One mistake. One
softball team did one, but couldn’t do the other in dropping a 2-1 decision
in the IHSAA Regional Finals at Lake Central on Tuesday night.
“Those kids in
there would take away half the wins we had this year to get this one today,”
Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “That’s the type of kids they are. They
wanted this one.”
mustered any offense in the first two innings, but Cassidy Grimm’s single to
left to lead off the third got things started.
After a strikeout,
Grimm stole second to get into scoring position, but the Trojans popped out
and struck out to end the threat.
“We had a lot of
opportunities and just didn’t get it done,” Hopson said.
Lake Central got on
the board in the bottom of the inning, started by a leadoff single. A ground
ball back to Trojan pitcher Lexi Benko was fielded clean, but her throw to
second went off the glove of Maddie Snemis and into center field and put
runners on the corners.
A ground ball to
Kristi Stevenson sent the runner from third to the plate just ahead of the
throw for a 1-0 LC lead. A ground out to Stevenson made it 2-0.
“We made a mistake
in the field that cost us and we made some at the plate that cost us,”
Hopson said. “In games at this level, you can’t have those. Every other time
they pressured us, we came up with the play.”
immediately rallied in the fourth as Snemis singled and Stevenson walked. An
infield hit by Benko loaded the bases with no outs.
ups were followed by an RBI single to left by Cassidy Grimm to cut the lead
“(LC pitcher Alexa)
Pinarski came up with some big pitches against us when she had to,” Hopson
get a runner to third in the fifth and second in the sixth, but couldn’t
come up with the big hit to tie the game.
“There are a lot of
wins in that group of seniors,” Hopson said. “A lot of bats in that group
too. They’ve been playing together for a long time.”
Benko worked all
six innings in the circle for the Trojans, allowing two unearned runs and
just four hits. She struck out two in taking the loss.
“Lexi had a great
game tonight,” Hopson said.
Lake Central 2,
AT LAKE CENTRAL
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 000 100
0 -- 1 6 1
Lake Central 002
000 x -- 2 4 0
2B -- Micaela
Iacovetti ©. Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Lexi Benko (6 IP, 4 H, 2 K, 0
BB); Lake Central -- Alexa Pinarski (7 IP, 6 H, 4 K, 2 BB). WP -- Alexa
Pinarski. LP -- Lexi Benko.