Greencastle-Antrim’s softball team has managed to stay one step ahead of the competition for much of this season, and on Tuesday, the Blue Devils were rewarded for their hard work.
After defeating Big Spring, 11-8, Greencastle has clinched at least a share of the Mid Penn Colonial Division title. A win Thursday against Boiling Springs would give the Blue Devils the crown outright.
The Blue Devils (12-4, 7-2 MPC) had another big hitting night, racking up 13 hits, including doubles from Ally Brown and Alicen Hoover. They also pounced on six Big Spring errors, and ensured the victory by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Jess Root led G-A with three hits, while Hoover and Ali Sherman had two apiece.
Carlisle 3, Chambersburg 0: Chambersburg was no match for Connor Paul, who threw a one-hitter in a Mid Penn Commonwealth Division game. Hayden Kissel had the only hit of the day for the Trojans (6-12, 4-9 MPC). Kaden Hoover threw a decent game for Chambersburg, scattering four hits and allowing just two earned runs.
“We got another good pitching outing from our guy,” Chambersburg coach Scott Folmar said. “He threw a great game for us, and we made a mistake or two that cost us a bit. We had a chance to get back in the game in the sixth inning. We had the bases loaded with two outs, and we could not come up with the big hit.”
Greencastle-Antrim 8, Big Spring 4: Greencastle had it’s perfect MPC record threatened in the middle of Tuesday’s game against Big Spring, when the Bulldogs took a two-run lead in the fifth. But the Blue Devils rebounded with six runs in the remaining time to put it away. Nathan Starliper earned the win for Greencastle (14-1, 9-0MPC) with seven strikeouts through 2 ⅔ innings pitched.
“We took a lead and went on hold, and when they took the lead 4-2 and it woke us up a little bit,” Greencastle coach Eric Shaner said. “We had a nice fifth inning, and a nice win but we need to put together some bigger innings at the beginning to put it away.”
McConnellsburg 3, Southern Huntingdon 2: Justin Welsh played hero for the Spartans, hitting a walk-off single to drive in two runs to defeat Southern Huntingdon in an SHL/ICC match. McConnellsburg (6-10, 6-8 SHL, 5-7 ICC) has now won four in a row.
Landon Richards and Chase Novak each had a pair of hits for the Spartans, who got another fine performance from Garrison Crouse. He threw a two-hitter that featured seven strikeouts; he did not allow an earned run.
Fannett-Metal 13, Tussey Mountain 3 (F/5): Fannett-Metal capitalized on five Tussey Mountain errors in a SHL/ICC victory in five innings to break a four game losing streak. The Tigers (5-12, 3-10 SHL/ICC) scored seven runs in the second inning while being backed by another good day on the mound for Hunter Kann, despite only throwing for three innings. Kann struck out five batters and allowed two hits. Cole Funk and Frankie Ryder both went 2-for-3.
“We hit the ball hard today and had a few clutch hits we have been looking for,” Fannett-Metal coach Jamie Funk said.
Southern Fulton 1-3, Northern Bedford 0-0: Southern Fulton did just enough to claim a sweep of Northern Bedford in an SHL/ICC doubleheader. In Game 1, Trent Rider fired a two-hitter, and Carl Potter had the game-winning RBI in the top of the seventh. The nightcap featured SF’s eighth different winning pitcher, as Tanner Elbin scattered five hits to earn the win. Rider and Elbin each had an RBI for the Indians (15-3, 12-3 SHL, 11-2 ICC).
“We are still battling for the league titles, so every game matters,” SF coach Dustin Fischer said. “We’ve been in so many close games this year; the team responds well and doesn’t crack under pressure. Even when we aren’t having our best day hitting or fielding, we have been coming through with enough to get the job done.”
Chestnut Ridge 10, Forbes Road 2: Forbes Road dropped an SHL game to Chestnut Ridge after running into trouble early on. Aaron Schepis threw one inning for the Cardinals (10-6, 9-5 SHL) and allowed five runs and walked four. Schepis and Zeger went 2-for-3 at the plate, and Grayson Hall went 2-for-2. Forbes Road also committed six errors.
