CHESTERTON | Megan Tymorek heard it about 1,000 times last June. So, too, did Chesterton softball coach LouAnne Hopson. It was a constant theme in region softball conversations.
Chesterton's come-from-behind 10-8 win over Lake Central in last year's Class 4A regional in St. John was a fluke. A one-in-a-million occurrence. The proverbial blind dog finding a bone if it dug long enough.
"Oh yeah, I heard it a lot," said Tymorek, the Trojans' senior pitcher. "I heard it all the time."
L.C. had beaten Chesterton by a combined score of 17-3 last regular season before Chesterton, and Tymorek erupted, scoring eight runs after two were out in the fourth inning. Tymorek hit two home runs.
"Yeah, I heard we weren't supposed to win last year a lot, too," Hopson said.
It was only one long ball on Thursday afternoon that was the difference as Times No. 3 Chesterton beat No. 1 L.C. 2-1. It was Mallory McKee's deep drive in the second inning that plated Jill Bohnert, who had doubled one at-bat before, and herself.
It was Chesterton's seventh home run in as many games.
"Last year's regional was not a mistake," McKee said. "They have a great team. We have a great team. We showed that we were a little better team (on Thursday)."
Tymorek (5-0) had eight strikeouts and got out of a big jam in the seventh inning. L.C.'s Abbey Rouch had a one-out single and Melanie Pabon singled with two outs to put runners on first and second.
But Tymorek made a nice grab of a grounder up the middle to end the game.
Lake Central (3-3, 1-1), losers of three of four, got its only run when Paige Carter homered to center in the sixth.
"We wanted to prove to them that we can hold our own," said Tymorek, who allowed four hits. "We have a great team. They have a great team."
McKee led the Trojans (7-0, 2-0) had two hits as did Bohnert. Rouch had two hits for the Indians.
L.C. coach Jeff Sherman said he did talk to his players about last year's regional loss. He said it was still emotional for his players who competed in that game. But he told them to leave it in the back of their mind and just play.
"We had a couple of opportunities but Megan Tymorek is a excellent pitcher and she does not let you capitalize," Sherman said. "Our record is 3-3, all one-run losses against very good teams. We're young. Once we start to win those games the tide will turn."