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F-F Highlights: Chambersburg softball moves on

The Chambersburg softball team is one step closer to reclaiming its District 3 title after a 3-1 win over Hempfield in the Class 6A quarterfinals on Friday. 

"The 11-day layoff showed today," Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said. "We dealt with some adversity but we showed some mental toughness and battled through. When you get to districts and states you battle to survive to the next game, and we did that."

Leah Hunt threw a five-hitter for Chambersburg, and struck out six batters. Taylor Myers, Laken Myers and Kirsten Pugh batted in runs for the Trojans. 

The Lady Trojans will face Central Dauphin on Tuesday in the district semifinal. Most recently Chambersburg lost to the Rams 5-1. 

"We're going to face (Sam) Gress, and she's one of the best pitchers in the area," Skultety said. "We need to play the defense we played today and get some timely hits - that's going to be key."

JB softball upsets West Perry: The James Buchanan Lady Rockets pulled off a stellar upset over No. 1 West Perry on Friday to advance to the District 3 Class 4A semifinal. 

James Buchanan claimed a 3-2 win over the Mustangs thanks to a three-run rally in the top of the seventh inning. After a run was walked in with no outs in the top of the seventh, Jenna Mongold hit a two RBI single to left field.

"I asked the girls for something special before the last inning, go to the plate and give me your very best effort," James Buchanan coach Troy Pittman said. "Grace (Amsley) started with a single and Kyrstin (Nichols) walked allowing for the top of the line-up to come through."

Jenna Mongold had three hits and two RBIs, and pitched a complete game. Alyssa Blair had three hits.

"West Perry scored 13 runs including four home runs against us earlier this season," Pittman said. "Jenna pitched very well executing our game plan hitting her spots and the defense had to have a very good game. Maddie Bailey made several outstanding plays and Cara Bender made a diving catch in centerfield."

West Perry challenged in the bottom of the eighth, but Paige Doyle made the game-ending catch with an over the shoulder grab at second base. 

Pittman said, "When the ball was hit, I figured the game was going to be tied but Paige came out of nowhere for the big catch to end the game."

Rocket rally falls short: James Buchanan's historic season came to an end Friday in the District 3 Class 4A quarterfinals in a 3-2 loss to East Pennsboro. 

The Rockets left eight runners on base, and left a game-tying run in scoring position in each of the final three innings. 

Remi Spoonhour and Wyatt Chilcote had one RBI a piece. Remi Spoonhour struck out three on the mound. 

The Rockets finish the season 16-5, completing the program's best run in school history. 

Lady Hounds fall in extra innings: The Shippensburg softball team forced extra innings in the top of the seventh inning in the District 3 Class 5A quarterfinal against Lampeter-Strasburg, but fell 4-3 in the eighth. 

Courtney Coy stepped up to the plate with no outs and a runner in scoring position and hit an RBI double to get the rally going. 

Sami Barmont followed with an RBI single to tie it and force extra innings. 

But the Pioneers scored a walkoff in the bottom of the eighth to advance to the district semifinals. 

Shippensburg will face Lower Dauphin in a consolation semifinal on Tuesday.