CEDAR LAKE | Cesar Montemayor was penciled in this season as a platooning third baseman, who could eat up some middle innings on the mound if necessary.
Montemayor had loftier goals for his spot on Bishop Noll's baseball team.
He has ice in his veins and composure on the mound.
By Tuesday, the ninth game of the season and with the game tied at 3-3, Noll coach Andrew Ramker didn't hesitate to ask Montemayor to close out the game.
Expected to pitch just one inning, Montemayor threw three to pick up his first win of the season as Noll handed Hanover Central its first loss, 7-3 in nine innings.
"The competitive edge on the mound, when we get in tight situations where the team needs me, I take that pressure and turn it into competitiveness on the mound and try to do a job out there," Montemayor said. "I was just waiting for the opportunity and taking advantage of it when I got it."
"We joke with him that we definitely didn't see him throwing this much, but from Game 1 when we brought him in, he comes in and throws strikes and mixes up the speed and he's great," Ramker added.
As Montemayor struck out two and allowed two hits in his three innings, his team took advantage of Wildcats errors.
Hanover Central (9-1, 8-1) totaled five errors in this Greater South Shore Conference game, including two in the ninth that helped put the go-ahead run, Jalen Yarbrough, on third base.
"We're not playing very clean baseball right now, and you can't do that and expect to win against Bishop Noll," Wildcats coach Doug Nelson said. "We're a resilient group, but when you get a leadoff guy on needing one run to win we've got to find a way to get him over."
Noll took a 2-0 lead when Angel Figueroa scored his second run of the game in the fifth. Hanover Central then tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Jesse Wilkening hit a two-run single with one out.
Noll and Hanover each added a run in the sixth to eventually force extra innings.
Hanover pitcher Riley Welch threw the complete game, allowing seven hits and four walks while striking out 11 batters. He fanned two in the eighth inning, another in the seventh and his 11th in the ninth.
"He pitched too well to get a loss," Nelson said. "It might have been his best outing of the year. I know he threw a lot of pitches, but he says he feels good."
The Warriors (4-5, 2-1) played without Division I outfielder Larry Crisler, who is on the disabled list recovering from wisdom tooth surgery.
"It's great for (the team) to see and to be honest we didn't even address with the kids that even though Larry's out, we didn't talk about it," Ramker said. "They know what they need to do to win. ... A win's a win no matter who's out there for us."