CHESTERTON | Making their second appearances on the mound in three days didn’t trouble Chesterton pitchers Matt Kubacki or Mitch Kobitz one bit.
Kubacki, who pitched an inning Tuesday to earn the save against Crown Point, allowed two runs over four-and-a-third innings and Kobitz pitched the final two-and-one-third innings to get the save in Chesterton’s 3-2 win over Valparaiso on Wednesday. Kobitz tossed a complete game for the Trojans in their win at Portage on Monday.
“I asked (Kobitz) how he was doing and he said he had a couple of innings left,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “It’s a combination of the kids on the roster, everybody contributes in some way.”
The Times No. 9 Trojans (12-4, 7-1 Duneland Athletic Conference), winners of seven consecutive games, gave Kubacki a 3-0 lead after two innings.
Austin VanderZanden had a run-scoring single, while Kobitz drove in a run with a groundout and Andrew Ralph scored a run with a bloop double down the left field line that dropped between three Vikings.
“We seem to get the right big hit at the right time,” Campbell said.
Kobitz came on with two outs in the fifth and the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second in a 3-2 game. He got Tyler Ellrich to fly out to center to end the inning.
“The nerves were going, but I have been in that situation before, and I just have to get it going,” Kobitz said.
Kobitz retired the first five hitters he faced before getting into a jam in the seventh. A walk to Devin Bafia loaded the bases with two outs, but he came back to strike out Ellrich on three pitches to end the game.
The Vikings (7-6, 4-4) outhit Chesterton 6-4 but left 11 runners on base.
“The chances were there, we just didn’t take advantage of them,” Valparaiso coach David Coyle said.
Bafia struck out six and walked five on the mound for Valparaiso.
Kubacki worked without trouble until the fourth inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases, and a sacrifice fly from Rene’ Lozano brought in the first run for the Vikings. Bafia added a run-scoring single in the fifth.
Ralph finished 2-for-4 at the plate for Chesterton with a run scored and drove in a run.