Missed opportunities led to a scoreless game into the fifth inning at Gettysburg; that frame proved pivotal, though.
Shippensburg High sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring nine plate during the crucial inning as the Lady Greyhounds defeated Gettysburg, 15-1, in six innings in Mid-Penn Colonial softball action Thursday afternoon.
Gettysburg (4-3, 1-2 Colonial) starter Madelyn Yannetti recorded a strikeout to end the fourth inning after Ship threatened with back-to-back singles by Mikayla Runshaw and Amanda McLaughlin with two outs.
However, the Shippensburg fifth started ominously as Mikey Burkholder reached on an error.
The Greyhounds (3-1, 3-0) strung together six hits, and benefited from five Lady Warrior errors in the frame, to take a 9-0 lead. Katrina Ridgley singled in two runs, Brooke Porter drove in a run with a double and Nicole Baker and Shelby Horst each had RBI singles in the rally.
"It's amazing how funny of a game softball can be," Ship head coach Mike Peters said. "It was a pitcher's duel for four innings, and I thought we'd have to squeeze out a run to try to win this game.
"It was nice to have a big inning, though. It's really the first big inning we've had this year."
Yannetti doubled home a run in the bottom of the fifth for Gettysburg's only tally of the game, but Shippensburg went right back to work in the top of the sixth.
The Greyhounds put together four straight doubles to start the inning by Porter, Runshaw, McGlaughlin and Kylie Starliper; Runshaw and McLaughlin each plated runs on their hits.
Gettysburg also had chances in the early going to take the lead, but was unable to push a run across against Shippensburg hurler Morgan Newell.
The Warriors twice had two runners on with one out but Newell got the best of them each time. In the second, she induced a pair of popouts. In the third, she struckout back-to-back hitters to end the threat.
"We put a lot of pressure on them early," Gettysburg head coach Max Laing said. "We got enough runners on to score some runs, but we couldn't get a hit to knock someone in.
"When they escaped a couple of times, I thought that was a big shift in momentum towards them."
Newell went the distance to pick up the victory, allowing one unearned run on six hits and a walk. She struck out eight while throwing 58 of her 76 pitches for strikes.
"Morgan threw a very good game today," Peters said. "I told the girls before the fifth inning that Morgan was throwing great and that we needed to get her a few runs. They did a nice job of having a big inning."
Horst had three hits to pace Ship's 14-hit attack, while Newell, Porter, Runshaw and McLaughlin each had two. Every player in the Hounds' starting lineup scored at least one run.
"This was a very good team win today," Peters said. "We got contributions from everyone and that's good to see."
Dani Cool led Gettysburg with two hits.
SHIPPENSBURG 15, GETTYSBURG 1
Shippensburg 000 096 -- 15 14 1
Gettysburg 000 010 -- 1 6 6
Ship, Morgan Newell and Mikey Burkholder; Get, Madelyn Yannetti, Erika Green (5), Dani Cool (6) and Dalyce Kump. W -- Newell. L -- Yannetti. SO-BB -- Newell 8-1; Yannetti 5-1, Green 0-3, Cool 0-0. 2B -- Ship, Brooke Porter 2, Mikayla Runshaw, Amanda McLaughlin, Kylie Starliper; Get, Yannetti. 3B -- Ship, Newell.