Chesterton baseball wins regional title
Chris Torres saved his best for last in leading Chesterton (20-8) to a come-from-behind, 4-1 win over Mishawaka for the Class 4A LaPorte Regional Title at Schreiber Field.
The senior star hurled seven-innings of two-hit ball and had the game-winning RBI on a picture-perfect suicide squeeze, erasing all the bad memories of allowing the winning run in his team’s heartbreaking loss to Andrean in last year's Chesterton Sectional.
Afterward, Torres wasn’t shy about wearing his emotions on his sleeve.
"I'm shaking,” he told NWI.com. “I've never forgotten that day. I've worked every day since then to get better, to make sure it doesn't happen again. To do it now, it's amazing. I couldn't have done it without these guys."
None of it came easy for the Trojans, who were handcuffed for most of the evening by the stellar pitching of Mishawaka’s Grant Jablonski, who over the first six innings, allowed just a pair of bunt singles by Connor Krantz.
In the seventh inning, Chesterton’s poise and experience showed, as they were able to piece together a rally without really doing much damage.
"We were there last year," Trojans coach Jack Campbell told NWI.com, referring to Mishawaka and Jablonski’s tough luck. Logan Lawson had the big hit of the inning for the Trojans,’ a line-drive triple to center field that just eluded the grasp of a Mishawaka outfielder.
Then it was time for Torres’ heroics, which came on the same day that he picked up the win over Lake Central in the semifinals.
"It was definitely a grind," added Torres, who fanned 11 Mishawaka batters while leading the school to its first title in more than two decades. "I just tried to build off (my curveball), work it early and come back with the fastball. I had all my teammates behind me. We keep each other up, no matter what happens."