Here we go.
softball team opens its 2018 campaign tonight at home against Hobart with
plans for a big year. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m.
The Trojans battled
through a plethora of injuries last year on their way to a 24-7 campaign and
a Sectional title. All of that is in the rearview mirror and their sights
are set on a deep post-season run.
“One of our goals
this season is to be more consistent in all phases of our game all at the
same time,” Chesterton head coach LouAnn Hopson said. “We hope to be
prepared to make some noise at tournament time.”
returns six starters, including two in the pitching circle, several of which
missed time with injuries last year.
“We’ve got a lot of
experience returning,” Hopson said. “We had a great season last year even
though we suffered through some injuries. We lost (shortstop) Kristi
Stevenson early. (Catcher) Shelby Grimm was sidelined for a while. We lost
(outfielder) Maddie Hamady in the Sectional and (2nd baseman) Hailey
Johansen) in the Regional.”
Hamady and Johansen
are gone due to graduation, but St. Louis commit Stevenson is back, as is
Notre Dame bound Sheby Grimm.
Stevenson hit .395
as a sophomore with 19 RBI’s and Grimm was a first team All-State, All-DAC
and All-Region selection after hitting .417 with 25 RBIs and a .726 on-base
LaFreniere will attend Indiana Tech after graduation and was an All-DAC
selection in the outfield, while sophomore Cassidy Grimm will man third base
and head to Notre Dame when her high school career is over.
LaFreniere hit .321
with 16 RBIs, eight doubles and five home runs. Grimm hit at a .404 clip
with 26 RBIs, 12 doubles, two triples and two home runs.
Also returning to
the lineup are outfielders Faith Matta and utility starter Maddy Snemis.
Matta hit .364, while Snemis hit .415 with 19 RBIs.
“With all the
injuries we had last year, the next player in line stepped up,” Hopson said.
“Our biggest problem was with some inconsistent play at times. I’m sure some
of that had to do with the injuries and because our young players were
learning on the job.”
In the field, the
Trojans also get the return of juniors Noelle Michael (.292 batting
average), Marney Sisson (.417 average, 11 RBIs, 6 doubles) and sophomore
In the pitching
circle, the Trojans are led by the combination of senior Lauren Anderson
(13-3 overall, 2.12 ERA) and junior Lexi Benko (9-2 overall, 2.21 ERA).
Anderson, a Santa
Clara commit and All-DAC selection, also hit .281 with 14 RBIs. Benko,
committed to Indiana State, hit .347 with 25 RBIs, six doubles and two home
Depth in the
pitching circle comes from senior Kelly Carr and Hayley Edmonds (Kankakee