offense got hot early and kept rolling in a 16-7 Duneland Athletic
Conference victory over Portage on Wednesday.
Maddie Snemis led
off the game by drawing a walk and Cassidy Grimm singled just ahead of Lexi
Benkoís three-run home run. Benko would hit three home runs and drive in
In the second,
Faith Matta lined a two-out single to start another rally. Snemis singled
and Grimm doubled to score both runners.
Benko finished the
rally with her second home run, this time a two-run shot.
Portage touched up
Chesterton starter Lauren Kobialka for three runs in the top of the third,
but the Trojan offense responded again.
Kobialka was hit by
a pitch to start the inning and courtesy runner Katie Hanson advanced to
second on a sacrifice bunt from Kaitlyn Carr. Marney Sissonís single put
runners on the corners.
Gillian Price hit a
three-run home run to center field to push the Trojan lead to 10-3.
Benko singled to
start a fourth inning rally and pinch-runner Noelle Michael advanced to
second on a ground out. Carrís two-run home run made it 12-3.
After the Indians
added four runs in the top of the fifth, the Trojans again put together a
Matta singled with
one out and Snemis singled to left. Grimmís ground ball up the middle scored
Matta before Benko launched her third home run of the game to clear the
Benko led the
offense with four hits, while Snemis and Grimm had three hits each. Price
and Matta each tallied two hits with Carr and Sisson also recording hits.
Kobialka got the
win in the circle after working five innings and striking out three. Benko
worked the final two frames and struck out two.
to the field on Saturday when they travel to the Pendleton Heights Horseshoe
Classic beginning at 9 a.m.
SCORING BY INNINGS
Portage 003 040 0
-- 7 11 0
Chesterton 343 240
x -- 16 16 3
2B -- Hall (P);
Cassidy Grimm ©. HR -- Lexi Benko 3, Kaitlyn Carr, Gillian Price ©. Pitching
Summary -- Portage -- Ortiz (3 IP, 9 H, 1 K, 1 BB), Music (3 IP, 7 H, 1 K, 0
BB); Chesterton -- Lauren Kobialka (5 IP, 11 H, 3 K, 1 BB), Lexi Benko (2
IP, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB). WP -- Lauren Kobialka. LP -- Ortiz.