Trojans' Laken Myers fires no-hitter vs. Greencastle
If you’re familiar with the Chambersburg Trojan softball team, you're aware that a fun year is expected.
Monday afternoon, while visiting Greencastle-Antrim, the Trojans continued to roll - pushing their record to 4-0 - with a 6-0 victory on the back of a Laken Myers no-hitter.
Myers, with a big smile, described what she felt was the key to her performance.
“(Catcher) Caeley (Etter) and I worked more inside, because we noticed in the first inning the umpire was calling the game that way," Myers said. "My mixing speeds wasn’t as comfortable as it could have been, but my inside curveball was my go-to pitch all afternoon.”
Myers ended up striking out eight and walking none in recording her first varsity no-hitter.. The only blemishes came on two errors made by Chambersburg.
The Trojans got going in the top of the first inning off G-A pitcher Ally Brown with a pair of RBI singles by Maggie Myers and Etter. Lexi Leedy added a run-scoring double in the second and the Trojans were on their way.
Chambersburg finished the game with 10 hits, led by a 3-for-4 afternoon by Sam Bender, while Leedy had a pair of hits and a sacrifice bunt. Myers and Kirsten Johnson also had runs knocked in.
Trojan coach Christian Skultety was very pleased with the effort of his team and not surprised by the no-hitter.
“We’ve had two one-hitters and now this no-hitter in the last three games," he said. "We have four starting pitchers back from last year. Laken's pitch count stayed low and she was just dealing today. And she got a couple of huge catches from Lexi in left field, too.”
Greencastle (1-1) made four errors, and only three of the runs off Brown were earned.
Chambersburg is implementing the one-game-at-a-time mentality as it hopes to improve on last year's run to the PIAA semifinals.
Skultety said, “We have to stay humble, stay within ourselves and be mentally strong, and if we can do that we will be tough to beat. Our pitchers have gotten better compared to last year and we can hit, 1-through-9 we can hit. Our biggest thing is to not look ahead to the playoffs, play each game one at a time. That’s what we are trying to do.”