Better late than never.
The Chesterton bats finally woke up and pounded out 12 hits in picking up an
8-0 Duneland Athletic Conference softball win at Michigan City on Thursday.
“Early on we showed signs at the plate that we hadn’t played since last
Friday,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “City’s pitcher did a real
nice job of moving the ball in and out and mixing some change-ups in.”
The Trojans finally got the timing down in the fourth inning when Taylor
Harlow got a one-out single. Megan Matheny singled and Ryan Bozak’s double
plated Harlow with the game’s first run.
Matheny and Bozak scored on single by Megan Tymorek.
That was all the offense Tymorek needed as she worked all seven innings,
allowing just four hits and striking out seven.
But, the Chesterton offense wasn’t done. Five more seventh inning runs put
any hopes for a City comeback to bed.
Tymorek doubled to leadoff the frame. Courtesy runner Ashlee Barkeloo scored
on a single by Annette Frank. Mallory McKee had a single and Heather Overla
followed with a bunt single.
“Parts of our lineup started making good choices and hitting and other parts
stuggled all night,” Hopson said. “So, I decided to try some pinch hitters
in the seventh. I knew our hitters weren’t being overpowered and I was
hoping they would see some change-ups or that slow curve.
“Our pinch hitters came through nicely.”
With the bases loaded, Sydney Cooley ripped a grand slam over the wall to
set the final score.
“The shot of Sydney’s was a blast,” Hopson said. “The fence is about 230
feet and it cleared by a good 10 feet.”