It was the luck of
the Irish on Wednesday night for the Chesterton softball team.
Down a run in the
fourth inning with the bases loaded and two outs, Allena McElfresh and
Mallory McKee hit back-to-back two-run doubles to turn the tide and give the
Trojans a 5-4 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Lake Central.
The Trojans (3-5,
1-2 DAC) had just lost to the Indians 11-1 on Saturday in the Pendleton
“We still booted
the ball around and (LC) still hit the ball hard and we still struck out too
much (at the plate), but we had a better mental approach,” Chesterton coach
LouAnn Hopson said. “I told the kids we need to take every game as a chance
It was a welcome
turnaround after being 10-runned on Saturday, striking out nine times in the
first three innings.
“We must have taken
first-pitch strikes in most of those strikeouts (on Saturday),” Hopson said.
“We’ve been taking
too many first-pitch strikes. I don’t care how you get on, but we can’t
score if we don’t get anyone on base.”
Lake Central (6-3,
2-1 DAC) had a 2-1 lead going into the top of the fourth inning before
Chesterton scored four runs with two outs on McElfresh and McKee’s doubles.
“That was a good
feeling,” McKee said. “It’s nice to finally play the way we’re supposed to
those timely two-out hits, the Trojans also played stellar defense when they
The final inning
was the epitome of that sentiment. Down a run, the Indians’ hitters blasted
a liner to straightaway center field that was caught by Lisette Martinez.
Then a blooper to
short center field that was caught by shortstop Lia Lombardini with her back
to the infield Willie Mays style. The final out was a scalded liner to
second baseman Sarah Richards.
Lombardini also had
a couple good defensive plays in the sixth inning sandwiched around one of
her two errors. She caught a scalded liner for the first out and saved a
popup from dropping in short center field with the bases loaded for the