NEWVILLE — Chambersburg walloped three home runs and put up eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to defeat East Pennsboro 14-2 in a Mid Penn Conference softball playoff semifinal game Tuesday afternoon at Mount Rock Elementary.
The Trojans (19-2) will face Keystone champion Bishop McDevitt (19-1) for the conference title on Thursday at 4:30 at Big Spring H.S.
“The girls came out motivated and focused, and put on a show for the big crowd today,” Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said. “Outside of a dropped fly ball with two outs that gave them two runs in the third inning, (Mackenzie) Stake and the defense were dominant. We made some athletic plays that were very impressive.”
Stake (13-1) went the distance — five innings — and gave up just three hits and a walk. She fanned eight batters.
The Trojan offense started a little slowly against Panther ace pitcher Jackie Capers
, with one run in the first and two in the third. But they tallied three in the fourth plus the big fifth.
In the first, Erin Pattillo tripled and scored on a hit by Alyssa Brechbill. In the third, Pattillo singled, stole second and scored on another RBI single by Brechbill, After a wild pitch, Samantha Paetow singled in a run.
In the fourth, Katelin Secrist singled and Ashli Ganoe brought her in with a grounder. Abby Newman Newman scored on a wild pitch, then Hannah Runk then launched a solo home run, her sixth homer of the season. That made the score 6-2.
Chambersburg exploded for eight runs on seven hits in the next inning. Paetow led off with her fifth homer of the season. Kenzie Boyd doubled, and after an error and a walk, Stake hit a two-run double. Pattillo followed with her first long ball of the year, a two-run, inside-the-park shot. Runk singled, Brechbill singled her home, Paetow hit an RBI fielder’s choice and Boyd singled in the final run.
Skultety said, “We heard and read about the EP pitcher being dominant in her division, so we stepped up to the challenge and got 15 hits — and many were absolute lasers. We continued to run the bases well and it was another great team win.”
Pattillo and Brechbill were each 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, Runk, Paetow and Boyd each had two hits and Paetow drove in three runs.
“The girls are excited to face another quality pitcher (McDevitt’s Olivia Murphy) and opponent on Thursday,” Skultety said, “and we’ll be ready for the challenge.”