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Baseball: Mitch Kobitz has strong outing as Chesterton wins

Updated: May 22, 2013 7:09AM



GARY — Griffith coach Brian Jennings has a background in baseball play-by-play, so it’s no surprise that he came up with an interesting comment after his Railcats High School Challenge game against Chesterton on Saturday.

“There’s a reason why the mound is elevated on the playing field, because it’s the most important position on the field,” Jennings said.

And that was proven from the get-go, as the Trojans elevated themselves to a 7-1 win over the Panthers at the Steel Yard.

While Jennings had to go to his bullpen before Chesterton recorded its first out of the game, Trojans pitcher Mitch Kobitz threw six strong innings. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth, and gave up three for the game.

“Mitch did a great job today,” Trojans coach Jack Campbell said. “Strike one is such an important pitch in baseball, I don’t care what level you’re at.”

Jennings, four victories short of the 300-win mark, won’t argue that point. The problem was that his pitchers didn’t get the memo on that subject until it was too late.

“We told our pitchers to throw fastballs and let them put the ball in play,” Jennings said. “It’s not a hard game. You can’t walk guys.”

The Panthers’ downfall was the first inning, when the first two Trojans reached base on four-pitch walks before Aery Pratt smacked a two-run double to right field to spark a three-run first inning.

The Trojans batted around in the second and scored three more times, with Jordan Morandini, Austin VanderZanden and Michael Griffin driving in runs.

“We’ve been through cabin fever a lot but the kids attitude has been great,” Campbell said. “It was really great to see them come out and score early.”

Andrew Ralph had two hits and got on base three times for the Trojans.



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