WHITING | Bishop Noll baseball coach Andrew Ramker may be 23 years old and the youngest coach in the state of Indiana, but he is old enough to know not to rock the boat when it comes to his team.
Ramker has seven seniors back from a four-loss team, including his top two hitters in Larry Crisler and Tony Cobb.
In Thursday night's 13-0 win over Lake Station in its Class 2A Whiting Sectional opener, Bishop Noll (20-7) also got big hits from sophomore third baseman Willie Torres.
One senior who had the biggest impact was pitcher Cal Djurasovic, who threw a perfect game while striking out eight.
"Cal is tough to hit and when the defense is playing well behind him, we're OK," said the first-year coach. "We knew he's capable of this."
Djurasovic struck out six of the first eight hitters for Lake Station.
Torres, who batted out of the No. 4 spot, tripled, doubled, walked, and scored in all three of his plate appearances.
Angel Figueroa, No. 5 hitter and a senior shortstop, went 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs and two runs of his own, including one in part of Noll's four-run first inning.
Lake Station (9-19) committed three errors in the frame, as four of the Warriors' first five hitters reached base and scored.
Bishop Noll added five runs in the third inning thanks to a pair of two-run singles from Jaylen Yarbrough, Crisler, and an RBI single from Figueroa.
In the nightcap, senior shortstop Matt Dvorscak went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and 3 RBIs and a run to lead Whiting (13-13) over Bowman Academy 13-3.
Freshman Cody Bucsko threw all five innings, striking out 11 and walking one.
Whiting's two big innings came in the third and fourth after scoring four runs in each frame.
Down 11-0 after four, Bowman responded with three runs in its half of the fifth after the host Oilers committed one of its five errors in the contest, sending JeMauri Taylor home for one run and then shortstop Izaiah Cole added a two-run single.
Whiting coach Kevin Lenz was pleased with his offense and pitcher's efforts, but acknowledged that his team must play better against Noll in their semifinal game tonight.
"When we had opportunities to put the ball in play we did and Cody did a great job," he said. "But we lost our focus and if we play like we did tonight it'll be a quick sectional for us."