Senior Babe Ruth baseball: Indians game postponed; schedule backed up
By Mike Clark Post-Tribune correspondent July 19, 2013 11:24PM
Updated: August 21, 2013 6:18AM
CHESTERTON — Even after 14-plus hours of baseball, there was still more to be played Friday at Chesterton High School.
Unfortunately, the sun didn’t cooperate, leaving Saturday’s schedule for the Senior Babe Ruth (16-18) Ohio Valley Regional up in the air.
The Schererville Indians’ pool-play game against Fern Creek, Ky., on the unlit JV field was suspended because of darkness after five innings with Schererville up 2-1. The game will be finished at 8 a.m. Saturday, an hour before the scheduled start of single-elimination bracket play. With another game between the Ashland (Wis.) Lakers and Blue Lick (Ky.) not starting until nearly 10 p.m. on the lighted varsity field, another suspended game appeared likely as well.
How the bracket will look won’t be known until pool play is complete.
The Indians stand 1-1 in pool play after losing 21-11 to the defending regional champion Lansing (Ill.) Redbirds earlier Friday.
“It’s our third game in two days and we don’t know how they’re going to play but they’re loose,” Schererville manager Todd Scheub said.
“Every time I think they’re not ready to play, they do play well.”
Three other local teams have finished their preliminary games and are in wait-and-see mode: Crown Point 20 and the Porter County Storm Black, both 2-1 in pool play, and the Hammond Hurricanes Purple (1-2).
Crown Post edged Hammond 5-4 as Logan Grapenthien doubled twice, and then rolled by Elwood 13-2 to bounce back from a one-run loss in its opener.
“These (other) teams have been playing together a long time,” said Crown Point’s Mitchell Kooi, who was 5-for-8 in two games Friday.
“We’re just together (this year). We’re finally starting to put it together. When we focus we do a lot better.
“We struggled early in the year (with) hitting. Our pitching and defense has always been there. Once we started hitting it all came together.”
The tourney host Porter County Storm Black (23-7) split two games Friday, beating Blue Lick (Ky.) 10-1 and falling 14-8 to the Evansville Panthers. In Thursday’s late game, the Storm beat the Ashland (Wis.) Lakers 6-2.
Unlike the rest of the field, the Storm didn’t start its postseason until this week.
“It was definitely nice to get out there (Thursday) night,” Storm manager Nick Doud said. “We kind of sputtered at first ... you could tell it was definitely a layoff. Once we got things going it went pretty well.”
Winning pitcher Garrett Walter went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI vs. Blue Lick. Austin Porter was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the loss to Evansville.
The Hammond Hurricanes Purple lost to Crown Point 20 and then fell 8-7 to the Fond du Lac (Wis.) Blue Bombers.
“Just can’t get by these one-run games,” Hurricanes manager Vern Jefferson said. “They’re killing us. That’s been our thing all season.”
Terrell Steward hit a grand slam for Hammond against Fond du Lac, which led 6-1 early. Devonte Robinson was 2-for-3 and scored twice.