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Trojan Softball wins season opener

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It took a little while to get going, but once they did, no problems.

The Chesterton softball team trailed 2-1 after three innings and then turned things around and cruised to a 12-2 victory in six innings over Hobart in the season-opener for both squads.

“They did a really good job of calming each other down,” Chesterton head coach LouAnn Hopson said. “I don’t have to get on them too much because they take care of it themselves. That’s what a veteran team should do.”

The Trojans took an early 1-0 lead as Shelby Grimm reached on an error, stole second and scored on a single by Lexi Benko.

“We were inside for so long and finally came outside to practice because we had to,” Hopson said. “We couldn’t get a lot done because it was so cold. We were just over anxious to hit.”

Hobart answered with solo runs in the second and third innings to take a brief lead before the flood gates opened in the fourth.

Cassidy Grimm led off the frame with a triple to right field and Lauren Anderson drew a walk. Kari LaFreniere’s fielder’s choice scored Grimm to tie the score.

Another fielder’s choice off the bat of Marney Sisson was followed by a double from Maddie Snemis that plated LaFreniere. An intentional walk to Shelby Grimm loaded the bases.

Micaela Iacovetti singled to center field scoring pinch-runner Noelle Michael and Snemis. Kristi Stevenson followed with a three-run home run to finish the rally.

Things kept going in the fifth inning when LaFreniere reached on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Snemis singled and both scored on Shelby Grimm’s double to left field.

“Our goal is to have 10-12 kids that can play when they are called on,” Hopson said.

The final touches to the victory came in the sixth inning when Anderson drew a leadoff walk and LaFreniere singled to center. Snemis’ RBI single plated Anderson.

Iacovetti ended the game with a single to left field that scored LaFreniere.

In the circle, Anderson started the game and recorded two strikeouts in two innings of work. Benko picked up the victory in relief as she worked the final four innings and struck out five.

“They’ve been pitching batting practice to our kids, but it’s not the same,” Hopson said. “They did a pretty good job.”

Chesterton returns to the field tonight when they open Duneland Athletic Conference play at home against Lake Central. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Chesterton 12, Hobart 2



Hobart 011 000 -- 2 3 2

Chesterton 100 722 -- 12 14 1

2B -- Hayley Edmonds, Shelby Grimm ©. 3B -- Cassidy Grimm ©. HR -- Emmy Zanolla (H); Kristi Stevenson ©. Pitching Summary -- Hobart -- Jenna Uhles (3 IP, 4 H, 3 K, 2 BB), Saylem Smith (1.1 IP, 6 H, 0 K, 1 BB), Hannah Camarena (1.1 IP, 4 H, 1 K, 2 BB); Chesterton -- Lauren Anderson (2 IP, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB), Lexi Benko (4 IP, 3 H, 5 K, 1 BB). WP -- Lexi Benko. LP -- Jenna Uhles.

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 18, Hobart 0

The Chesterton junior varsity opened its season with an easy 18-0 victory over Hobart on Tuesday.

Ainsley Johnston pitched the first three innings and struck out five, while Lauren Kolbaiko worked the final two innings and struck out five.



Posted 3/28/2018




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