A day after clinching the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division championship, Chambersburg’s softball team was knocked off 2-1 by a Cumberland Valley team desperate for wins to get into the playoffs.
The Trojans (16-3, 11-2 MPC) have one regular season game left - at Red Land on Thursday - and have already sewn up a spot in the Mid Penn Conference tournament next Tuesday against unbeaten Capital Division champion West Perry.
Chambersburg was ranked No. 1 in District 3 Class AAAA before the loss Wednesday, but that did not change.
“We’re just not getting the big hits this week,” Trojan coach Chris Skultety said. “We have a couple of players out with injuries and we made some baserunning mistakes today that we shouldn’t have. And we made two errors in the inning they scored their runs.”
The Eagles (9-6, 7-5 MPC) scored two runs in the bottom of the third off Laken Myers (6 strikeouts, 1 walk), one on a double by Alison Noga and an overthrow, and the other on an error.
Skultety said, “Laken pitched one heck of a game; she did not deserve to lose.”
Chambersburg got its run in the fifth with the RBI going to Maggie Myers, and had plenty of other chances. CV made two double plays to end threats - both on throws from the outfield.
For the Trojans, who out-hit the Eagles 8-6, Leah Hunt was 3-for-4 with a double and Myers was 2-for-3. However, Chambersburg struck out 10 times against CV pitcher Jen Hanshaw.
“That was a season high for strikeouts for us,” Skultety said. “Hanshaw is pretty fast, but our swings were just too long. We had the bases loaded in the first inning with one out and went K-K with our No. 5 and 6 hitters.”
Girls ICC championships: McKenzie Gelvin, Celina Merchant and Lizzie Peppernick were the big winners in the Inter-County Conference championships on Tuesday, each with a pair of first-place finishes. Southern Fulton took second, five points behind Northern Bedford, McConnellsburg was sixth and Fannett-Metal tied for eighth.
The Spartans’ Gelvin was first in the 400 (59.18) and 800 (2:27.77), and also was the runner-up in the 100 (13.15) and third in the long jump (16-0.75). Peppernick of F-M won the shot put with a throw of 30-6 and the discus with a heave of 98-08. SF’s Merchant took the 100 (17.15) and 300 hurdles (49.15).
Other area winners were the Indians’ Sarah Wright (javelin, 110-0) and SF’s 4x400 relay team.
Other top placewinners included SF’s Emily Bradshaw (2nd, 3200) and Payton Koons (3rd, shot put) and the Indians’ 4x800 relay team, which was second.
Boys ICC championships: McConnellsburg placed third, Southern Fulton was fifth and Fannett-Metal ninth in the Inter-County Conference track & field championships on Tuesday, and area athletes won four gold medals.
Chance Hawbaker of McConnellsburg won the 100 (11.64) and 200 (23.15), and Southern Fulton’s Chase Varner (800, 2:03.94) and Gavin Wills (pole vault, 11-6) also collected first-place finishes.
For the Spartans, Josh Booth was a close second to Everett’s Tanner Sipes in the 110 and 300 hurdles and teammate Zac DeShong was third in both, Connor Johnson was the shot put runner-up and the second-place 4x400 relay team had its best time this year (3:34.15).
Varner was also a runner-up in the 400. Also for the Indians, Tim Wright was second in the javelin, Jonah Golden was third in the 1600 and the 4x800 relay team was third.
For F-M, Layton Hoffmann took third in the 800 and Steven Glodek was third in the 3200.
Waynesboro 4, Gettysburg 1: The Indians scored three runs in the top of the fifth thanks to some wildness on the part of the Gettysburg pitching. A hit batter, a walk and a single by Jarrett Biesecker loaded the bases and the runs scored on a walk to Derek Buhrman and a two-run single by Elliott Swink, who had brought in a run earlier with a walk. Clay Wolfe (5-1) fired a two-hitter to earn the win for ’Boro (13-5).
Boiling Springs 4, Shippensburg 1 (8 innings): The Bubblers scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to knock off the Greyhounds (8-7, 4-5 MPC). Ship racked up 12 hits off Hunter Breon, but the only run it could muster in support of Teagan Staver came in the first inning, with Zane Hershey getting the RBI. Aaron Ross had three hits for the Hounds and Hershey had two hits and two walks.
Chestnut Ridge 7, Fannett-Metal 4: The Tigers (5-13, 3-11 SHL) held a 3-1 lead until Ridge scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Taylor Miller had two hits and a pair of RBIs for Fannett-Metal, while Phillip Dull was 4-for-4 for the Lions.
Shippensburg 17, Boiling Springs 5: Morgan Fetter and Taylor Davidson each drove in four runs to help the Lady Hounds (10-7, 5-4 MPC) swamp the Bubblers in a Colonial Division game. Fetter was 3-for-3 with two doubles, while Davidson - also the winning pitcher - was 2-for-3, including a triple. Maddie Kline also went 3-for-3 with two triples and two RBIs, Rachel Kline was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs, Amber Orndorff was 3-for-5 and Courtney Coy was 2-for-4.
“After a lackluster effort and a tough loss to Big Spring (Tuesday), it was nice to get a division win,” Ship coach Mike Peters said. We hit the ball well up and down the lineup. Morgan, Taylor, Rachel and Maddie combined to knock in 13 of our 17 runs.”
Chestnut Ridge 16, Fannett-Metal 2 (5 innings): The Lions ambushed the Tigers (9-9, 6-9 SHL) with an eight-run bottom of the first inning after F-M had jumped in front 2-0. Morgan Ritchey had two hits for Fannett-Metal and Emily Metcalfe hit a two-run double.
West Perry 80, James Buchanan 70: The Rockets (1-5) had one double winner in Chas Shelly (100, 11.4; 200, 23.2), and plenty of other top finishers - Clay Ziemba (110 H, 15.9), Dalton Leab (400, 53.3), Brian McCauley (300 H, 44.2), Kenneth Gordon (discus, 120-02) and Clayton Bendell (high jump, 5-8).
West Perry 83, James Buchanan 67: Briana Cook was a winner in the 100 (13.1) and 200 (27.5) for the Rockets (0-6) and Ella Jones won the 400 (1:05.5) and high jump (4-6). Also taking firsts for JB were Siara Gossert in the discus (78-4), Mickey Heinbaugh in the long jump (16-1) and Hailey Alger in the pole vault (8-6).
Lawrenceville 12, Mercersburg Academy 3: Lawrenceville, the New Jersey prep state champion, led 6-1 at halftime of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League game. The Blue Storm are 10-6 (2-2 MAPL).