Game of the Week: Strong pitching leads Plato past Chaska

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Trent Jackson

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The Plato Bluejays handed the Chaska Cubs their first loss of the season Thursday evening at Athletic Park in Chaska by a final score of 3-1. A good outing by starting pitcher Cody Hallahan led the Bluejays to victory and improved their record to 4-0.

Hallahan pitched eight solid innings to notch his second win of the season. He pitched seven shutout innings, giving up the one run in the eighth inning. The Bluejays’ right hander gave up seven hits and recorded eight strikeouts and only two base on balls. He also contributed at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two singles. Plato shortshop Matt Odegaard came in to pitch the ninth inning for the Bluejays. Odegaard sent the Cubs down one-two-three to record the save.

“I was hitting my spots, mostly mixing it up inside and outside, not throwing a ton of breaking balls, only about four or five,” said Hallahan. “The biggest thing was getting ahead, making them hit what I want them to hit rather than them picking what they wanted to hit.”

It was a slow paced game, which was unusual considering both teams have already had multiple games scoring more than 10 runs. The game started off scoreless through four innings until Plato scored one in the fifth inning and two in the eight.

“It relieves the pitcher when you don’t have to worry about holding them to one or two runs,” Hallahan commented.

In the fifth inning for Plato, Hallahan started off with a single to left-center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hallahan then advanced to third from a sharp line drive up the middle by Tony Beringer. Adam Prehn then hit Hallahan in with a sacrifice fly RBI to left field to put the Bluejays up 1-0.

Plato then added two more runs in the eighth. Chaska pitcher Griff Kilber struggled to throw strikes, walking the first two batters. A fly ball in the left center gap then allowed both runners to advance a base. A miscue on a pickoff move allowed the runner on third to score, and then a sacrifice fly RBI by Tyler Lang pushed the Plato lead to 3-0.

Chaska was led by third baseman Chase Hentges, who went 3-for-4 and knocked in the Cubs only run in the eighth inning. Hentges hit a double to left center that almost left the ballpark, landing on the warning track and scoring Cory Poppitz.

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