Good teams battle until the end.
The Chesterton softball team improved to 15-1 on the year and 7-0 in
Duneland Athletic Conference play with an improbable seventh inning rally
and eighth inning victory at Lake Central on Thursday.
“It was exciting to say the least,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said.
“Clearly the story is producing two runs with two outs and nobody on in the
The Trojans trailed 5-3 heading into the seventh inning when Mallory McKee
drew a two-out walk. Shelby Carter beat out an infield single and both
runners advanced on a wild pitch.
Megan Matheny hit a ground ball to third that got thrown away at first
allowing McKee to score. As the throw from the outfield got cutoff in the
infield, Matheny strayed from first base and got caught in a rundown
allowing Carter to score the game-tying run.
“Things just got strange,” Hopson said. “When you have two outs and hit a
ground ball, you don’t expect to score two runs. But, that is why you run
everything out hard.”
The Trojans won the game in the eighth with three runs as Sydney Cooley led
off the inning with a single. Amanda Dujmovich followed with another single
just ahead of Jill Bohnert’s three-run home run.
“The three runs in the eighth was just a solid example of how well these
girls hit the ball,” Hopson said.
Chesterton built a 3-0 lead with a solo run in the second on a Megan Tymorek
RBI single and two more in the third.
In the third, Sierra LaFreniere singled and McKee walked. Carter loaded the
bases with an infield single and Matheny’s two-run single plated
pinch-runner Alexa Olson and McKee.
LC scored four runs in the third and one more in the fifth to take a 5-3
lead and set up the wild finish.
“We kept telling the girls that there was no lead they couldn’t overcome,”
Hopson said. “We just had to stop the bleeding and keep hitting the ball.”
Tymorek worked all eight innings, allowing nine hits and striking out six in
garnering the victory.
“I think Megan would be the first to tell you that she struggled in the
middle innings,” Hopson said. “She seemed to settle down some in the later
innings and the defense picked her up with a couple of big plays.”