After scoring 11 runs through the first three innings, Waynesboro had a solid cushion over Mid Penn Colonial Division foe Greencastle-Antrim in a softball game Tuesday afternoon.
For the next four innings, the Blue Devils attempted to chip away at it and nearly got the job done, but the Maidens held on to win, 14-13.
“They pummelled Liz (Ward),” G-A coach Mark DeCarli said. “They hit her hard and often. We kept battling back and battling back, but the defense fell through in the end. It looked like the defense of old.”
Waynesboro (4-2, 1-0 MPC) is on a three-game win streak.
Greencastle (1-2, 0-1 MPC) started the game well enough, leading 2-0 after the top of the first and easily grabbing the first out in the home half of the frame. But the Nicole Kreimer, Abby Ebersole and Jenna Powell reeled off three straight doubles. Tiffany Stull was walked before Chelsea Cover smashed the fourth double of the frame.
The heavy hitting continued with two more runs in the second and five in the third.
“We continue to do the small things to win games,” Maidens coach Aaron Burke said. “We believe in each other and trust our coaches and players to do the best they can. This is great to see the girls have success because it was deserved with all the hard work they put in since January.”
Greencastle’s best attempt at a comeback came in the fourth inning when the Blue Devils racked up six runs. Despite the loss, Greencastle had a fine hitting effort. It finished with 20 hits, including three apiece by Jess Root, Ally Brown and Alicen Hoover.
BATS ROLLING: The Chambersburg softball team found itself down 2-0 after one inning against Cedar Cliff on Tuesday, but then the bats got rolling, and never stopped.
The Trojans scored an 18-5 Mid Penn Commonwealth win in five innings to raise their record to 6-0 (5-0 MPC).
“We did what we had to do,” Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said. “We hit the ball really well (13 hits) and ran the bases well. (Pitcher) Laken (Myers) gave up only three hits, but she did walk nine.”
Tara Harmon was 4-for-4, including three doubles, for the Trojans. Myers had two hits and three RBIs and Lexy Leedy also drove in three runs. Sam Bender and Leah Hunt had two hits each.
GETTING A ‘W’: The Chambersburg track & field teams captured their first wins of the season, with the girls beating CD East 94-56 and the boys prevailing 85-65.
For the girls (1-2, 1-2 MPC), Abby Yourkavitch won the 400 and 800 and the throwers took eight of nine places, led by winners Reagan Winebrenner (discus) and Mathia McKay (javelin). Abby Zeger won the pole vault and placed in the triple and long jumps.
“Kaylee Mowery, Cadie Kiser, Cassie Essis and Livvy Sommers had strong efforts in the distance events,” Trojan coach Chris Monheim said. Ninth-graders Caroline Hance (100) and Sydnie Gilbert (300) did a great job in the hurdles. And Cam Greenlee got us some big points in the sprints.”
The boys (1-2, 1-2 MPC) got double wins from Kelton Chastulik in the shot put and discus, and Myles Braxton was second in both.
“Our throwers earned 20 of 27 points,” Chambersburg coach Bob Walker said, “and the jumpers took 27 of 36. We’ve made some positive changes to our practice habits and the way they approach competition and it was nice to see it pay off with a win.”
Freshman Quintan Barbour won his first race in the 400, Kamm Green (long jump) won with his best effort so far (20-2.75) and Nate Reed won the triple jump (41-7.75).
Shippensburg 12, Big Spring 2: Shippensburg jumped off with a six-run lead in the first inning against Big Spring in a Mid Penn Colonial game. For Shippensburg (2-1, 1-0 MPC), freshman Adam Maring went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Cole Freise hit a home run while batting 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Boiling Springs 8, James Buchanan 4: Boiling Springs got off to a five-run lead in the first inning of a Mid Penn Colonial Division game. Dylan Sanders went 1-for-2 with two RBIs for the Rockets (3-1, 0-1 MPC).
Northern Bedford 4, McConnellsburg 3: A comeback wasn’t in the forecast for the Spartans (2-5, 2-4 SHL, 2-3 ICC) in a loss to Northern Bedford. Justin Welsh finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, but McConnellsburg couldn’t capitalize on seven Panther errors.
Southern Fulton 3, Fannett-Metal 2: It was a pitching duel between Fannett-Metal’s Hunter Kann and Southern Fulton’s Cooper Grove in an SHL/ICC game. Grove threw a one-hitter through four innings and struck out six for Southern Fulton (5-1, 5-1 SHL, 5-0 ICC), while Kann allowed five hits in seven innings of work, and struck out eight for the Tigers (1-6, 0-6 SHL, 0-4 ICC).
“We played very flat tonight,” Southern Fulton coach Dustin Fischer said. “We were expecting them to roll over and give us a win and they didn’t. Made some mistakes that need to go away six games into the season.”
Southern Huntingdon 6, Forbes Road 4: Forbes Road out-hit the Rockets 9-3, but made six errors in the infield. Brycen Hohman pitched 5 ⅔ innings and allowed only one earned run and one hit. The Cardinals (4-2, 4-2 ICC) led 3-2 with two outs in the sixth, but a throwing error let in two runs. Forbes stranded runners at second and third in the bottom of the seventh.
James Buchanan 10, Boiling Springs 0: The start of Mid Penn Colonial Division play treated the Rockets well with a five-inning win over Boiling Springs. Cara Bender went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Charity Miller had two hits and drove in four runs for JB (3-0, 1-0 MPC). Nina Shatzer and Jenna Mongold combined for a one-hitter.
