MUNSTER | The sequence that gave Lake Central its second win is what reminded baseball fans how early in the season it is.
That the Indians' game against Munster went extras is a reminder of how good these two teams can be.
Lake Central beat Munster 6-4 Tuesday in nine innings, courtesy of five Munster errors, including three in the ninth.
Brad Staszewski took first base with one out on a passed ball third strike in the top of the ninth. He reached second on an error and third on a passed ball. He scored when Ryan Burvan hit into an error.
Brenden Seren gave Lake Central (2-0) its insurance run on a sac fly from Nick Kellams.
"It's an ugly, early season, cold game, and I think the play was a little indicative of that," Lake Central coach Jeff Sandor said. "There was a lot of great things that happened their way with momentum and momentum shifts are hard to come back from."
In all, the teams combined for nine errors in nine innings.
Munster tied the game with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, as the Mustangs squeezed out three singles and turned small ball into an art form.
In all, Munster (3-2) scattered 11 hits as Lake Central reliever Ryan Polito earned the win.
Lake Central scored a two-out run in the first when Alec Olund reached second on an error and was sent home with a Tony Majstorov single. On an similar play in the fourth, Steve Fulk reached on a two-base error to center field and scored on an infield single by Seren.
"Both teams took advantage of errors, we gave them four runs with errors, we took advantage of some of the errors that they had," Munster coach Bob Shinkan said.
"I'm just pleased at this point of being able to stay in the ball game and stay with it mentally and not give up when they had the lead on us. That's been what we've been doing the last couple of ball games. I'm glad that the kids believe that it takes, well, I usually say 21 outs to win, but this is a good that we can take a look at this and learn from it."
The Indians picked up another two runs in the fifth as Majstorov scored on a Steve Fulk single and Cody Brock walked home on a bases-loaded base on balls.
"Our kids competed and this could be a war if it happens again," Sandor said.