The Shippensburg softball team came out with guns blazing in non-league action against Northern on Friday with a 15-2 victory in five innings, closing out the season with one final push in the district rankings. The team racked up 10 runs in the first inning alone, going through nearly two full rounds of the Lady Hound batting order, with eight of the nine batters touching home plate in the long inning.
“Tonight was the most early runs we’ve scored all year,” Shippensburg coach Mike Peters said. “Both our hitting and baserunning helped put those runs up.”
Emily Wenner gave up seven hits in her five-inning outing for the Greyhounds (12-7) and struck out three. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs. Ashley Macedo went 3-for-3 and batted in two runners.
The win pushed the Lady Hounds into the 17th position in the District 3 Class AAA rankings, with the top 16 making it to the postseason. With no more matchups scheduled for the season, Shippensburg is looking to add another game before the district cutoff on Wednesday to hopefully help its playoff hopes. Ship lost one regularly scheduled game due to weather that was not made up.
"We're knocking on the door of the postseason and hoping for some help," Peters said.
Fannett-Metal 9, Hyndman 1: Fannett-Metal closed out its season with a solid non-league win over Hyndman after capitalizing on unstable pitching by scoring six runs in the first inning. Cole Funk threw a one-hitter through six innings for the Tigers (6-14), but walked seven.
Cumberland Valley Christian 15, Calvary 7: Cumberland Valley Christian paced itself in the opening innings of Friday's MDCC game against Calvary, falling to a 6-1 deficit after two innings. But the Blazers weren't done. CVC scored 13 runs in the final three innings to put away a decisive win in its final game of the regular season. Spencer Propst threw a one-hitter and struck out five in the outing, and also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Caleb Fisler went 4-for-6 and David Bolich went 2-for-3 for the Blazers (5-8, 3-7 MDCC).
Greencastle-Antrim 6, Dover 2: Even though Greencastle earned its claim to the Mid Penn Colonial Division crown the day before, the Blue Devils did not let up in a non-league game against Dover. Morgan Wagaman went 2-for-3 and Mackenzie Oberholzer went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Ally Brown earned the win in the circle, pitching seven innings and allowing seven hits and two runs. She walked two and struck out two for the Blue Devils (14-4).
Hyndman 5, Fannett-Metal 1: Fannett Metal fell in a non-league game against Hyndman as the cap to the Tigers' regular season. Mandy Swailes batted in Fannett-Metal's lone RBI in the first inning. The Tigers complete the regular season 9-11.
Cumberland Valley Christian 3, Calvary 1: Emily Bard registered a hat trick to boost Cumberland Valley Christian to an MDCC win over Calvary. Loryn Sanders assisted on two of Bard’s goals for the Blazers (4-7-1, 2-7-1 MDCC).
“I’m very happy to see Emily pick up the hat trick,” CVC coach Paul Lundy said. “She is only a freshman and the sky is the limit for her.”