Chambersburg softball beats Muhlenberg, 15-0 Video by Lizi Arbogast
The first time Chambersburg met Muhlenberg in softball, the Trojans picked up a 16-0 win - their largest margin of victory this season.
On Tuesday, Chambersburg defeated Muhlenberg by its second-largest margin of victory, dismantling the Muhls, 15-0 in three innings in the first round of the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs.
"It was an uphill battle from the start," Muhlenberg coach Jeff Haas said. "We were just hoping to keep it close and see what could happen in the end. When you're the 16 seed, you're the 16 seed for a reason. Chambersburg will be right there at the end."
With the victory, Chambersburg has an uphill battle of its own, facing No. 8-seeded Cumberland Valley (13-7). The Trojans split with the Eagles during the regular season.
"That's not a good matchup for either team," Trojan coach Chris Skultety said. "It's unfortunate that we have to play in the quarterfinals because someone is going to go home."
From the opening pitch, the Trojans (19-4) were dominant. Laken Myers sat down the first six batters in a row, and was backed by an unstoppable offense.
In the first inning alone, Chambersburg went through its entire lineup, racked up six hits and scored five runs.
"We were just seeing the ball well," Chambersburg's Dori Loukopoulos said. "We wanted to do well since it was our first playoff game, and we want to have a long run. We just had to get the job done today."
Loukopoulos and Leah Hunt were the driving forces in the Trojan offense. They both had a pair of doubles and each finished with four RBIs. Maggie Myers also went 2-for-2, and Laken Myers helped her own cause by driving in two runs.
Muhlenberg (14-9) had a chance to get on the board in the third inning, leading off with an error and a bunt. Krystie Kuczawa loaded the bases with a single. But Myers induced a popup and struck out two to end the danger.
"It was good to get off to a start like this," Loukopoulos said, "but the next couple games are going to be different from tonight, so we have to prep for that mentally and physically."