ST. JOHN | Zach Plesac settled in after the second inning.
The Crown Point senior pitcher struck out seven over the next four innings of shutout baseball leading the Times No. 2 Bulldogs to a 7-3 win over No. 3 Lake Central.
"You have to have a chip on your shoulder when you're out playing a Duneland Conference game," Plesac said. "These teams are good."
Plesac struck out 10 overall and stranded four runners on base over six innings. His brother, Ronnie, struck out the side in the seventh to help Crown Point remain undefeated in the DAC.
"It's nice to think about (being undefeated), but when you start to thinking that, it can eat you up a little bit," coach Steve Strayer said. "We're going to find out (how good we are) this week, because we have seven games in six days."
The Indians (9-5, 3-3) scored early when Chuck Alexa singled in a pair of runs in the first. Plesac allowed no more, though, and L.C. left two on base.
"I think we punched first and I think a better team beat us," Lake Central coach Jeff Sandor said. "We made Zach Plesac throw 135 pitches in six innings. We competed our butts off, seven hits and we're talking a Division-I pitcher."
Zach Plesac is committed to play baseball at Ball State.
C.P. (10-2, 6-0) scored two in the third inning as Tyler Downing scored on a double play, then Jake Jatis hammered a ball over the center field fence for a solo home run.
The Bulldogs added four runs in the fourth as Chris Dietrich grounded to short early in the inning but Lake Central not only didn't turn the double play, it made an error and didn't get an out.
"In that inning, we were up there competing," Strayer said. "We started hitting the ball where they were pitching it."