LOWELL | After going 2-2 over its last four games, Times No. 1 Chesterton was looking to snap out of a mini slump on Thursday at Lowell.
The Trojans (18-3) broke out in a big way, blasting two home runs in 10-0 thumping of the Red Devils (8-9).
“We’ve been struggling a little, but we always believe in ourselves,” said Jill Bohnert, who belted a three-run homer to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead in the third. “As a team I think we’re real strong, and we’ll pull through.”
Bohnert’s blast gave pitcher Sydney Cooley a cushion to work with, as she held Lowell at bay. She didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and finished with a 3-hitter.
Cooley said catcher Megan Matheny called a great game.
“My pitches were on today, and I was pretty happy about that,” she said. “I have a defense behind me that I can rely on if I need it. It’s really nice that they have my back like that.”
Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said her charges have battled some inconsistency because of playing so many games in a short period of time.
“If you see something is broken, you don’t get to fix it,” she said. “I bet we haven’t had more than five or six practices outdoors the whole season, and I don’t anybody else has either probably.”
Chesterton pounded 14 hits, including a solo home run by Cooley in the seventh inning. Amanda Dujmovich collected three hits and a RBI, while one of Megan Tymorek’s two hits was a double.
“Sometimes we battle ‘let’s make adjustments in the box’ kind of thing,” Hopson said. “When they start making adjustments, they can hit the ball. They believe they can hit.”
Bohnert said teams have been pitching her away, away, so she just drove it over the right-centerfield fence.
“Right now that seems to be my lucky pitch, and I just went with it,” she said.
Jesse Shope got Lowell’s first hit before Kristina Rosenbaum and Mackenzie Conners also singled.