softball team saw its post-season run come to an end on Tuesday night.
Crown Point scored
the game’s only two runs in the sixth inning and held on for a 2-0 victory
in the IHSAA Regional championship.
“When you get to
this point of the season, unfortunately someone has to win and someone has
to lose,” first year Chesterton head coach Dan Lynch said. “I still firmly
believe that Crown Point, Lake Central, Munster and us were right there
together. Any one of us could have been celebrating over there right now.”
The Bulldogs had a
runner on first with two outs in the sixth against Trojan starter Lexi Benko.
A single by Mallory McMahon and a double to left by Maggie Ballentine
provided the lead.
Benko allowed just
six hits and struck out five on the night.
“Lexi did a great
job for us tonight,” Lynch said. “She worked her way out of some big jams.
They got the one big hit and that’s what it came down to.”
Crown Point had a
runner on second base in the fourth when Benko snared a line drive up the
middle and threw to second for a double play. In the fifth, the Bulldogs
loaded the bases before Benko forced two ground balls to get out of the jam.
Again, in the
seventh, CP loaded the bases and Benko induced a ground ball out to stop the
were good all year and we were again tonight,” Lynch said. “The girls are
great athletes. We worked great together as a team and they function that
way. This was a true team and you can see that in the dugout.”
just four hits on the night, two by Kaitlyn Carr.
The Trojans’ best
scoring chance came in the fifth against CP starter Brinkley Kita with two
outs and runners on first and second. In the seventh, Carr led off with a
single and moved to second, but was stranded there.
“Crown Point has
excellent pitching,” Lynch said. “Kita kept us off balance. We were able to
hit the ball some, but couldn’t get anything to drop when we needed it.”
The Trojans will
lose seniors Benko, Marney Sisson and Noelle Michael to graduation.
“The three seniors
did a great job all year,” Lynch said. “All three were great people on the
field and in the dugout. Couldn’t have asked for anything else out of them.”
Crown Point 2,
SCORING BY INNINGS
Crown Point 000 002
0 -- 2 6 1
Chesterton 000 000
0 -- 0 4 1
2B -- Maggie
Ballentine (CP). Pitching Summary -- Crown Point -- Brinkley Kita (5 IP, 2
H, 6 K, 1 BB), Madi Elish (2 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 0 BB); Chesterton -- Lexi Benko
(7 IP, 6 H, 5 K, 3 BB). WP -- Brinkley Kita. LP -- Lexi Benko. S -- Madi