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Babe Ruth baseball: Crown Point, Schererville to play for state title

CROWN POINT — The early innings of Friday night’s 13-year old Babe Ruth winners’ bracket championship game between Crown Point and Logansport turned out to be a comedy of errors that appeared to easily place the Red one step closer to a state championship.

Crown Point scored five of its seven runs compliments of Logansport miscues in the infield and outfield — but then had some mistakes of its own in the later innings and almost handed the game back to Logansport before finally prevailing 7-5.

But the final out was recorded on a solid defensive putout from Crown Point center fielder Adam Regan, who forced an advancing runner at second base. In the third inning, Regan’s running down a fly ball with the bases loaded denied Logansport three runs.

The win lifts Crown Point to today’s 3 p.m. contest against Schererville, which defeated Travelers 3-1. With Schererville having already lost a game in State and Crown Point still undefeated, and Red victory will give the team the State Championship.

“It was ugly, but it was a win,” Crown Point coach Scott Angel said. “And good teams find a way to win when they don’t play their best game. That’s what it took tonight. We got just enough good defense when we needed it that last inning. Regan had two big plays and none bigger for that last out.

“If everybody makes their plays, it’s probably a 2-1 game. But we’re in a great spot: Somebody has to come and beat us twice, but we still have to come out and execute. I’m looking for us to come out and swing the bat the better tomorrow. Maybe the five days off had something to do with our struggle tonight.”

Crown Point scored its first two runs on a shortstop error with the bases loaded, scoring Jacob DeFries and George Babchuk. Jacob Loosemoor’s single in the fifth inning extended the lead to 3-1 and three unearned runs extended the lead to 6-1.

After Logansport cut the deficit to 6-3 after five innings, Kevin Georges doubled in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 7-3. An error and two walks set up a two-run double by Dusten Wilson to cut the Crown Point lead to 7-5. Georges pitched a solid sixth and seventh to preserve the win.

Andrew Mild pitched the first three innings, giving up one run and two hits and striking out four batters. Logansport tacked on two runs in fifth inning compliments of pair of errors by relief pitcher George Babchuk — though Logansport stranded two base runners.

In the early game, Schererville advanced to play Crown Point behind the pitching and bat of Doug Visnack. He pitched a complete game for his team and added a two-run, go-ahead home run in the third inning.



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