It wasn’t pretty, but it was enough.
The Chesterton softball improved to 5-0 in Duneland Athletic Conference play
and 13-1 overall with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over LaPorte on Monday
“I want them to be scared because against top competition, if you play like
that, you lose,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “You can’t count on
them to make a mistake and your bats bail you out all the time.”
The Trojans looked in control early with a pair of runs in the bottom of the
first. Back-to-back one out walks to Shelby Carter and Sydney Cooley set the
table for a Megan Matheny single that loaded the bases.
Megan Tymorek reached on an error that scored Carter and Amanda Dujmovich’s
sacrifice fly made the score 2-0.
LaPorte answered right back with two runs in the second inning thanks in
part to a Trojan error and three singles.
The Slicers took the lead 3-2 in the fourth and pushed it to 5-2 with a pair
of runs in the fifth.
“We talked to the kids after we gave up back-to-back innings with runs about
being mentally tough,” Hopson said. “If we want to get where we want to be
at the end of the year, they have to be able to put things behind them and
make a play.”
The Chesterton rally started in the bottom of the fifth as Cooley singled
with one out and Matheny racked up her second double of the game to put
runners on second and third. Megan Tymorek’s two-run single cut the lead to
Alexis King led off the sixth with a single to second and pinch-runner Alexa
Olson stole second. A single by Mallory McKee put runners on first and
third. McKee stole second.
An infield single up the middle by Carter tied the game at 5-all and moved
McKee to third. Cooley’s sacrifice fly to center field put the Trojans on
“Alexis King was in a really tough position, pinch-hitting with us down a
run to lead off an inning,” Hopson said. “What a great at bat and a single
to get us started.”
Tymorek struck out the leadoff batter for the Slicers in the seventh and
Sarah Richards caught a line drive for two quick outs. A single and error
put Alexis Frame on second base with the tying run, but Alexis Botsford’s
ground ball to third was gloved by Cooley and she tagged the runner to end
“We made the adjustments at bat and played better defense,” Hopson said. “We
weren’t at our best offensively early and certainly not defensively. We did
what we had to do to win.”
Chesterton 6, LaPorte 5
SCORING BY INNINGS
LaPorte 020 120 0 -- 5 7 2
Chesterton 200 022 x -- 6 10 4
2B -- Megan Matheny 2 ©. Pitching Summary -- LaPorte -- Stasia Merkel (6 IP,
10 H, 1 K, 2 BB); Chesterton -- Megan Tymorek (7 IP, 7 H, 4 K, 3 BB). WP --
Megan Tymorek. LP -- Stasia Merkel.