Bulldogs beat 3A No. 1 Andrean
4-1 in key baseball tilt

A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith


Andrean sophomore Tyler Nelson (24) takes a practice swing in front of the visitor's dugout Saturday at Crown Point. (All photos by Mark Smith)
CP's Scot Ferkull (5) leads off an Andean shortstop Tyler Nelson (24) holds him close to second base behind 59er pitcher Joel Holtcamp (10) Saturday at Crown Point.
CP's Jake DeFries (5) gets a hero's welcome in the Bulldog dugout after his leadoff home run against Andrean.
Crown Point right-hander Ryan Bolda (19) pitched all seven innings against Andrean Saturday afternoon.
CP first baseman Ben Fridrich (12) holds Andrean's Matt Lieto (11) close to first base Saturday at CPHS.
Andrean right-hander Joel Holtcamp (10) gets ready to pitch Saturday at Crown Point.
Andrean's Clay Thompson slides head first into second base as CP shortstop Jake DeFries waits for the throw. Thompson scored the 59ers only run in the first inning.
CP fist baseman watches out fielder Jonothan Sabotnik make a running catch in short right field Saturday against Andrean.
CP senior baseball players are honored with banners behind the first base dugout at Crown Point high school. (All photos by Mark Smith)

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Team (Record) / Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ANDREAN (15-3) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
CROWN POINT (13-6) 1 0 3 0 0 0 - 4 4 0

Saturday, May 5, 2018  - 83 degrees, mostly sunny in CROWN POINT, IN

WP: Ryan Bolda (3-0) CG, 9K, 2 walks (108 pitches)
LP: Joel Holtcamp (4-2) 3Ks, 3 walks (3 2/3 inn.)

ANDREAN (16-4)
Clay Thompson (CF) 0-for-2, walk
Tyler Nelson (SS) 0-for-2, walk
Mike Doolin (3B) 0-for-3
Joe Rycerz (1B) 2-for-2, double, RBI
Nick Fyushi (LF) 0-for-3
Joel Holtcamp (P) 1-for-2
Jake Mullen (C) 0-for-3
Matt Lelito (RF) 0-for-3
Tom Schultz (DH) 1-for-2, walk

Nick DeFries (SS) 1-for-2, HR, walk, RBI, stolen base
Scott Ferkull (LF) 0-for-2, walk
Jonothan Sabotnik (RF) 0-for-2,
Ben Fridrich (1B) 1-for-2, walk
Alex Rich (CF) 1-for-3, double, RBI
Christian Mojica (3B) 0-for-2, walk
Josh Lindemann (2B) 1-for-2, walk
Gene Kolarik (DH) 0-for-2
Mason Boyd (C) 0-for-1, HBP

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CROWN POINT (05-15-2018) Some days just go well for the home team.

For Crown Point, facing Class 3A No.1 Andrean, almost everything went as hoped and the home team won a 4-1 decision in 80-degree midday Saturday sunshine out behind Crown Point high school.

Senior Jake DeFries hit a leadoff home run to tie the game 1-1 and he scored the go-ahead run in the third inning. And senior right-hander Ryan Bolda pitched a complete game victory, striking out nine and walking two against an Andrean team that is a four time state champion.

"They're a great team." said Bolda. "They're No.1 in 3A and obviously they can compete in 4A easily. It's a big win for us."

After the 59ers scored on an RBI single by Joe Rycerz in the top of the first inning, CP's Jake DeFries led off the bottom of the first with a home run off losing pitcher Joel Holtcamp.

CP scored three runs in the thrid on a sacrifice fly by Jonothan Sabotnik, an RBI-double from Alex Rich and an RBI single by Ben Fridrich.

Bolda made it hold up. The CP right-hander struck out Jake Mullens with two men on base to end the fourth inning and he retired the last seven batter to face him. It's been a good pitching season for the CP football quarterback.

He has three complete game victories so we wont talk about the 18-13 CP win over Valparaiso on May 1, a very windy day when Bolda allowed 10 runs in two innings.

"That was a rough one," Ryan said after the win over Andrean. "You just brush it off. That's baseball. It can be crazy. I know what I'm capable of and that game was just not me. Today was more like it."

I didn't sense that either team was pointing towards this game as some kind of landmark. Both Andrean and CP are involved in close conference races and neither season would be defined by this game. Crown Point won Friday night 8-4 over Munster and moved back into Duneland Athletic Conference play this week. The 59ers would go on to win two league games over Highland to clinch the championship of the Northwest Crossroads Conference.

But when CP looks back on the 2018 season, the Bulldogs will think about the day they beat the top-ranked 59ers and smile.

"It boosts our confidence," Bolda said. "Going into the rest of our schedule and sectionals. It was a good day."

CP NOTES: Andrean seniors had to take college entrance exams Saturday and some of them showed up late for the game. Mike Doolin arrived right after the first pitch and was inserted into the lineup as a first inning pinch hitter.
Despite the loss Saturday at Crown Point, Andrean was again ranked No.1 in Class 3A this week. Hanover Central was 14th. Lake Central (15-3) is fourth in Class 4A.

Ryan Bolda is headed for Indiana University in the fall with no plans to continue his baseball career.

"I may try to walk (on)," said after the game with Andrean. "I haven't decided one way or the other."

USA-365.com Broadcast Note: Our next Internet radio baseball broadcast on USA-365.com will be Friday, May 11 when the Bulldogs host the Hobart Brickies. The pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m. CDT with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CDT.

2018 CROWN POINT Bulldogs (15-6)
19-9 (2017) 19-9 (2016), 25-6 (2015), 17-13 (2014) 7-17 (2013)
Coach Steve Strayer (22nd year)
Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) games in CAPs

March 26 (L) 1-4 Hanover Central
March 29 (W) 12-0 Bishop Noll
March 31 (W) 5-3 Boone Grove
April 7 (W) 13-1 at (Lafayette Jefferson
April 7 (W) 9-0 at (Lafayette) Jefferson
April 10 (L) 4-10 LAKE CENTRAL (15-3)
April 11 (L) 6-7 (9 inn.) LAKE CENTRAL (15-3)
April 12 (W) 8-7 CHESTERTON
April 17 (W) 1-0 MICHIGAN CITY
April 19 (W) 5-0 CHESTERTON
April 24 (L) 2-4 at LaPORTE
April 25 (W) 5-2 LaPORTE
April 26 (W) 12-7 (8 inn.) at MICHIGAN CITY

Noblesville Invitational
April 28 (L) 5-6 (Louisville, Ky.) St. Xavier (21-0)
April 28 (W) 12-0 Noblesville (3rd place)

May 1 (W) 18-13 at VALPO
May 4 (L) 5-6 VALPO
May 4 (W) 8-4 at Munster
May 5 (W) 4-1 Andrean (16-4)
May 8 (W) 10-0 at MERRILLVILLE (1-12-1)
May 9 (W) 7-3 (6 inn.) MERRILLVILLE (1-12-1)
May 11 (Fri.) Hobart (13-6) 7 p.m.
May 12 (Sat) at Highland
May 15 (Mon) PORTAGE (10-6)
May 16 (Tues.) at PORTAGE (10-6)
May 19 (Sat) Plymouth (10-8 ) 10 a.m.
May 19 (Sat) McCutcheon (18-3) 5 p.m.

Merrillville (4A) Sectional
May 23 (Wed.) Hobart (13-6)
May 25 (Fri.) Chesterton (10-4)