Baseball: Tyler Lipski lifts Griffith past Munster
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent April 22, 2013 9:18PM
Updated: April 22, 2013 11:20PM
MUNSTER — Last Saturday, Griffith walked six hitters in its 7-1 loss to Chesterton. On Monday in its Northwest Crossroads duel with Munster, the Panthers almost came up short again, this time because of lapses on defense, but survived thanks to the discovery of a couple of new weapons.
One of those weapons was infielder Tyler Lipski, whose first RBI of the season broke a late tie and gave Griffith a 7-6 win.
“We had runners in scoring position so I had to put the ball in play,” Lipski said. “I think this is a big confidence booster for us and hopefully we can come back and beat them (on Tuesday).”
The other new-found weapon for the Panthers (5-5, 4-2 in NCC) was the long ball with Matt Colomes and Jesse Smith hitting the first two Griffith homers this season. But as successful as the Panthers were on offense, it was a complete 180 on defense.
Every inning the Mustangs (6-5, 1-2) would score began with the Munster lead off man getting on base thanks to a Griffith error(the Panthers would have seven miscues for the game).
Taking full advantage was Mustangs’ second baseman Scott Shaner, who had three doubles and two RBI.
Munster’s Kevin O’Brien drove in Mike Mueller with the tying run in the sixth inning.
But it was Griffith second baseman who had the final say with Lipski, a first year junior, driving a single to left field to score Kyle Buikema with the game winner in the top of the seventh.
“This is disappointing because we didn’t take advantage like we should have to get more runs across,” said Munster coach Bob Shinkan. “It came down to them getting the key hits when they needed them.”
The win puts Griffith coach Brian Jennings three wins short of 300 in his career.