It took a little
while to get the bats going,
but when they did, the Chesterton softball team cruised to a 12-1 Duneland
Athletic Conference victory over Merrillville on Thursday.
“I thought we were
aggressive at the plate and almost over-aggressive a couple of times in some
key spots,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said.
The Trojans scored right
away in the first when Shelby Grimm singled with one out and stole second.
Jordan Wadding’s RBI single made it 1-0.
After Merrillville tied the
score in the top of the second, Lia Lombardini reached on an error to start
the bottom half of the frame. Lombardini stole second and third and scored
on a wild pitch.
Bailey Slivka doubled to
start the third and Jordan Wadding reached on an infield single. Jill
Bohnert’s sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third. Lombardini’s
two-run single made the score 4-1.
offensively in the fourth as Becky Rizer singled to start the rally. Kristy
Stevenson followed with a two-run home run and Grimm doubled. Slivka singled
and Wadding’s suicide squeeze plated Grimm.
A walk to Bohnert was
followed by Emily Hamady’s line drive to center that was misplayed.
Lombardini’s RBI single scored Slivka and Natalie Anderson reached on a
fielder’s choice. Rizer reached on an infield error that plated Hamady and
Lombardini for a 10-1 lead.
In the fifth, Grimm doubled
and Slivka’s two-run home run to center field ended the game.
Brittany Milzarek worked
the first two innings in the circle and struck out two before giving way to
Lauren Anderson. Anderson struck out three as she retired all nine batters
“I thought Lauren
did a real nice job and Brittany did too considering she hasn’t pitched in a
while,” Hopson said. “That’s two nights in a row at the varsity level and
doing a good job for Lauren.”
12, Merrillville 1
SCORING BY INNINGS
Merrillville 010 00 -- 1 1
Chesterton 112 62 -- 12 15
2B -- Villanueva (M);
Bailey Slivka, Shelby Grimm 2 ©. HR -- Kristy Stevenson, Bailey Slivka ©.
Pitching Summary -- Merrillville -- Villanueva (4 IP, 15 H, 2 K, 1 BB);
Chesterton -- Brittany Milzarek (2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB), Lauren Anderson (3
IP, 0 H, 3 K, 0 BB). WP -- Brittany Milzarek. LP -- Villanueva. S -- Lauren
Chesterton 13, Merrillville
The Chesterton junior
varsity beat Merrillville 13-0 on Thursday.
Edmonds, Rachel Vagner and Mallorey Mears led the Trojans. Edmonds also
picked up the win in the pitchers circle.