If only every game
could start for Chesterton like Tuesday's Class 4A Merrillville Sectional.
Up 3-0 over Hobart
after four innings when heavy rains postponed play Monday, the Trojans
returned 23 or so hours later to easily close out the Brickies in the
"Years ago, I
remember we had to come back and finish the last half inning. We were up
like eight or nine," Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. "(Monday,) we were
sleepwalking. It's raining on the way over, the windshield wipers are going,
we're thinking we're not going to play. I don't blame them. If it were at
our place, we would've tried to have played, too."
Lexi Benko took
over for Lauren Anderson, who threw four no-hit, no-run innings Monday,
allowing a single and striking out three in the 10 batters she faced.
"We just came out
fresh, acting like it was a new game," Benko said. "I went out with the
mentality that it was 0-0."
Save for the base
hit, Hobart (13-17) didn't get the ball out of the infield against Benko.
"She hit her
targets pretty good," Hopson said. "You didn't see the catcher flying out.
The hard part if she's wild is you can't position the defense."
While the Trojans
didn't add to their run total, Hopson was actually more pleased with a more
aggressive approach at the plate than the day before.
"I reminded them
that offensively we have some of the best stats we've ever had," Hopson
said. "We've been way too selective in what we're swinging at. You take a
strike, it forces you to choose a pitch that's not too good. Some of them
had more productive at-bats."
Shelby Grimm was
2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead Chesterton's eight-hit attack.
"They're a much
improved team," Hopson said of the Brickies, who lost 12-2 to Chesterton in
the season opener on March 27.
The Trojans (23-5)
will face Portage, a winner over the host Pirates, in today's semifinals
beginning at 4:30 p.m. Valparaiso and Michigan City meet in the other
SCORING BY INNING
Chesterton 001 200
0 -- 3 8 0
Hobart 000 000 0 --
0 1 0
Pitching summary --
Chesterton -- Lauren Anderson (4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO), Lexi Benko (3
IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO); Hobart -- Jenna Uhles (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0
BB, 2 SO). WP -- Lauren Anderson. LP -- Jenna Uhles. Save -- Lexi Benko.