Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson waited, and waited, and the offense came
around late and lifted the Trojans to a 5-1 Duneland Athletic Conference win
over Portage on Friday.
“ It just seems to take a while for us to get the bats going and it drives
me a little crazy,” Hopson said. “We made some bad decisions early on what
we swung at, but it’s contagious. Once we got a hit or two, everybody
started making better swings.”
Portage took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning when Morgan Eastridge
reached on an error. Back-to-back singles by Jena Alaniz and Haley Hodges
dented the scoreboard.
The Indians had two chances to put more runs on the board against Chesterton
starter Megan Tymorek with leadoff doubles in the fourth and fifth innings.
Both times, Tymorek set down the next three hitters. Tymorek worked all
seven innings and struck out 11 on the night.
“Stranding the runners at third was huge,” Hopson said. “That’s why she’s
the ace. We’ve been talking about not giving up a run late and tonight we
prevented that. She has to stay more focused and I think she did that
The Trojan offense finally got going in the sixth inning. Tymorek reached on
a fielders choice just before Megan Matheny blasted a two-run home run over
the left-center field fence.
Jill Bohnert followed with a single and Mallory McKee doubled. After the
inning’s third run scored on a wild pitch, McKee scored when Sydney Cooley
lined a two-run home run over the right field wall.
“My goal was to be 5-2 in conference and we’re there,” Hopson said. “We have
some momentum now and Lake Central on Tuesday again. Everyone in the
conference has one loss. We have two and we stay at two we have a chance.”
SCORING BY INNINGS
Portage 001 000 0 -- 1 6 0
Chesterton 000 005 x -- 5 8 1
2B -- Kaitlin Doud, Jalise McKnight (P); Mallory McKee (C). HR -- Megan
Matheny, Sydney Cooley (C). Pitching Summary -- Portage -- Heather Lengler
(5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 0 BB), Kiley Jones (.1 IP, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB); Chesterton --
Megan Tymorek (7 IP, 6 H, 11 K, 0 BB). WP - Tymorek. LP -- Lengler.
Chesterton 7, SB
SB Washington 0
The Trojans ran their winning streak to seven with a pair of victories (7-1,
10-0) on Saturday against South Bend Washington.
“Great day for us,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “We had solid
pitching, defense and hitting. It was fantastic to play everyone and see
them relax and be successful.”
In game one, Chesterton pounded out 11 hits, including doubles by Megan
Tymorek and Amanda Dujmovich. Tymorek and Sydney Cooley each had two RBI’s.
Cooley got the win by striking out seven and allowing just two hits.
In game two, the Trojans racked up 14 more hits with two doubles by Tymorek
and doubles by Jill Bohnert and Sarah Richards. Taylor Bissonnette and
Cooley each had three hits.
Tymorek struck out six and allowed two hits in getting the win.