Baseball: Kyle Erickson comes up big as Boone beats Morgan Twp.
By LaMond Pope email@example.com/@lamondpope April 22, 2013 8:24PM
Updated: April 22, 2013 11:18PM
Valparaiso — Boone Grove reliever Kyle Erickson entered in a tough spot.
The Wolves held a one-run lead, but Morgan Township loaded the bases with one out when Erickson was called on to replace Jake Morris in the third inning Monday.
“I’ve done it a lot of times before. It’s always just throw strikes,” Erickson said. “I know my teammates are going to make the plays.”
Erickson took matters into his own hands, striking out the next two batters to get out the jam. Erickson worked out of trouble in the next three innings as well, pitching Boone Grove to a 7-2 victory.
“He’s done a real good job for us all year,” Boone Grove coach Rollie Thill said.
Erickson gave up three hits and struck out six in 4 1/3 scoreless innings to gain the win. Jon Hogg came in for the final out.
“I had a really good fastball today,” Erickson said. “My curveball was getting better throughout the game, but my fastball was really dependable.”
Offensively, the Wolves (9-1) were dependable in two-out situations. Five of the team’s seven runs came with two outs. Cody Poynter had two RBI and two runs scored. He had a two-out, two-run double in the first inning and then scored when Jason Sawa singled to right field.
“We know how much it hurts us when we give up a two-out run. So we really work hard at scoring when there are two outs,” Thill said. “… We hate it when it happens to us and we love it when it happens for us. That’s just something we work really hard at, guys really focusing with two outs and getting it done because then it really hurts the other team.”
Chuck Kidd added two hits, one RBI and one run scored for the Wolves.
Will Swisher and Jake Koselke had RBI singles for Morgan Township. But the Cherokees (6-4) stranded 14 runners.
“You figure if you score even half of them, it’s a different game,” Morgan Township coach Jason Dorshorst said. “We just didn’t come up with the clutch hit.”