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Trojan softball team beats No. 9 KV

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It’s the final week of the regular season and the Chesterton softball team is primed for a post-season run.

The Trojans battled eight innings to beat No. 9 Kankakee Valley 4-3 on Monday night.

“Our outfield was bust, but they did an outstanding job tonight,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “KV is a very good hitting team and their pitcher, Emma Maple, has pitched in the State Finals the past two years. A few of the girls struggled, but several of them kept things going offensively for us.”

KV opened the scoring in the second with a home run, but Kari LaFreniere answered with a home run of her own in the top of the third to tie the game at 1-1.

Another KV run in the third gave them a 2-1 lead until the Trojans rallied in the sixth. Kristy Stevenson walked and scored on Cassidy Grimm’s RBI double. Grimm scored on a pinch-hit single from Hayley Edmonds for a 3-2 lead.

The Kougars hit their second home run of the night to tie the game a 3-3 and eventually force extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, Stevenson drew a walk and eventually scored on LaFreniere’s two-out single. LaFreniere had four hits to lead the Trojan offense.

KV threatened in the eighth with a runner on second and two outs, Hopson elected to intentionally walk a batter to face a two-time strike out victim of Chesterton starter Lauren Anderson. Anderson induced a fly ball to left to end the game.

“Other than the two long balls, Lauren did a great job tonight,” Hopson said.

The Trojans are now 19-4 overall and finish Duneland Athletic Conference play tonight when they host LaPorte. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Chesterton 4, Kankakee Valley 3



Chesterton 001 002 01 -- 4 10 0

Kankakee Valley 011 001 00 -- 3 6 0

2B -- Kristy Stevenson, Cassidy Grimm 2 (C). HR -- Kari LaFreniere (C). Pitching Summary -- Chesterton -- Lauren Anderson (8 IP, 6 H, 6 K, 4 BB). WP -- Lauren Anderson.


Posted 5/15/2018




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