Trojans win 3 games to capture title in Big Spring softball event

NEWVILLE — Chambersburg won all three games it played Saturday in the Big Spring Softball Tournament and came home as the champion of the eight-team event.

Saleen Null

The Trojans (9-1) picked up a 7-0 win over Shippensburg in the first round, then edged Dallastown 10-7 in the semifinals. In the championship game, Chambersburg routed State College 14-4 in just six innings.

“It was an exciting, fun day,” Trojan coach Chris Skultety said. “This is the kind of ball we can play if we’re clicking. We hit five home runs and of our 30-some hits, almost none were cheap. The only thing is, the defense made some mistakes — of the 12 runs we gave up, only three were earned.”

The two offensive stars were sophomore Hannah Runk and freshman Saleen Null. Runk had eight hits in 11 at-bats and belted three homers and two doubles, driving in seven runs. Null was 5-for-8 with a home run, a double and four RBIs.

In the win over Shippensburg, the Trojans faced ace Ship pitcher C.C. Bender and produced eight hits, including two homers by Runk, a triple by Kenzie Boyd and a double by Null. Erin Pattillo was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The other story was pitcher Mackenzie Stake, who limited the Greyhounds to four hits and a walk in six innings, and struck out 10.

Skultety said, “They had a hard-hit ball for a hit against Mack in the first inning, but she dominated and the other three hits were bloops. I think she was up for going up against Bender, who had pitched a two-hit shutout Thursday against Northern.”

In the semifinal win over Dallastown, Chambersburg fell behind 5-0, but roared back with five runs in the third inning and four in the fourth. The game ended with the bases full of Trojans due a time limit of 1:45.

Null was 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs, Katelin Secrist cracked her first varsity home run and was 2-for-3, Runk was 2-for-3 with a homer and Samantha Paetow had a double and two runs knocked in. Pattillo picked up the mound win.

Against State College, the Trojans scored four runs in the first inning, one in the third, seven in the fourth and two more in the sixth. Stake earned the win.

Runk was 4-for-5 and two doubles and two RBIs, Alyssa Brechbill went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs, Pattillo was 2-for-4, Null homered for two RBIs and Paetow brought in two runs.

“The bottom of the lineup did well today and we got contributions from everybody,” Skultety said.

GREENCASTLE PLACES 4TH: The Blue Devils finished in fourth place after a good start. G-A beat Exeter Township 9-5 in the opening round, then dropped a 15-9 semifinal defeat to State College.

In the game for third place, Dallastown handed Greencastle a 7-4 loss. The Blue Devils are 6-5. No other information was available.

SHIPPENSBURG TAKES 6TH: The Greyhounds lost to Chambersburg, beat Big Spring 7-5, then fell to Exeter Township in the game for fifth place.