PREP BASEBALL

No. 3 Hobart downs No. 5 Portage in mistake-prone baseball game

2014-04-26T14:08:00Z 2014-04-26T21:19:50Z No. 3 Hobart downs No. 5 Portage in mistake-prone baseball gamePaul Honeycutt Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 26, 2014 2:08 pm  • 

HOBART | Hobart baseball coach Bob Glover Jr. and his team have won in quite a few ways this season.

Saturday afternoon's 6-4 victory was a first for the Times No. 3 Brickies.

Despite making three errors and a couple baserunning blunders, Hobart (12-2) came back from three runs down with timely hits and solid pitching down the stretch to beat No. 5 Portage.

Both teams were victims of the double-play ball, but Portage's was more detrimental.

After Indians right fielder Chris Klenk walked in the top of the fifth, center fielder Pete Psomadelis roped a liner to left fielder KJ Haluska, who caught it and threw a shot directly to first base, doubling off Klenk and killing the Indians' rally.

"We got a lot of momentum from the play," said Haluska, who also scored a run. "It felt great and hopefully we can keep it going."

It wasn't the first time that Haluska has thrown out someone from the outfield this year.

"He threw a kid out at the plate during our tournament in Terre Haute last weekend," Glover said. "He has been a good luck charm for us lately."

Portage (8-5) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third thanks largely to RBI hits from Alec Coates and Kevin Jones.

The Brickies responded with three in the next half inning with a Brandon Murray RBI single and a two-run single by right fielder Luke Budzielek.

After the Indians tallied another in the fourth, Hobart answered with two more RBI singles from shortstop Tyrus Joseforsky and catcher Nick Bokun.

After the crucial double play, Murray and sophomore Braden Niksich came in the last two innings to nail down the victory for the Brickies.

"We have never come back from a deficit like that this year and it's good to see that kind of character come out against a good team like Portage," Glover said.

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