GARY | There’s no sign, no tug of a sleeve, pat of a nose or rub of a belly.
Read the throw and go. That's what a Washington Township base runner on first base does with a teammate on third.
“It’s just good base running,” Senators senior Jake Goodan said. “You’ve got to know what you’re doing and do it.”
Goodan and his teammates successfully executed the first-and-third double steal for runs twice in the first inning and once more in the third and went on to beat Porter County Conference foe LaCrosse 8-1 Wednesday evening at U.S. Steel Yard in the McDonald’s RailCats High School Challenge.
“Sometimes that does work; sometimes it doesn’t,” Washington Township coach Randy Roberts said of the delayed double steal.
“Sometimes they would throw through, and we were able to steal a lot of bases tonight.”
The aggression on the base paths helped supplement a chilly seven-hit night for the Senators (4-4, 1-1).
A big five-run first was just part of a handful of firsts for Washington Township.
The Senators played at U.S. Steel Yard for the first time since the current seniors were freshmen, and winning pitcher Goodan pitched for the first time all season, notching a perfect 3 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.
“I was expecting to pitch some time later this week, but you've always got to be ready for anything to happen,” Goodan said.
Senators starter Troy Kwiatkowski allowed the only LaCrosse hit, but he walked five and hit two batters, one of which came around to score the only run for the Tigers (1-8) on a bases-loaded walk.
Washington Township grabbed the early lead on a combination of four hits, three errors, two walks and eight stolen bases.
Goodan, Cory Holderread and Jordan Williams each scored twice for the Senators.
“That one inning killed us,” LaCrosse coach Marty Rasala said. “Other than that we were in the game, but we came out lazy and weren’t ready to play.”