The Chester High School Lady Jackets Softball Team had a rough start to the 2019 season, losing three in a row in the opening week.
Chester fell, 13-8, at home to Steeleville on March 18 and fell to Marissa 15-3 on March 20. On March 22 they were short-gamed, losing to Columbia, 11-0, on the road.
Steeleville 13; CHS 8
The Lady Jackets led 1-0 after the first inning, but Steeleville came back with a 9-2 second frame to take a lead that would never be relinquished.
Steeleville scored four runs in the third and that would be enough to win the game as the Jackets could only muster two in the third, two in the fourth and one in the bottom of the seventh for eight runs total.
Still, there were highlights. Katie Shinabargar went 4-for-4 at the plate with 3 RBI's. Taryn Baker was 1 for 2 with two walks. For Steeleville, Ashleigh Stegmann was 2-for-3 at the plate with 1 RBI and Shea Conway went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
Shea Petrowske took the loss for the Lady Jackets pitching 2.2 innings and giving up 3 hits and 9 runs. She walked four and struck out one Lady Warrior. Steeleville's Lexie Renner was the winning pitcher, pitching a complete seven-inning game and giving up 12 hits and 8 runs (six earned). She walked 4 batters and struck out five.
Marissa 15; CHS 3
Chester returned to the Cohen Complex on March 20, where the visiting Marissa Lady Meteors got off to a 8-0 lead after three innings. Chester got on the scoreboard with one run in the bottom of the fourth.
Neither team scored in the fifth, but Marissa added four more runs in the top of the sixth to increase their lead to 12-1. The Jackets scored two in the bottom of the sixth to pull within nine runs, 12-3, but Marissa added three more in the top of the 7th.
Chester was led by Grace Stec who went 3-for-4 at the plate. Freshman Kalyn Absher was 1-for-2, one of which was a home run. She also had a base on balls and 2 RBIs.
Marissa was led by Emily Smith who was 3-for-4 with a base on balls. Paige Hand was 2-for-2 with a home run and two bases on balls.
Chester used three pitchers in the loss including Shea Petrowske (2.1 innings), Carlee Weir (2.2 innings), and Katie Shinabargar (2 innings). Petrowske gave up 8 runs on 7 hits and 4 bases on balls. She had one strikeout. Weir gave up 4 runs with 6 walks and one strike out. Shinabargar gave up 3 runs on two hits and 3 walks.
Lady Jacket Head Coach Tracy Colvis said the 13 walks hurt and five Chester batters struck out in just three inning of pitching from Marissa's Bella Combs.
"The bats were cold for us," Colvis added, noting CHS had only five hits. Grace Stec led with three hits and Taryn Baker had one and Kailyn Absher had one.
"The highlight of the game for us was when Kailyn Absher hit her first home run of her high school career."
Columbia 11; CHS 0
The Lady Jackets had their first road game of the season on March 22, traveling to Columbia to battle the Lady Eagles. Coach Colvis missed the trip due to a bad case of the flu. No official stats were available following the game, but the Lady Eagles "short-gamed" the Lady Jackets, 11-0. With the loss, Chester fell to 0-3 on the season.