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Trojan softball team makes easy work of Valparaiso

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With her catching duties taking up much of her time, Sam Gross doesn’t get as many at bats in practice as her Chesterton teammates.

That didn’t seem to bother the senior on Tuesday afternoon as Gross had two hits, including a two-run double that helped lead the Trojans to an 8-2 victory over Valparaiso in the first Duneland Athletic Conference game of the season.

Tuesday marked the first time all season that the Trojans (3-2, 1-0 DAC) scored more than three runs in a game.

“This gives us a lot of confidence,” Gross said. “We need to start hitting and then we need to keep hitting.”

The day got off to a tough start for Chesterton, as the first six batters that came to the plate were retired by Valparaiso freshman Susan Friedlander. Gross, the leadoff hitter, struck out in the first at bat of the game.

“Some kids strikeout when they first come up and they start thinking about it,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “Not Sam. She is always real relaxed and it never seems to bother her.”

Jaren Lynch started off the third inning by drawing a walk and then advance to third on a single by Sammie Howard. After a wild pitch scored Lynch, Tarra Fine walked, setting up Gross’ two-run double. The senior catcher later scored on a wild pitch and the Trojans had a 4-0 lead after three innings.

“We just have to hope that we can keep the hitting up,” Gross said. “It’s nice to win our first conference game of the season.”

The Trojans started the season 2-0, but dropped their next two games, including a forgettable 8-3 loss to Hanover Central last Friday. With the win over Valparaiso and another conference game against Merrillville coming on Thursday, Chesterton has a chance to pick up some momentum heading into a loaded tournament at Pendleton Heights this weekend.

To do so, the Trojans will need continued output from the offense. 

“Coming off two losses, it feels good to put together a solid game,” Hopson said. “You hope it’s just a matter of time (with the offense). We need to be more focused out there.”

Chesterton junior Taylor Harlow was effective on the mound, pitching a complete game and giving up just three hits and two runs. Harlow added six strikeouts and walked three batters.

“She came and went a bit and seemed to regroup out there,” Hopson said. “If we make a better defensive decision on a ground ball, maybe they don’t score.”

Chesterton 8, Valparaiso 2


Chesterton 004 001 3 - 8 9 0

Valparaiso 000 200 0 - 2 3 1

2B -- Sam Gross 2, Taylor Harlow, Jeanette Sosnowski, Ryan Bozak (C); Katie Olejniczak (V). Pitching Summary: Chesterton -- Harlow (7 IP, 3 H, 6 SO, 3 BB); Valparaiso -- Susan Friedlander (5 IP, 6 H, 3 SO, 3 BB); Olivia Allen (2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB). Records: Chesterton 3-2 (1-0); Valparaiso 0-2 (0-1).

JV wins

The Trojans defeated the Vikings last night 11-4.

The Trojans scored 6 runs in the 1st inning. Kayleigh Dover, Kayla Karriman and Hannah McCafferty all doubled to score 5 of those runs.

Kayleight Dover pitched a complete game with 6 strikeouts.

The Trojans will face Michigan City on Thursday night.



Posted 4/7/2010




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