CP's Sabotnick pitches shutout ball, drives in winning run for 1-0 win in 8-innings over No. 4 Penn

A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith


Penn's Drew Majerek (32) can't get to second base in time to stop CP shortstop Drew Horton (12) from turning this double play in the sixth inning. (All photos by Mark Smith)
CP junior catcher Cal Curiel checks with the bench for the sign, Curiel caught all eight innings in the morning game against fourth-ranked Penn.
Penn senior Hayden Berg (3) shut out CP for seven innings Saturday morning in Crown Point.
CP first baseman Frank Plesac (25) has his eye on the ball in the Penn-Crown Point battle Saturday.
CP shortstop Drew Horton gives a diving effort on this seventh inning hit by Penn's Kyle Kline.
CP's Drew Horton (12) tries to hide his words of strategy for pitcher Jonothan Sabotnik in the extra inning game against Penn Saturday.
Penn's Ryan Lynch (14) steals second base as CP shortstop Drew Horton waits for the throw. Penn was 6-0 coming into the Crown Point game.
It was 70 degrees when CP visited Lafayette on April 6. It was not 70 degrees one week later. CP played Penn in 45-degree weather and it was cold down in the bullpen.
CP's Jonothan Sabotnik, right, was the man of the hour Saturday morning pitching seven shutout innings and driving in the game's only run as Crown Point defeated Penn 1-0. (All photos by Mark Smith)

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Team (Record) / Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
PENN (6-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
CROWN POINT (9-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1

Saturday, April 14, 2019  - 48 degrees, sunny in CROWN POINT, IN

WP - Josh Lindeman (2-0) 3K, 2 walks (6 inn)
SP - Jonothan Sabotnick (CP) 4K, 1 walk (7 inn
LP – Kameron Koch (1-1) 1K, 1 walk (2/3 inn.)
SP - Hayden Berg (Penn) 6K, 2 walks (7 inn.)

Penn (6-1)
Ryan Lynch (DH) 1-for-4
Hayden Berg (P) 0-for-4
Brock Boynton (CF) 0-for-4
Keegan Hoskins (RF) 0-for-3
Kameron Koch (LF) 0-for-3
Camryn Syzynski (3B) 1-for-3
Jeff Pawlik (1B) 0-for-1, 2 walks
Kyle Kline (SS) 1-for-3
CJ Kavados (2B) 0-for-3

Jacob Bosse (RF) 0-for-2, 2 walks
Josh Lindeman (DH-P) 2-for-4, double
Jonothan Sabotnick (DH) 3-for-4, walk, triple, RBI
Josh Lindeman (2B-P) 1-for-4, RBI
Christian Mojica (3B) 0-for-3
Alex Rich (CF) 0-for-2 walk
Drew Horton (2B) 0-for-3
Zach Stubitsch (SS) 1-for-3
Dylan Matusik (LF) 0-for-2
Cal Curiel (CP) 1-for-2

CROWN POINT (04-14-2019) Let's set aside that Crown Point won multiple games for the second Saturday in a row. And that they defeated an undefeated team for the second weekend in a row.
Because Crown Point junior Jonothan Sabotnik had a morning Saturday that I wish all varsity baseball players could have.

Sabotnik, a junior outfielder, pitching on Saturday because, frankly, he’s not one of the top pitchers CP starts in weekday Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) games, pitched seven shutout innings against undefeated Penn.
And after he moved back to the outfield when the game went into extra innings, Sabotnik, batting third for the first time all season, sliced a two-out eighth inning single to right center to drive in teammate Jacob Bosse with the winning run in a 1-0 victory over fourth-ranked Penn.

If I was Jonothan, I know I’d still be talking about this game 20 years from now.

“I was just trying to get the run in,” he said of the game-winning single. “It was a curve ball. I didn’t think about bunting. There were runners at second and third and I might have been thrown out. It felt great.”

Pitching in windy, 45-degree weather, Sabotnik was surprisingly good. The right-hander allowed three hits and three walks in seven full innings against a team that that had outscored its first six opponents 53-16.

“I love pitching,” he smiled. “That’s the first time I’ve started a game. I was a little tired. I threw 101 pitches. I don't mind that I’m pitching because it was a Saturday. I pitched in Cal Ripken ball. Not much. But I do love to pitch.”

“We’ve pitched him in relief before,” said coach Steve Strayer. ‘We were short a couple of guys today, so he stepped in and he just battled them.”

“He’s a great kid. He’s going to Illinois State, I think, to be an outfielder. And maybe a pitcher too, after today.”

Crown Point did very little against Penn senior right-hander Hayden Berg, who struck out six in his seven innings. Left-hander Kameron Koch came on to pitch the eighth inning and junior Jacob Bosse walked with two out. Josh Lindeman, who pitched the eighth inning for CP, then blooped a hit to right center field and stole second.

