Currently on the PIAA District 3 playoff bubble as the regular season winds down, Gettysburg head softball coach Max Laing knows just how important every win is.
On Friday afternoon, behind the pitching of Madelyn Yannetti, Gettysburg came through with a 3-0 victory against the Hawkettes at Hanover's Stawski Field.
"We are still in playoff contention, and we control our destiny," said Laing, whose Warriors host Biglerville at 3 p.m. Saturday. "We really needed this one today."
The Warriors got just what they needed from Yannetti in the circle.
After a 20-pitch first inning, the Gettysburg sophomore needed just 57 more pitches to complete the remaining six innings. She earned a five-hit shutout against a Hanover offense that put up 10 runs on 11 hits the day before against York Catholic.
"She did a good job of keeping (Hanover hitters) off-stride and getting on top," Hanover head coach Brian Martin said. "When you're hitting 0-1, 0-2, you're hitting pitcher's pitches."
Hanover's best chance to score came in the first inning.
Emily Albright reached on an error to start the inning. Yannetti then hit Grayson Capps with a pitch in the belt buckle before retiring Lauren Smith on a fly out.
Sara Durika loaded the bases with a line-drive single to right, but Yannetti struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
"You don't know that's going to be your best scoring opportunity of the day," Martin said, "But that's the way it worked out today."
Gettysburg loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning, but Hanover pitcher Durika induced a pop-fly to the catcher to end the threat.
Neither team threatened again until the top of the fourth.
Gettysburg's Jenna Robinson singled to start the frame. Sierra Hudson followed with a sacrifice bunt, and Durika's throw to first got away, putting runners on second and third.
The next batter, Hadley Waybright, placed a low pop-up down the first base line. Hanover's first baseman made a valiant back-pedaling effort for the ball, but it tipped off her glove and fell to the ground. Robinson raced home from third with the game's first run.
Durika pitched out of the inning without further damage, getting a weak pop-up, strikeout and groundout to end the threat.
Yannetti used just five pitches to mow down Hanover in the fourth.
"I told her that she really settled down," Laing said of Yannetti. "She did a good job throwing strikes. She missed some spots, but she stayed in the zone. She didn't have a lot of strikeouts, but usually, when you are getting balls hit back to the mound, it's a good sign."
Waybright set the tone as Gettysburg added to its lead in the sixth. After she singled, Waybright stole second with none out and took third as the catcher's throw sailed into center.
With one out, Rachel Williams laid a bunt down the third base line. Waybright waited until the throw went to first and then took off for home.
In the seventh, Gettysburg made it 3-0 when Dani Cool scored on a throwing error.
GETTYSBURG 3, HANOVER 0
Gettysburg 000 101 1 -- 3 7 3
Hanover 000 000 0 -- 0 5 6
Madelyn Yannetti and Dalyce Kump; Sara Durika, Ashley Lawson (4) and Emily Albright. SO-BB -- Yannetti 4-0; Durika 3-2, Lawson 5-2. W -- Yannetti. L -- Durika.