FAYETTEVILLE — No comeback was needed Tuesday afternoon.
In fact, Chambersburg’s 13-3 softball victory over Cumberland Valley at Norlo Park in six innings was relatively devoid of stress.
Already ahead 9-3 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Trojans rattled off seven consecutive singles to score four runs and end the game early.
And it was a significant victory — Chambersburg (16-1, 11-1 MPC) wrapped up at least a tie for the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division championship, and guaranteed a spot in the Mid Penn playoffs next week. The Trojans hold a two-game lead over their closest competitors with two games left, at Mifflin County on Thursday and home against last-place Altoona on Friday.
“It was a drama-free day, which will save me some gray hairs,” Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety. “It was a great win for our seniors on Senior Day.”
All facets were working against the Eagles (10-6). Pitcher Mackenzie Stake produced one of her best outings of the season, limiting CV to five hits, no walks and two earned runs in six innings while striking out seven.
“Mostly, my fastball and changeup were working well today,” Stake (12-1) said. “I was hitting the corners with both pitches. It was nice getting the lead early, but I wouldn’t have been worried because I knew our team would score some runs.”
The defense played pretty sharp, except for missing some cutoff throws in the second inning when the Eagles scored two runs.
Skultety said, “If the defense plays like that and Mack pitches like that, with our hitting, we should be a tough out.”
The hitting was certainly there. Chambersburg rapped out 15 hits and scored in four of the six innings.
In the first inning, off CV starter Evelyn Coburn, Alyssa Brechbill hit a screaming line drive to left field that cleared the fence for a three-run home run. In the second inning, after Morgan Stockslager and Hannah Runk had RBI singles, Samantha Paetow teed off on a Coburn pitch and sent it well over the fence in left-center for another three-run bomb.
The Trojans, who stole second base five times, manufactured a run in the third. With courtesy runner Alexis Reichelderfer on third and Mackenzie Kohler on first, CV threw out Kohler on an attempted steal at second while Reichelderfer waltzed home.
In the sixth, Chambersburg started a hit parade that was impressive. Singles by Erin Pattillo, Runk, Brechbill, Paetow, Kenzie Boyd, Ashli Ganoe and Katie Robinson plated four runs and halted the game.
“Everybody is now contributing, and that is exciting,” Skultety said. “We have competition within the team, but everybody is happy when someone else has success and that’s the key to having a good team.”
NOTES: The Mid Penn playoffs begin next Tuesday at Big Spring, with Chambersburg facing the Capital Division winner, which could be East Pennsboro … Runk and Robinson each went 3-for-4 for Chambersburg; Brechbill, Paetow and Boyd each had two hits; Paetow drove in four runs, Brechill three and Runk two … Brechbill holds the team lead in homers with five; Paetow has four and Runk has three … CV’s Maddie Martin slugged a solo shot in the fifth inning … Seniors honored were Pattillo, Stake, Kohler and Sara Washabaugh, who missed the season with an injury.