Based on a solid start to the year, there’s no question that the Fannett-Metal softball team has the talent to be postseason contenders in District 5.
And Wednesday, in a 3-2 nine-inning upset over Everett, the Lady Tigers pretty much confirmed it.
Morgan Ritchey led the charge in the ninth inning with a leadoff single, followed by a bunt single hit by Makayla O’Donel. After the runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch, Kassie Holtry batted in the game-winning run with a grounder to second as Ritchey slid home ahead of the tag.
“We’ve been preaching about mental toughness and attitude,” Fannett-Metal coach Michael DeAngelo said. “Tonight our girls played as one unit and showed how they are capable of playing.”
With the score tied at two in the bottom of the seventh, Everett threatened to claim a walkoff win with runners on second and third, but Fannett-Metal’s Emily Metcalfe played spoiler with a diving stop at second base and a throw from her stomach to get the force out and end the inning.
Brooke Harris threw six straight shutout innings to claim the win, striking out five batters.
ONE MORE NEEDED: The James Buchanan boys track & field team cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when it defeated Boiling Springs, 83.5-66.5.
The Rockets (5-0, 4-0 MPC) can now claim the Mid Penn Colonial Division title if they can win Monday in a makeup meet at Waynesboro.
"We didn't have any really outstanding performances, just a big team effort," JB coach Jason Cotton said. "That's the way it's been all year. We only have 26 kids on the roster, so we have to put the right kids in the right events and hope they have a decent performance.
"Today, a lot of kids competed in some extra or different events and added some seconds and thirds that we needed."
Dalton Leab was a double winner for the Rockets, taking the 1600 and 800, as was Jaelin Carmack (110 and 300 hurdles). Dan Corcoran (400), Jamal Riley (200), Alex Truett (long jump) and Clay Bendell (high jump) were also winners.
- Waynesboro's Clay Wolfe had two hits and claimed the win on the mound as the Indians racked up a 12-0 win over Boiling Springs. Preston Witte led with 3 RBIs, while Hunter Clever batted in 2 runs.
- The Southern Fulton baseball team kicked off a SHL/ICC game with Southern Huntingdon with a quick run in the top of the first. Fortunately for the Indians, that's all they needed in a 1-0 win. Dylan Gordon batted in the only run, while Branden Lynch and Gabe Stotler teamed up to pitch seven shutout innings. Lynch allowed just three hits in 6 2/3 innings.
- In Chambersburg's 5-1 loss to Central Dauphin, reliever Leah Hunt racked up 8 strikeouts in 3 innings of work, but the Trojans mustered only 2 hits and fanned 10 times vs. CD's Sam Gress.
- In Waynesboro's 12-2 win over Boiling Springs, Alexis Rosenberry was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs and Drew Alldredge was 3-for-4.
Track & field
- James Buchanan's girls lost to Boiling Springs, but Siara Gossert (discus, javelin) and Leah Wingert (triple jump, pole vault) both won two events.
Central Dauphin 4, Chambersburg (4-11, 1-8 MPC) 0
Shippensburg (4-6, 2-5 MPC) 3, Greencastle-Antrim (8-2, 6-1 MPC) 1
Big Spring 6, James Buchanan (9-4, 3-4 MPC) 2
Waynesboro (7-5, 505 MPC) 12, Boiling Springs 0, 5 innings
Everett 8, Fannett-Metal (4-8, 4-6 SHL/3-5 ICC) 1
Chestnut Ridge 5, McConnellsburg (4-6, 4-4 SHL) 2
Southern Fulton (9-2, 7-2 SHL/6-2 ICC) 1, Southern Huntingdon 0
Central Dauphin 5, Chambersburg (8-4, 6-3 MPC) 1
Waynesboro (9-6, 4-2 MPC) 12, Boiling Springs 2
Fannett-Metal (9-3, 7-3 SHL/6-2 ICC) 3, Everett 2
Chestnut Ridge 17, McConnellsburg (3-5, 3-5 SHL) 1, 3 innings
Martinsburg 21, Mercersburg Academy 10
Track & field
Boys: James Buchanan (5-0, 4-0 MPC) 83.5, Boiling Springs 66.5
Girls: Boiling Springs 107, James Buchanan (0-5, 0-4 MPC) 48
Madeira16, Mercersburg Academy (1-6) 8
Camp Hill 3, James Buchanan (9-6, 5-5 MPC) 2