softball team moved into tonight’s IHSAA Sectional Championship game with a
solid 9-2 victory over Portage on Wednesday night.
The Trojans will
face Valparaiso, a 15-0 winner over Michigan City, at 4:30 p.m.
Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “It doesn’t matter what you do right,
or what you do wrong, as long as you end up one run better.”
three runs in the top of the first as Maddie Snemis reached on a one-out
single. After a pop up, Lexi Benko doubled to right-center field to score
A walk to Micaela
Iacovetti put runners on first and second before Lauren Anderson ripped a
double that scored courtesy runner Mae Mallon and Iacovetti for a 3-0 lead.
“It was nice to see
some kids hit the ball again,” Hopson said. “(Against Hobart), we didn’t
The Trojans scored
three more runs in the third inning as Kristi Stevenson singled to start the
frame and moved to second on Benko’s sacrifice bunt.
A two-out double by
Anderson, her second of the game, scored Stevenson and Anderson would
eventually score on a wild pitch. Cassidy Grimm singled and scored after
stealing second when Noelle Michael reached on an error.
Autumn Music) was pitching outside and we’ve worked hard all year to hit the
ball where it is pitched,” Hopson said. “It was nice to see the work pay
Portage finally got
to Trojan starter Benko in the third inning as they loaded the bases, but
scored just one time.
Shelby Grimm drew a
walk to start the fourth inning, stole second and stole third before scoring
on an errant throw from the catcher.
The Indians scored
their only other run in the fourth inning before Chesterton scored solo runs
in the sixth and seventh innings to set the final score.
Snemis walked and
scored on Benko’s single in the sixth, while Cassidy Grimm was hit by a
pitch in the seventh and scored on LaFreniere’s single.
Benko worked all
seven innings for the Trojans in the circle and struck out eight in
garnering the victory.
“Lexi did a nice
job,” Hopson said. “We had a few little squirters that went through, but
they didn’t really hit anything very hard tonight.”
SCORING BY INNINGS
Chesterton 303 101
1 -- 9 12 1
Portage 001 100 0
-- 2 7 2
2B -- Lexi Benko,
Lauren Anderson 2, Kari LaFreniere ©. Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Lexi
Benko (7 IP, 7 H, 8 K, 2 BB); Portage -- Autumn Music (7 IP, 12 H, 1 K, 3
BB). WP -- Lexi Benko. LP -- Autumn Music.