“It took a few innings to shake the rust with playing only two games before today,” Rocket coach Troy Pittman said. “But the girls did a good job putting the ball in play, which included several two-strike base hits. Nina did a good job pitching, and Cara Bender had a big day.”
Fannett-Metal 13, Southern Fulton 3 (5): Fannett-Metal broke a three-game skid with ann SHL/ICC win over Southern Fulton. In the third inning, the TIgers (4-4, 2-4 SHL, 2-3 ICC) had two outs and no one on but managed to score five unearned runs to put the game away. Emily Metcalfe led F-M with two doubles, while Mandy Swailes and Taylor Coffman each had two. Victoria Barnard had two hits and two RBIs for SF (1-4, 1-4 SHL/ICC).
“It was our first comeback win of the season,” F-M coach Micahel DeAngelo said. “We got down early but were able to battle back, string together some quality at-bats and put together three big innings.”
Northern Bedford 16, McConnellsburg 3 (6): Nine errors combined with nine walks cost McConnellsburg in an SHL/ICC game with Northern Bedford. Carly Swope went 2-for-3 for the Spartans (2-6, 1-5 SHL, 1-4 ICC).
Southern Huntingdon 13, Forbes Road 0: It took just five innings for Southern Huntington to take down Forbes Road. Brianna Waters had the lone hit for the Cardinals (2-4, 2-4 SHL/ICC), who committed 10 errors.
Mercersburg 20, St. Maria Goretti 4 (F/5): Mercersburg won its first game of the season over Goretti in an IPSL game. The Blue Storm bats came out loud in the first inning when they tallied eight runs. Mercersburg (1-3, 1-1 IPSL) did not commit an error.
Shippensburg 84, Waynesboro 66: Waynesboro won 12 of the 18 events, but Ship had 13 second-place efforts to balance that. For the Indians (2-1, 2-1 MPC), Ian Skroban won the 800 and 1600 and Ogo Akamelu took the 110 and 300 hurdles. For the Greyhounds (1-2, 1-2 MPC), Adam Houser won the 400 and was on a winning relay team.
Greencastle 90.5, Boiling Springs 59.5: Campbell Parker and Liam Okal both won a pair of events in Greencastle’s Colonial Division defeat of Boiling Springs. Parker dominated in the discus for Greencastle (2-0, 2-0 MPC), throwing 45 feet farther than anyone else. He also won the shot put. Okal was the winner of both sprints.
James Buchanan 95, Big Spring 55: The Rockets (1-1, 1-1 MPC) easily handled the Bulldogs.
Mercersburg 100, Md. School for Deaf 40: The Blue Storm (2-1) had 3 multiple winners - Gabriel Allgayer (3200 and 2 relays), Mikale Williams (long and triple jump) and Alex Nanos (javelin, 300 hurdles).
Shippensburg 82, Waynesboro 68: Ally Ocker won the shot put (32-3.5) and discus (93-11) to lead Shippensburg (2-1, 2-1 MPC) over the Maidens (1-2, 1-2 MPC). ’Boro’s Rachel Johnson won the pole vault at 9-6.
Boiling Springs 85, Greencastle 65: Jordan Pizzarro and Laurel Merriman each won three individual events, but it wasn’t enough for Greencastle to beat Boiling Springs. Pizzarro was the winner for G-A (1-1, 1-1 MPC) in the 100, 200 and 400, while Merriman won the long, triple and high jumps.
Big Spring 117, James Buchanan 33: The Rockets fell to 0-2 in the Colonial Division.
Mercersburg 85, Md. School for Deaf 55: Finley Stewart (100, 200 and 2 relays), Molly Taylor (800, 1600, 2 relays) and Isiuwa Oghagbon (javelin, shot put, discus) were all multiple winners for the Blue Storm (1-2).
Chambersburg 3, Carlisle 0: Carlisle got better and better as the match went on, but Chambersburg pulled out a straight-set victory in Mid Penn Commonwealth Division action. The Trojans won 25-14, 25-20, 25-22. Dalton Strite led a well-balanced attack for Chambersburg (3-1, 3-0 MPC). He had eight kills, Landon Miller followed with six, and Riley Washington and Aaron Myers split 10 evenly.
“We were sluggish and made a lot of unforced errors,” Chambersburg coach Marta Cummings said, “but we were able to get everyone in the match and come out with a win.”
Grace 3, Cumb. Valley Christian 2: Tori Stouffer and Emily Bard each scored for the Blazers (2-3, 1-3 MDCC) in a loss to Grace Academy. Bri Miley had one assist.
Mechanicsburg 4, Chambersburg 1: Chambersburg's No. 2 doubles team of Ben Grove and Josh Muldowney defeated Avery Clukey and Ashwin Dukkipati 7-5 and 6-2. The Trojans are 2-5.
Lower Dauphin 17, Chambersburg 7: Trojan coach Katie Feairheller said the defense played well, but the offense couldn’t capitalize in the first half. Liza Ernst scored four goals and had five of her team’s 12 draw controls. Avery Rife scored twice and Hannah Raines had a goal and assist.
“We had a much stronger second half in terms of scoring, with stronger ball movement and cuts,” she said. “Micaela Champion is making a lot of crucial saves for us in goal.”
St. Maria Goretti 6, Mercersburg 5: Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Ryan Geitner each had two goals for Mercersburg (1-5, 0-1 IPSL) in an IPSL loss to St. Maria Goretti.