Bulldogs stay unbeaten with 9-4 win over McCutcheon

A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith


CP's Josh Lindeman pitched a strong six innings in Saturday's win over McCutcheon at the Lafayette Invitational. (All photos by Mark Smith)
CP catcher Tim Darche (5) smacks a two-base hit in CP's 5-run seventh inning.
CP pinch runner Anthony Pellicane (9) gets a good lead against McCutcheon first baseman John Shambaugh (10).
McCutcheon senior Ruben Morales (12) pitched into the sixth inning of a tie game against Crown Point.
CP's Gene Kolarik (27) has time for a smile after scoring from first base on a double during the Bulldogs' big seventh inning.
CP pitcher Josh Lindeman (11) and shortstop Zach Stubitsch (2) battle McCutcheon on the Mavericks' home field in Lafayette.
CP third baseman Christian Mojica (23) is ready for action against McCutcehon batter Connor Ayers (7).
CP's Jonothan Sabotnik (13) lines an RBI base hit in the sixth inning Saturday. Sabotnik was 3-for-4 and he was 10 of 24 (.416) in the Bulldogs' first seven games.
Coach Steve Strayer watches as Gene Kolarik (27) heads for home in the seventh inning at McCutcheon. McCutcheon catcher Peyton Williams (4) waits for the throw. McCutcheon was 3-0 before Saturday while CP was 5-0.
It feels like the spring sports season had begun Saturday as 70 degree temperatures were welcomed at McCutcheon. CP hosts 4A No. 1 Penn this coming Saturday, April 13. (All photos by Mark Smith)

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Team (Record) / Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROWN POINT (6-0) 1 0 0 1 0 2 5 9 14 4
McCutcheon (3-1) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 6

Saturday, April 6, 2019  - 68 degrees, sunny in LAFAYETTE, IN

WP - Josh Lindeman (2-0) 3K, 2 walks (6 inn)
SP - Ryan Fender (CP) 4K, 0 walks, one unearned run
LP – Ruben Morales (0-1) 4K, 2 walks (5.7 inn.)

Jonothan Sabotnick (DH) 3-for-4, walk, triple, RBI
Josh Lindeman (2B-P) 2-for-4, 2 RBIs
Christian Mojica (3B) 2-for-4
Alex Rich (CF) 2-for-4, triple, RBI
Gene Kolarik (1B) 2-for-4, RBI
Drew Horton (2B) 0-for-4
Zach Stubitsch (SS) 1-for-3, walk
Tim Darche © N1-for-4, double
Jacob Bosse (1-for-3, walk

McCutcheon (3-1)
Mason Douglas (RF) 0-for-3
Peyton Williams © 1-for-3, Sac. Fly, RBI
John Shambaugh (1B) 0-for-4
Tyler Lathrop (3B) 2-for-3
Connor Ayers (DH) 1-for-3
Ruben Morales (P) 0-for-3
Jarod Smith (SS) 0-for-0
Rus Kingma (2B0 0-for-1, walk
Garrett Maish (CF) 0-for-1, walk

LAFAYETTE (04-06-2019) I don’t honestly know how significant it is to be 7-0 after the first two weeks of the high school baseball season.

But I can imagine what 0-7 would be like. 7-0 is a lot better.

Crown Point (7-0) swept three games in Tippecanoe County over the weekend to make a promising season a little more promising.

The Bulldogs topped Jefferson 11-5 Friday, McCutcheon 9-2 and Harrison 14-4 Saturday before riding the bus back home. They were not close to perfect in these weekend games in the Lafayette area. But again, 3-0 is better than 0-3.

If there was a feature game it was the matchup of CP and McCutcheon. The Mavericks had won their first three games 16-0 (New Haven), 12-2 (West Lafayette) and 5-1 (Huntington North). This was a close game most of the morning with CP ‘s Josh Lindeman and McCutcheon’s Ruben Morales pitching in a 2-2 tie going to the sixth inning.

Zach Stubitsch led off the sixth with a bunt and McCutcheon catcher Peyton Williams threw the ball past first base. Morales got the next two outs, but CP leadoff man Jonothan Sabotnik lined an RBI double to right field, giving CP a 3-2 lead. Lindeman then lined a base hit to center field to create a 4-2 Bulldog lead.

RBI hits from Alex Rich, Gene Kolarick and Tim Darche expanded the lead in a five run seventh inning against McCutcheon relief pitcher Kolby Borders.

“I was just trying to keep them off balance,” said Lindeman, who entered the game in the second inning. “Usually I just throw a fastball, curve ball and a change up. But today I threw four pitches. I know they’re a good hitting team. They were going to hit the baseball.

“I don’t pitch often. We have a solid staff. But I love pitching.”

Lindeman pitched the final six innings in what was a close game until the top of the seventh. The right-handed senior, who usually plays second base, allowed just two base hits and two walks.

Lindeman thought he got an edge after he picked McCutcheon’s Tyler Lathrop off first base in the third inning with the score tied.

“After that, they got short leads (off base). That was a big thing. For the rest of the game, their leads were small. Makes it hard to go from first to third.”

The CP boys have a difficult schedule including 4A No. 1 Penn next Saturday and 3A No. 1 Andrean on May 4.
But they’re as ready as 7-0 can make you.

“We’re rolling, Lindeman said. “We’re hitting. We’re not striking out. That’s the big thing. Putting the ball in play. High school infields aren’t the greatest. We’re making them make plays on everybody. You have to give them a chance to make an error.”

DOG NOTES: When was the last time CP won its first seven games?

The 2009 Bulldogs, maybe the best offensive team in school history, won their first 17 games before losing 10-9 in eight innings at Chesterton on May 8, 2009. That team, ranked No. 1 in the state, went 30-3, losing the semistate championship game 4-2 to Snider in a rain delayed game that was played in the twilight in South Bend. Bulldog batters struck out 14 times.

The 2008 team had an unusual path. The Bulldogs won their first 10 games and they played consecutive games with Lake Central that were called due to darkness with the score tied. Back then, tied Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) games had to be replayed in their entirety.

So, after 12 games, CP was either 10-0 or 10-0-2, depending on how you wanted to look at it.

The Bulldogs won 14 games in 2008 before their first loss, 3-2 at LaPorte in CP’s 17th game of the season. CP finished the season with a record of 29-6 or 29-6-2.

Crown Point’s 2007, 2008 and 2009 teams all lost at the semistate level. The Bulldogs were a combined 88-12-2 in those three seasons.

Crown Point’s Ryan Fender pitched the first inning at McCutcheon, striking out four batters (one reached on a passed ball) and allowing two hits. Fender apparently was only scheduled to pitch one inning in preparation for facing DAC rival Lake Central this week.

CP swept Chesterton 8-5 and 11-4 in the first week of play. Josh Lindeman drove in four runs in the 8-5 win with Tim Darce collecting two RBIs. Fender struck out 10 and walked five in five innings of the 11-4 victory.

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2019 CROWN POINT Bulldogs (8-1)
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
3-28 (W) 18-2 (5 inn.) Bishop Noll
3-30 (Rain) 2A No. 3 Boone Grove
4-2 (W) 11-4 CHESTERTON
4-3 (W) 8-5 at CHESTERTON

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

4-9 (W) 11-4 4A No. 4 LAKE CENTRAL (4-1)
4-10 (L) 5-6 (called after 5-1/2 inn. due to darkness) at 4A No. 4 LAKE CENTRAL (5-1)

4-13 (Sat) 4A No. 1 Penn (3-0) 10 a.m.
4-13 (Sat) Concord (1-2) 2 p.m.

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 (7-1) 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