SCOTLAND — The last season for Chambersburg baseball was in 2019 and the Trojans managed to score only 42 runs in 20 games.
In the three games of the 2021 season before Tuesday’s Mid Penn Commonwealth game against Altoona, Chambersburg had piled up 31 runs.
The Mountain Lions — playing their season opener — turned that trend around in a big way, with two pitchers shutting the Trojans out 7-0 on four hits at Greene Township Park.
“We just couldn’t string things together on offense,” Chambersburg coach Scott Folmar said. “We had some good at-bats, but we didn’t have them in the right places. We didn’t generate anything.”
It just never worked for the offense. In the second, with two on, Dru Bowling hit a screamer of a line drive, but it went right to shortstop Aidan Steinbugl, who tagged a runner for a double play. A runner was stranded at second in the third inning.
In the fourth, the leadoff batter got on, but was picked off. The next batter got on, but Altoona turned a double play. In the fifth, Gavin Kissel’s base hit and a ringing double to left by Kyle Nolan put runners on second and third with one out, but no runs scored.
Two walks and a wild pitch put runners on second and third in the sixth, but nothing happened. A walk and a hit-by pitch put two runners on in the seventh; once again, no runs.
Chambersburg (2-2, 0-2 MPC) was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Mountain Lion starter Kyle Wilson threw five innings and allowed four hits and three walks. Steinbugl pitched the final two, walking three and hitting a batter.
Hunter Stevens started for the Trojans, and while he appeared to have good stuff, he had trouble locating it. He walked four batters, and in four innings he threw 86 pitches. Three of his seven strikeouts came on 3-2 counts.
Folmar said, “He just got behind in the count to too many batters. and then threw too many pitches.”
Stevens did give up only two runs, but when reliever Braden Zeger came in, Altoona jumped on him for four runs in the fifth inning, helped by doubles from Steinbugl and Lucas Miffie and RBI singles from Trevor Manley and Wilson.
“Zeger came in and threw strikes, but then Altoona hit the ball pretty well,” Folmar said. “They capitalized on their chances and played a good game.”