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Trojans hold their own against Crown Point's Holloway

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LouAnn Hopson knew that the Chesterton softball team was in for a big challenge against Crown Point and Notre Dame recruit Alexis Holloway on Thursday afternoon.

While the Trojans ultimately fell 5-1 to their Duneland Athletic Conference rivals, Chesterton’s longtime coach was encouraged with her players after they never flinched in the face of Holloway.

“We had (Holloway) on the ropes enough that I felt happy that we were making adjustments,” Hopson said. “We made some adjustments against her and then she made some adjustments against us. It took a couple of innings, but our big thing today was to make adjustments.”

Shelby Grimm was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the first inning and advanced to second on a well-placed sacrifice bunt by Biz Zehner. Holloway got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts. The senior continued to roll during her first pass through the Chesterton lineup. It was once the Trojans got a second and third look at Holloway that they were able to find their groove.

Kari LaFreniere doubled with one out in the fifth inning and scored when senior Hayley McBride doubled in the next at-bat. Holloway once again used a pair of strikeouts to get away without further damage.

Grimm doubled to lead off the fifth inning, but again Holloway came back with a pair of strikeouts as well as getting Kristi Stevenson to fly out to left field. The senior pitcher got a ground out and a pair of strikeouts in the sixth inning before Maddy Hamady added her second hit of the game in the seventh. Grimm and freshman Faith Matta both made contact in the seventh inning, but neither were able to deliver a hit to score Hamady.

Holloway finished with 14 strikeouts while giving up five hits and one run.

“I’ve got some young ones that got some experience and I’ve got some older ones as well,” Hopson said. “You can be nervous (after the first time through the lineup) or you can come back and make adjustments. I thought we did a good job of making her work.”

The Trojans (5-4, 2-2) have just four seniors on the roster this season and it was underclassmen that got a bulk of the playing time against Holloway. Sophomore Lexi Benko started as the designated player and then came on in relief for starter Lauren Anderson after Crown Point got three runs off a bases-clearing double from Mackenzie Dunlap in the second inning.

Benko retired the first five batters she saw and didn’t allow a runner into scoring position until Holloway doubled with two outs in the fifth inning. The sophomore’s pitching line was superb until Dunlap struck once again, this time delivering a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Dunlap drove in all five of Crown Point’s runs.

“Defensively we didn’t make any mistakes,” Hopson said. “The problem Lauren had was she was just getting deep in the count. We wanted a different look, just different movements.”

Chesterton will return to the field on Friday for another DAC game against Portage.

Crown Point 5, Chesterton 1


Crown Point 030 000 2 -- 7 11 1

Chesterton 000 100 0 -- 1 5 0

2B -- Micayla Greco, Mackenzie Dunlap, Alexis Holloway, Lydia Byrd (CP); Kari LaFreniere, Hayley McBride (C). HR -- Dunlap. Pitching Summary -- Crown Point -- Holloway (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 14 SO, 1 BB); Chesterton -- Lauren Anderson (2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 SO), Lexi Benko (4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 SO).

Junior Varsity

Crown Point 6, Chesterton 1

The Chesterton junior varsity softball team fell for the first time this season in dropping a 6-1 decision to Crown Point.

Offensively, Rachel Stacy went 2-for-3 with Micaela Iacovetti, Hollie Skoczek and Nicole Arndt all adding a hit.

In the circle, Ainsley Johnston threw three innings and Stacy finished the final four.



Posted 4/14/2017




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