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Baseball: Hanover’s Dan Stum outduels Dean Hill

Updated: June 18, 2013 7:55AM



VALPARAISO — After each team scored twice in the first three innings, the PCC tournament first round matchup turned into a pitchers’ duel between Boone Grove’s Dean Hill and Hanover Central’s Dan Stum.

Then, as Boone Grove head coach Rollie Thrill put it: “We blinked.”

Hanover loaded the bases with one out in the seventh inning, with Rylie Welch up to bat. The Wildcats’ first basemen hit a grounder up the middle that Boone Grove shortstop Jake Wright dove to stop and then flipped to second for one out. But the relay to first was not in time to catch Welch, allowing the game-winning run to score in Hanover’s 3-2 victory.

“Stum did his job and their pitcher did, too,” said Hanover head coach Doug Nelson. “We just got one more play than they did.”

After yielding two runs — one unearned — in the first inning, Stum blanked the Wolves rest of the way, retiring the final eight batters of the game. He surrendered nine hits without any walks in his seven innings of work while striking out two. He also went 2-for-3 from the cleanup spot, driving in a pair of runs with his two singles.

“With a guy like (Hill), you have to jump on the first pitch you see,” Stum said of his success at the plate. “It’s all about a sence of urgency. In these tight games, anything can change the outcome in the blink of an eye.”

Hill also went the distance for Boone Grove, allowing those two earned runs on eight hits and four walks. But a walk issued to Hanover leadoff man Zachary Maciejewski to start the seventh inning ended up as the game-winning run.

“Those are the best two pitchers in the conference,” said Boone Grove head coach Rollie Thrill. “We let Stum be comfortable and you can’t do that against a good pitcher.”

Hanover Central started the game with a run in the first inning, but may have run themselves out of a larger inning. Zachary Maciejewski’s leadoff single was negated when he was picked off at second base. Daniel Balich reached on an error and later scored on an RBI single from Dan Stum. Jesse Wilkening was also caught attempting to steal third base in the inning.

Boone Grove responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jake Wright reached first on an error and then scored on Chuck Kidd’s triple down the right-field line. Kidd later scored on Caleb Narron’s RBI single.

With the bases loaded and no outs in the third, Stum tied the game for Hanover with another RBI single, scoring Maciejewski. Rylie Welch then struck out, followed by a lineout to right from the bat of Evan Garthus. Wilkening was doubled off at second base on the play, ending the Hanover rally without any further damage.



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