As the 2014
Chesterton softball season begins, the Trojans refuse to lower their
“I would like to
say that I know what to expect,” Chesterton head coach LouAnn Hopson said as
her 31st campaign begins. “We should have some pitching and play decent
defense. Offensively, we are not sure what to expect.”
three big bats from last season’s high-octane offense in Megan Matheny,
Megan Tymorek and Amanda Dujmovich.
“We lost three
great bats to graduation,” Hopson said. “But, we still have some strong bats
returning in Sydney Cooley, Mallory McKee, Sarah Richards and Jill Bohnert.”
McKee hit .402 last
year with 22 RBI’s, while Cooley hit .400 with 30 RBI’s. Richards hit .325
and Bohnert hit .320 with 23 RBI’s.
“It may take us
awhile to decide what type of offensive strategy we will use,” Hopson said.
“We have speed in the rest of the girls returning and potential power in
some of the new girls.”
Cooley will also
assume the lead pitching role vacated by the graduation of Tymorek.
“Sydney will take
over the role as number one pitcher,” Hopson said. “She is certainly very
capable of handling the job.”
Other pitchers who
should see time in the circle include sophomore Lia Lombardini and freshman
Trojans will return multiple players who saw playing time last season.
Bohnert and senior
Sierra LaFreniere will compete for time behind the plate, while McKee
returns at first base and Bailey Slivka holds down third base.
played second base last season for the Trojans, but will move to shortstop
to begin the year thanks to an injury to incumbent Shelby Carter.
“Sarah will slide
over to short and has great range,” Hopson said. “We have a number of people
who have some experience at second base.”
In the outfield,
Lisette Martinez returns after missing last season with a broken thumb,
while Allena McElfresh and Alexa Olson also return.
“All three are fast
and have great range,” Hopson said. “Alexis King also has experience in the
outfield and is good in a pinch-hitting role.”
Shelby Price rounds out the Trojans varsity roster.