FAYETTEVILLE — The top of the first inning was either a dream or a nightmare, depending on which dugout you were in.
Central Dauphin’s offense came out on fire Saturday in a Mid Penn Commonwealth softball game, scoring nine runs in the top of the first inning, and handed Chambersburg its first defeat of the season, 15-9, at Norlo Park.
“We just didn’t show up ready to play today, and I have no idea why,” Trojan coach Chris Skultety said. “We were 4-0, we had a lot of fans here and we’re playing CD. I’m at a loss for words.”
The Rams (4-4, 4-1 MPC) jumped all over Chambersburg ace Mackenzie Stake. A bunt single, a walk and another single loaded the bases for Meghan Fisher, who promptly unloaded them with a long fly to centerfield that just made it over the fence for a grand slam.
After another walk, Stake got two outs. But then came three consecutive well-hit doubles, and Bella Culp scored on the last of them after a Trojan throwing error to make it 8-0.
Ashli Ganoe relieved Stake and Kaci Losser smacked her first pitch for a solo home run.
Erin Pattillo entered in the second inning and held CD scoreless until the fifth, when the Rams scored three unearned runs — two on Fisher’s second home run, this one a two-run, no-doubter to left.
“Mack had nothing today,” Skultety said. “No fastball or curve and everything was up. Erin did a good job keeping us in the game.”
The Trojans (4-1, 4-1 MPC) got two back in the first on a Pattillo single, a triple by Hannah Runk and an base hit by Samantha Paetow, and one in the second on Pattillo’s double and a base hit by Runk.
But, over the first three innings, Chambersburg left seven runners on base, including five in scoring position. The fourth and fifth innings each ended with CD pitcher Kristen Kusick inducing double-play grounders.
Skultety said, “Except for a couple times lately, our hitting with people on base has been atrocious. We left runners on all over the place. If we could’ve gotten a big hit in there and made it closer, it would have made a difference.
“The wind was blowing out — they took advantage of it and we didn’t.”
The Trojans got one more in the fourth on a double by Alyssa Brechbill and single by Kenzie Boyd, but CD led 14-4 after the top of the sixth. Chambersburg scored a run on Pattillo’s triple and a Runk sacrifice fly in the sixth to send it to the seventh.
The Rams got one more, then the Trojans scored four times in the bottom of the inning, with RBIs going to Abby Newman, Pattillo and Brechbill.
“As it turned out, we never put any pressure on them, and we could have earlier,” Skultety said.
NOTES: For Chambersburg, Brechbill had a hit in 8 consecutive at-bats until she struck out in the first inning, but followed with 4 hits in her last 4 at-bats … Pattillo was 3-for-4 and Runk (3 RBIs), Boyd and Paetow each had 2 hits … Fisher (6 RBIs) and Alondra Figueroa were each 4-for-5 for CD and Bella Culp was 3-for-3.