It took a little
while to get going, but once they did, no problems.
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.”
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.
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
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.
pitching batting practice to our kids, but it’s not the same,” Hopson said.
“They did a pretty good job.”
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.
SCORING BY INNINGS
Hobart 011 000 -- 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.