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Trojan Softball gets first DAC win over Lake Central

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By Steve T. Gorches

It was the luck of the Irish on Wednesday night for the Chesterton softball team.

Down a run in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and two outs, Allena McElfresh and Mallory McKee hit back-to-back two-run doubles to turn the tide and give the Trojans a 5-4 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Lake Central.

The Trojans (3-5, 1-2 DAC) had just lost to the Indians 11-1 on Saturday in the Pendleton Heights Tourney.

The win came despite similar issues on defense the Trojans have had over the last couple weeks. They committed four errors --two each in the second and sixth innings --but were able to make some outstanding defensive plays on hard-hit balls to make up for the miscues.

“We still booted the ball around and (LC) still hit the ball hard and we still struck out too much (at the plate), but we had a better mental approach,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “I told the kids we need to take every game as a chance to improve.”

It was a welcome turnaround after being 10-runned on Saturday, striking out nine times in the first three innings.

“We must have taken first-pitch strikes in most of those strikeouts (on Saturday),” Hopson said.

“We’ve been taking too many first-pitch strikes. I don’t care how you get on, but we can’t score if we don’t get anyone on base.”

Lake Central (6-3, 2-1 DAC) had a 2-1 lead going into the top of the fourth inning before Chesterton scored four runs with two outs on McElfresh and McKee’s doubles.

“That was a good feeling,” McKee said. “It’s nice to finally play the way we’re supposed to play.”

Besides getting those timely two-out hits, the Trojans also played stellar defense when they needed to.

The final inning was the epitome of that sentiment. Down a run, the Indians’ hitters blasted a liner to straightaway center field that was caught by Lisette Martinez.

Then a blooper to short center field that was caught by shortstop Lia Lombardini with her back to the infield Willie Mays style. The final out was a scalded liner to second baseman Sarah Richards.

Lombardini also had a couple good defensive plays in the sixth inning sandwiched around one of her two errors. She caught a scalded liner for the first out and saved a popup from dropping in short center field with the bases loaded for the third out.

Chesterton 5, Lake Central 4



Chesterton 100 400 0 --5 7 4

Lake Central  011 200 0 --4 10 1

2B --Allena McElfresh, Mallory McKee (C); Liz Seymour (LC). Pitching summary: Chesterton --Sydney Cooley (7 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 3 SO, 2 BB); Lake Central --Lily Del Toro (3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 SO, 1 BB), Julia Schassburger (3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 BB). WP --Cooley. LP --Del Toro.

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 14, Lake Central 11

Chesterton started the scoring with four runs in the first inning and held on for a 14-11 victory over Lake Central.

Natalie Anderson pitched four innings for the Trojans with one strikeout and five runs scored. Emily Jerome pitched three innings with one strikeout and allowed six runs.

Offensively, the Trojans were led by Haley McBride with four runs scored. Nicole Bross added four RBI’s and Haley Johansen had three singles.


Posted 4/17/2014