ROYERSFORD — The batting order that had wreaked havoc on opponents all season long deserted Chambersburg at the end of the season.
And that meant it really is the end of the softball season for the Trojans, who mustered only two hits Monday afternoon against Neshaminy pitcher Kennedie Ruth and dropped a PIAA Class 6A first-round game to the Redskins, 7-1, at Spring-Ford H.S.
Chambersburg was eliminated with a 22-4 record, while Neshaminy (19-6) will face Canon-McMillan (23-2) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The Trojans, who scratched out only three hits and struck out 12 times vs. Warwick in the District 3 championship game last Thursday, got a double from Samantha Paetow and a single from Kenzie Boyd, plus three walks. That was it against Ruth, who racked up 12 strikeouts and was never in trouble.
“I’m at a loss for words,” Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said – and with him, that’s a rare occurrence. “We watched balls go right down the middle and we swung at balls out of the strike zone.”
The Trojans did not have a baserunner in the first four innings.
Leading off the fifth, Paetow cracked a line drive to leftfield for a double. Courtesy runner Alexis Reichelderfer moved to third on a wild pitch and, after a walk to Kenzie Boyd, scored when Saleen Null hit a hard grounder to the second baseman and the Redskins turned a double play.
The only other baserunners came on a walk to Ashli Ganoe in the fifth, a walk to Paetow in the sixth and a base hit to right by Boyd. But with two runners on and one out, Ruth struck out the next two batters.
Skultety said, “The difference was, they put the bat on the ball and we didn’t.”
Neshaminy did that — to the tune of 12 hits off three Chambersburg pitchers. The Redskins put up two runs in the bottom of the first off starter Mackenzie Stake on a single by Daniele Monaco, and made it 4-0 in the fourth on a double by Amanda Slabicki, an error by the Trojans and an RBI single by Kylee Jones.
Pattillo entered and quelled the Redskin bats until the bottom of the sixth, when two singles and a three-run bomb to right-centerfield by Jones made it 7-1 and pretty much sealed the deal.
“We didn’t play well today; really all three aspects of the game — pitching, hitting and defense — let us down,” Skultety said. “But we are a young team with a bright future.
“I want to thank the seniors for what they’ve done for the last four years. We’ve faced some adversity, and this ending was not what we wanted, but we’ve made states four of the last five years.”
NOTES: Stake, Pattillo and Mackenzie Kohler, plus Sara Washabaugh, who missed the season with an injury .. are the only players lost to graduation … Jones was 3-for-4 with four runs batted in for Neshaminy, which was the No. 13 seed in the District 1 playoffs before going on a hot streak … The Redskins struck out only twice — one each for Pattillo and Saleen Null, who entered in the sixth after the home run.