CROWN POINT | The temperature was a balmy 73 degrees when Tuesday's baseball game between Lake Central and Crown Point began.
The score was 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the temperature dropped 14 degrees as the wind that had been blowing to the outfield turned.
That's when the game turned for the Bulldogs.
Crown Point used a three-run sixth inning to beat rival Lake Central 4-1 in Duneland Athletic Conference action.
"For some reason, once it started blowing cold, we changed our approach," Bulldogs coach Steve Strayer said. "As soon as the weather changed, we turned it on."
After the wind changed and rain began to fall in that fifth inning, the Bulldogs tied the game when Zach Plesac led off with a bunt single and scored on a double by Jake Jatis. Crown Point (4-1, 1-0) went ahead in the sixth when Jake Jenks scored on an error and Zach Plesac knocked a two-run single.
Crown Point rode the confidence of left-handed pitcher Ronnie Plesac, who struck out 13 batters in six innings. That figure included six consecutive strikeouts between the first and third innings.
"I was a little jittery coming in, because this is our rival and our first home game," Plesac said, "but it wasn't that I was feeling the extra pressure. I felt good and went out and tried to pitch against some good hitters. They played pretty well."
Lake Central coach Jeff Sandor told his team that if the hitters could keep their strikeouts under five, they had a chance to win.
Alec Olund and Ryan Burvan were the only batters not to strike out at all. The two accounted for four of the Indians' five hits. Olund scored on a throwing error in the fourth inning to give L.C. (3-3, 0-1) a 1-0 lead.
"(Olund) is prepared to hit at this level and we've got a bunch of younger guys that haven't," Sandor said. "Our top three guys have hit at this level, but you're looking at four through nine that I think might have combined for 20 at bats last year."