Babe Ruth Baseball: Crown Point remains undefeated in 13-year-old state
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent July 14, 2013 10:06PM
Updated: July 14, 2013 10:20PM
CROWN POINT — After suffering a disappointing one-run defeat to Logansport early in the day of Sunday’s 13 year-old Babe Ruth State Tournament, Schererville coach Pat Killeen was hoping his team’s dormant offense could finally surface in a must-win contest later that night against Highland.
The Hit Men’s offense definitely came alive against Highland, racking up 13 hits with four different players driving in multiple runs that produced a convincing 13-4 victory in five innings.
The victory advances Schererville to Friday’s contest against either East or Travelers of Newton County, which suffered an 11-3 defeat to Crown Point in Sunday’s winners bracket game. Leading the way for the Bulldogs were Andrew Magurany (4-for-4, 3 RBI) and Andrew Mild (4-for-5, HR, RBI).
Against Highland, the Hit Men were led by Josh Killeen, who went 3-for-3, with a double and six runs batted in. Garnett Wiggs went the distance for Schererville, scattering six hits and striking out three. Schererville jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings and then scored six in the fourth and four in fifth.
“We finally did something on offense which should have happened in the first game,” Killeen said. “We finally started breaking the bats open a little bit and putting more pressure on the other team. Highland couldn’t match up with us.
“Our bats have been silent lately and we’ve been going through the motions. Today we were hitting the ball well and running the bases. That’s our game.”
Killeen said he was especially pleased with a offensive outburst that came from his son, Josh, who registered at least one RBI in each of his four at-bats.
“I don’t think he’s made an out in the three games we’ve played,” he said. “He struggled in districts. We worked all week with extra hitting, and it’s paid off.”
Crown Point’s victory puts them in Friday’s winners bracket showdown against Logansport. Against the Travelers, the Bulldogs scored seven of their runs in the first four innings, while shutting out their opponent in the first three innings.
“Being 3-0 and in the top of the winners bracket puts us in a great spot to accomplish what our goal was — to win a state championship,” Crown Point coach Scott Angel said. “We haven’t done it yet, but we’ve put ourselves in a good position.”