GARY | Highland's bats were a little cold at the start, but the Trojans came around to best Times No. 7 Hobart 6-2 in the Railcats High School Challenge Tuesday at U.S. Steel Yard.
Brickie starter C.J. Komosa retired 12 straight batters between the first and fifth innings but allowed three runs in the sixth when Highland's bats finally warmed up in this Northwest Crossroads Conference matchup.
"(Komosa's) a pretty good pitcher and we're not exactly a curveball-hitting team," Highland manager Dan Miller said. "We got a couple of hits and then the merry-go round started and we couldn't be happier."
The Trojans (2-1, 1-0) scored five in total in that decisive frame, the last two charged to Drey Devereaux.
"(Pitcher) Alex Freitag did a nice job of keeping them close," Miller said. "Then, Nick Jancich came in with two on and nobody out and closed the door. It was great."
Freitag got into trouble at several points, but always found a way out.
"I've been known to get in a lot of jams. I'm kind of wild sometimes," Freitag said. "I feel like I'm able to just get stronger, able to work out of it."
Highland got on the board first when Tyler Fraley crossed the plate as Kevin Roach reached on a two-out throwing error by Tyler Joseforsky in the first.
Travis Waddell evened things up in the fourth with an RBI single that bounced over third base and brought in Donny Parlock from second base. An inning later, Murray grounded to Fraley at short and Fraley bobbled the ball.
Murray beat the throw to first base and Danny Stewart scored from third to give the Brickies a 2-1 lead. Hobart (1-2, 0-1) held the advantage for three frames.
"C.J. threw a great game. He deserved a lot better than that, obviously and did everything within his power," Brickies manager Bob Glover said. "He got absolutely no help, offensively or defensively."
Hebron and Calumet were scheduled to square off in the nightcap but the schools called the game off because of the cold.