NEW KINGSTOWN — Chambersburg’s softball team came up with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday afternoon to hand Dallastown a 5-4 defeat and punch its ticket to the PIAA Tournament.
The Trojans earned the win in the District 3 Class 6A consolation game for third place at Cumberland Valley H.S.
Chambersburg (17-6) will now face three-time defending PIAA champion Hempfield (16-6), the District 7 champion, in the first round of state playoffs on Monday at 5 p.m. at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.
“It was kind of a quirky game, coming off an emotional loss (in the semifinals), and playing at noon,” Trojan coach Chris Skultety said. “We jumped ahead 3-0, but they came right back and we left a lot of runners on base.”
In the bottom of the first for Chambersburg, Taylor Myers and Kristen Johnson each singled and stole a base. Alyssa Brechbill hit a pop-up that the second baseman caught, and Myers scored on the play.
Alyssa Wenger walked and Hailey Privett singled in a run. The third run crossed the plate when the Trojans pulled off a double steal and nobody covered second base, with the throw going into centerfield.
Chambersburg made it 4-2 in the fourth. Haiden Brookens was hit by a pitch and pinch-runner Erin Pattillo came around to score on a Sara Washabaugh single and an RBI hit off the pitcher’s glove by Kara Neidigh.
Dallastown (16-8) got a two-run home run by Hannah Pierce in the top of the second, and another two-run blast by Ashton Crump with no outs in the top of the seventh to knot the score 4-4.
In the bottom of the ninth, Washabaugh banged out her third hit of the game and Carrie Loy ran for her. Loy stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored with two outs when Myers hit a swinging bunt to third base and beat the throw to first.
Mackenzie Stake earned the win, allowing five hits, striking out seven and walking one.
Skultety said, “We were worried about their lineup 1 through 5, but Mack controlled them, giving up only two hits. But the No. 7 and No. 8 hitters hit home runs. Those were the only two mistakes she made.”
Myers, Johnson and Privett each had a pair of base hits as Chambersburg rang up 10 hits.
“Too many of the at-bats weren’t quality at-bats,” Skultety said. “We had the chance for a lot more runs but couldn’t get the clutch hit. We did take advantage of some things we saw about them in their warm-ups and Loy had two big stolen bases.”
The Trojans’ opponent on Monday, Hempfield, is a familiar one. In 2016, they met in the semifinals of states and the Spartans earned a 2-0 victory. The next season, also in the PIAA semifinals, Hempfield prevailed 11-4.
The Spartans began this season with a 6-5 record, but have won nine of their last 10 games. In the WPIAL (District 7) championship game, Hempfield crushed North Allegheny 15-0 in four innings.
Pitcher Callie Sowers three a no-hitter with five strikeouts in that game and Laura Fox belted a home run. Sowers had an RBI triple and DP Taylor LaVale hit a two-run double.
Chambersburg 5, Dallastown 4
Dallastown 020 000 200 — 4
Chambersburg 301 000 001 — 5
WP — Mackenzie Stake (12-6); LP — Kekie Merriman.
HR — (D) Hannah Pierce, Ashton Crump.