Shippensburg did its damage early against James Buchanan, then hung on for a tight 3-2 Mid Penn Colonial Division softball victory on Thursday afternoon at Shippensburg University's Robb Field.
"This was a well-played game by both teams, and it was a neat experience to play on a college field," Ship coach Mike Peters said.
The Lady Hounds (11-7, 6-4 MPC) struck for two runs in the first inning against Nina Shatzer on a single by Sami Barmont and a fielder's choice grounder by Emily Wenner. It became 3-0 in the second when Amber Orndorff brought in Taylor Davidson with a grounder.
Courtney Coy kept the Rockets off the board until they struck for two runs in the fourth on four straight singles by Shatzer, Harley Rife, Maria Burkett and Cara Bender. Coy finished with a six-hitter with five strikeouts.
Peters said, "Court pitched a solid game. She got tougher as the game went on and our defense played well behind her. The girls turned a big double play, cut down a suicide attempt at home, and Sami made a great play at short to take a hit away."
Bender had two hits for JB (9-6, 4-6 MPC), while Coy and Morgan Fetter - who tripled - had two each for Ship.
HOME RUN HERO: The Big Spring baseball team has seen enough of Waynesboro's Brady Riddell this season.
For the second time this season, Riddell belted a game-deciding home run to beat the Bulldogs. On Thursday, the Indians (14-5, 6-4 MPC) trailed 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh and were down to their last out with nobody on base. On a 3-2 pitch, Matt Peck singled, then Francisco Maya was hit by a pitch.
That brought up Riddell, who took two pitches for strikes, then a ball. The next pitch was an inside fastball that he deposited well over the fence in left field for a 7-5 victory.
"It was a no-brainer," Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler said. "He hit a home run in the eighth inning to beat Big Spring the last time we played them."
The Indians are battling for a District 3 Class AAAA playoff spot and this was a needed win.
Chandler said, "It really helps, that's for sure. It might have put us in, but it's still pretty tight."
BIG TURNAROUND: The first time McConnellsburg met Fannett-Metal in softball this year, F-M scored an 18-4 win. But when the teams met again Thursday, the Spartans turned the tables on the Tigers with a 6-5 SHL/ICC victory.
Tied 4-4 in the top of the seventh, McConnellsburg's Jessica Stallman hit a single, and eventually raced home on a base hit by Kylie Keefer. Justice Seville (2-for-4) and Keefer (2-for-3) led the Spartans (5-13, 3-11 SHL, 3-10 ICC) at the plate, while Carly Swope threw a six-hitter for the win.
For the Tigers (9-10, 6-10 SHL, 6-8 ICC), Morgan Ritchey hit two doubles and reached base in all four of her at-bats. Brooke Harris had two hits and Taylor Coffman ripped a two-run double.
"Both teams played a good ballgame," McConnellsburg coach Junior Swope said. "We only made a couple of errors and it was a real nail-biter."
Greencastle 6, Boiling Springs 1: Myles Gayman was at it again, limiting the Bubblers to four hits, while striking out 13 and walking three to raise his record to 5-0 and the Blue Devils’ record to 15-1 (10-0 MPC). Spencer Meyers was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, Tanner Rock doubled in a run and Gayman and Dillon Morgan also had RBIs.
“His command was not as Myles-like as normal, especially on his fastball,” G-A coach Eric Shaner said. “There was a big hole in the mound that was bothering him that was a factor in his walks - but he wouldn’t tell you that.”
James Buchanan 7, Shippensburg 6: Hunter Spoonhour hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Rockets (10-8, 4-6 MPC) the lead and Wyatt Chilcote finished 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief to give JB its fourth straight win. Zach Vosburg was 3-for-4 for Buchanan, and Remi Spoonhour and Zane Bray each drove in two runs.
Shippensburg (8-8, 4-6 MPC), got a 3-for-3 performance from Adam Maring and two RBIs from Teagan Staver. The Hounds scored all six of their runs in the first two innings.
McConnellsburg 5, Fannett-Metal 1: Matt Huston fired a three-hitter with seven strikeouts to lead the red-hot Spartans (7-10, 7-8 SHL, 6-7 ICC) to their fifth straight win. He out-dueled F-M’s Hunter Kann, who threw a five-hitter with seven K’s. McConnellsburg broke open a scoreless game with four unearned runs in the fifth, fueled by four throwing errors by the Tigers (5-14, 3-13 SHL, 3-11 ICC). Ryan Koontz doubled for the Spartans and Cole Funk was 2-for-3 for Fannett-Metal.