“Game was over in the first inning,” Forbes Road coach Randy Gelvin said. “Our three best pitchers all pitched on Monday and our players did not believe we had a chance. We laid down and let a team roll over us like a steam roller.”
Waynesboro 6, James Buchanan 2: Waynesboro shut out James Buchanan in the first five innings of an MPC matchup, but despite late scoring by the Rockets, Waynesboro gathered a comfortable six-run cushion to put away the division rivalry game. Abby Ebersole went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, and Chelsea Cover went 2-for-3 and hit in two for the Maidens (11-6, 6-3 MPC). Jenna Mongold picked up her second loss of the season for James Buchanan (9-5, 4-5 MPC).
“We did all things you have to do right to beat good teams,” Waynesboro coach Aaron Burke said. “We fielded well and had timely hitting. We took a page out of Greg Chandler's book with trying to get runs with bunting and good baserunning.”
Tussey Mountain 8, Fannett-Metal 6: Fannett-Metal’s rally in the bottom of the seventh fell short in a SHL/ICC game, despite having the game-tying run in scoring position with one out in the final half inning. Morgan Ritchey went 4-for-4 and was a home run short of hitting for the cycle. The Tigers (9-8, 6-8 SHL, 6-7 ICC) committed 10 errors.
Southern Huntingdon 8, McConnellsburg 0: Southern Huntingdon hit a grand slam in the first inning and used that momentum to defeat McConnellsburg in SHL/ICC action. Madison Koontz, Bridgette Ritchey, Tara Cutchall and Kylie Keefer all had a hit for the Spartans.
“We played a fairly decent game, but they just outdid us,” McConnellsburg coach Junior Swope said. “We made a few mistakes, and took ourselves out of some innings.”
Chestnut Ridge 8, Forbes Road 1: The Lions scored six runs in the top of the first inning aided by some errors to take control. For the Cardinals (5-12, 4-10 SHL), Malea Truax was 2-for-3 and Mara Broadwater had the only RBI.
Northern Bedford 9-15, Southern Fulton 3-0: The Indians ended their season with an SHL/ICC doubleheader loss to Northern Bedford. In the first game for SF (4-16, 3-13 SHL, 3-11 ICC), Erica Hoffman was 4-for-4 and scored twice and Victoria Barnard was 2-for-4.
State College 104, Chambersburg 46: The Trojans , who finished 4-3 (4-3 MPC) managed only four first-place finishes against powerful State College. Kaylee Mowery won the 1600 in 5:16.1, Abby Yourkavitch was first in the 800 (2:21.0), Mathia McKay won the javelin with a throw of 105-11 and Kira Monson took the high jump (4-10).
Trojan coach Chris Monheim said, “State College may have the best dual meet team in the state, but I thought we did a nice job in some areas. Reagan Winebrenner was second in teh shot put and discus and set a personal best in the shot (37-7.75).”
Chambersburg 98, State College 52: The Little Lions prevailed despite the Trojans (3-4, 3-4 MPC) posting a pair of double winners. Kelton Chastulik captured the shot put (53-0) and discus (162-9) and freshman Trayton Barnette owned both hurdles races (16.4 in the 110 and 43.4 in the 300). Also for Chambersburg, Chris Wurtz took the 1600 (4:39.5), Patrick Zook won the 3200 (11:00.0) and the 4x100 relay team won in 45.5.
Shalom Christian 4, Highland View 1: Twenty minutes into Tuesday’s non-league game against Highland View, Shalom Christian was in a situation it has rarely seen this season - a tie. But the Flames rebounded, scoring three unanswered goals to put away its 13th straight game. Lexy Poe scored twice and had an assist, Brooke Emge scored a goal and an assist for Shalom (13-1).
Heritage Academy 3, Cumb. Valley Christian 2, OT: The Eagles’ Hannah Barnes scored the game-winner in the final minute of play. CVC (3-7-1 (1-7-1 MDCC) led on a goal by Emily Bard, then fell behind 2-1 before Isabel Beard tied the game in the 61st minute.