Wolves bow out quietly

May 23, 2019

CHESTERTON — Michigan City has been done in by crooked number innings all season.

Within striking distance through a few innings, the ‘ugly’ inning would almost always rear its head.

The unfortunate theme continued for City on Wednesday as it trailed 3-1 after four innings, only for Hobart to score six runs in the fifth. The Brickies went on to win 13-1, totaling 19 hits in the semifinals of the Class 4A Chesterton Sectional.

For Wolves coach Sara Krachinski, it came down to simply not having enough pitching with junior Heather Chambers shouldering nearly all of the pitching.

“Unfortunately for us, you can’t buy a pitcher so you just gotta roll with what you have and that’s kind of been the theme all year, pitching killed us all year,” Krachinski said. “It hurts that we have just the one pitcher that’s pitching everything for us, but we’re excited for what’s coming in the future with our pitching. We have a freshman that’s been working at pitching lessons and watching videos every day and Hannah is playing travel ball and will be pitching all summer.”

The Wolves do lose two senior starters in Jaklyn and Jordyn Bosserman, but should return eight sophomores and one junior that saw extensive playing time this season.

“Those eight sophs played every single game and inning for me and never missed a practice,” Krachinski said. “This was probably the best year in four years with our team chemistry. Everyone got along.

“All these girls hang out outside of softball which is great and I don’t have to tell them to get together, they just do it. It’s team bonding we didn’t have in the past and it’s hard to not be excited about that.

Sophomore Katelyn Halfacre scored the lone run for the Wolves on a first inning groundout by Chambers.

She believes with another year of experience and some seasoning, City could see some more competitive games in the future.

“We’re a young team and there’s a lot coming back for us,” she said. “Everyone’s been working their hardest at practice and I think there are better days ahead, for sure. We’ll still struggle at times, but I think we’ll be competitive and hang with more teams.”

Aviana Garner was the lone City player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3. Jordyn Bosserman and Sativa Santana also added a hit.

Class 4A Chesterton Sectional

Hobart 13, Michigan City 1

Avianna Garner had two hits for the Wolves.

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