McNamara has 13 Ks, Leads No. 2 Lake Central over No. 11 Crown Point

Although it was Zach Plesac (2013: uncommitted) that blew up the radar gun early for Crown Point, it would be Jimmy McNamara (2012: Central Michigan) that had the performance of the evening. Plesac came out throwing his first five fastballs: 91mph, 90mph, 91mph, 90mph, 89mph, and set the tone
early. However, behind some poor fielding, Crown Point could not capitalize on a strong performance from Zach, falling 10-1.

McNarama would pitch a complete game, giving up just five hits while striking out 13 to cruise to victory. McNamara was his usual 83-86mph, hitting 87mph on numerous occasions, however, what Jimmy really understands is how to pitch. His changeup was incredibly effective, given his strike out total, and often pitched it for the punch out.

Crown Point would kick the ball around early, giving Lake Central a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first off one lone hit from Senior Austen Wagoner (2012: uncommitted). Lake Central would then add a run in the second, following a double by Sophomore Alec Olund (2014: uncommitted) and a fielding error by Crown Point. Again in the 3rd, Lake Central would score one run off no hits and an error, making it 4-0 going into the 4th.

Crown Point could not get anything going offensively, other than back to back singles in the 3rd from Kevin Brunski (2012) and Jake Lindeman (2012). Senior Joe Hopman would have the only multi-hit game for Crown Point, going 2-3 with two singles.

With Zach Plesac done pitching for the game, Lake Central would open the game up, scoring five runs in the 6th off of three singles from Ryan Pachowicz (2012), Ryan Burvan (2012), and Alec Olund (2014). Nike Kellams (2013: uncommitted) would double and score a run in the 7th, to add Lake Central's final run of the game.

The lone Crown Point offensive highlight came in the 6th, when Junior Zach Plesac would hit a towering home run to dead center field, making the score 9-1 at the time.

Crown Point seemed to be shorthanded due to the injury bug, but the impressive performance from Plesac gives us hope that we could see a similar showdown in the Regional Championship.

Surprising Player of the Day:
I could easily say McNamara was my SPD (Surprising Player of the Day), but nothing he does really surprises us anymore; he was simply dominant yesterday. However, Junior pitcher Zach Plesac of Crown Point really surprised PBR and some college coaches yesterday evening. With his Velocity typically around 83-85mph, Plesac came out on fire, lighting up the gun (88mph-91mph). Zach went five innings strong, allowing only three hits, not allowing an earned run, and striking out six. Zach is a major prospect to follow as we move forward.