Softball: Chesterton’s offense, defense too much for Hebron
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent April 1, 2013 11:16PM
Lake Central's Lily Del Toro delivers a pitch during a game against Lowell on Monday, in Lowell. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 31, 2013 8:14PM
CHESTERTON — The defending sectional and regional champions showed off its pitching and hitting on Monday as Chesterton moved its record to 5-0 in a 9-0 win over Hebron.
Starting pitcher Megan Tymorek was her usual self, as the reigning DAC MVP pitched all seven innings, racking up 16 strikeouts in a complete-game, shutout win.
“We had a conversation with our pitcher and our catcher about being a little predictable,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “I told them that they had a pattern going and it was real easy. They changed things a little bit and that helped.”
After a quiet first two innings, Chesterton’s offense scored in the third inning. With one out, back-to-back singles from Shelby Carter and Sydney Cooley set the stage for a three-run blast from cleanup hitter Megan Mahoney.
Hebron had a scoring chance in the top of the inning with the bases loaded and only one out. But after a fielder’s choice ground ball forced out the runner trying to score for the second out of the inning, a strikeout ended the Hawks’ biggest threat of the game.
“We wanted to get runners on base in any way we could,” Hebron coach Mike McLindon said after his team’s first game of the season. “But we just couldn’t get a timely hit to get anybody in.”
In the fifth, Cooley and Carter again scored, this time on RBI singles from Jill Behnert and Mallory McKee to put Chesterton ahead 5-0.
The same duo crossed the plate in the third inning, part of a four-run sixth inning that kept Hebron well behind the host Trojans.
“We hit the ball hard on Saturday, too,” Hopson said. “I think they were a little bit over-aggressive early. Even the outs we were making started becoming hard outs. It’s hard to convince a kid that if you keep hitting the ball hard, eventually they’re going to get through.”