softball team battled and gave themselves chances, but dropped a 3-2
Duneland Athletic Conference decision at Crown Point on Thursday.
“I told the girls
after the game that we played a great game,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson
said. “We made some mistakes and they made some too. The bottom line is that
tonight they were one run better.”
Crown Point got on
the scoreboard first with a three-run rally in the third against Chesterton
starter Lauren Anderson.
sandwiched a pair of singles around an out. Zoie Rettig’s shot to first was
misplayed scoring two runs and Hannah Grady’s RBI single made it 3-0.
“We made some
communication mistakes that led to some runners advancing when they should
have been stopped at first,” Hopson said. “We will eventually get that
cleaned up when everyone gets comfortable with the people around them. We’ve
got a lot of players returning, but several of them are in new positions.”
responded in the fifth when Faith Matta and Kari LaFreniere singled. Shelby
Grimm’s triple left field scored both runners.
“I was pleased that
we responded after they scored,” Hopson said. “We got two runners in scoring
position in the fourth and then put three hits together to score in the
threatened with a runner at third in the sixth and runners on second and
third in the seventh inning, but couldn’t get the game-tying hit.
“To me that says
the girls are not afraid,” Hopson said. “They know they can hit the cover
off the ball. I am confident that we are going to be where we want to be at
the end of the season.”
In the circle,
Anderson worked the first 2 2/3 innings and struck out four. Lexi Benko
threw the final 3 1/3 innings and struck out three.
The Trojans return
to the field tonight when they head to Portage for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch.
Crown Point 3,
AT CROWN POINT
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 000 020
0 -- 2 7 2
Crown Point 003 000
x -- 3 6 1
2B -- Lauren
Anderson ©. 3B -- Shelby Grimm ©. Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Lauren
Anderson (2.2 IP, 4 K, 1 BB), Lexi Benko (3.1 IP, 3 K, 2 BB); Crown Point --
Madi Elish (7 IP, 3 K, 1 BB). WP -- Madi Elish. LP -- Lauren Anderson.
Crown Point 1
junior varsity picked up a big road win with a 12-1 decision at Crown Point
Gonsiorowski had a hit and scored the Trojans’ first run. Avary Gonzalez
went 2-for-3 with a double, while Mae Mallon also tallied a double.
In the circle,
Lauren Kobialka allowed just two hits and struck out seven.