The third time was the charm for the Red Land at James Buchanan softball game, especially for the Rockets.
JB's season opener had been postponed twice, but when the weather cooperated Monday afternoon, the Rockets came through with a 9-1 non-league victory over the Patriots.
"It was nice to finally get on the field and play," James Buchanan coach Troy Pittman said. "We have a lot of younger players and I thought everybody played well in their first game situation. We had a lot of firsts today, like somebody's first varsity hit or run batted in."
Jenna Mongold took care of the pitching, giving up six hits and a walk, and striking out 12 Red Land batters.
Brooke Pittman batted leadoff and went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Carly Caron belted a bases-loaded triple in the Rockets' six-run sixth inning that sewed up the victory, and Maria Burkett, Cara Bender, Maddie Bailey and Paige Doyle each had two hits for JB.
- Chase Novak went 2-for-3, but McConnellsburg was blanked on four hits against Chestnut Ridge.
- Brooke Harris threw a five-hitter and Morgan Ritchey doubled in a run, but Everett handed Fannett-Metal its first loss of the season, 3-2.
- In a 15-0 loss to Southern Huntingdon, Maddie Baker and Erica Hoffman both went 2-for-3 for Southern Fulton.
- Bridgette Ritchey had two walks, a hit and two RBIs for McConnellsburg in a 15-5 loss to Chestnut Ridge.
- Sadie Bland scored both goals for Shalom Christian in a 2-1 win over Cumberland Valley Christian, including one 8:27 into overtime after Brooke Emge took a direct kick from 20 yards out. Tori Stouffer scored less than a minute for the Blazers after Bland's first goal to tie the game.
Greencastle-Antrim (1-1) 5, Chambersburg (1-4) 1
Everett 9, Fannett-Metal (1-2, 1-1 SHL/ICC) 3
Chestnut Ridge 5, McConnellsburg (1-1, 1-1 SHL) 0
Shalom Christian (1-0, 1- 0 MDCC) 10, Cumb. Valley Christian (2-1, 2-1 MDCC) 2
Chambersburg (4-0) 6, Greencastle-Antrim (1-1) 0
James Buchanan (1-0) 9, Red Land 1
Everett 3, Fannett-Metal (3-1, 2-1 SHL/1-1 ICC) 2
Chestnut Ridge 15, McConnellsburg (0-1, 0-1 SHL) 5
Southern Huntingdon 15, Southern Fulton (0-2, 0-2 SHL/ICC) 0, 5 innings
Shalom Christian (4-0, 4-0 MDCC) 2, Cumb. Valley Christian (2-2, 2-2 MDCC) 1
Palmyra 5, Chambersburg (0-4) 0