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Trojan softball team crushes Valpo in Sectional opener

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The Chesterton softball flipped the switch when the post-season started on Monday.

An aggressive Trojan offense pounded out 10 hits and cruised to an 11-1 five-inning victory over Valparaiso in the opening round of the IHSAA Chesterton Sectional.

“We wanted to be aggressive and hit the ball. Keep the gas on them,” Chesterton coach Dan Lynch said. “To get where we want to be, we have to be aggressive at the plate, on the bases and in the field.”

Maddie Snemis drew a walk to start the bottom of the first and moved to second on Cassidy Grimm’s sacrifice bunt. Snemis moved to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.

A one-out single by Kaitlyn Carr in the second started a rally as Lauren Kobialka followed by reaching on an error. Marney Sisson’s single loaded the bases ahead of an infield single by Faith Matta that scored Carr.

Snemis reached on an error that scored pinch-runner Jenna Vagner for a 3-0 lead.

In the third, Lexi Benko singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Gillian Price’s single to center put runners on the corners. After Price stole second, Benko scored on Carr’s sacrifice fly to right.

Price scored on a wild pitch to push the score to 5-0.

Things unraveled for the Vikings in the fourth as Chesterton sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs on four hits, aided by two more Valpo errors.

“A win is a win. We won’t look past anybody,” Lynch said. “It’s this game tonight and then we’ll worry about what comes next.”

Carr got the start for the Trojans in the pitching circle and went two innings and struck out two. Benko worked the final three frames and struck out one.

“The plan was to start Kaitlyn and get Lexi as much rest as possible,” Lynch said. “We intend to play a lot of games and we know she’ll need to throw for us. Kaitlyn only allowed two hits and nobody got past second. Lexi has the speed and when she’s on, like tonight, she’s a great pitcher.”

Chesterton will play Portage, a 14-3 winner over Merrillville, tonight at 5 p.m. with Hobart and Michigan City playing at 7 p.m. in the other semifinal.

Chesterton 11, Valparaiso 1



Valparaiso 000 01 -- 1 4 4

Chesterton 122 6x -- 11 10 0

2B -- Cassidy Grimm ©. Pitching Summary -- Valparaiso -- Emily Glover (3.1 IP, 6 H, 0 K, 1 BB), Charlotte Dombrowski (.2 IP, 4 H, 0 K, 2 BB); Chesterton -- Kaitlyn Carr (2 IP, 2 H, 2 K, 0 BB), Lexi Benko (3 IP, 2 H 1 K, 1 BB). WP -- Kaitlyn Carr. LP -- Emily Glover.



Posted 5/21/2019




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