GARY | Chad Mateja made his first start of the season Saturday, but nobody told Lowell.
Mateja led Times No. 5 Bishop Noll to a 10-0 win over the Red Devils in five innings for the High School Challenge nightcap at U.S. Steel Yard.
"I was just getting the ball over the plate, hitting my spots and letting the defense do its job," Mateja said.
The senior hurler threw five shutout innings, striking out eight while his offense did its job, scoring 10 runs to end the game early.
"(Lowell pitcher Jake Fontanez) was good but wasn't overpowering. We saw that they were going to try to rotate too much, so we made a little bit of an adjustment and then it opened up," Noll coach Paul Wirtz said. "Once we started going the other way, we started scoring runs."
The Warriors (4-2) broke it open with two outs in the bottom of the third. First, Larry Crisler's long fly ball to left resulted in triple and an RBI. Tony Cobb then drove in Crisler, and Matt Sandoval brought in Cobb to make it 3-0 Noll.
Noll added another run in the fifth when Anthony Fundukian tripled to the gap in right-center field. He scored on a throwing error at third. The Warriors added six more in the frame, including Jaylen Yarborough's game-clinching two-run double.
"We haven't been consistent with hitting yet this year," Wirtz said. "It's good to see a lot of good line drives."
Lowell (2-4) never had more than four at bats in an inning.
"That's kind of been our weakness. We just don't get the hit with runners in scoring position," Red Devils manager Bobby Wong said. "That just comes back to haunt you."