FAYETTEVILLE — It was a heartbreaker.
Chambersburg led Cumberland Valley 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning Thursday and had CV down to its last strike. But the Eagles scored three runs on a hit batter, a two-run single and error and ended up with a 3-2 Mid Penn Commonwealth softball victory at Norlo Park.
“No question, we should have had that victory,” Trojan coach Chris Skultety said.
Mackenzie Stake had thrown an excellent game for Chambersburg (3-2, 3-2 MPC). Through six innings, the freshman had allowed only four hits and struck out 11.
But in the seventh, CV’s Trystan Salvador hit a one-out single, and after an out, the dangerous Katie Wingert was walked intentionally. Kayla Vonstein, who stands extremely close to the plate, had been hit by a pitch once already and had struck out twice. Stake got two strikes on her, but, trying to catch the inside corner, she hit Vonstein with a pitch to load the bases.
Skultety said, “Mac gave us everything she had. She said that pitch was over the plate, but it still hit her.”
The Eagles’ next batter, Serena Hermitt, then hit a sharp grounder up the middle, scoring two runs to tie the game. Alyssa Flanagan’s grounder wide of third base was then mishandled, and the go-ahead run scored.
Skultety said, “We should have had that grounder. We’ve made like 20 errors in the last four games.”
The Trojans tried to mount a rally of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Taylor Myers, who was 3-for-3, ripped a one-out double to right. But on a grounder back to the pitcher, Myers was tagged out at third, and that made a single by Alexis Estep a moot point when the Eagles got the final out a batter later.
“If she gets down (slides), then we have first and third and one out,” Skultety said.
Chambersburg scored once in the first inning when Myers was hit by a pitch, stole two bases and came home on an Estep grounder. In the fifth, Molly Keefer and Myers singled and Keefer scored on an Estep sacrifice fly.
Skultety said, “Their pitchers weren’t throwing that hard, but we went for the first pitch too often. We needed to be patient and wait for them to make a mistake. We didn’t hit the ball hard very often because we weren’t waiting for a good pitch.”
Cumberland Valley 3, Chambersburg 2
CV — Trystan Salvador, lf 4-1-2-0, Madison Hale, rf 4-0-0-0, Katie Wingert, c 1-1-1-0, Kayla Vonstein, 3b 2-1-0-0, Serena Hermitt, 1b 4-0-1-2, Alyssa Flanagan, cf 3-0-1-0, Ally Lenker, ss 4-0-0-0, Jocelyn Foreman, 2b 3-0-1-0, Macey Shawver, p 1-0-0-0, Jessica Strome, dp 2 0-0-0, Abby George, p 0-0-0-0. Totals 20-3-6-2.
CHBG — Taylor Myers, cf 3-1-3-0, Kara Neidigh, lf 3-0-0-0, Alexis Estep, ss 3-0-1-2, Brooklyn Miller, dp 4-0-1-0, Kirsten Johnson, 2b 0-0-0-0, Haiden Brookens, 3b 1-0-1-0, Hailey Privett, c 1-0-0-0, Laikyn Wagner, cr 0-0-0-0, Sofia Loukopoulos, ph 1-0-0-0, Sara Washabaugh, 1b 2-0-0-0, Hannah Weagley, ph 1-0-0-0, Mackenzie State, p 3-0-0-0, Molly Keefer, rf 2-1-1-0. Totals 24-2-7-2.
Cumb. Valley 000 000 3 — 3
Chambersburg 100 010 0 — 2
LOB — CV 10; Chbg 8. DP — CV 1. 2B — Myers. SB — Salvador 3, Wingert 2; Myers 2. SAC — Brookens. SF — Estep.
Cumb. Valley Pitching
ip h r er bb k
Shawver 4 2 1 1 3 4
George (W) 3 5 1 1 0 0
Stake (L) 7 6 3 2 3 11
HBP — Vonstein 2, Flanagan; Myers.