PORTAGE | Portage softball pitcher held Times and state No. 1 Chesterton in check for seven innings, but the Trojans finally broke through in the eighth.
The first five Chesterton hitters reached base in the top of the eighth, and all came around to score as the Trojans beat the host Indians 6-1 in Duneland Athletic Conference action on Tuesday.
Mallory McKee opened the eighth with a triple to right field that went over the head of outfielder Rachel Ortiz-Zabloudil.
“I was just swinging at the first good pitch I had,” said McKee, who also led off the game with a solo home run to center. “I wasn’t swinging at any junk if I didn’t have to.”
Shelby Carter followed with a ground ball to third base. Portage third baseman Alexis Johnson looked McKee back to third, but her throw to first was wide, allowing McKee to score.
Sydney Cooley then hit a ground ball to second, scoring Carter.
“When the kids started putting the ball in play, things started happening,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said.
Megan Matheny and Megan Tymorek drew back-to-back walks, and Jill Bohnert laced the first pitch from reliever Heather Zengler into center to score two runs.
“They put the ball in play and forced errors on our end,” Portage assistant coach John Hall said. “They were patient and they fought the whole game. We just made some untimely errors that cost us."
Jones allowed six hits and six runs (four earned) while striking out nine in taking the loss. Jones also accounted for Portage’s lone run with a solo home run to center in the third.
Tymorek allowed one run on five hits and struck out six for Chesterton (10-1, 3-0 DAC).
“She and Megan (Matheny) called a real nice game today,” Hopson said.
Haley Hodges and Jana Alaniz led Portage (5-2, 1-2) with two hits apiece.