CHESTERTON | Haley Hodges has had plenty of big hits in plenty of big games during her varsity career. The Portage senior topped them all on Monday afternoon.
Hodges blasted a pair of home runs and drove in seven as the Times No. 2 Indians upset No. 1 Chesterton 13-9 in Duneland Athletic Conference action.
Hodges reached base all five times as the Indians avenged a 6-1 loss to the Trojans from earlier this season.
"I've had a lot of big wins, but this one is very special," Hodges said. "We knew that Chesterton is the team to beat and this is just huge for us."
Hodges started off the game with a solo home run, but the Trojans (15-3, 7-2) answered with five hits and three runs in the bottom of the first. Portage pitcher Heather Zengler settled down after the first inning and retired seven of the next nine batters.
"They calmed each other down in the dugout," Portage coach Lisa Hayes said. "They talked and lifted each other up. Haley was just phenomenal for us today."
Mallory Mckee delivered three hits for the Trojans and Megan Tymorek blasted a grand slam in the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough for Chesterton.
"We had (14) hits, so it wasn't that we weren't hitting the ball, we just couldn't stop them," Chesterton coach Louann Hopson said. "We were getting singles and they were getting doubles."
Alexis Johnson had a three-run double in the third inning and five different batters had at least two hits for the Indians (12-3, 7-2).
"This was huge for us to come here and get a win," Hayes said. "(Chesterton) is a great team and we've got a rough couple of weeks coming up. Hopefully we can keep rolling.