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Trojan Softball drops DAC opener to Lake Central

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Giving up four runs before recording an out or falling behind 7-0 in the Duneland Athletic Conference opener would normally be enough to send LouAnn Hopson into a fit of frustration.

Instead, the longtime Chesterton coach chose optimism after the Trojans lost 10-4 to Lake Central on Wednesday afternoon.

Like I told the kids, obviously it’s not the way we wanted to play,” Hopson said. “Considering we spotted them four runs, then three more without us getting a hit yet, to at least attempt to mount a comeback was admirable.”

Alexis Johnson opened Wednesday’s game with a leadoff double and then moved to third in a key play when she slid under third baseman Kristi Stevenson’s tag on a fielders’ choice. That gave the Indians runners on the corners with no outs. Lake Central eventually scored four runs in the first inning on just one hit. Starting pitcher Lauren Anderson had two wild pitches in the inning and the Trojans added another error in the field.

That play was big,” Hopson said. “It wasn’t why they scored four runs, but things might have gone differently had we got the out.”

The Indians continued to pile on the runs, as Madisen Tucker and Olivia Peterson hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the third inning to give Lake Central a 7-0 lead.

The Trojans began chipping away in the bottom of the third inning as Shelby Grimm doubled and then scored on a Stevenson RBI single.

Chesterton added two more runs in the fourth inning as senior Kari LaFreniere delivered a two-run double to cut the deficit to 7-3. The Indians got a run back in the next frame, but the Trojans then put the first three runners on in the bottom of the fifth inning before ultimately coming away with just one run.

The Trojans finished with 10 hits in the game, but could never get the timely hit to truly get back in the contest.

After (falling behind 7-0), we threatened every inning,” Hopson said. “We hit the ball hard, but you can’t spot a team four runs, or seven runs, and expect good things to happen.”

LaFreniere had two hits and two RBI while Stevenson added three hits. Grimm had two hits and scored a run for the Trojans (1-1, 0-1).

Peterson added her second home run of the game in the seventh inning to give the Indians a 10-4 edge.

Clearly, we didn’t pitch the way we expected,” Hopson said.

Stevenson had a leadoff double in the bottom half of the inning, but Chesterton couldn’t generate any more offense in its first loss of the season.

The Trojans return to the field today when they travel to Griffith for a 4:30 p.m. contest.

Lake Central 10, Chesterton 4



Lake Central 403 010 2 -- 10 11 0

Chesterton 001 210 0 -- 4 10 4

2B -- Alexis Johnson (LC); Shelby Grimm, Maddie Snemis, Marney Sisson, Kari LaFreniere (C). HR -- Madisen Tucker, Olivia Peterson 2 (LC). Pitching Summary -- Lake Central -- Selena Michko (7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 SO, 1 BB); Chesterton -- Lauren Anderson (2/3 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 1 SO, 2 BB), Lexi Benko (6 1/3 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 SO). WP -- Michko. LP -- Anderson.

Junior Varsity

Lake Central 10, Chesterton 1

The Chesterton JV team dropped its first decision of the season on Wednesday night to Lake Central 10-1.

Lauren Kobialka and Rose Gonsiorowski led the offense with one hit each.

Kaitlyn Carr pitched the first four innings and struck out four, while Ainsley Johnston finished the last three innings and struck out three.



Posted 3/29/2018




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