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Concord, Penn bow out in LaPorte Regional semifinals

2014 baseball season comes to a close for Minutemen (15-16) and Kingsmen (27-5).

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 6:07 p.m.

LAPORTE — Early leads did not hold up for Concord or Penn on Saturday, June 7, as the Minutemen and Kingsmen both fell in the semifinal round of the IHSAA Class 4A LaPorte Regional baseball tournament at Schreiber Field.

Lake Central beat Concord 5-2 after trailing 2-1 through three innings. The Minutemen wound up 2014 at 15-16.

Hobart topped Penn 8-3 after falling behind 3-0 in the first two frames. The Kingsmen finished up at 27-5.

Lake Central 5, Concord 2

Because of injury, the Minutemen went into the game not knowing for sure if it would have the services of senior Nick DeFreese or junior Brenden Curry. DeFreese played shortstop and Curry started on the mound, but was in such pain that he only lasted three batters into the second before Matt Williams came on and worked the last 5 2/3 innings.

"We hung right with them," said Concord Jim Treadway. "Matt Williams is my 138-pound secret weapon. He gives it everything he's got at the plate or in the field. He thinks he's 6-2."

Concord scored one run in the first when Stephen Pinarski doubled and came home on a DeFreese single. The Minutemen added another run in the third on an RBI single by Zack Stauffer, who had entered the lineup when Curry left.

Lead-off man Alec Olund collected three hits, drove in two runs and scored two for the triumphant Indians.

Two-out, two-run hits by Brenden Seren in the fourth and Olund in the fifth accounted for Lake Central's last four runs.

Christian Sullivan tossed four innings of no-hit relief for the victory.

Hobart 8, Penn 3

In a game where all but one run was unearned, the Brickies scored seven unearned runs in the fourth inning off sophomore right-hander Skylar Szynski (7-2) to blow up a close game.

The 22-minute uprising featured three Penn errors, two Hobart sacrifices and a two-run single by Luke Budzielek.

"Skylar was rolling and then — all of a sudden — it was gone," said Penn coach Greg Dikos. "He'll come back."

Brandon Stesiak collected both Penn hits off University of South Carolina recruit Brandon Murray (10-1).

Stesiak rapped a two-run single in the second. Elliott Lares' first-inning ground out plated the Kingsmen's first run.

"We were putting the ball in play and putting the pressure on the defense," said Dikos, who saw Hobart make two errors in the first two innings. "We were working them deep in the count."

Jake Thoma pitched the last 3 2/3 innings for Penn.

4A LaPorte Regional

Semifinals

Lake Central 5, Concord 2

Lake Central 100 220 0 — 5 7 0

Concord 101 000 0 — 2 4 0

John Milaszewski, Chrisitan Sullivan (4, W; 6 strikeouts) and Alex Mantel; Brenden Curry, Matt Williams (2, L) and Jake Vernon.

Lake Central: Hits — Alec Olund 3. 2B — Olund, Johnny Gbur. RBI — Olund 2, Brenden Seren 2, Gbur. Runs — Olund 2, Blake Bosold, Ben Nisle, Jorey Dimopoulos.

Concord: 2B — Stephen Pinarski. RBI — Nick DeFreese, Zack Stauffer. Runs — Pinarski, Duncan Boone. U — Robert Childers, plate; Trent Beer, first base; Bernard Deem, second base; Tim Sargent, third base. T — 1:53.

Record: Concord 15-16.

Hobart 8, Penn 3

Hobart 000 701 0 — 8 5 2

Penn 120 000 x — 3 2 4

Brandon Murray (W, 10-1; 6 strikeouts) and Nick Bokun; Skylar Szynski (L, 7-2; 6 strikeouts), Jake Thoma (4) and Tyler Perry.

Hobart: Hits — Parlock 2. 3B — Murray. 2B — Parlock, Devereaux. RBI — Budzielek 2, Parlock, Devereaux, Batistatos, Barnes, Kenjic, Bokun. Runs — Devereaux, Murray, Batistatos, Parlock, Barnes, Kenjic, KJ Haluska, Jake Mummey.

Penn: Hits — Stesiak 2. RBI — Stesiak 2, Elliott Lares. Runs — Banashak, Ullery, Toth. DP — Penn. U — Trent Beer, plate; Bernard Deem, first base; Tim Sargent, second base; Ro bert Childers, third base. T — 2:07.


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