It’s just a trip
across the diamond, but it’s a long trip.
Dan Lynch takes
over for long time coach LouAnn Hopson as the head coach at Chesterton as
the 2019 season begins at Hobart.
“It’s quite a bit
more than it was in the past,” Lynch said with a laugh. “I’m really excited
to get started. There are a lot of things that are new to me and we are all
learning together. It’s not the on the field stuff, it’s all the things
behind the scenes.”
Those other things
all go away once the first pitch is thrown every night and that’s what Lynch
is looking forward to.
“The girls are
excited and we all just want to get out on the field. With the new coaching
staff, I think we all have high expectations for the season,” Lynch said.
Senior Lexi Benko,
an Indiana State signee, will take most of the starts in the pitching circle
for the Trojans.
“Lexi is going to
be our workhorse,” Lynch said. “We’re expecting great things from her.
Lauren Kobialka and a couple of JV kids can float up and help out. Lexi will
have the ball for most of our DAC games.”
In the infield,
Cassidy Grimm (3B), Maddie Snemis (SS) and Marney Sisson (1B) all return.
“A lot of the team
is back and I think that’s a strength for us,” Lynch said. “I think defense
is a strength.”
The lone jobs in
the infield up for grabs appear to be at second base where sophomores
Kaitlyn Carr and Jenna Vagner should share time and at catcher where junior
Micaela Iacovetti should handle the duties.
“We lost some key
players, but really only have a couple of positions to fill,” Lynch said.
“The new kids have picked up things quickly. They’ve played a lot of
softball over the years.”
In the outfield,
Faith Matta and Noelle Michael will return and Mae Mallon should fill in the
“Noelle didn’t see
a lot of time in the past, but is somebody we’ll be looking to in left
field,” Lynch said. “Faith returns and Mae should handle things in right.”
will rely on his returning core group for what should be a good offensive
“I think we’ll hit
the ball pretty well, but we haven’t seen very much live pitching because of
the weather,” Lynch said. “That’s always a problem the first week of the
The Trojans should
find themselves in a battle at the top of the DAC with traditional
powerhouses Lake Central and Crown Point.
“LC and CP are
always really good,” Lynch said. “I truly believe that we are right there
with those top teams. If we’d been a little more aggressive, or gotten a
break, we may have won a couple of those games.
thought, as a program, we fit in right with them.”