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CHS Softball leads 3-0 in Sectional as rain hits

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The Chesterton 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.

A torrential downpour came after the fourth and forced the game to be postponed until tonight. The game will pick up right where it left off.

“Considering we 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.”

Neither team 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 second.

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.”

Monday night’s 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.


Posted 5/22/2018




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