softball team played small ball until mother nature showed up.
The Trojans own a
3-0 lead over Hobart in the opening game of the IHSAA Merrillville Sectional
heading into the top of the fifth.
downpour came after the fourth and forced the game to be postponed until
tonight. The game will pick up right where it left off.
aren’t hitting the ball really hard, to manufacture a couple runs was key,”
Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “All you have to do is score one more
run than the other team. Just be one run better.”
cracked the scoreboard until the Trojans went old school in the third.
Cassidy Grimm bunted for a leadoff single and Faith Matta sacrificed her to
After a strikeout,
Shelby Grimm ripped a shot off the glove of Hobart third baseman Isabella
Baimakovich that moved Cassidy to third. Shelby strayed halfway to second
base and got herself in a rundown that scored Cassidy. Shelby, who moved to
second on the play, scored on an RBI single from Maddie Snemis.
“We have rules
about that situation if you get caught in it,” Hopson said. “You know what
your job is and the runner on third knows what her job is. It wasn’t
planned, but it is something we’ve practiced.”
In the top of the
fourth, Kristi Stevenson singled with two outs and stole second. An RBI
single by Cassidy Grimm scored Stevenson for a 3-0 lead.
Lauren Anderson and
the Trojan defense have yet to allow a hit in the game with Hobart managing
just three baserunners.
A diving catch by
Kari LaFreniere in right-center field and a running catch by Faith Matta in
right field highlighted the night.
“Our outfield has
been playing pretty well,” Hopson said. “Our defense has been pretty good
overall for a while now. We have some other inconsistencies that concern us
a little, like our offense on occasion.”
Anderson has struck
out one, walked two and hit one batter through four innings, but has not
given up a hit.
“Lauren’s thrown a
lot of pitches,” Hopson said. “I’m not sure if she was having a problem
gripping the ball or not. I’m not sure what was going on.”
second game between Merrillville and Portage will play after the conclusion
of tonight’s Chesterton-Hobart game that is set for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch.
The winners will
meet in the first game on Wednesday with Valparaiso and Michigan City
following. The championship is still scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.