Central Dauphin 2, Chambersburg 1: A year ago, the Trojans needed to beat CD and ace pitcher Sam Gress to win the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division title, and they pulled out a 2-1 win.
With the same scenario this year, Gress got her revenge, firing a one-hit shutout to help the Rams to a 2-0 victory on Friday.
Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said, “The girls played hard. We were one out and a clutch hit away from turning that into a win. When two great teams battle, the team that makes the fewest mistakes will usually win.”
The Trojans, who finished the regular season 15-5 (11-3 MPC), will host a District 3 Class 6A playoff quarterfinal game on May 23. Chambersburg is likely to be the No. 3 seed, gaining a bye in the first round.
The only hit off Gress came in the sixth inning, a bunt single by Kirsten Johnson. Gress walked three, including Haiden Brookens twice, and struck out seven.
She was nearly matched by Mackenzie Stake, who allowed only two hits and struck out three.
Skultety said, “We had some really good at-bats and hit a few good shots that they made plays on. We had some great plays, as well, until the fifth when we made two errors on routine plays.”
That enabled CD to put runners on the corners, and Gress walked to load the bases. Tyler White then came through with a two-out, two-run single.
“Other than that screwball that Mack hung in the fifth inning (to White), she matched Gress all game and gave us a chance,” Skultety said.
Central Dauphin 5, Chambersburg 0: The Trojans finished off a rugged season with a shutout Mid Penn Commonwealth loss to the Rams on Friday at Greene Township Park.
Chambersburg ended the season with a 2-18 record, 2-12 in the Commonwealth. The Rams are 12-8 (7-7 MPC).
Central Dauphin scored all five of its runs in the first inning off Mason Yeager, who ended up allowing 10 hits, walking none and striking out two batters.
Picking up base hits for the Trojans were Bryson Byers, Elijah Snyder, Brady Hughes and Orlian Roman-Reyes. Hughes and Greg Cunha each drew a pair of walks.
Chambersburg 15, St. Maria Goretti 8: The Trojans ended their season with a non-league victory over St. Maria Goretti on Friday night at Trojan Stadium.
Chambersburg finished 10-7, winning eight of its last nine games.
“Ten wins is awesome; each guy responded to our team motto of ‘Rent’s Due,'” Trojan coach Paul Flohr said.
Haden Ocker scored three goals and added three assists, so he finished his career with 101 goals and 30 assists for a career total of 131 points, fifth all-time at Chambersburg.
Thomas Elia scored a goal, ending his career with 74 goals and 45 assists for 199 points (8th all-time), and his assist total is third at the school.
Also Nash Bothe picked up 10 ground balls, making him the all-time leader in that category with 226. He also helped his team to a 19-7 advantage on face-offs.
Also in Friday’s game, Aidan Brechbill scored three goals, Austin Brookens and Dom Marangoni each had two goals and an assist, Klein Burkholder scored twice, and Grayson Hopple and Ben Melego each scored one goal. Angle Santos made nine saves.
For the season, points leaders were Ocker (47), Elia and Brechbill with 40 each, Burkholder (34), Marangoni (24), Hopple (23) and Brookens (21).
St. Maria Goretti 11, Chambersburg 9: In their final game of the season Friday at Trojan Stadium, the Trojans lost a close non-league game to the Gaels.
“It was a well-fought battle,” Chambersburg coach Keara Allshouse said. “I was really impressed how my girls kept their composure and played as a team for the whole game. We had only one sub, so it was truly a team game.”
Ashley Bawell led the Trojans, who finished 2-14, with three goals, Ashlyn Bothe and Emma Grimm had two goals each and Brenna Rosenberry and Adyson Fiinkle had one each.
Allshouse said, “I am so incredibly proud of the growth our team has made this season and can’t wait to see what next season looks like.”
Chambersburg’s leading scorers this season were Bothe with 44 goals, Grimm with 23 and Bawell with 22.