Baseball: Boone Grove rallies to beat Hobart in opener
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent March 28, 2013 9:58PM
Hobart's Tyrus Joseforsky slides into 3rd as Boone Grove's Chuck Kidd jumps but misses the ball allowing Joseforsky to head for home putting Hobard up 3-0 in the bottom of the 2nd inning at Hobart High School on Thursday March 28, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 1, 2013 2:57PM
HOBART — Jake Wright’s two-run double in the sixth inning capped a four-run rally by Boone Grove, lifting the Wolves to a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Hobart in the first game of the season for both teams.
“We’ve talked about ‘striking the match’ from the start of our preseason workouts,” Boone Grove head coach Rollie Thrill said, describing his team’s mantra for the season. “We finally built up enough fuel in the game that when we struck the match, it went off.”
Trailing 5-2 heading into the sixth inning, the Wolves started with a leadoff walk from Cody Poynter. After a strikeout, Jon Hogg doubled and Jason Sawa singled to cut Boone Grove’s deficit to one. After Chuck Kidd’s single put runners at the corners, Wright’s double rolled all the way to the wall in center field, providing the game-winning runs.
“I was just trying to get a hit, with two outs. I knew if I didn’t get a hit, the game would probably be over,” said Wright, who turned 18 on Thursday. “It was a fastball right down the middle.”
Now leading 6-5 Boone Grove starter Dean Hill kept the Brickies scoreless in the final two innings for a complete-game victory, but not without some sixth-inning drama.
Hobart loaded the bases in the inning with two out and Guy Birchel in the batter’s box after going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI singles prior to that at-bat.
A wild pitch sent two of the Hobart runners in motion, but not Danny Stewart, who was at the front of the pack on third base. Sawa — the Boone Grove catcher — chased down the ball, looked Stewart back to third, then fired to first base in hopes of catching Hobart’s Brandon Murray. As soon as the throw went to first, Stewart broke for home. But Austin Rhoda’s throw from first base beat Stewart to the plate, and Sawa’s tag ended the threat — and the inning.
“That’s just bad base running. There were probably three things on that play alone that were horribly wrong,” Hobart head coach Bob Glover said. “We just have to be better than that.”
Glover lamented several other missed chances by the Brickies, who stranded 11 runners on base in the game.
Said Glover: “They hit the ball hard and cashed in, so you have to give them credit for that. We failed to do that on several occasions.”