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CHS offense struggles again at Portage

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By Steve T. Gorches

Unlike the last game for Chesterton’s softball team, the offense got on the board.

Like the last game, the Trojans lost decisively to a Duneland Athletic Conference opponent, falling 6-1 at Portage on Thursday night.

The Indians scored twice in the first inning on a two-run home run by starting pitcher Kiley Jones, then twice more in the second inning and one more run in the third off Chesterton’s freshman starter Brittany Milzarek.

Senior Sydney Cooley came into the game and stopped the bleeding by giving up just one run over the last three innings.

The Trojans did manage to score a run with a two-out rally in the third inning. Mallory McKee continued her hot hitting with a double, and she scored on a single from Cooley.

“After a couple innings and some strikeouts, we hit the ball better,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “We definitely made some mistakes, but had some really good plays, too. We’ll put it all together eventually. It’s just a matter of keeping the kids’ hopes up.”

Despite having 12 seniors on the varsity roster, Hopson lamented her squad’s overall lack of experience.

“Some of these kids, it’s their first varsity action this season,” she said. “We have to get all facets of the game together and have them keep their heads up in the meantime.”

Cooley, a senior who has played on varsity since her freshman year, had two hits, while Alexa Olson and Allena McElfresh had the other hits for the Trojans. Olson also reached base with a walk.

Chesterton’s offense scored 28 runs in the first two games of the season (loss to Hobart and win over Mishawaka), but just as those two games weren’t indicative of how great the offense could be, scoring just one run in the next two games isn’t a reason to overreact, either, according to Hopson.

“With the weather this year, we got right into the conference season without much of a tune-up,” she said. “And we start conference play with some tough teams (perennial sectional contender Crown Point and defending state champion Portage).

“I haven’t looked ahead, but I bet we have (another sectional contender) Lake Central next week,” Hopson joked. “These aren’t easy teams.”

Portage 6, Chesterton 1

AT PORTAGE

SCORING BY INNINGS

Chesterton 001 000 0 --1 6 1

Portage 221 010 X --6 11 0

2B --Mallory McKee (C); Adrien Hall 2, Kiley Jones, Haley Perez (P). HR --Jones (P). Pitching summary -- Chesterton --Brittany Milzarek (3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 SO), Sydney Cooley (3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 SO, 1 BB); Portage --Kiley Jones (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 SO, 1 BB). WP --Jones. LP --Milzarek.

Junior Varsity

Portage 3, Chesterton 2

The Chesterton junior varsity dropped a 3-2 decision to Portage on Thursday night.

Natalie Anderson pitched three innings for the Trojans with five strikeouts, while Emily Jerome pitched three innings and allowed only one run.

Haley McBride drove in both runs for the Trojans in the fourth innings with a double that scored Britta Johnson and Jordan Wadding.

 

 

Posted 4/11/2014