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Baseball: Lake Central thumps mistake-prone Whiting

Updated: May 30, 2013 3:08PM



WHITING — A steady stream of errors, wild pitches and passed balls flowed from Whiting while the Lake Central offense took each extra base in stride, as the Indians rolled to a 12-0 victory in six innings over Whiting at Oil City Stadium.

The Indians’(9-4) offense was aggressive all game long, with Lake Central swiping six bases on its own — not including the ones the Indians took on Whiting’s defensive miscues.

“We always do that,” Lake Central head coach Jeff Sandor said of his team’s baserunning. “We just didn’t have that opportunity in some of the other games we’ve had. Typically, we like to put guys in motion.”

Ryan Burvan started the scoring for Lake Central in the first by reaching base on an error, stealing second and later scoring on another Whiting fielding error.

Two more Lake Central runs crossed in the second, with Alex Mantel scoring after a triple and Jake Rivera crossing home following a single, two stolen bases and a wild pitch.

Lake Central went on to score at least one run in every inning, adding two more in the third, three in fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Ryan Polito pitched four scoreless innings for the Indians to earn the win, with John Milaszewski preserving the shutout in two relief innings — all in front of an errorless defensive performance.

While the scoreboard was heavily in the visiting team’s favor, Whiting (5-4) head coach Kevin Lenz said that wasn’t the main focus of this nonconference matchup.

“If we play this team 50 times, we won’t beat them once; but we’re going to see some pretty good competition,” Lenz explained. “As a 2A team, just having teams like Lake Central wanting to play us speaks a little bit to what we’ve done in the past and hopefully our kids can keep living up to it.”



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