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Chesterton Softball splits in home opener

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By TR HARLAN

After a week littered with rainouts, the Chesterton softball team got 14 innings of play in on Saturday.

The Trojans split their home opening doubleheader with Mishawaka by winning game one 6-3, before falling 9-7 in game two.

“I thought offensively and defensively, we did a real nice job in game one,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “We made some really nice defensive plays.”

In the opener, the Trojans jumped on top in the second inning when Hayley McBride launched a solo home run over the centerfield fence.

The lead grew to 4-0 when Kristi Stevenson led off the third with a single and moved to second on Lexi Benko’s sacrifice bunt. Lauren Anderson singled to right scoring Stevenson.

A walk to McBride put runners on first and second. Both courtesy runner Maddie Hamady and McBride scored when Faith Matta’s ground ball was mishandled.

The lead grew to 6-0 with solo runs for the Trojans in the fifth and sixth innings.

Mishawaka tried to mount a comeback in the seventh inning with three runs thanks to a pair of hits and a Trojan error.

“That last inning, we made a couple of mistakes, but there were some awkward off the end of the bat things that happened,” Hopson said.

Anderson got the victory in the pitching circle by scattering eight hits and striking out three.

In game two, the offenses dominated the first five innings as all 16 runs crossed the plate.

“In game two, we struggled a little bit defensively,” Hopson said. “We started subbing some kids back in when we had a chance to win the game, but couldn’t get over the top.”

After the Lady Cavemen put two runs on the board in the first, Chesterton answered with a lead off single from Shelby Grimm. After stealing second, Grimm scored after a pair of wild pitches.

Mishawaka pushed the lead to 5-1 in the second, but the Trojans added four runs of their own to tie the game.

Kelly Carr, Cassidy Grimm and Maddy Hamady all singled to load the bases ahead of a single by Shelby Grimm that scored Carr and Cassidy Grimm. Stevenson’s two-run double to right field plated Hamdy and Shelby Grimm.

Another run for Mishawaka was answered by another RBI single from Shelby Grimm that plated Noelle Michael who was hit by a pitch to start the third.

Two more Mishawaka runs again were followed by a run by the Trojans in the fourth. Matta reached on an error and scored on Marney Sisson’s double to right-center field.

The Lady Cavemen set the final score in the fifth with a solo run as Chesterton managed just two runners in the final three frames.

“The last inning in particular I thought we were just way too aggressive offensively,” Hopson said. “We needed to be a little more patient and get the pitch we wanted.”

Benko worked all seven innings in the circle for the Trojans, scattering 11 hits and striking out one in taking the loss.

Chesterton returns to the field on Tuesday when they host Crown Point beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Chesterton 6, Mishawaka 3

AT CHESTERTON

SCORING BY INNINGS

Mishawaka 000 000 3 -- 3 8 3

Chesterton 013 011 x -- 6 11 2

HR -- Hayley McBride ©. Pitching Summary -- Mishawaka -- Caitlin Tanner (6 IP, 11 H, 2 K, 2 BB); Chesterton -- Lauren Anderson (7 IP, 8 H, 3 K, 2 BB). WP -- Lauren Anderson. LP -- Caitlin Tanner.

Mishawaka 9, Chesterton 7

AT CHESTERTON

SCORING BY INNINGS

Mishawaka 231 210 0 -- 9 11 3

Chesterton 141 100 0 -- 7 11 4

2B -- Taylor Beck (M); Kristi Stevenson, Cassidy Grimm, Marney Sisson ©. Pitching Summary -- Mishawaka -- Jordyn Banks (7 IP, 11 H, 0 K, 2 BB); Chesterton -- Lexi Benko (7 IP, 11 H, 1 K, 2 BB). WP -- Jordyn Banks. LP -- Lexi Benko.

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 8-11, Mishawaka 3-2

The Chesterton junior varsity picked up a pair of wins on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Mishawaka.

The Trojans won game one 8-3 as Ainsley Johnston struck out eight in getting the victory. Micaela Iacovetti was 2-for-3 to lead the offense.

In game two, the Trojans won 11-2 with Johnston striking out two. Rachel Stacy led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance.

 

Posted 4/3/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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