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Chesterton Softball rallies for 7-3 win

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The Chesterton softball team continued its winning ways with a come-from-behind 7-3 Duneland Athletic Conference victory at Portage on Thursday.

“We made a lot of hard contact tonight,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said of her team’s nine-hit attack.

The Trojans got on the board first with a solo run in the second inning. Lauren Anderson singled and advanced all the way to third on a pair of wild pitches. Cassidy Grimm’s RBI ground out plated Anderson.

Another solo tally in the third started with the first of Kari LaFreniere’s two doubles and was sacrificed to third by Shelby Grimm. Maddie Snemis’ sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

Portage responded in the fourth with three runs thanks in part to a double, walk and three Trojan errors.

“We got caught in the fourth inning trying to make some plays on lead runners,” Hopson said. “It would have been best to take the outs and give up one run instead of three.”

Chesterton responded immediately with two runs in the top of the fifth inning.

LaFreniere doubled and Shelby Grimm was intentionally walked. LaFreniere advanced to third on a sacrifice fly and Grimm stole second.

Both runners scored on a two-out single by Kristi Stevenson.

“I was very pleased to see the girls hit the ball hard and put two back on the board with good situational hitting,” Hopson said. “We hit behind the runner and had hard sacrifice fly balls.”

The Trojans set the final score with three runs in the seventh inning as Faith Matta led off the rally with a single. LaFreniere’s two-run home run followed.

Snemis was hit by a pitch with two outs and scored on Anderson’s sacrifice fly.

LaFreniere led the offense with three hits and Stevenson tallied two hits. Both had two RBI’s in the victory.

Lexi Benko worked all seven innings and allowed just four hits, while striking out 10.

“Lexi did a great job of keeping Portage off balance,” Hopson said.

The Trojans return to the field on Saturday when they host New Prairie. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Chesterton 7, Portage 3



Chesterton 011 020 3 -- 7 9 4

Portage 000 300 0 -- 3 4 1

2B -- Shelby Grimm, Kari LaFreniere 2 ©. HR -- Kari LaFreniere ©. Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Lexi Benko (7 IP, 4 H, 10 K, 4 BB). WP -- Lexi Benko.

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 13, Portage 1

The Chesterton junior varsity had little trouble in picking up a 13-1 win at Portage

Offensively, Lauren Kobialka went 1-for-3 with a grand slam home run, while Mae Mallon was 1-for-2 and drew three walks.

Kobialka allowed just four hits in getting the win and struck out eight.



Posted 4/20/2018




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