HOBART | Typically a team's No. 1 or No. 2 hitter is the speediest player on a baseball team, but Hobart catcher Nick Bokun would beg to differ.
Those two spots, occupied by shortstop Tyrus Joseforsky and center fielder Drey Devereaux, were brought in by Bokun's bases-clearing triple in the first for the big blow in Times No. 1 Hobart's 7-1 Northwest Crossroads Conference win over No. 3 Munster.
After Joseforsky reached on an error, Devereaux singled and Hobart starting pitcher Brandon Murray walked, Bokun roped a drive over Munster center fielder Patrick Burke's head, rolling all the way to the fence.
As a matter of fact, Bokun revealed a somewhat shocking stat after the game.
"I'm second all-time in stolen bases in the history of the program. Tyrus leads me by eight," said Bokun, whose best 40 time is 4.79. "People underestimate it and I've been struggling lately, but I just tried to keep it simple because I've been over thinking things."
The Brickies (7-0, 3-0) tacked on three more in the third after right fielder Alex Batistatos scored on a passed ball and pinch hitter Luke Budzielek added a two-run single.
Murray was on cruise control until the fourth when he allowed Munster's only run. Alex DelRio scored on an groundout from Burke.
"My breaking ball was much better today than in my previous two starts. I've been working more on spotting pitches," said Murray, who threw a complete game while striking out 13. "When I was younger, I was more of a thrower and wanted to throw it by everyone. Now that I've gotten older, I try to make sure I change it up and set up hitters."
The South Carolina recruit allowed two hits and two walks in the inning, but he left the bases loaded, striking out Connor Manous.
"Nick is a great athlete and a little underrated because he gets overshadowed by Tyrus and those guys, but he has been first-team all conference as a sophomore and junior," Hobart coach Bob Glover said. "(Munster starter Jonathan) Azar is a good pitcher and has won some big games for them, so there are only so many moments to cash in."
Munster (7-2, 0-1) left a total of eight men on base and DelRio finished 1 for 3 with a single and a walk.