HOBART | Zac Ryan was frustrated that he couldn't get Times No. 1 Andrean a win on the mound, so the senior pitcher settled for scoring the winning run Monday.
Ryan pitched seven strong innings before begrudgingly giving way to the bullpen in a tie game. The senior drew a leadoff walk in the ninth inning, stole second and later scored on a ground out from Joey Plesac to give the 59ers a 2-1 victory against No. 7 Hobart.
The two teams will meet again this afternoon at Andrean.
"I really wanted to stay in the game, but I'm just glad that we were able to get the win," Ryan said. "It could've been anyone on our team that scored the winning run. This was a good win for our team."
Ryan was effective on Monday, striking out five and giving up just four hits through seven innings. His lone mistake was a first-pitch curveball that Hobart catcher Nick Bokun crushed for a home run.
With Ryan on second in the ninth inning, Jeremy Wright laced a single into right field, but Andrean played it conservative and kept Ryan holding at third.
"We didn't have any outs at that point and didn't want to risk anything," Ryan said. "We still had some time to get the run across."
Wright stole second base to take away the double play opportunity and then Joey Plesac hit a hard grounder to second that allowed Ryan to score the winning run. Jim Tarala pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the win.
"As long as we win it doesn't matter how we score the run," Plesac said. "I just didn't want to fall behind in the count. It wasn't the best hit, but it got the job done."
Matt Desomer had two hits to lead the 59ers (23-1-1, 11-0). C.J. Komosa pitched eight innings for the Brickies (16-9, 7-4), giving up five hits and striking out five. Freshman Tyler Kenjic pitched the ninth inning and took the loss.
"Komosa pitched very well and made things tough for us," Andrean coach Dave Pishkur said. "Tomorrow we'll see one of the best pitchers in Northwest Indiana (Brandon Murray). This is a good test for our team."