F-M coach Jamie Funk said, “Both starters went the distance and matched each other pitch for pitch. McConnellsburg had a few more hits, but it all boiled down to the bad inning we had in the fifth.”
Northern Bedford 7, Forbes Road 0: John Gorman fired a two-hitter for the Panthers, giving up only singles to Brycen Hohman and Matt Brown. The Cardinals (10-7, 9-6 SHL, 9-5 ICC) also made five errors.
Heritage Academy 14, Cumb. Valley Christian 3: The Blazers (4-8, 2-7 MDCC) were held to just two hits. Spencer Propst had a hit and three RBIs and Darius Barbour hit a double for CVC. In a loss to Shalom earlier in the week, Propst went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.
Broadfording 4, Shalom Christian 3: The Lions held a 4-0 lead, then withstood a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to edge Shalom. Nate McKee was 2-for-4 for the Flames (8-7, 7-5 MDCC) and Jacob Nicholas hit a two-run single. Colby Maun allowed seven hits and fanned seven.
Chambersburg 13, Red Land 3 (6 innings): The Trojans (17-3, 12-2 MPC) got back on track with a big win over the Patriots. Leah Hunt threw a four-hitter, struck out nine batters and went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI at the plate.
Also for Chambersburg, which will play unbeaten West Perry in a Mid Penn tournament semifinal on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Mt. Rock Elementary in Newville, Natalie Saylor was 2-for-3, Dori Loukopoulos, Laken Myers and Sammie Bender were each 2-for-4, Alexis Estep had three RBIs and Tara Harmon and Kara Neidigh each had a pair of runs driven in.
Trojan coach Chris Skultety said, “The girls came out angry today (after a loss to Cumberland Valley on Wednesday) and got the job done. At one time we had four freshmen playing. Kara Neidigh did what we couldn’t do yesterday - put the ball on the ground with runners on base and less than two outs, and she got the runs in.”
Greencastle-Antrim 17, Boiling Springs 2 (4 innings): Ally Brown continued to terrorize opposing pitchers - she was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and six runs batted in - as the Blue Devils wrapped up the Mid Penn Colonial Division crown with a four-inning romp over the Bubblers.
Mackenzie Oberholzer also had a double and triple and knocked in four runs for Greencastle (13-4, 8-2 MPC) and Morgan Wagaman had two hits. Liz Ward earned the win, allowing just two hits.
Waynesboro 8, Big Spring 2: Alyssa Medina threw six innings of five-hit relief and helped the Maidens (12-6, 7-3 MPC) pick up an important win for playoff consideration. Waynesboro, which had 18 hits and made no errors, is currently 15th in the rankings. Medina retired 10 straight hitters after she entered. For ’Boro, Chelsea Cover was 4-for-4, Nicole Kreimer was 3-for-5 (triple, 3 RBIs), Katie Wise 3-for-5 and Tiff Stull 2-for-4 (double, 2 RBIs).
Northern Bedford 2, Forbes Road 0: The Cardinals held NBC scoreless until the top of the seventh, but the Panthers got to Courtney Schoen for both runs in that inning. Schoen allowed only five hits. Unfortunately, Forbes Road (5-13, 4-11 SHL, 4-9 ICC) managed only one hit, by Olivia Hall.
“I’m happy with the effort we gave today,” FR coach Pete Hall said. “I can’t remember very many errorless games since I’ve been with this program, but we turned one in today.”
State College 16, Chambersburg 6 : State College led 12-1 at halftime in a win over the short-handed Trojans, who had only one substitute for the midfield. Chambersburg (1-16, 1-11 MPC) outscored the Little Lions 5-4 in the second half, with Liza Ernst netting three goals and Kendyl Stewart, Hannah Raines and Jordyn Amsley each scoring once.
Shalom Christian 9, Broadfording 0: Six different players scored for the Flames, who ended the regular season with a 14-1 record (11-1 MDCC). Lydia Harris, Maggie Keller and Kylie Eby scored two goals each to lead Shalom Christian.