CHESTERTON | The Brandon Murray that Hobart saw on the mound Friday night isn’t exactly the Murray the Brickies are used to seeing.
The South Carolina recruit gave up two earned runs on two hits in an inning of work against Chesterton.
Fortunately for the Brickies, they already led by seven runs in the seventh inning at that point and pulled out a 10-5 win.
“He likes to throw sometimes at the end of the week sort of as his side work but do it in a game rather than in practice or in a bullpen,” Hobart coach Bob Glover, Jr., said. “He was OK; he left the one breaking ball up that allowed that kid to have a nice piece of hitting (a Corey Rusboldt single to right-center) and then there was one that was just out of the reach of second base (a Tyler Sufana single). That’s kind of how baseball is sometimes.
“He felt pretty good about the outing overall. His velocity was where it needed to be. Obviously you don’t like to give up runs, but it is what it is.”
Times No. 3 Hobart improved to 15-2 with the win. Though it came against a team not in the Brickies’ conference, Glover was happy to pick up a victory on the road against a Duneland Athletic Conference team they could face in the postseason.
“It’s important for us because that’s our sectional,” Glover said. “For us to come see these guys and to compete with a lot of teams in the (DAC) over the course of the year, that’s something we try to do by design and, of course, it’s good to get a win, too.”
Drey Devereaux, Alex Batistatos and Luke Budzielek each drove in two runs for Hobart; Murray, Tyrus Joseforsky, Travis Waddell and Nick Bokun each scored two runs and Bokun picked up three steals.
For Chesterton (7-9), Rusboldt went 3-for-4 with a two-run, opposite-field home run in the fifth and scored three times. Sufana went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a stolen base. He had an RBI and run scored.
The focus for the Brickies now turns back to Northwest Crossroads Conference play as Hobart takes on Lowell next Monday and Tuesday.
“We’re at one loss in conference and we’ve still got Lowell, (Times No. 10) Griffith and (No. 1) Andrean (on the schedule),” Glover said. “We’ve talked about that with one loss you can probably win our conference; two losses, the best you can hope for is a tie. We don’t have a lot of margin for error left, and these guys know that.”