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Chesterton High School Softball opens today

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By TR HARLAN

The Chesterton softball team will look to build on a stellar group of returning starters and make a State Tournament run as the 2017 season gets underway tonight at Hobart.

“We will be moving some people around some this year,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said as her 34th season begins. “We think we have a lot of depth and a lot of skill. Now, we need to find a mix that works.”

A trio of juniors led by Notre Dame commit Shelby Grimm should give the Trojans a solid offensive attack. Grimm, an All-DAC and All-State selection last year, hit .449 with 11 doubles and will move from shortstop to catcher.

Third baseman Kristi Stevenson hit .395 with 19 RBI’s and 12 doubles, while center fielder Kari LaFreniere is back to patrol the outfield.

Senior Biz Zehner hit .419 last year and will return to the outfield along with classmate Maddy Hamady. Hailey Johansen will move from the outfield to second base and Hayley McBride (.306, 21 RBI’s) should see time in the infield and outfield.

In the circle, junior Lauren Anderson returns after an 11-2 campaign that included a 1.75 ERA. Classmate Kelly Carr also returns with pitching experience and could log time in the infield.

“I think the returning girls all feel like we left some unfinished business last spring,” Hopson said.

The Trojans finished 17-8 last year (10-4 in DAC) and fell in the Sectional Finals.

“Right now we are at 17 girls and we’ll probably move some of them up and down,” Hopson said. “I want them all playing, so everyone is ready to contribute at tournament time. The hardest part is getting them to understand it.

“There is a lot to be said about practicing varsity, but game at bats and situations are necessary too.”

New faces for Chesterton will include junior pitcher Hayley Edmonds and the sophomore trio of Noelle Michael, Marney Sisson and Lexi Benko. Freshmen Cassidy Grimm, Faith Matta, Maddie Snemis ad Micaela Iacovetti round out the roster.

“Our new people have a lot of speed and we are going to try and use it in the outfield,” Hopson said.

The Trojans open the season with games on each of the first six days, including the DAC opener at Lake Central on Wednesday.

“Once again, we start our second game of the season with LC,” Hopson said. “Crown Point and Portage are the next week. By the end of that second week, we will have over a third of our season played.

“We should know by then where we are and what we can do.”

 

Posted 3/28/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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