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Crusader Season Ends with 3-1 Setback to Milwaukee
Tyler Deetjen allowed just four hits on Saturday. (Dave Schofield)
Tyler Deetjen allowed just four hits on Saturday. (Dave Schofield)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday marked the fourth straight day Valparaiso got a strong pitching performance in the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army, but for the second time in the tournament the Crusaders suffered a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, eliminating the Brown and Gold from the championship.

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) went 6.2 innings scattering just four hits and allowing three runs, only two of which were earned, but suffered the loss (3-4) as the Panthers’ Kyle Schmidt was just as strong, working 6.2 innings and allowing one run and six hits while striking out three.  He did not get a decision though.

Milwaukee scored in the opening inning without the benefit of a hit.  Cole Kraft led off the bottom of the first being hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a passed ball.  A sacrifice bunt by Shaun Wegner moved him along to third, and he scored on a groundout by Dan Buchholz.

The game settled into a pitcher’s dual as Deetjen battled Schmidt pitch for pitch.  Deetjen needed just 47 pitches to get through the sixth inning, but the Crusaders still trailed 1-0.

Valpo tied the game in the top of the seventh.  Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) laced a two-out double to the gap in left-center.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton H.S.) followed ripping a double to the gap in right-center, plating Kowalczyk and tying the game at one.  Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) appeared to give the Crusaders the lead with a double inside the bag at third, but it was called foul.  Milwaukee brought in Greg Blahowiak with a 1-2 count on Muhlsteff and got him to fly to right, ending the inning knotted at one.

“That play definitely changed the game, but there is nothing you can do about it,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “Deetjen pitched just great and we had some more chances late, but couldn’t push across any more runs.”

With two outs and runners on the corners in the bottom of the seventh, the Panthers retook the lead.  Nino Guerrero hit a ball deep in the hole at short that Muhlsteff fielded and made a bang bang throw to first, but Guerrero was called safe allowing Buchholz score.  Following a walk to Doug Dekoning, to load the bases, Jonathan Capasso also drew a free pass, forcing home Sam Sivilotti and making it 3-1 Milwaukee.

The Crusaders threatened in the eighth, as Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) singled, advanced to second  on a groundout, and stole third when Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) walked.  Bo McClendon (Chesterton, Ind./Merrillville H.S.), pinch running for Robinson, stole second to put two runners in scoring position with two outs.  Panther closer Cameron Amsrud struck out Hagel to end the threat.  Valpo put two runners on in the ninth as well, but a game-ending double play allowed Amsrud to earn his eighth save of the year.

Greg Blahowiak earned the win (2-0) for Milwaukee (31-24), which moves on to face Wright State for the Horizon League title. 

Gaedele, Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.), and Scoby each had two hits for the Brown and Gold, which finished the game with eight.  Buchholz was the only Panther with two hits.

Valparaiso (24-32) sees its season end with the third place finish in the tournament.

“We saw a lot of positives in this tournament to build upon for next year,” Woodson concluded.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo