Softball: Trojans’ power trip continues vs. LC
By Steve T. Gorches 314-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org April 4, 2013 10:54PM
Teammates great Chesterton's Mallory McKee after her second-inning two-run home run put the Trojans up 2-0 over Lake Central Thursday April 4, 2013. Chesterton went on to win 2-1. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 6, 2013 6:40AM
CHESTERTON — Last season Chesterton blasted its most home runs in program history with 23.
So it’s no surprise that the Trojans won another game on Thursday on the strength of a home run.
But this time it came from a player who had only one previously in her high school career.
In a rematch of last year’s memorable regional in which 18 total runs were scored, Chesterton got all the runs it needed in a more traditional softball game in the second inning on a two-run homer by junior Mallory McKee on its way to a 2-1 victory over Lake Central.
“It felt good when it left the bat,” McKee said. “It’s a nice feeling to hit it off a good pitcher (Lily Del Toro) and good team.”
The towering blast to center field gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead, and that extra runner on base made the difference since LC freshman Paige Carter — the No. 9 hitter in the lineup — cut the lead in the top of the sixth inning.
“It helped me out a lot,” said Chesterton (7-0, 2-0 DAC) pitcher Megan Tymorek. “I’m glad I have a good team behind me. (LC) is a good team and have good hitters.”
That “good team” the Trojans faced is in a bit of a slump right now, losing three of its last four (also losing to Lowell on Monday and Munster on Wednesday). Or is it really a slump?
“We’re 3-3 with three one-run losses and we’ve been in every game,” LC coach Jeff Sherman said. “With this young of a team, the tide will turn very quickly. We’ve got a lot of confidence that we’ll be just fine.
“We had a couple opportunities, but Megan is an outstanding pitcher and pitchers as good as her don’t let you get back into games that often.”
Even so, the Indians (3-3, 1-1) did have a chance to tie or take the lead in the top of the sixth when Abbey Rauch singled with one out, and Melanie Pabon singled with two outs. McKaya Pozzi got a break when a pop foul down the right field line fell between two players. But she scalded a grounder right back to Tymorek to end the game.
“She’s kind of down the last couple games because of her hitting,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said about Tymorek. “I told her to just worry about her pitching and the hitting will come. We have enough kids hitting who will pick her up.”
That includes Jill Bohnert, who had two hits, one of them being a double just before McKee hit her homer.