Baseball: Steel Yard experience counts for Victory Christian
By Tomy WIlliams Post-Tribune correspondent April 20, 2013 10:44PM
Updated: May 22, 2013 7:19AM
GARY — What’s the best way to describe Victory Christian’s first-inning rally that all but decided its game with Calumet Christian on Saturday evening?
How about economical?
Victory Christian scored four runs in the first inning of a 13-3 win over Calumet Christian at the Railcats High School Challenge at U.S. Steel Yard.
Those four runs were accumulated with the ball never being batted into the outfield and with one hit, an infield single by leadoff man Joey Vershay, who had almost as many hits (two) as Calumet had the entire game (three).
“It feels great. I love coming out here,” said Vershay, who was game MVP. “Its cold out here but it never really effected me. It feels great to step on a minor league field, and I hope to get a chance to do it again.
That was part of the problem for Calumet Christian (3-2).
This is the third time Victory Christian has played at U.S. Steel Yard, while Calumet Christian made its debut Saturday, and Patriots coach Terry Cheek felt that was a factor for his team.
“I think they were star-struck,” Cheek said. “Playing on this field, our kids were looking around and not paying attention to what they were supposed to be doing, but it was a pleasure to play here tonight.”
In keeping with the theme of making more with less, Calumet Christian took a first-inning 1-0 lead without the benefit of a hit before Victory Christian took the lead for good with a four spot in the bottom of the inning.
“I tell our guys to put the ball in play and good things will happen,” Victory Christian coach Ryan Bratcher said. “Tonight was one of those examples. Put the ball in play and put the pressure on the other team.”
After losing its first three games of the season, Victory Christian (5-3) has now won five in a row.
Matt Kresich got on base three times for Calumet Christian with a hit and two walks.