PREP BASEBALL

Marian Catholic hands Andrean first loss of season

2013-05-04T17:00:00Z 2013-05-04T23:59:07Z Marian Catholic hands Andrean first loss of seasonPaul Honeycutt Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 04, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Brad Bohlen probably didn't want anyone to know his secret to success with hitting, but the cat is about to be out of the bag.

"(Second baseman) Luis (Avila) and I hit everyday during seventh period," Bohlen admitted.

In what's supposed to be gym class, the two go to Marian Catholic's batting cage and just hit for the whole period.

In fact, Spartans coach Phil Wail made a surprising prediction about Bohlen for the end of the season.

"He'll probably break the record for RBIs and hits in a season," Wail said.

Bohlen was well on his way after Saturday's 2-4, two-run, four-RBI performance in Marian Catholic's 9-5 win over Times Indiana No. 1 Andrean, which suffered its first loss of the season in the nonconference tilt.

After losing a heartbreaker to crosstown rival Homewood-Flossmoor 8-7 on Friday night, the Spartans (14-8) came out swinging, scoring eight runs in the third and fourth innings.

Avila, who went 1-for-3 with three runs, doubled, stole third, and was driven in by Bohlen on a groundout in the first.

"We came in knowing they are one of the top teams in Indiana and just wanted to keep it simple after Friday," said Bohlen.

Andrean (19-1) answered in the second after second baseman Jeremy Wright doubled, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a Dakota Cooper groundout.

After giving up two hits, two walks, and the three runs in the third, Andrean starter Joe Plesac was chased in the fourth inning without retiring a batter. The first five Spartans reached base in the inning, which included a two-run double from Bohler.

The 59ers scored four runs in the sixth on RBI singles from Wright and Nick Podkul off of Spartans starter Ryan Waaso, who finished the game.

"He was our only all-conference pitcher back from last season. It was his game and we wanted to stretch him out because the more work he gets will help him for conference," Wail said.

Andrean coach Dave Pishkur knows his team isn't invincible and said the season's first loss wouldn't effect the squad too much.

"We'll find out how we respond on Monday against Munster, but I would be surprised if (we) didn't bounce back," Pishkur said. "We're not infallible. We know that. Give their pitcher some credit because he's their ace."

"They hit the ball hard, stole bases, and we didn't have much of an answer on the mound or defensively."

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