Chambersburg runs softball record to 8-0
The Chambersburg softball team is now halfway through its Mid Penn Commonwealth Division schedule and has yet to taste defeat.
Red Land was the latest victim in a 6-1 verdict at Norlo Park on Tuesday afternoon, that included a three-hitter from Laken Myers, a 10-hit attack and a defense that committed zero errors.
"That is a quality team," Patriots coach Jason Munns said. "I thought what we did was pretty respectable."
Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said, "Today, our defense carried us, and Laken settled in and threw a phenomenal game. She kept the ball down. And I think because our lineup can hit all the way through, it will take a special effort to shut us down."
Skultety made a switch in that lineup and it paid off. Maggie Myers had been in a slump in the No. 2 hole, so he dropped her to No. 8 and she promptly went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Lexi Leedy moved from No. 9 to No. 2 and went 3-for-4 and had the biggest hit of the game.
In the fourth, with the Trojans holding a 2-0 lead, Leedy came up with the bases loaded and smacked a single to right-centerfield to bring in two runs.
"I had to pick up my teammates," Leedy said. "I was just trying to hit the ball hard and hopefully something good would happen."
Skultety said, "We call Lexi 'Scrappy.' She's a hard-nosed player who will really get after it. That was a really big hit."
Chambersburg (8-0, 7-0 MPC) scored two runs in the second off freshman Becky Updegraff, who was starting her first game. Laken Myers and Maggie Myers singled and the runs eventually scored on a fielder's choice by Kirsten Pugh and a wild pitch.
In the fifth, Leah Hunt and Sam Bender singled and an outfield error allowed Hunt to race home. Bender then scored on a hit by Laken Myers.
Munns said, "I thought Becky did a wonderful job. They have some quality hitters and you have to be precise pitching to them."
Laken Myers was precise, too, walking only two batters for Red Land (3-6, 2-5 MPC) after allowing nine in her last start.
"My focus was on accuracy more than speed today," Myers said. "My straight drop was working the best and I was able to mix in some changeups."