Softball: Jill Bohnert caps Chesterton’s rally over Lake Central
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent April 25, 2013 11:14PM
Chesterton's Sydney Cooley throws to first to get Lake Central's Abbey Rauch out in third inning Thursday afternoon at Lake Central High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 29, 2013 7:24AM
ST. JOHN — The second Jill Bohnert’s bat met the ball there was absolutely no doubt.
The Chesterton sophomore crushed a pitch from Lake Central’s Lily Del Toro over the center-field fence for a three-run homer, giving the Trojans (15-1, 7-0) an 8-5 Duneland Athletic Conference win over Lake Central (12-6, 4-2) Thursday.
“I felt that one right off the bat, I knew right away,’’ said Bohnert, of her one-out blast in the top of the eighth inning.
Bohnert, who had struck out two of her three previous at-bats, had a little talk with Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson prior to her final trip to the plate.
“When I came up, I was just thinking: ‘Just hit the ball.’ That’s something that’s always in my mind,’’ she said.
After trailing 5-3 with two outs in the seventh and nobody on, it was truly an improbable, crazy comeback win for the Trojans.
“Our kids just never quit,’’ Hopson said. “It just shows you if you hang around and never stop fighting, anything can happen, and that’s really what happened out there.’’
The Trojans took a 3-0 lead on LC starter Annabel Karberg — scoring a run in the second inning on a single by winning pitcher Megan Tymorek (11-1) before adding two runs in the third on a two-run single by Megan Matheny.
Lake Central then scored five unanswered runs — four in the bottom of the third inning and another in the fourth — giving Del Toro a 5-3 lead.
Del Toro relieved Karberg in the third inning with the bases loaded and none out, but escaped the jam, keeping LC close.
Del Toro (6-2) stymied Chesterton for 42/3 innings until the Trojans staged an almost magical comeback after being down to their final out.
Mallory McKee walked and Shelby Carter singled before a grounder by Matheny to LC shortstop Lizzie Seymour looked as if it would end the game. Seymour’s throw, though, wasn’t on target, and McKee scored to make it 5-4.
The Indians caught Matheny in a pickle — eventually tagging her out — but momentarily forgot about Carter, who scored the tying run before Matheny was tagged out.
“We should’ve given the runner at third another quick look there — absolutely,’’ LC coach Jeff Sherman said. “No matter how many times you practice that situation, it never seems to go according to plan.’’
Even though he was obviously very disappointed with the outcome, Sherman applauded Chesterton’s effort.
“They could have (quit) with two outs there, but they did not,’’ he said. “Kudos to the Trojans for not giving up in that situation. That’s a real quality team and teams like that never give up.’’
Kayla Bishton and Melanie Pabon each each had two hits and drove in two runs for LC.