Chambersburg wraps up Commonwealth softball championship

Chambersburg 14, Altoona 2: The Trojans took care of business Friday afternoon in a makeup game at Norlo Park against Altoona and wrapped up the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division with a 12-2 record.

Hannah Runk

The Trojans (17-2) are ranked No. 2 in the District 3 power rankings with one regular season game left, at home vs. Central York (No. 4 in the rankings) on Monday. Chambersburg also will play East Pennsboro on Tuesday in a Mid Penn playoff semifinal at Mount Rock Elementary in Newville at 4:30. The MPC championship is 4:30 at Big Spring H.S. on Thursday.

“It was  good bounce-back day and everyone contributed,” Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said. “Our focus and enthusiasm were there much better today. The girls are a bit worn out after playing 14 games in the last 20 days, so we’re taking the weekend off to rest their minds and take care of some bumps and bruises.”

The Trojans left little doubt about the outcome when they scored 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning, sending 15 batters to the plate.

Hannah Runk hit a two-run home run in the first (her fourth homer), Samantha Paetow singled in a run, Kenzie Boyd hit an RBI double, a run scored on a passed ball, Mackenzie Stake had a run batted on a single, Erin Pattillo belted a two-run triple and came home on a Runk double, Alyssa Brechbill tripled for the 10th run, and Paetow hit a sacrifice fly for the final score.

In the second inning, Runk, Brechbill and Paetow hit consecutive RBI singles. Runk and Brechbill each finished 3-for-4.

Ashli Ganoe pitched the first three innings to record her first victory. She allowed two hits and a walk and no runs. Saleen Null pitched two innings, allowing three hits a walk and two runs.

Skultety said, “The next season begins Monday against a quality potential playoff opponent, followed by the Mid Penns. We had a great regular season and now it’s time to rev it up for the big second season.”

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