CHESTERTON | After dodging what looked to be a sure loss on two occasions, Crown Point coach Brett Crutchfield told his team it was time to take control.
Bailey Mores listened.
The sophomore center fielder delivered a game-winning RBI double in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday to give the Times No. 2 Bulldogs an 8-7 win over No. 9 Chesterton in a Duneland Athletic Conference game that featured multiple lead changes and plenty of errors.
"These are tough conditions, and it's always a fight when we play at Chesterton," said Crutchfield, whose team remained unbeaten in the DAC at 3-0.
"When we got into extra innings, I told the team it was a new day, and I wanted to win it right now. Bailey gave us a big hit when we needed it."
The Trojans (4-6, 1-2) scored five runs in the first inning and looked like they were going to coast through the game after shutting down the Bulldogs for the first three innings. Crown Point got two runs back in the fourth and then tied the game in the fifth inning as Chesterton continued to pile on the errors. The Trojans finished the game with five defensive miscues.
"We didn't play enough defense to win the game," Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. "We just made too many errors to have a chance."
Crown Point took a 7-5 lead into the seventh inning, but then junior pitcher Siena Gyure gave up three straight hits and allowed the first five batters to reach base as the Trojans tied the game at 7-7 and had the bases loaded with no outs. After Jeannette Sosnowski was called looking on a third strike when the Trojans would've won the game had it been a ball, Taylor Bisssonnette flew out to right field, and Crown Point outfielder Rachael Suits was able to get Megan Matheny in a rundown to end the inning.
"I take full responsibility for Megan getting out there," Hopson said. "I was trying to force them to make a throw, and I didn't get in the right position for Megan to see me. That's on me. The other eight or so runs with the errors and everything, that's something we have to work on."
With a fresh batch of confidence, Courtney Holm led off the eighth inning with a single and scored on Mores' double. Gyure gave up two hits in the final inning but was able to get Matheny to hit a grounder back to the circle to finish the game.
"We were just keeping each other up for the entire game," Mores said. "This is the time when our hard work comes in. We worked to earn this game today, and we stayed positive the entire game."