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Valpo Falls in Extra Innings at Milwaukee
Robbie Robinson finished a triple shy of the cycle on Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Robbie Robinson finished a triple shy of the cycle on Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Valparaiso came from behind twice to tie the game, including once in the ninth inning on Thursday afternoon, but Milwaukee plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th to defeat the Crusaders 4-3 at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) went the distance for Valpo suffering the loss (5-6).  He pitched well, but gave up the game-winning single to Sam Sivilotti with one out in the 10th inning.  McCormick allowed the four runs on 10 hits and struck out four while walking just two.

“It’s extremely frustrating losing today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “I thought for the most part we played a good ball game.  Damon pitched well and we didn’t commit any errors defensively, which have cost us games in the past.  However, we didn’t get down a few key bunts nor did we score a couple of runners from third, and that’s the difference.”

Valpo struck first in the second inning.  Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) doubled to the gap in left-center with one out and ended up on third when the leftfielder had trouble picking up the ball along the wall.  Robinson scored one batter later on a wild pitch, giving the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.

Milwaukee answered in the bottom of the second.  With two outs Paul Striggow tripled to deep center, just out of the reach of a diving Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.), plating a pair of runs and giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead.

Both McCormick and Milwaukee starter Chad Pierce prevented any more runs from going up on the scoreboard from the third through sixth innings before the Crusaders tied the game in the seventh.  Robinson led off the inning with his third home run of the season, a blast to deep leftfield.

Again Milwaukee retook the lead in the bottom of the frame.  Mark Strey led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  With two outs, Cole Kraft singled up the middle, giving the hosts a 3-2 advantage, which they would take to the ninth inning.

Robinson led off the ninth with his third hit of the day, a single up the middle, and David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) pinch ran for him.  Robinson finished the day just a triple from the cycle.

“Robbie swung the bat well today,” Woodson said.  “This was probably the best he has swung for an entire game all season.”

Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) sacrificed Klein to second and Corey Thibault (Tustin, Calif./Foothill H.S.) delivered a game-tying double to the gap in left-center.  He was stranded at third though, as Valpo was unable to push the go-ahead run across the plate.

“We executed that inning to get the tying run home,” Woodson said.  “Robinson got on to lead off, we pinch ran for him, Martin got the bunt down, and Thibault delivered the big hit.”

The Crusaders threatened in the top of the 10th, putting the first two runners on, but a strikeout-caught stealing double play helped prevent Valpo from scoring.

Milwaukee plated the game-winning run as Kraft walked to lead off the 10th and moved to second on a single by Doug Dekonning.  Sivilotti then delivered the game-winning hit to the gap in left-center, just by the diving Manning.

Robinson led Valpo’s 11-hit attack with his 3-for-4 afternoon wile Martin had a pair of doubles in three at bats and also had the sacrifice bunt.

Kraft and Sivilotti each had two hits for Milwaukee as the Panthers tallied 10 on the afternoon.

Pierce went nine innings, allowing three runs and 10 hits, striking out six and did not walk anyone, but earned a no decision for Milwaukee.  Cuyler Franzke earned the win (1-1) in relief, pitching the 10th inning.

Valparaiso (21-29, 13-9 Horizon) and Milwaukee (26-25-1, 14-9-1) will wrap up the regular season on Friday afternoon with a doubleheader at Henry Aaron Field.  First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m.

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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo