By TR HARLAN
Following a 21-11 season that included a Sectional and Regional title, Coach
LouAnn Hopson’s 2013 Softball squad has high expectations.
The journey begins tonight as the Trojans host Griffith with the first pitch
scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
“We were very inconsistent last season,” Hopson said as she begins her 30th
year at the helm. “We are working very hard on improving our game and
finding a consistent acceptable level of play every time we take the field.”
The Trojans featured a high-powered offense last year that set a school
record with 23 home runs.
“Offensively, we should be tough again,” Hopson said. “We blew away the
school home run record last year. Our goal for this season is to improve
other parts of our offensive game. Sometimes the long ball is all or
“We want to be able to score in a variety of ways.”
Megan Tymorek led the CHS offense last year with a .434 batting average and
a .788 slugging percentage. The senior All-State and All-DAC selection also
tallied nine home runs, 13 doubles and 41 RBI’s.
The trio of catcher Megan Matheny (.371, 12 2B, 23 RBI), left fielder Sydney
Cooley (.360, 6 HR, 28 RBI) and Mallory McKee (.369, 8 2B, 16 RBI) also
offer significant offensive punch.
The Trojans return virtually the entire defense to the field with center
fielder Lisette Martinez, right fielder Jill Bohnert, shortstop Shelby
Carter and second baseman Sarah Richards. Amanda Dujmovich also returns to
the squad with a lot of experience.
“I don’t know that everyone will remain in the same position and there are
some holes defensively from last season that we need to address this year,”
Hopson said. “One of our goals for this year is for everyone to become more
versatile defensively. We hope that will help us be more flexible with
Tymorek logged most of the time in the circle last year with a 17-9 record
and 171 innings worth of action. The Morehead State signee struck out 175
batters, while walking just 22 and recorded a 1.64 ERA.
Cooley also saw time with the ball last year with a 4-1 record in 45 innings
of work. She struck out 45 and walked eight, while compiling a 1.54 ERA.
“Our conference and sectional should be tough again this season,” Hopson
said. “Not very many teams graduated many players from last season. Everyone
should be experienced and tough.
“I think if we step our game up, we can be in the battle at the end.”
The rest of the Trojan roster will include returnees Alexa Olson and Sierra
LaFreniere, while new faces include Allena McElfresh and Alexis King.