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Trojan Softball starts season with offensive question mark

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As the 2014 Chesterton softball season begins, the Trojans refuse to lower their expectations.

“I would like to say that I know what to expect,” Chesterton head coach LouAnn Hopson said as her 31st campaign begins. “We should have some pitching and play decent defense. Offensively, we are not sure what to expect.”

Chesterton lost three big bats from last season’s high-octane offense in Megan Matheny, Megan Tymorek and Amanda Dujmovich.

“We lost three great bats to graduation,” Hopson said. “But, we still have some strong bats returning in Sydney Cooley, Mallory McKee, Sarah Richards and Jill Bohnert.”

McKee hit .402 last year with 22 RBI’s, while Cooley hit .400 with 30 RBI’s. Richards hit .325 and Bohnert hit .320 with 23 RBI’s.

“It may take us awhile to decide what type of offensive strategy we will use,” Hopson said. “We have speed in the rest of the girls returning and potential power in some of the new girls.”

Cooley will also assume the lead pitching role vacated by the graduation of Tymorek.

“Sydney will take over the role as number one pitcher,” Hopson said. “She is certainly very capable of handling the job.”

Other pitchers who should see time in the circle include sophomore Lia Lombardini and freshman Brittany Milzarek.

Defensively, the Trojans will return multiple players who saw playing time last season.

Bohnert and senior Sierra LaFreniere will compete for time behind the plate, while McKee returns at first base and Bailey Slivka holds down third base.

Sarah Richards played second base last season for the Trojans, but will move to shortstop to begin the year thanks to an injury to incumbent Shelby Carter.

“Sarah will slide over to short and has great range,” Hopson said. “We have a number of people who have some experience at second base.”

In the outfield, Lisette Martinez returns after missing last season with a broken thumb, while Allena McElfresh and Alexa Olson also return.

“All three are fast and have great range,” Hopson said. “Alexis King also has experience in the outfield and is good in a pinch-hitting role.”

Junior infielder Shelby Price rounds out the Trojans varsity roster.


Posted 4/1/2014