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.
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.”
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
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
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.
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,
SCORING BY INNINGS
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.