Softball: Mallory McKee delivers as Chesterton beats Hanover
BY JOHN O’MALLEY Post-Tribune correspondent March 29, 2013 11:30PM
Megan Matheny celebrates witih Sydney Cooley and Jill Bohnert after her third inning two run homer against Hanover Central in Cedar Lake Friday afternoon. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 1, 2013 3:55PM
CEDAR LAKE — Faced with a chance to help her team win in a clutch situation, Chesterton’s Mallory McKee seized the opportunity.
The junior first baseman’s sacrifice fly to center field with one out in the top of the seventh inning drove in Megan Metheny with the tie-breaking run, lifting Chesterton (2-0) to a 6-5 win over Hanover Central on Friday.
“When I came up, I was still mad because I couldn’t get the bunt down my last at-bat,’’ McKee said. “I just wanted to get the hit. I wanted to get (the ball) to the outfield, because I knew a pop-up would score a run or two. It was a good feeling. You don’t get too many opportunities like that, so it’s always nice when you can come through and help the team.’’
Chesterton starting pitcher Megan Tymorek went the distance to earn her second win in as many starts this spring.
Tymorek allowed four hits, struck out 10, but walked an uncharacteristic eight batters.
Hanover Central (1-1) had rallied from a 4-0 third-inning deficit to take a 5-4 lead by plating three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Tina Zychowski’s two-run single enabled the Wildcats to take a short-lived 5-4 lead.
Two of the Wildcats’ five runs were unearned.
Chesterton quickly tied the game against Hanover starter and losing pitcher Ashley Yoways (0-1) by scoring an unearned run in its half of the sixth inning. A walk, two errors and a single, led to the run.
All of Chesterton’s runs were unearned as the Wildcats committed five errors. The Trojans also struggled at the plate most of the game, but still managed to emerge with a victory.
“It was not our best game,’’ McKee smiled. “We didn’t get any calls from the pitcher’s (circle), but we just never gave up. We didn’t stop fighting and we never stopped believing.’’
Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson was relieved her team was able to overcome its struggles.
“We could have done a better job of hitting today — I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,’’ she said. “We’ll take the win, lick our wounds and go play (a doubleheader at home against Mishawaka today).’’
Hanover Central coach Larry McMillen said his girls realize what they didn’t do right. In a lot of ways, this was a game the Wildcats probably should have won.
“They know the mistakes they made,’’ he said. “For only their second time outside all year, we did well. We got beat by a real good team today. We probably should have lost by a lot more runs. We just need to learn from our mistakes and get better.’’