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CHS Softball falls in 8 innings to Crown Point

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There’s no question that the Chesterton softball team is good enough to compete with the best teams in Indiana.

Getting her players to believe just that is becoming the biggest job of the season for longtime coach LouAnn Hopson.

The Trojans suffered a second straight hard-fought defeat on Wednesday afternoon when they fell 2-1 to Crown Point in extra innings. Butler recruit Mallory McMahon hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning to provide the winning run for the Bulldogs.

McMahon also scored in the sixth inning after the Trojans were just four outs away from handing Crown Point its first Duneland Athletic Conference loss of the season and finally breaking through for a key victory.

“We just have to keep working,” Hopson said. “We have to believe in ourselves. We’ve lost four games this year, the first one we stunk up the place (against Lake Central) and then three games by one run. We just have to believe that we’re good enough to win these games.”

Chesterton dropped a tough 1-0 contest at Lake Central on Tuesday and the DAC schedule did the Trojans no favors as they were right back on the field less than 24 hours later to face the defending Class 4A state champions. The Bulldogs threatened with runners in scoring position in each of the first two innings, but Chesterton hurler Lexi Benko worked her way out of the jam on both occasions.

The Trojans (11-4, 6-4) broke through in the third inning when Faith Matta and Kari LaFreniere led off the inning with back-to-back singles hitting out of the bottom of the order. Notre Dame recruit Shelby Grimm then gave Chesterton a 1-0 lead by lacing a RBI single into the outfield, scoring Matta. Facing only one out, Arizona commit Madi Elish got out of the threat by getting Maddie Snemis to pop up to second base and getting Kristi Stevenson out on a comebacker to the circle. Elish was solid throughout the game and the freshman retired the first seven batters of the contest.

“It started out ugly for us from the standpoint that it looked like we weren’t going to be able to get a hit to the point where we ended up (scoring a run),” Hopson said.

Chesterton’s defense was a Jekyl and Hyde performance throughout the game. The Trojans committed four errors, including a costly gaffe from Kristi Stevenson in the sixth inning that led to the tying run eventually scoring.

As bad as the defense was at times, the Trojans were able to get six Crown Point runners out on the base paths, including a nifty play in the second inning when LaFreniere gunned down Madi Young trying to score from second base on a single to center field.

McMahon led off extra innings with a solo home run and the Trojans had a chance to answer in the bottom half of the inning when Grimm recorded a one-out single, but Elish once again got out of the jam by striking out Maddie Snemis and getting Stevenson to pop out to end the game.

Despite the disappointing losses this week, Hopson kept her head up following the game and has continued to see growth from her team.

“We know where we started and we know where we are,” Hopson said. “We have to keep working and believe that we can win these games.”

Crown Point 2, Chesterton 1



Crown Point 000 001 01 -- 2 7 0

Chesterton 001 000 00 -- 1 7 4

HR -- Mallory McMahon (CP). Pitching Summary -- Crown Point -- Madi Elish (8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 7 SO, 1 BB); Chesterton -- Lexi Benko (8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 4 SO). WP -- Elish. LP -- Benko.




Posted 4/26/2018




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