Indiana Tech won two games on the first day of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament on Monday at Warriors Field. The third-seeded Warriors beat Concordia-Ann Arbor 15-1 and Northwestern Ohio 3-0.
Indiana Tech pounded out 14 hits against Concordia led by Romer Portes and Justin Kalusa with three each. Jacob Dunnichay, Brian Hakes and Derek Morgan collected two each. Portes, Dunnichay and Hakes had three RBIs.
Clay Wallace, 6-5, picked up the victory on the mound. The junior right-hander allowed one run on three hits in six innings while striking out six. Marc Brandenburg pitched the final four innings of shutout ball.
Sophomore pitcher Chase Keathley led the victory against Northwestern Ohio by pitching 6 and 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Keathley, 5-4, allowed three hits and struck out four. Senior Curtis Wise, a Carroll graduate, picked up his sixth save of the year by pitching the final 2 and 2/3 innings and allowing one hit.
Bryan Brudi of Churubusco was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. The senior from Churubusco doubled in a run in the third and singled in a run in the fifth.
Tech, 33-21-1, was scheduled to play top-seeded Davenport at 4 p.m. today.
In the WHAC awards ceremony, Kalusa was named the conference's Player-of-the-Year. The senior from Elgin, Illinois batted .411 during the regular season with six home runs and 48 RBIs. Kalusa, a speedy center fielder, stole 29 bases and scored 56 runs. Six of his 81 hits were triples.
He also pitched for the Warriors – compiling a 2-2 record with a 2.35 ERA in nine appearances.
Saint Francis season comes to an end
Huntington eliminated Saint Francis from the Crossroads League Tournament on Monday with an 8-5 victory.
Sophomore shortstop Chaise Kahlenbeck, a Bishop Dwenger graduate, led USF with three hits and two RBIs. David Yoder, Geoff Bowers and Tanner Foster had two hits for the Cougars, who finish the season with a 19-29 record.
Huntington was led by Dylan Henricks with three hits.