Softball: Crown Point knocks off DAC-leading Chesterton
By Steve T. Gorches firstname.lastname@example.org/@SteveTGorches April 26, 2013 8:44PM
Crown Point's Rachael Honaker (far right) is greted by teamates as she crosses home plate after hitting a two run homer against Chesterton in the first inning during their game held at Crown Point High School on Friday April 26, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media.
Updated: May 29, 2013 8:04AM
CROWN POINT — It’s an old adage in baseball that might actually work better in softball: Momentum is only as good as the next day’s starting pitcher.
On Friday, both Chesterton and Crown Point had their best starting pitchers going — at least based on this season’s statistics. And in the first three innings, momentum in the Duneland Conference race shifted from the Trojans to the Bulldogs, at least for the moment in a rain-filled season that has a lot of makeup games in the next couple weeks.
Crown Point got a two-run home run in the first inning from Rachael Honaker and scored four more runs in the third inning on six hits to roll past Chesterton 9-0.
The Trojans (15-2, 7-1) were undefeated in the DAC before Friday’s loss that was a makeup from the weeklong deluge of precipitation last week.
The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2) make up some ground on Class 4A No. 4 Chesterton after losing at Portage on Thursday.
“We wanted to come back strong from a tough loss,” said Honaker, who added that the blast to left field was her first homer of the season.
The momentum-stealing pitcher for CP was freshman Miranda Elish, who gave up two hits while striking out five and baffling the Trojans’ potent offense.
“We heard about how good they’ve been this year,” Elish said. “But we just look at it as one game.”
At one point, five of eight Chesterton outs were weak ground balls back to Elish, three of them coming in the top of the fourth inning after the Bulldogs scored four runs to break the game wide open.
There was one momentum-changing play in the third that helped lead to CP batting around.
With runners on first and second and no outs, Honaker hit a short fly ball to right field. Chesterton’s Alexa Olson dove for it, and looked like she caught it. The runners tagged, though it looked like CP’s Mandey Shrader might have left first base early and could have been doubled up.
The umpires conferred and decided Olson trapped the ball, so it was based loaded and nobody out, leading to the rally that included a RBI sacrifice fly by Bailey Mores, a two-run single by Ally Rock and RBI double by Elish to help her own cause.
It was more than enough against Chesterton pitcher Megan Tymorek, who didn’t have a great day after an emotional extra-inning victory over Lake Central on Thursday.
“Obviously, (Elish) did a nice job — we just didn’t hit well against her,” Trojans coach LouAnn Hopson said. “Megan was tired, but the bottom line is they hit and we didn’t.”
Shrader was a catalyst from the No. 2 spot in the order, going 3-for-4 with two runs and a RBI in the at-bat in which she made an out.