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Notre Dame Defeats Valpo in SouthShore Showdown
Kyle Gaedele had two doubles and scored Valpo's lone run on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Gaedele had two doubles and scored Valpo's lone run on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Valparaiso hosted the inaugural SouthShore Showdown on Wednesday evening at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind., but it was Notre Dame that came away with an 8-1 victory over the Crusaders to spoil the festivities.

Six Fighting Irish pitchers limited Valpo to just five hits on the evening, and not more than one in any inning.

“We just could not get our offense on track tonight,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.

Notre Dame struck first in the opening inning.  Ryan Connolly led off with a double just inside the bag at third.  Following a hit batsman and an infield single, Billy Boockford singled to left to put the Fighting Irish in front 2-0.

Connolly again doubled to left in the second to score another Notre Dame run and scored one batter later on a ground out, giving the Fighting Irish a four run advantage.

Austen Siwiec (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) came on in the third for the Crusaders, throwing three scoreless innings while striking out six.

Valpo put threatened in both the fourth and sixth innings, as Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) led off with doubles respectively, but the Crusaders could not push either run across.  Frane’s hit extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games.

The Crusader bullpen continued to shine, as Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) struck out two and Matt Carroll (Rockton, Ill./Hononegah H.S.) fanned the side in the seventh to keep the deficit at four.

“Our middle relief pitched really well today,” Woodson added.  “We are going to need that if we want to continue to win games down the stretch and heading into the conference tournament.”

The Fighting Irish added four insurance runs in the ninth, one on a throwing error and three more on a homerun to left by Connolly.

Valpo finally found the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth as Gaedele tallied his second double of the day and scored on a one out groundout by Paul Heinkel (Fond du Lac, Wis./Winnebago Lutheran Academy).

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) suffered the loss (2-2) for Valpo, starting and working two innings while allowing four runs on five hits.  Notre Dame starter Todd Miller earned the win (2-0), allowing just one hit in two innings of work.

Connolly finished the game 3-for-5 for Notre Dame (19-22), with two doubles and a homer along with four runs batted in.  He was named the game’s first Most Valuable Player.  Gaedele was the only Crusader with a multi-hit game.

Valparaiso (17-22) will return to action on Friday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis. as the Crusaders host the Panthers of Milwaukee.  First pitch of the three-game weekend series is set for 3 p.m.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay