Baseball: Lake Central’s Jimmy McNamara bounces backCrown Point's Tyler Downing runs to third base as Lake Central's Anthony Fushi makes the throw to first base for the last out of the third inning Wednesday afternoon at Crown Point High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
CROWN POINT — Don’t worry about Jimmy McNamara’s arm—it’s fine.
Making his first start since taking a pitch off the wrist last week against Chesterton, McNamara struck out 13 Crown Point batters in a complete-game, 10-1 victory over the Bulldogs.
“I think it’s okay now,” he said. “I felt fine out there.”
Crown Point’s best opportunity to score came in the first inning, with runners on first and second and one out. But McNamara fanned the next two hitters to end the inning. The Bulldogs hardly threatened for the rest of the game.
“He really battled today,” Lake Central head coach Jeff Sandor said. “We wanted to challenge him to throw some more pitches today because he’s going to have to do that later this year.”
The Indians’ offense provided much of McNamara’s run support at the end of their innings, scoring eight of their 10 runs with two outs.
“That was our point of emphasis when we got off the bus today,” said Sandor. “We’ve been leaving tons of runners on base. We talked about getting those guys home and trying to scrap together a few two-out hits to see if we could create something.”
Injuries have been hobbling Crown Point all season long—a trend that’s continued this week. Catcher Bobby Morgan and 1B/P Johnny Lynk were injured in a collision during Tuesday’s practice and did not play. In the third inning, No. 2 hitter Kevin Brunski was injured while attempting to beat out a ground ball at first base and did not return.
“We’re trying to find out what some of these guys can do, because we really don’t know,” said Strayer. “We’re scrambling a bit, but the one thing we have to do — we have to fight.”
Zach Plesac hit a solo home run in the sixth for the Bulldogs’ only run.