FAYETTEVILLE — The hits were flying off the bats for both teams Thursday afternoon at Norlo Park.
Although Cumberland Valley ended up with more hits than Chambersburg (12-11), the Trojans made better use of them — and received some help from CV errors — to wrap up an 8-4 victory in a District 3 Class 6A softball tournament quarterfinal game.
No. 2 seed Chambersburg (21-2) will host No. 3 Penn Manor (18-3) on Tuesday at 4:30 at Norlo Park in a semifinal game. The Comets defeated Carlisle 8-6 on Thursday.
The Trojans and Eagles combined for 17 hits in the first three innings, including three doubles for Chambersburg. It all came after a 35-minute delay waiting for the team of umpires to arrive — reportedly they drove to the high school instead of Norlo.
“Both teams were hitting some rockets,” Trojan coach Chris Skultety said.
The biggest contrast was CV’s first inning and the Trojans’ second. In the top of the first, the Eagles had a single, sacrifice bunt and RBI single by Ali Wagner, who was 3-for-4. A base hit by Olivia Hamm loaded the bases with one out. But Chambersburg pitcher Mackenzie Stake wiggled off the hook by getting a pop-up and a line drive out to end the inning.
The Trojans struck for two runs in the bottom of the inning when Erin Pattillo and Hannah Runk led off with singles and Alyssa Brechbill doubled to the fence in left-center to score them.
“We had a little adversity there with the delayed start and them getting the bases loaded,” Skultety said. “But we got out of it and then got two runs.”
In the bottom of the second, an error allowed Saleen Null to reach base and Katelin Secrist walked. After two outs — which could have ended the inning — Pattillo blasted a double that hopped over the fence in center for an RBI, Runk singled in two runs and Brechbill hit an RBI base hit that moved the score to 6-1. All four runs were unearned.
In the third, CV struck for two runs — one on a wild pitch and one on a single by Evelyn Coburn — but Chambersburg came right with two in the bottom of the inning on a walk to Kenzie Boyd, an RBI double to right-center by Null, a pair of base hits by pinch-hitters Abby Newman and Ashli Ganoe to load the bases and a sacrifice fly by Pattillo to make it 8-3.
“We had some other people pick us up today,” Skultety said. “Null tore the cover off the ball today and we had two pinch hitters come through.”
A big factor for Skultety was Chambersburg’s defense. While Cumberland Valley (14-7) made four errors, neither of the Trojans’ two miscues led to any runs.
Boyd made two good plays in left field, catching a high fly at the fence and taking a perfect angle on a line drive to make the catch, while rightfielder Carly Benedict made a long run to catch a fly ball at her shoe tops, and Chambersburg ended up getting two outs on the play when the CV runner at second base left too early while tagging up to head to third.
“I would have liked to score more runs, but we felt confident the way our defense was playing,” Skultety said. “We made some phenomenal plays. So did CV, but we took advantage of their errors.”
The Trojans did not do as well on offense against Eagle reliever Kate Berra, getting only two hits over the last three innings.
Runk said, “It’s always different when you see another pitcher come in. But we were hitting pretty well early.”
That included a bullet hit by Runk that seemed to go right past the ear of Coburn, the starter.
“I thought she might catch it,” Runk said.
NOTES: Mackenzie Stake went the distance for the Trojans, striking out three and walking only one … She did give up a solo home run to Maddie Buzalka, a line drive shot in the fifth … Chambersburg turned a 4-6-3 double play to get the first two outs of the seventh … Pattillo, Runk, Brechbill and Null each had two hits and Brechbill drove in three.