PLAINFIELD – After watching Minooka score seven runs in Tuesday’s game and the first four runs in Wednesday’s game, Plainfield Central baseball finally had a response for the Indians. Scoring three runs in the fifth inning against Indians ace Mitch Malone, the Wildcats were in the game.
However, the same Minooka team that won Tuesday showed up after that and went on to win, 11-5, Wednesday over the Wildcats.
“We were fortunate to win this game [Wednesday]. For sure the score is not indicitive of the game itself,” Minooka coach Jeff Petrovic said.
Minooka took advantage of some wildness by Central starter Zach Pirc by scoring three times in the second. Tyler Paulsen and Kenny Walsh were walked with one out and then Jake Null got on board with a bunt single that loaded the bases. A sophomore, Pirc then hit Neal Tyrell and Cristian Sanchez to make it 2-0. One out later, Brennan Polcyn was walked to force in a run.
Minooka made it 4-0 with a run in the fifth when Paulsen doubled, after back-to-back singles by Walsh and Null (RBI).
Then the Wildcats made it interesting against Mitch Malone. In fact, Central chased him after rallying in the fifth. In that inning, Austin Witendorf singled and Nate Paprota reached on an error. Nick Rana then grounded into a fielder’s choice, after Weitendorf stole third to drive in the first run. John Kosstelz followed with a single to put runners on the corners, and Danny Brandon followed by lifting a sacrifice fly. After Christian Armstong singled, that was the end of the day for Malone.
The rally didn’t end there, though, against Minooka reliever Trevor Maly. Matt Ryan got an RBI single and Simon LeClair walked before Maly got out of the inning with the score at 4-3.
“We hit a couple of balls hard. We took advantage of some walks and good things are going to happen when you put the ball in play,” Central coach John Rosner said. “We competed our butts off today, and I am proud of them for that. Now its just a matter of finding some consistent pitching.”
Facing Central reliever Jake Anderson, the Indians responded and it continued against fellow Wildcat relievers John Kostelz and Danny Brandon, as the Indians scored the next seven runs.
“I thought the team came back and responded to adversity very well there at the end,” Petrovic said. “The kids kind of turned it up just a little bit there.
The Indians got three runs in the sixth, and then four more in the seventh to turn things completely back in their favor. Polcyn had an RBI double in the sixth and homered in the seventh for Minooka. Sanchez also homered in the seventh, cementing the win.
Central got the game to its final on a two-RBI single by Ryan that scored Kostetelz (walk) and Brandon (hit by pich).