Prep Softball

Chesterton scores six unearned runs to edge Hanover Central in softball

2013-03-29T21:30:00Z 2013-04-09T23:28:07Z Chesterton scores six unearned runs to edge Hanover Central in softballSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

CEDAR LAKE | On a not-so-good Friday where both teams played less than their best, Mallory McKee got the game-winning "hit."

And on a day like this was, the Chesterton hitter's sacrifice fly in short center field in the top of the seventh inning gave Times No. 3 Chesterton a 6-5 win at Hanover Central.

The Trojans (2-0) did not score one earned run against the Wildcats (1-1), who committed six errors in the game. Chesterton's first two batters in the seventh inning reached base on errors.

"I was upset with myself because I didn't get the bunt down in my last at-bat," McKee said. "I just wanted to get the ball out of the infield to get the run home. We didn't get the calls from the pitcher's mound.

"But we never stopped fighting and we never gave up."

Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson was not pleased with some of the ball-strike calls, especially in the fifth inning when Hanover scored three to take the lead. Ace pitcher Megan Tymorek walked home a run and then Tina Zyckowski singled home two with two outs.

"It looked like a strike to me," Hopson said of the walk to Kori Davis that set up the single. "As far as I'm concerned we had two strikeouts that inning (that weren't called)."

Tymorek had eight walks in the game and 10 strikeouts.

Chesterton scored four runs in the third after two Hanover errors. Megan Matheny blasted a two-run homer to deep center field in the inning and the Trojans got another unearned run in the sixth.

Matheny also scored two runs, Shelby Carter had three hits and Sydney Cooley had a double, RBI and scored a run for the Trojans.

"We probably should've won the game," Hanover coach Larry McMillen said. "The kids knew they made mistakes so I'm not going to browbeat them. This was only our second time outside all spring. We did all right.

"We got beat by a really good team. We'll come out here next time and try to do better."

Hanover pitcher Ashley Yoways went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Melissa Balkema had two hits, a double, one RBI and scored twice.

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