Thinking the tournament was much older than its second year, Gettysburg High athletic director Carlos Wampler felt a bit sheepish about announcing his school won its first Gettysburg Invitational Softball Tournament title on Saturday.
But head coach Max Laing understood, kidding the event already has been rescheduled 17 times in its brief history.
Saturday was no exception. The event, postponed in March, was altered so it could be completed before thunderstorms developed later in the day. In fact, Wampler said Saturday's rain date, if needed, was a Saturday in May that coincided with the school's prom.
That wasn't needed, and the Lady Warriors did their part, rolling to a 15-5 triumph over Hanover in the championship game, which ended when Gettysburg scored three times in the sixth inning.
"We hit the ball all day long, and that's huge because your pitching and your defense can be more relaxed whenever you're hitting the ball and you know you're going to keep hitting it," Laing said.
However, the shortest hit became the most important in the championship game.
Hanover, which beat Fairfield 14-4 in the semifinals, used a dropped line drive to tie the game at 3-3 in the third inning. The Hawkettes had a chance to quell those Gettysburg bats in the bottom of the inning, but it didn't happen.
After Taylor Crouse, who tossed a five-hit shutout against New Oxford in the semifinal, and Katelyn Wingerd each singled, Ally Smarsh dropped a bunt and legged out the play for a single to load the bases.
"Earlier in the season, we didn't get a couple of bunts down, so it's been something we've worked at," Laing said. "It paid off today. We knew that work would pay off at some point."
Four hits later, including RBI doubles by Brooke Green, winning pitcher Madelyn Yannetti and Wingerd, Gettysburg had produced a seven-run rally which essentially settled the outcome.
Green and Yannetti, who doubled two runs in the fifth, each finished with three hits while Wingerd, Smarsh, Rachelle Bennett and Mary Kate McCleaf each had two.
Meanwhile, Hanover gained three hits from Bradi Hill and two from losing hurler Ashley Lawson, but the Hawkettes got a 1-for-14 effort from the bottom five batters in the order.
Still, Hanover head coach Brian Martin said the runner-up trophy will be a confidence boost.
"It's a very exciting moment for them to even qualify to do that," Martin said. "They're coming together and they're working hard. Hopefully, this gives them a little bit of momentum. We have a big week next week with three games."
Meanwhile, Laing said Saturday's victories will help the Warriors' point ranking as they bid for a better spot in the District 3 playoffs. Those wins included the 5-0 semifinal triumph over New Oxford in which Wingerd scored two runs and Crouse tossed an 80-pitch complete game.
New Oxford then rebounded with rallies of seven and six runs to blank Fairfield in four innings in the third-place game. Sarah Groft led the winners with four hits while Alexis Becker added three.
Fairfield also fell victim to a seven-run outburst by Hanover in the third inning of the semifinal game. In that matchup, Hill posted three hits while Emily Albright and Emily Karsteter each had two. Fairfield's Brianna Fitz doubled and tripled.
After losing the semifinal despite allowing only four hits, New Oxford pitcher Nicole Ayers hurled a two-hit shutout over four innings against Fairfield.
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GETTYSBURG 5, NEW OXFORD 0
New Oxford 000 000 0 -- 0 5 4
Gettysburg 000 230 x -- 5 4 0
NO, Nicole Ayers and Katlyn Whitmore; Get, Taylor Crouse and Ally Smarsh. SO-BB -- Ayers 9-2; Crouse 6-0. W -- Crouse. L -- Ayers. 2B -- NO, Sarah Groft.
HANOVER 14, FAIRFIELD 4
Hanover 037 04 -- 14 11 4
Fairfield 011 02 -- 4 6 3
Han, Ashley Lawson and Bradi Hill; F, Nicole Kinjerski, Kayla Luckabaugh (5) and Kaitlin Barron. SO-BB -- Lawson 4-3; Kinjerski 8-2, Luckabaugh 1-3. W -- Lawson. L -- Kinjerski. 2B -- F, Brianna Fitz. 3B -- Han, Hill; F, Fitz. HR -- Han, Smith.
NEW OXFORD 15, FAIRFIELD 0
Fairfield 000 0 -- 0 2 0
New Oxford 207 6 -- 15 18 0
F, Nicole Kinjerski and Kaitlin Barron; NO, Nicole Ayers and Katlyn Whitmore. SO-BB -- Kinjerski 2-0; Ayers 8-1. W -- Ayers. L -- Kinjerski. 2B -- NO, Sarah Groft. HR -- NO, Whitmore.
GETTYSBURG 15, HANOVER 5
Hanover 003 020 -- 5 8 1
Gettysburg 037 113 -- 15 16 2
Han, Ashley Lawson and Bradi Hill; Get, Madelyn Yannetti, Taylor Crouse (5) and Ally Smarsh. SO-BB -- Lawson 5-6; Yannetti 2-1, Crouse 2-0. W -- Yannetti. L -- Lawson. 2B -- Han, Hill, Lauren Smith; Get, Yannetti 2, Brooke Green, Wingerd, Smarsh, Rachelle Bennett.