ST. JOHN | Chesterton manager Jack Campbell joked that he knew it would be a good idea to put Michael Griffin in the nine-hole.
The Trojan junior drove in four runs on two doubles as Chesterton pushed past Times No. 3 Lake Central late to earn a 10-4 win Thursday at L.C.
"I'm just trying to show that I can move up in the order," Griffin said. "I was seeing the ball really well today, out of (Indians pitcher Antonio Majstorov's) hand, and I just came to play today."
The Trojans (8-4, 3-1) rallied in the sixth, batting around and scoring six runs on three doubles — including Griffin's second two-bagger — and three Lake Central errors. Chesterton took a 7-4 lead into the final frame.
"It's been kind of like that this year; it's either feast of famine," Campbell said. "So far, it's been good because we've put some big runs on the board in one inning."
Chesterton added three more in the seventh inning to cap the scoring.
The Indians scored first when Majstorov singled in Alec Olund in the first. L.C. added three more in the third on three walks and one hit by pitch.
"Through the first, I think five innings, we really played pretty solid baseball," Lake Central Manager Jeff Sandor said. "We let one error turn into another, another, another. We don't do a good job of, when something doesn't go our way, just being tough and looking toward the next play."
L.C. (7-4, 2-2) hadn't played in 10 days due to weather-related postponements and cancellations. Sandor said that had little to do with the loss, though.
"We're struggling to find leadership and you see that on the field," Sandor said. "Somebody that says 'I got punched in the mouth, I'm going to punch somebody back.' We lay down when we get punched in the mouth."