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