Sabotnik, a 6-foot-2 left-handed batter who was 13 for 37 (.354) after 11 games, then smacked the game-winning hit off the left-handed Koch.

Strayer just played a hunch moving Sabotnik in the batting order.

“We are missing a couple of guys. Jacob (Bosse) has been doing well so we moved him to the top. Maybe we’ll leave it like that.”

“Penn is a very good team,” said Strayer. “They have top athletes all over the field. No offense to Lake Central. But Penn is the best team we’ve played so far.”

DOG NOTES: If Jonothan Sabotnik had a memorable first game, Jacob Bosse might remember game two.

In CP’s 12-6 win over Concord Saturday afternoon, Bosse had a double, triple and three walks as the leadoff man. The junior also came on to pitch in the fifth inning, striking out four batters in an inning and two thirds.

Junior outfielder Anthony Pellicane posted his first career four-hit game and added two stolen bases. Josh Lindeman, who pitched the eighth inning to win in game one, pitched the final inning and a third in game two to get the save.

CP’s Jacob Bosse (8 of 20, .400) has walked 15 times in 11 games. In his first two games as leadoff man Saturday, he was a combined 2-for-4 with five walks.

The 12-6 win was the sixth time in 11 games that CP has scored 10 runs or more.

Crown Point was ranked No. 1 in Class 4A last week in the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) weekly poll after a 6-0 start. They could have dropped from the top spot this week after a 6-5 road loss to 4A No. 2 Lake Central last Wednesday. But LC will drop from No. 2 after their 11-5 loss at Crown Point one day earlier.

Polls don’t mean much in April.

Counting his 10 years at Boone Grove, the victory over Penn Saturday was CP coach Steve Strayer’s 600th win. The official CP baseball program had Strayer at 591-222 before the start of this season. In 17 years at Crown Point, Strayer’s teams have won seven sectionals, five regionals and seven DAC championships.

Speaking of polls... This week Crown Point was retained its No. 1 ranking in the IHSBC poll for Class 4A, with Penn holding at No. 4 and Lake Central dropping to No. 7. Andrean remains No. 1 in Class 3A with a 10-1 record, while Washington Township is ranked No. 4 in the Class 1A baseball poll.

USA-365.com Broadcast Note: Our Internet radio baseball and softball broadcast schedule for USA-365.com will begin Tuesday, April 30 when the Crown Point Bulldogs host the Valparaiso Vikings in a 4:30 p.m. Duneland Athletic Conference game. We've laid out a balanced schedule of six  baseball and six girls softball games through the remainder of the regular season. Then we'll present as many IHSAA tournaments games for the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs softball and Bulldogs baseball team as we can work into the post-season, as long as each team remains alive in the playoffs.

2019 CROWN POINT Bulldogs (10-1)
21-8 (2018) 19-9 (2017) 19-9 (2016), 25-6 (2015)
Coach Steve Strayer (23rd year)
All games at 4:30 unless otherwise indicated, DAC games in CAPS
3-26 (W) 4-1 at Hanover Central (6-1)
3-28 (W) 18-2 (5 inn.) Bishop Noll (3-4)
3-30 (Rain) 2A No. 3 Boone Grove (4-1)
4-2 (W) 11-4 CHESTERTON
4-3 (W) 8-5 at CHESTERTON

Lafayette Invitational

4-5 (W) 11-5 at Jefferson (5-7)
4-6 (W) 9-2 at McCutcheon (4-4)
4-6 (W) 14-4 (6 inn.) at Harrison (4-4)

4-9 (W) 11-3 LAKE CENTRAL (7-1)
4-10 (L) 5-6 (6 inn.) at 4A LAKE CENTRAL (7-1)
4-13 (W) 1-0 (8 inn.) Penn (6-2)
4-13 (W) 12-6 Concord (2-4)

4-17 (Wed) at MICHIGAN CITY
4-23 (Tues) LaPORTE
4-24 (W) at LaPORTE
4-30 (Tues) VALPARAISO
5-1 (Wed) at VALPARAISO
5-3 (Fri) Munster – 7 p.m.
5-4 (Sat) at 3A No. 1 Andrean (10-1) 11 a.m.
5-10 (F) at Hobart
5-14 (Tu) at PORTAGE
5-15 (W) PORTAGE
5-18 (S) vs. Plymouth (at McCutcheon) 10 a.m.
5-18 (S) at McCutcheon 4 p.m.
5-20 (Mon) Illiana Christian

Class 4A Sectional 2 (at Crown Point)
5-22 (W) 5 and 7 p.m. (quarterfinals)
5-24 (Fri) 5 and 7 p.m. (semifinals)
5-27 (Mon) championship – 12 noon

Class 4A Regional (at LaPorte)

6-1 (Sat) 10 a.m. semifinals
6-1 (Sat) 7 p.m. championship