Crown Point improves to 2-0 in Cal Ripken World Series
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent August 11, 2013 9:02PM
Crown Point's Nicholas Geisen is congratulated by his teammates at home plate after hitting a 2 run homer to center field in the 3rd inning at The Hammond Optimist Complex on Sunday August 11, 2013. | Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 13, 2013 6:26AM
HAMMOND — The way Crown Point’s Nick Geisen was pitching through the first two innings of Sunday’s Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series contest against El Dorado, Ark., the margin for error was a small one for El Dorado.
Geisen struck out six of the seven batters he faced. Meanwhile, El Dorado didn’t help its cause, committing six errors and issuing five passed balls and four wild pitches that led to six runs and a 12-0 win for Crown Point in four innings at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex.
Geisen also smacked a towering two-run home run to center field in the third inning to extend the early lead to 5-0. Luke Bianco drove in a run in the second inning on a ground out, Kyle Bauner drove in two runs for an 8-0 lead later in the third, and Logan Ryan drove in a run in the third to make the score 9-0.
Crown Point, which scored three runs in the second and nine in the third against El Dorado, is now 2-0 as it prepares for today’s 5:30 p.m. game against Oahu, Hawaii. At 8 p.m., Hammond, also 2-0 in the World Series, will be opposed by Opp, Ala.
“We’re a pretty solid fundamental team,” Crown Point coach Bob Bauner said. “We hit pretty well down the lineup. Defensively, we’re also pretty solid. We’re sort of a total package, and the kids really played well tonight.”
After El Dorado’s first batter of the game reached base on an error, Geisen struck out the side. Geisen also struck out the side in the second. Ryan Fender relieved Geisen in the third inning and also struck out the side. He issued three walks in the fourth but got out of a bases-loaded jam to close out the game.
“After that first error, I got pumped up,” said Geisen, who was named player of the game. “I just started pitching, and I got in my groove.”
Already feeling the effects of three errors behind him, El Dorado pitcher Zac Donahue also struggled with his command, as he gave up 10 runs on four hits, threw four wild pitches, and issued three walks.
“We were able to take advantage of a lot of errors and miscues tonight,” Bauner said. “We still have our hands full, though, the rest of the way with (Ohau) Hawaii and (South Lexington) Kentucky.”