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Chesterton Softball beats Merrillville 7-1 as Cooley breaks CHS home run record

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By TR HARLAN

It’s going to be a crazy week thanks to mother nature, but the Chesterton softball team got things started on the right foot.

The Trojans pounded out 10 hits and picked up an easy 7-1 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Merrillville on Monday.

And it didn’t take long.

Senior Heather Overla lined a pitch past Merrillville centerfielder Julie Ross for an inside-the-park home run that got the Trojans off and running. Sydney Cooley singled and eventually scored when Ryan Bozak reached on a two-out error.

The game stayed 2-0 until the third inning when Bozak singled and moved to second on a fielders choice by Megan Tymorek. Jeannette Sosnowski’s RBI single made it 3-0.

“After we had a little success, we got a little too aggressive and couldn’t wait on her to bring it back into the strike zone,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said.

In the fourth inning, Jaren Lynch started things with a walk and moved to second on Overla’s sacrifice bunt. Cooley blasted a line drive home run over the fence in straight away centerfield, her sixth of the season.

The home run gave freshman Cooley the CHS single-season home run record which was previously held by Debbie Lange (5).

“She hit’s the ball hard,” Hopson said. “We’re working on her getting more disciplined, but she does hammer the ball.”

The Trojans got an RBI single from Lynch in the fifth and that was more than enough for Chesterton starter Taylor Harlow. Harlow allowed just two hits and struck out six in picking up the win.

“I thought for most of the game, she really had pretty decent command,” Hopson said. “They only hit a couple of balls hard against her.”

Chesterton returns to the field today as they host Portage in a game scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Chesterton 7, Merrillville 1

AT CHESTERTON

SCORING BY INNINGS

Merrillville 000 100 0 -- 1 2 4

Chesterton 201 220 x -- 7 10 1

HR -- Heather Overla, Sydney Cooley ©. Pitching Summary -- Merrillville -- Jessica Vasquez (6 IP, 10 H, 2 K, 2 BB); Chesterton -- Taylor Harlow (7 IP, 2 H, 6 K, 2 BB). WP -- Harlow. LP -- Vasquez.

 

 

Posted 5/3/2011