During the regular
season, Chesterton gave undefeated Crown Point its toughest game, losing by
just one run and holding a lead late.
So it was no
surprise that the Trojans were hanging with the Bulldogs through six
Then the roof caved
in as Crown Point scored six runs in the top of the seventh to pull away for
a 10-1 victory in the second semifinal of the Class 4A LaPorte Sectional.
nationally-ranked Bulldogs (No. 13 in CBS MaxPreps national top 25) got a
monster effort from starting pitcher Miranda Elish.
In addition to the
sophomore striking out 11 and walking none in the circle, Elish was a
perfect 4-for-4 at the plate (including an intentional walk in her fourth
plate appearance) with a home run, double and a run batted in.
inning) was ugly,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “They played well
and we didn’t play well long enough. We had some opportunities to score and
didn’t get it done.”
The Trojans (14-13)
scored their first run in the bottom of the first inning after Crown Point
plated two runs in the top of the first. Sarah Richards reached on an error
by the shortstop, moved to second on a wild pitch, and came home on a RBI
single by Bailey Slivka.
Trailing by two
runs in the third, Chesterton got a runner into scoring position, thanks to
a mistake by Elish. After Allena McElfresh led off with a base-on-balls, she
went to second when an illegal pitch was called.
But three straight
outs followed, including a diving catch that saved a run on a scalded line
drive by Mallory McKee.
Down 4-1 in the
sixth, the Trojans still showed plenty of fight with Slivka, who had two
hits and reached base all three times, fighting off several foul balls in a
12-pitch at-bat against Elish. Eventually, she hit a high fly ball to center
field, which was dropped leading to Slivka reaching second base, where she
Hopson knew her
team, which had a “roller coaster” season in her words, would have a huge
challenge in one of the toughest sectionals in the state this year.
“We have an
eight-team sectional (one of only two eight-teamers) with an undefeated team
and the defending state champs in it,” she said. “That’s not easy.”