Chambersburg roundup: Softball team wins; will likely be No. 2 for playoffs

Chambersburg 7, Central York 5: The Trojans finished up their regular season with an 18-2 record by claiming a win over Central York in a non-league game Monday afternoon at Norlo Park.

Hannah Runk

Chambersburg stayed at the No. 2 spot in the District 3 power rankings behind Warwick (16-2). If that stands, the Trojans will host the winner of No. 7 vs. No. 10 in a District 3 quarterfinal game on Thursday, May 27.

“Our pitchers pitched really well today, but our defense let them down a bit, dropping two infield flies and booting a couple of easy grounders,” Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said. “Hannah Runk continues to kill the ball and our offense did enough today to cover up our defensive mistakes.

“Overall, it was a good ballgame vs. a quality opponent (Central York is 15-3 and ranked No. 4 in District 3).”

Runk hammered a three-run home run with two outs in the second inning (her fifth of the season). She also hit a double and single in four at-bats.

In the bottom of the third, Katelin Secrist singled, Erin Pattillo walked and Runk went deep to bring in three runs. The Trojans scored twice in the third when Kenzie Boyd doubled and scored on an error on a ball hit by Katie Robinson. Saleen Null walked and the second run scored on a fielder’s choice by Ashli Ganoe.

In the fourth, Runk doubled and Samantha Paetow singled her home. Another run scored in the sixth when Runk singled, Alyssa Brechbill walked and two fielder’s choice grounders, the last by Boyd, brought in Runk.

Mackenzie Stake got the win, pitching five innings and allowing four hits and one earned run, and struck out five to put her over 100 K’s for the season. Pattillo hurled two innings, giving up three hits and no earned runs and struck out two. Neither pitcher gave up a walk.

Chambersburg plays Capital champion East Pennsboro (12-2) in a Mid Penn Conference playoff semifinal game Tuesday t 4:30 at Mount Rock Elementary School in Newville. The other semifinal features Bishop McDevitt (Keystone) vs. Northern York (Colonial), and the championship is scheduled for Thursday at Big Spring at 4:30.

“We are looking forward to tomorrow’s challenge and will be ready to go,” Skultety said.

Kyle Nolan

Chambersburg 13, Central Dauphin East 4: Trailing 4-3 against the Panthers, the Trojans exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to earn a non-league on Monday at Greene Township Park.

Chambersburg (6-13) posted only seven hits, but took advantage of 12 walks and three errors that CD East gifted them.

Kyle Nolan led the offense with a 2-for-3 day, and he collected four runs batted in, with two coming on a triple. Dru Bowling also had two hits and a pair of RBIs, and Greg Cunha, Gavin Kissel and Joey Maun each drove in two.

In the fourth inning, two players reached on errors before Bowling doubled them home to give Chambersburg a 5-4 lead. Walks to Aaden Newman and Evan Wagaman loaded the bases, then Cunha walked. Kissel was hit by a pitch for another run and Maun hit a sacrifice fly to make it 8-4. Nolan finished off the scoring when he grounded a single to center field to bring in two runs.

Blaine Wilson started and got the win, going five innings. He allowed only three hits, but walked six and gave up four runs. Camden Helman hurled the last two shutout innings and gave up only one hit and a walk.

“The guys battled some adversity before the game (it started an hour late) and we fell behind 4-0,” Chambersburg coach Scott Folmar said. “The guys really refocused and did a nice job from the third inning on. We played a nice defensive game and Blaine settled in after the second inning. Camden threw two good innings to end the game.”

The Trojans finish their season at Altoona on Tuesday.