should not have been played.

Mike Poulos may feel the opposite. He pitched 61/3 innings of two-hit ball while striking out nine as Munster hung on for an 8-7 win.

“Mike’s been with me for three years and this is the sharpest he has looked,” Munster coach Bob Shinkan said. “I’m really happy for him.”

Before calling it a day in the seventh, Poulos was cruising along with an 8-1 lead, thanks to a fourth-inning, two-run homer by Craig Dedelow, who showed that his long-distance talents weren’t limited to his 3-point shooting, and a seemingly game-clinching five spot in the seventh.

Griffith came back with a six-run seventh, three of those runs scoring on bases-loaded walks before reliever Sean McCarthy came in to record the final two outs. The loss came on a day Griffith coach Brian Jennings thought would be an off day for his Panthers.

“Unfortunately decisions were made that put both teams in a tough spot,” said Jennings, who also mentioned that scheduling conflicts involving other schools was the main problem. “Not every one was on the same page which was unfortunate. But my kids battled their butts off.”

Dedelow had two hits, while David Hladek and Alex Coccia drove in two for the Mustangs, who avenged a Monday loss to the Panthers.



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