CROWN POINT | Up and down Times No. 4 Crown Point's lineup, hits can get collected in bunches and runs can pile up quickly.
That's exactly what happened Friday afternoon, as the Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits to rout Duneland Athletic Conference foe Valparaiso 10-0 in six innings.
"I thought we made some pretty good decisions at the plate," Crown Point coach Steve Strayer said. "I really like the fact how we're drawing walks and not swinging at stuff out of the zone. A few of us did that, but for the most part we did a pretty good job."
Crown Point (10-4, 5-0) put up four runs in the second, building an early 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs simply kept the offense churning.
At the forefront of the offensive explosion was Mitch Kooi, who hit a two-run single in the second and ended his day with four RBIs.
"I've been seeing the ball pretty well," he said. "I'm just working on staying back and being ready to hit any pitch coming. I think it's important (building an early lead), because it brings the other team down a little bit when you get on them early."
Crown Point scored single runs in the fourth and fifth before a sixth- inning RBI single from Thayne Bukowski plated the Bulldogs' 10th run to end the game.
Valparaiso (4-7, 1-4) was able to generate six hits, but couldn't find a way to score runs.
"We're hitting the ball on the ground; we're hitting the ball in the air; we're hitting the ball everywhere," Valparaiso coach Dave Coyle said. "Right now, we're sort of in a little slump. We're trying to get better and work as hard as we can."
Crown Point sophomore Mark Mazure threw 4 1/3 innings and gave up three hits to earn the win. Jake Jenks entered and preserved the shutout with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
"I thought (Mazure) did pretty good," Strayer said. "If he wants to get deeper in a game, he's going to have to be more consistent, but I really like the fact that Jenks came in and pitched the way he did."