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Home runs doom Trojans against Portage

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By TR HARLAN

The game took shape in the first inning.

The Portage Indians hit a two-run home run in the top of the first and the Chesterton Trojans left two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the inning.

That was the story of the night as Portage escaped with a 5-3 Duneland Athletic Conference victory on Thursday.

“We had plenty of opportunities,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “We just didn’t get the job done at the plate.”

After a leadoff double by Portage’s Kaitlin Doud, Sydney Coundiff pounded a home run to deep centerfield. Chesterton starter Sydney Cooley struck out two of the next three hitters and allowed just six hits on the night.

Mallory McKee led off the bottom of the first with a double to right field. A single by Sarah Richards followed. McKee moved to third on a fielder’s choice off of Cooley’s bat.

Following a strikeout, Jill Bohnert singled to right field. Courtesy runner Becky Rizer stole second, but Portage starter Kiley Jones got a strikeout to end the threat.

“We’ve been talking to the kids about being more aggressive,” Hopson said. “I think we were looking for the perfect pitch instead of just making three good cuts.”

Hailey Perez led off the second with a solo home run, but the Trojans answered when McKee’s sacrifice fly plated Alexa Olson who led off the inning with a single.

The game remained 3-2 until the Indians scored an unearned run in the fourth and added a solo home run off the bat of Dalton Minor in the seventh.

“Sydney kept us in the game,” Hopson said. “They only had six hits, but three were home runs.”

The Trojans tried to mount a rally in the seventh as Richards reached on an error and Cooley followed with a single to put runners on the corners with no outs. A strikeout was followed by a fielder’s choice that scored Richards.

A ground out ended the rally and the game.

Portage 5, Chesterton 3

AT CHESTERTON

SCORING BY INNINGS

Portage 210 100 1 - 5 6 2

Chesterton 110 000 1 - 3 6 4

2B - Kaitlin Doud (P); Mallory McKee ©. HR - Sydney Coundiff, Haley Perez, Dalton Minor (P). Pitching Summary - Portage - Kiley Jones (7 IP, 6 H, 6 K, 2 BB); Chesterton - Sydney Cooley (7 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB). WP - Jones. LP - Cooley.

Junior Varsity

Portage 14, Chesterton 4

The Chesterton junior varsity dropped a 14-4 decision to Portage on Thursday.

The Trojans scored all four runs in the third inning. Britta Johnson and Shelby Price started the frame with back-to-back singles. Jordan Wadding’s triple scored both and she eventually scoring on a passed ball.

Haley McBride continued the rally with a single and advanced on Michelle Vasquez’ infield hit. Natalie Anderson’s single scored McBride.

Emily Jerome and Anderson combined to work all seven innings in the pitching circle.

 

 

Posted 5/2/2014