JIM HUNSLEY: Chesterton heats up in cool temperatures

2013-04-03T17:00:00Z 2013-04-09T22:57:04Z JIM HUNSLEY: Chesterton heats up in cool temperaturesJim Hunsley Times Columnist nwitimes.com
April 03, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

Chesterton's LouAnn Hopson, like most area coaches this spring, was concerned how the colder preseason temperatures would affect her softball club.

"Weather is playing tricks with practice time," Hopson emailed me a few weeks ago.

Up to this point, the season has been a treat for the Trojans.

Chesterton is 6-0. The Trojans are red-hot, outscoring opponents 61-9 with three shutouts. At the plate, hitters have connected for 16 total extra-base hits, including six home runs. The squad destroyed the program record for homers last season with 23, and this group is ahead of that pace.

"I'm just excited to see where this season will take us," Chesterton junior Sydney Cooley said in the preseason.

Cooley is on a quality ride so far, leading the squad with three home runs. Senior Megan Matheny (St. Francis recruit) has two, while classmate Megan Tymorek (Morehead State) has one.

On the mound, Tymorek and Cooley have combined for 63 strikeouts. Tymorek, who has 46 in four games. had a season-high 16 in Monday's 9-0 shutout over Hebron.

Chesterton's offense clicked against Hanover Central's Ashley Yoways and Hebron hurler Maggie Lindeman, combining for six extra-base hits against arguably the Porter County Conference's top two pitchers.

Even with the chilly weather, I cannot say that I'm too surprised with this start. The Trojans lost just one starter to graduation from a club that advanced to the Class 4A semistate last year.

I think we'll learn much more about this team in the next six days. Times No. 1 Lake Central faces the No. 3 Trojans today; Chesterton takes part in the highly-competitive Horseshoe Classic in Pendleton over the weekend and the team travels to No. 5 Portage next Tuesday.

Even before those games commence, I believe the Trojans have the most powerful lineup in the area. As pitching goes, I would put up the 1-2 combination of Tymorek and Cooley against quality staffs from L.C., Portage and Crown Point as tops for the Duneland Athletic Conference.

"We are working very hard on improving our game and finding a consistent acceptable level of play every time we take the field," Hopson said in her preseason outlook.

I believe Hopson and her team accepts this start, but I don't believe they're satisfied just yet.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at jim.hunsley@nwi.com.

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