Baseball: Chicago Christian defeats St. Edward
By Scott Miller For Sun-Times Media April 29, 2013 8:48PM
Updated: April 29, 2013 10:31PM
Josh Novak wasn’t overpowering on the mound and his curveball wasn’t as sharp as usual.
Still, the Chicago Christian pitcher found a way to baffle St. Edward hitters. Novak threw 61/3 innings of two-hit ball to lead the Knights to a crucial 2-0 Suburban Christian Gold Division win over the Green Wave at Wing Park in Elgin.
The win keeps Chicago Christian (21-3, 10-2) a game ahead of Aurora Central in the division race and drops St. Edward (11-6, 8-4) two games back in the standings. Novak is 7-0 on the season.
“He’s been our No. 1 guy all year,” Chicago Christian coach Eric Brauer said. “He just goes out there and throws strikes every time out. He knows how to think the game, and by locating his pitches so well he is able to miss a lot of barrels (of bats).”
The only hits off Novak were an infield hit up the middle and a bunt single. He struck out five and walked four.
“I didn’t have a real good feel for my curveball, so I threw a lot of fastballs,” Novak said. “I just kept pounding the strike zone and tried to get ahead in the count. My catcher (Max Kerfin) did a great job of just keeping me in the zone. My defense was tremendous behind me.”
Novak ran into a little trouble in the seventh when he walked two with one out. Corey Bulthuis came in to get the final two outs.
The Knight scratched out their only two runs in the third off St. Edward starter Jacob Koehring. An infield by Kerfin followed by a walk and an error loaded the bases. Sean O’Meara drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to right. Brodie Meyer followed with an RBI single.
Chicago Christian played flawless defense.
“We made the most of our opportunities,” Brauer said. “The one inning was really the only time we got something going on offense. I was real pleased to come away with a couple of runs. The pitching a defense did the rest.
“Our defense has been solid all year. We have four senior infielders (Bulthuis, first base; Dylan Marinec, second base; Meyer, shortstop; and Ryan Bielecki, third base) who do a phenomenal job. Our center fielder (O’Meara) is one of the best around.”
Koehring went the distance for the Green Wave. He allowed four hits, and only one of those left the infield. He struck out four and walked three.