It took a little
while Tuesday night, but they came around.
softball team picked up 12 hits and got a 9-4 Duneland Athletic Conference
victory at Portage.
“It took us a while
to make the adjustments hitting,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “When
we did, we hit the ball hard and forced some errors.”
cracked the scoreboard until Faith Matta led off the third with a single for
Chesterton. Maddy Hamady put down a sacrifice bunt. Matta took advantage of
an errant throw and came around to score for a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, Lexi
Benko started the frame with a home run. Biz Zehner reached on an error and
moved all the way to third on a pair of wild pitches.
double scored Zehner for a 3-0 lead.
things up in the fourth as the Indians took advantage of a wild pitch by
Benko, the CHS starter. After a two-out solo home run, Portage made it
back-to-back bombs off the first pitch from reliever Lauren Anderson.
“The infield was
really busy and did a nice job,” Hopson said. “We even turned a 6-4-3 double
right back as Hamady reached on an error and moved to second on Shelby
Grimm’s sacrifice. Maddie Snemis plated her with a single.
An unearned run by
the Indians cut the lead to 5-4, but they never got closer as the Trojans
put three runs on the board in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Cassidy Grimm led
off the sixth with a double and LaFreniere singled. They both scored on wild
pitches later in the inning. Matta reached on an error, stole second and
scored on Shelby Grimm’s RBI single.
In the seventh,
Cassidy Grimm singled and LaFreniere iced it with a two-run home run.
Anderson got the
win in relief with 3.1 innings of work and three strikeouts. Benko went the
first 3.2 innings and struck out one.
“Lexi did well,”
Hopson said. “Portage hit a lot of stuff hard before the home run. Lauren
gave up the home run and then settled down nicely.”
The Trojans return
to the field tonight when they host Valparaiso beginning at 4:30 p.m.
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 001 213
3 -- 9 12 1
Portage 000 310 0
-- 4 7 7
2B -- Cassidy
Grimm, Kari LaFreniere ©. HR -- Lexi Benko, Kari LaFreniere ©. Pitching
Summary -- Chesterton -- Lexi Benko (3.2 IP, 1 K, 0 BB), Lauren Anderson
(3.1 IP, 3 K, 0 BB). WP -- Lauren Anderson.