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Michigan City's Ryan Washingtslides safely inthird base beating tag Boone Grove's Chuck Kidd fourth inning during their game held U.S.

Michigan City's Ryan Washington slides safely into third base beating the tag of Boone Grove's Chuck Kidd in the fourth inning, during their game held at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary on April 20, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 22, 2013 7:15AM



GARY — After a long layoff for both teams, perhaps the best part about Saturday’s game between Boone Grove and Michigan City was simply being able to play.

“It was nice to finally see blue skies and the sun. We’re still seeing our breath, but at least we were out at a game,” said Boone Grove coach Rollie Thill, who had two games ended by rain this week.

“In the first game of the season you’re nervous, you’re antsy; it felt like that again today,” said Michigan City coach David Ortiz, whose team hadn’t played in a week and a half. “We were trying to get into a rhythm. There’s only so much you can do in the cages.”

After finally completing seven innings of baseball, it was Boone Grove topping Michigan City in a 5-3 victory.

Michigan City (4-4) grabbed the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Jay Hixon reached first base after being hit by a pitch and later scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Brian Leach-Hudson.

Boone Grove (8-1) tied the score in the top of the third when Casey Grubb hit a leadoff single and crossed home plate on Chuck Kidd’s RBI groundout three batters later.

A pair of fielding errors and a Grubb single loaded the bases for Boone Grove in the fourth inning. Rhoda drew a bases-loaded walk and Wright hit a two-run single to give Boone Grove a 4-1 lead.

Cody Poynter’s sacrifice fly in the fifth inning stretched the score to 5-1, while Michigan City squandered a golden opportunity in the bottom half of the inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Boone Grove catcher Jason Sawa jumped on a high chopper in front of home, stepped on the plate and fired to first for an inning-ending double play.

“That’s the frustrating part: the opportunities are there,” Ortiz said. “Earlier in the season we’d been able to get those key hits like (Boone Grove) did.”

Michigan City scored twice in the fifth, as Chris Hebb drove in one run with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Another walk and a single chased Boone Grove starter Dean Hill, leaving the bases loaded with one out for Kyle Erickson.

“Kyle has always had some magic coming out of the bullpen. Down the road, I think that could be where he ends up for us,” Thill said.

Erickson delivered upon arrival, inducing a pair of groundouts that ended the final offensive threat Michigan City had in the game.



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