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Chesterton Softball falls in Sectional Semis

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By STEVE T. GORCHES

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 innings.

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.

The 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.

“(The seventh 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 was stranded.

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.”

IHSAA Sectional

Crown Point 10, Chesterton 1

AT LAPORTE

SCORING BY INNINGS

Crown Point 201 010 6 10 14 1

Chesterton  100 000 0  1 3 3

2B Miranda Elish (CP). HR Elish (CP). Pitching summary: Elish (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 11 SO); CH Sydney Cooley (7 IP, 14 H, 6 ER, 5 SO, 2 BB). WP Elish. LP Cooley.

 

Posted 5/29/2014