Extra Innings: News & Notes from F-F softball
During the preseason, Chambersburg's softball team promised a heavy-hitting squad.
The Trojans have already delivered. In just three games so far this season, Chambersburg has already smacked six home runs.
Leah Hunt has been the star of the show - she had a home run against Mifflin County, and added a grand slam and a solo trip around the bases in a win over Waynesboro.
"It's going to take a good effort for a team to slow us down," Trojan coach Chris Skultety said. "Not saying there aren't pitchers who can't do it, but it's going to take a good effort. One through nine, we have some good players on the field, and the great thing is we have some great players on our bench, too, who can come in and get some things done."
Sammie Bender also rocketed a homer versus the Maidens, and even pinch hitter Katie Overcash flew one over the fence in the top of the seventh.
ON A ROLL: Just four games into the season, Fannett-Metal is already turning heads - namely Brooke Harris.
Harris, who has helped the Tigers (3-1) to a three-game win streak, threw 15 innings this week and allowed only two earned runs. She gave up just 13 hits in that time while racking up 16 strikeouts.
"Brooke continued to practice through the entire summer, which has definitely shown here at the beginning of the season," F-M coach Michael DeAngelo said. "On her own, she was taking pitching lessons and playing some travel ball. That has definitely helped her step right up."
Through the first four games, Harris' ERA is a mere 0.61.
YOUNG STUD: Despite trying to work four freshman into the lineup, James Buchanan is off to a 2-0 start.
And that's thanks in large part to its youngsters. Jenna Mongold took to the circle for her first varsity start and threw a gem in a win over Biglerville. She was perfect through four innings - striking out nine of the 12 batters that she faced in that time. She allowed one hit in the fourth inning.
On top of that, Mongold finished 3-for-5 at the plate with a double.
HEAVY HITTERS: More than a week into the spring season, Greencastle-Antrim finally took the field on Saturday afternoon, and boy, were the Blue Devils ready.
Eighteen hits were more than enough for G-A to take down Middletown in only four innings, and six of those hits went for extra bases. Jenna Carty, Morgan Wagaman and Allison Shockey all had doubles, while Ally Brown smacked a triple. The power hitter for the game was Abby Reitz, with a triple and a home run.
MacKenzie Oberholzer was also 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
Editor's note: Each week we will be producing several high school notebooks containing interesting items from the week that did not make it into our daily highlights package. Friday's paper will feature a high school extra notebook, followed by a baseball notebook on Sunday, and softball running Tuesday. Check back every week for area softball highlights and analysis.