West Lafayette takes league lead with 10-inning win
May 18, 2011West Lafayette Jr.-Sr. High School
For the Journal & Courier
Sometimes baseball is as much about luck as it is skill, and West Lafayette conjured up a little bit of both in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Twin Lakes in 10 innings at Bob Friend Field.
The victory gave the Red Devils (18-5), ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, at least a tie for the Hoosier Conference title at 10-1. Twin Lakes (12-10, 9-2) can salvage a conference tie with a win over West Lafayette today.
The Red Devils were down to their last out, trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh to Twin Lakes starter Taylor Elizalde when they got their second break of the inning. The first came when leadoff batter Thomas Deranek struck out but reached base when catcher Tyler Widner couldn't hold on to the last strike and overthrew Jordan Crabb at first base.
Brian Ghiselli's sacrifice bunt moved Deranek to second and he took third on Brandon Cebulla's ground out. With a 1-1 count on West Side leadoff hitter Taylor Kehl, Elizalde threw a pitch in the dirt that got by Widner, allowing Deranek to score the tying run.
In the 10th inning and with Elizalde still on the mound, Cebulla doubled near the fence in left field and scored two batters later on Parker Rhoads' single up the middle.
"This was our biggest game so far, but it doesn't mean anything if we don't come out here tomorrow and take care of business like we know we can," Rhoads said. "This was a great game to win."
Twin Lakes coach Oscar Haughs expects the Indians to bounce back today.
"These are high school kids, they will be ready to play," Haughs said. "We gave up one earned run today and Taylor pitched a heck of ballgame. He's one of our senior leaders and we couldn't ask anything more out of him tonight."
West Lafayette took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third without the benefit of a hit. Kehl reached second on an errant throw from third baseman Ryan Connell. Rhoads bunted Kehl to third, from where he scored on Thomas Fisher's ground out to second.
Twin Lakes took the lead in the fourth inning against West Lafayette starter Nick Moody. Tyler Barnes led off with a double, and Brian Moore walked with one out. Garrett Howe followed with a single to score Barnes and Connell's single plated Moore.