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Chesterton softball offense rolls to 11-3 win over Valpo

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Kristi Stevenson came into Tuesday’s Duneland Athletic Conference tilt against Valparaiso with a couple of goals in mind.

The senior 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.

Stevenson, who 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.”

LaFreniere added 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.

“Considering we 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.

Shelby Grimm 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.”

The Trojans 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.

Chesterton 11, Valparaiso 3



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

Chesterton 12, Valparaiso 2

The Chesterton junior varsity had little trouble in picking up a 12-2 victory over Valparaiso.

Offensively, Kaitlyn Carr was 3-for-4, while Hollie Skoczek also tallied three hits. Ainsley Johnston went 2-for-3 in the win.

Lauren Kobialka handled pitching duties, allowing just two hits and striking out four.



Posted 4/11/2018




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