came into Tuesday’s Duneland Athletic Conference tilt against Valparaiso
with a couple of goals in mind.
shortstop wanted to beat Chesterton’s chief rivals for the seventh time in
her career, and Stevenson wanted to hit a home run while doing it. The St.
Louis-bound recruit accomplished both goals on Tuesday as Stevenson used a
three-run home run to punctuate a 11-3 rout over the Vikings.
missed much of last season with an injury, was eager to get back on the
field against Valparaiso.
“It feels amazing
to beat them,” Stevenson said. “I want to beat them twice every year. It
feels good to get a win and hopefully we’ll be able to get another one
against them later on.”
Stevenson has been
part of just one loss to Valparaiso during her career, a 14-10 shortcoming
on May 5, 2016. The Trojans (4-1) swept Valparaiso last season and have gone
7-1 over the Vikings since the current senior class were freshmen.
A pair of solo home
runs from Maddie Snemis and Kari LaFreniere gave the Trojans an early 2-0
lead after Chesterton went 11 days without playing a game due to various
weather postponements. Snemis hit second in the order and blasted her solo
shot to the opposite field for her first career home run.
“It feels pretty
good,” Snemis said. “I’ve never done that before. (I didn’t think it was
out) until I heard Mr. (Dan) Lynch congratulate me. It was pretty nice.”
her solo shot in the bottom of the second inning. The Trojans carried a 2-0
lead into the fourth inning when everything really started to click for
Chesterton. Lauren Anderson and Cassidy Grimm led off the inning with a pair
of singles and they advanced into scoring position with two outs.
haven’t played since Friday during spring break, I was glad to see everyone
in the lineup hit the ball hard,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said.
delivered a two-run single to give Chesterton a 4-0 lead. Following a Snemis
walk, Stevenson stepped to the plate with a singular goal in mind. Having
grounded out to the pitcher and flown out to right field. Stevenson was
anxious to make her mark on the game.
Moments later she
had done just that as Stevenson got a hold of a pitch from Valparaiso hurler
Emily Glover and crushed it for a three-run home run. Not only did the blast
give the Trojans a 7-0 lead, but Stevenson took personal pride in hitting
the home run.
“Every single year
we play (Valpo), I try to hit a home run and I’ve done it in every single
game,” Stevenson said. “That’s a stat that I’m keeping for myself.”
continued to light up the scoreboard as every player got at least one hit
and all but one starter scored a run. Starting pitcher Lexi Benko got into a
little trouble in the sixth inning when the Vikings scored three runs, but
Chesterton came right back in the bottom half of the inning and scored four
more runs to complete the scoring.
“Lexi had a great
game,” Hopson said. “The strike zone was tight. I think Lexi just got caught
trying not to walk people. Northing was hit hard.”
The Trojans return
to the field tonight when they travel to Merrillville to play the Pirates.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
SCORING BY INNINGS
Valparaiso 000 003
0 -- 3 6 2
Chesterton 110 504
x -- 11 14 0
2B -- Cassidy Grimm
(C). 3B -- Iacovetti (C). HR -- Maddie Snemis, Kari LaFreniere, Kristi
Stevenson. (C). Pitching Summary -- Valparaiso -- Emily Glover (5 IP, 12 H,
7 R, 2 SO, 2 BB), Peyton Zahm (1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 SO, 1 BB); Chesterton --
Lexi Benko (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 9 SO, 3 BB). WP -- Benko. LP -- Glover.
junior varsity had little trouble in picking up a 12-2 victory over
Kaitlyn Carr was 3-for-4, while Hollie Skoczek also tallied three hits.
Ainsley Johnston went 2-for-3 in the win.
handled pitching duties, allowing just two hits and striking out four.