Both Shippensburg and Carlisle racked up 11 hits in a non-league softball game.
But it was the Lady Hounds who capitalized on their chances, capturing a 10-4 victory on an emotional Saturday afternoon.
"The girls bounced back nicely after a tough loss to Cedar Cliff (on Friday)," Ship coach Mike Peters said. "Emily (Wenner) did a great job in her first varsity start, and our defense made some key plays to get lead runners and stop their momentum."
Shippensburg (5-1) had something extra to play for. Not only were they trying to rebound from their first loss of the season, but they were also hosting a charity game in honor of 5-year-old Liam Kepner, who was diagnosed with a form of childhood cancer after Christmas. The girls wore gold during warmups in his honor, as gold is Liam's favorite color. There was a pregame ceremony during which gold balloons were released, and Liam's brother and sister threw out of the first pitch. Ship's Courtney Lawson organized the event as her senior project.
"It was a really nice pregame ceremony, and Courtney did a good job putting it together," Peters said. "The family was very appreciative, and getting a win after (Friday night) didn't hurt either."
Courtney Coy was the leader on the field. She went 2-for-2 with a triple, a home run and four RBIs.
Sami Barmont and Lawson each had a pair of hits.
ZIEMBA HIGHLIGHTS ARCTIC BLAST
Clay Ziemba had quite a fine day for James Buchanan's track & field team on Saturday at the 11th Arctic Blast Invitational.
After placing third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.83, Ziemba went on to take gold in the high jump, clearing 6-2. The high jump was a particularly strong event for the Rockets. Clayton Bendell was third, and Chas Shelly placed sixth.
On the girls side, JB was led by Ella Jones, who won the bronze in the high jump (4-8). The Rockets were also fourth in the 4x400 relay.
Chambersburg goes 2-0 at New Oxford: Chambersburg picked up a pair of wins at the New Oxford Tournament. The Trojans (5-4) defeated the host Colonials, 11-3, before taking down Kutztown, 4-2. Hunter Brindle fired a two-hitter against New Oxford, followed by a combined three-hitter against Kutztown from Kaden Hoover and Austin Suders.
"We played pretty good all around game against New Oxford," Chambersburg coach Scott Folmar said. "Hunter Brindle threw all seven innings and did a great job in the longest outing he's had in a couple of years. He's coming off an injury and did a great job for us."
Carlisle 11, Shippensburg 1 (6): The hitting woes continued for Shippensburg continued in a non-league loss to Carlisle. Adam Maring went 3-for-3 for Ship (2-3), but the rest of the Greyhounds managed just two hits.
Mercersburg 14-10, Hill 2-0: Mercersburg Academy extended its winning streak to seven games with a pair of dominating victories in MAPL action. In the first game, Jake Rist was the star of the show, striking out 12 in the six-inning two-hitter. In Game 2, Chris Adusie-Poku and Will Oakley each had a pair of hits.
Chambersburg goes 3-6: Chambersburg had a rough go of it at the Central York Tournament, going 3-6 on the day. The Trojans split with Exeter to start the day, but then lost four straight - a split with Central York and Hempfield. Chambersburg then beat Nazareth, 25-22 and 25-17, before its final loss. Landon Miller led the offense with 15 kills, while Riley Washington and Evan Misal each had 11. Dalton Strite had 43 assists and contributed 14 digs. Will Gerhart paced the defense with 26 digs, while Misal had 12.
Peppernick takes 2nd: Lizzie Peppernick put on a fine performance for Fannett-Metal at the Giant Eagle Track Invitational. Peppernick launched the discus 95-11, good enough for second place. On the boys side, Steven Glodek placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:15.8.
Mercersburg 5, Hill 2: A three-game losing streak is in the past for Mercersburg Academy after an MAPL victory over Hill. The Blue Storm (2-3, 1-2 MAPL) won the top four singles matches, which was more than enough for the victory.
Shalom Christian 4, Calvary Christian 0: Brooke Emge netted two goals in the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference win for Shalom Christian. Lexy Poe had a goal and an assist.