James Buchanan

JB softball to take on defending champion

The James Buchanan Lady Rocket softball team will try and make school history Tuesday.

The Lady Rockets, who are the No. 4 seed, meet the top-seeded and defending champion West Perry Mustangs in a District 3 Class AAAA semifinal game at Messiah College’s Starry Athletic Complex with a 4 p.m. start.

A victory would send JB (14-6) to its first district championship appearance in school history and would clinch only its second state playoff berth. The championship game is Thursday while the loser will play in the third-place consolation game the same day with a state playoff berth on the line.

The Lady Rockets opened their postseason last Thursday with a 5-3 win over Kennard-Dale.

JB’s top hitters are Jenna Mongold (.492, 9 doubles, 3 home runs, 23 RBI, 23 runs scored), Kate Ebersole (.341), Lindsey Meyers (.325), Kirstyn Atherton (.281, 12 RBI), Maria Burkett (.250) and Maddie Bailey (.246, 19 runs scored, 15 stolen bases).

Either Mongold or Lizzie Pittman will pitch for the Lady Rockets. On the season, Mongold is 7-3 with a 0.70 ERA. She has struck out 85 and walked only 18. Pittman is also 7-3 with a 2.19 ERA. She has struck out 62 and walked 30.

West Perry (19-4) earned a 6-1 win over Lancaster Catholic last Thursday in its quarterfinal game. The Mustangs are scoring just under 10 runs per game and defensively allowed 2 or less runs in the 13 games  including 9 shutouts.

Top hitters for West Perry are Tiara Johnson (.521, 6 home runs, 26 RBI), pitcher Cori Ritter (25 hits, including 3 HRs, 18 RBI), Katelyn Zeigler (.531) and Cheyenne Shughart (18 RBI).

Ritter, who struck out 12 in the quarterfinal victory, has 9 wins on the season.

JB and the Mustangs did not meet this regular season, but they do have some common opponents. The Lady Rockets lost twice to Greencastle-Antrim (3-2, 3-1), split with Shippensburg (won 2-0, lost 3-0) and beat Big Spring (10-8, 3-2), Middletown (11-1) and Trinity (5-1). The only team that West Perry lost to was Shippensburg (3-1). They beat Greencastle twice (8-5, 8-2), Big Spring twice (9-3, 10-0), Trinity twice (10-0, 8-0) and Middletown (16-1).


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