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CHS Softball opens season tonight at Hobart

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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 third spot.

“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.”

Offensively, Lynch will rely on his returning core group for what should be a good offensive team.

“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 season.”

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.

“I’ve always thought, as a program, we fit in right with them.”



Posted 3/26/2019




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