Valparaiso got a
pair of complete game efforts on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders swept a
doubleheader, and the weekend series from Cleveland State at All Pro Freight
Stadium in Avon, Ohio. The Crusaders won
the opener 12-2 and took the night cap 6-1.
“It was a great
weekend for us,” head coach Tracy
Woodson said. “Our pitching was
outstanding. They threw strikes, got
outs, and didn’t extend themselves with a lot of pitches. To come out on here and win three on the road
first in the opening inning of game one.
Kyle Gaedele (Arlington
Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) laced a lead-off single into the leftfield
corner for a double. Two batters later, Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El
Toro H.S.) singled into right-center to plate the game’s first run. Will
Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) added a double to right, and
a two-out walk to Bobby Martin
(Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) loaded the bases. Corey
Thibault (Tustin, Calif./Foothill H.S.) beat out an infield single along
the third base line for a RBI single, staking starter Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) to an early 2-0
The Crusaders added
to the lead in the second. Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park
Tudor H.S.) led off with a single and moved up on an error by the third baseman
as Gaedele reached. Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) loaded the bases
with a bunt single and Bain scored on a walk to Manning. Cleveland State starter Travis Miller was
relieved by Brandon Cooper, who promptly walked Hagel to force home another
run. Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) hit a
sacrifice fly to right, which was dropped, but brought home Scoby with the game’s
fifth run. A double play ball then
plated Manning and Valpo took a 6-0 lead.
found the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Alex Johnson led off the inning his first
home run of the season, a shot to deep left.
Valpo continued to
pile on runs in the sixth. Bain led off
with a double and Gaedele followed with a run-scoring single. Scoby reached on a fielder’s choice, and
moved up on an error as the throw to get Gaedele went wide at second, putting
runners on second and third. Manning
delivered a two RBI single to left and scored himself on a towering two-run
home run by Hagel, his first round-tripper of the season, putting the Crusaders
on top 11-1.
The Vikings answered
with a single run in the bottom of the sixth as Dylan Schwegler led off with a
double and eventually scored on a pinch hit sacrifice fly by Mike Norkus.
continued to add to the lead in the ninth.
O’Gara led off with a walk and Thibault was hit by a pitch. Michael
Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.) delivered a run-scoring single
down the line to plate O’Gara, giving Valpo the 12-2 lead.
“Our bats were much
better today,” Woodson added. “We
extended the lead a couple of times which is what we need to do.”
masterful on the hill, pitching a complete game victory (2-5). He scattered just three hits and walked two
while striking out six. It was his
second complete game effort of the season.
Miller took the loss (0-6), allowing six runs, four of which were
earned, and six hits in one inning plus of work. He also walked two.
Manning finished the
game with two hits and four runs batted in while Hagel also had a two-hit game
and three runs batted in. Bain and
Gaedele each had two hits as well, with Gaedele and Manning scoring three times
in the opener.
In game two Valpo
again found the scoreboard in the opening inning. Gaedele led off with a walk, took second on a
wild pitch, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a ground out by
Starting pitcher Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East
H.S.) kept the Vikings at bay until Valpo could add some insurance runs. The junior southpaw allowed a lead off single
in the first and did not allow another hit until a two-out single in the fifth. He retired 10 in a row at one point from the
third to the fifth.
The Crusaders added
a pair of runs in the sixth. Scoby
walked to lead off the inning and Manning followed with a single. Hagel drove home Scoby with a single into
left. With two outs, Martin added to the
advantage with a single through the left side, plating Manning and giving Valpo
a 3-0 advantage.
finally scored in the sixth. John
Calhoun singled with one out and stole second.
One batter later, Tyler Wynn doubled into the left field corner for an
RBI, cutting the Crusader lead to two.
Valpo added three
insurance runs in the ninth, all with two outs.
Morman walked and Bain was hit to put two men aboard. Gaedele drove home Morman with a double down
the leftfield line. A batter later,
Scoby singled to left, plating Bain and Gaedele, and putting the Crusaders on
“Those three runs in
the ninth were huge,” Woodson concluded.
“It took the pressure off of Deetjen.”
Deetjen controlled the
Vikings on the mound, going the distance for the third time this season. He scattered just five hits and allowed only
the one run. He walked just two and
struck out five for the win (3-5).
Cody Bates took the
loss (0-4) for Cleveland State (6-2, 0-9 Horizon). He went six innings allowing three runs and
six hits while walking three. He did not
strike out any Crusaders.
Gaedele and Hagel
each had two hits in the night cap for the Crusaders as part of an eight-hit
attack. Scoby had a pair of runs batted
winner of four straight, returns home to Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday
afternoon to begin a five-game homestand.
First pitch against Chicago State is set for 3 p.m.