Chambersburg 6, Cumberland Valley 5: It came down to the wire, but the Trojans held off a rally by previously unbeaten CV in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out a Mid Penn Conference victory Thursday afternoon in New Kingstown.
In the top of the ninth, Dru Bowling led off with a base hit and Tegan Kuhns walked, and both moved up a base on a passed ball. Carter Fogal then delivered a clutch double — a hard grounder past third base — to bring both runners in for a 6-4 lead. But the Eagles did not go easily in the bottom of the inning. With Camden Helman pitching, CV had one runner on and two outs before a double scored the fifth run. The next batter reached base on a wild pitch on strike three. But Helman ended the game by inducing a pop-up to first base.
“We needed a win like that,” Chambersburg coach Scott Folmar said. “Now we need to pick up another one tomorrow (Friday’s home game vs. Altoona begins at 1 p.m. at Greene Township Park). But it was certainly tight at the end.”
Cumberland Valley (6-1, 5-1 MPC) took a 2-0 lead off starter Garrett Swatsburg, but the Trojans (3-5, 1-4 MPC) tied it in the fourth when Braden Zeger walked after a one-out single by Wyatt Kissel, and Greg Cunha brought them both home with a base hit. In the fifth, Chambersburg took a 3-2 lead when Kyle Nolan singled, Bowling bunted him to second and Kuhns hit an RBI single. In the sixth, it became 4-2 when Zeger singled, Bryce Folmar sacrificed him to second, Cunha singled and Nolan belted an RBI double.
Swatsburg pitched 4.1 innings and Helman 4.2, with each allowing six hits and three walks. Helman struck out five and Swatsburg four.
Coach Folmar said, “Swatsburg was fantastic and Helman pitched well. They both threw strikes and kept us in the game, and we played clean on defense. And, we got some clutch hits.”
Bowling, Kissel, Cunha and Nolan each had two of the Trojans’ 11 hits.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
Chambersburg 76, Cumberland Valley 74: Chambersburg outscored the Eagles 37-26 in the field events and that was just enough to overcome a slight CV edge on the track in a Mid Penn Commonwealth meet Thursday at Trojan Stadium.
Freshman J.J. Kelly led the way with three wins — high jump (5-8), long jump (21-7) and triple jump (46-0.5).
“I’m about 5-foot-10, but after that win I feel as tall as J.J. Kelly and Jermere Jones,” Chambersburg coach Bob Walker quipped. “Jermere became the first hurdler for us in a long time to break 15 seconds (14.6) in the 110 hurdles, and J.J. is getting close to one of our oldest school records — Ted Wingerd’s triple jump mark of 46-5.5 set in 1971.”
Also in the field for the Trojans (4-0, 4-0 MPC), Josh Mertz claimed the javelin event with a throw of 144-9.
On the track, Darion Baumgartner won the 100 in 11.4, Ben Colli and Karter Reath went 1-2 in the 1600 (Colli won in 4:38.5) and the 4 x 100 relay team of Baumgartner, Michael Kelly, Tanner Myers and Rhaigeon Parker won in 44.3.
Walker said, “Everyone on this team is so competitive. Colli and Reath provided a spark with come-from-behind finishes in their events.”
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Cumberland Valley 85.5, Chambersburg 64.5: The Trojans managed to win eight events vs. the Eagles, but couldn’t match CV’s depth and suffered their first Mid Penn Conference defeat on Thursday at Trojan Stadium.
“I was very impressed with our girls,” Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. “I thought we might be a little flat after our big win Tuesday (vs. Carlisle), but in some respects we were even better today. My guess is that CV will win the district team title and we gave them a pretty good meet today.”
The Trojans (3-1, 3-1 MPC) produced a pair of double winners in Kate Etter (long jump in 16-8 and triple jump in 36-1) and Camryn Kiser (1600 in 5:09.5 and 3200 in 11:46.4.
Also taking wins on the track were Natalia Holmes in the 100 (12.3) and Yosmary Cabrera in the 300 hurdles (48.1).
In the field, Ashley Gunkleman took the javelin with a throw of 96-9, while teammates Cayce Elbin and Emily Rensch tied for first in the pole vault with 7-6 leaps.
Altoona 3, Chambersburg 0: The Mountain Lions did not let the Trojans score more than 18 points in any of the three games and earned a Mid Penn Commonwealth win Thursday night in Altoona.
The game scores were 25-18, 25-18 and 25-16.
“Altoona served well and we could not keep up with our passing,” Chambersburg coach Ray Frazer said. “Andrew Holtry did a good job offensively, as well as blocking. Kerlyn Reyes started picking up a lot of balls defensively at the libero position.”
Statistics were not yet available.
State College 16, Chambersburg 7: The Trojans had a rough start, falling behind 5-0 to the Little Lions, and, after they fought back to within 9-6 in the third period, were outscored 7-1 the rest of the way in a Mid Penn Commonwealth defeat at Trojan Stadium on Thursday night.
“There were three main differences,” Chambersburg coach Joey Wilmot said. “We lost on groundballs 42-29, their No. 1 attackman (Branden Price) killed us with eight goals, and we had a lot of unforced errors — throwing the ball away with nobody around, or not catching easy passes — and they did not.”
Dom Marangoni led the Trojans (4-2, 1-2 MPC) with three goals and a pair of assists, and Sam Kunkleman scored twice. Riley Harmon and Chase Martin each netted a goal and Harmon and Brax Makosy each had an assist. On defense, Shea Makosy returned to the lineup and collected six groundballs and five caused turnovers.
“We just came out really flat and had too many unforced turnovers,” Wilmot said.
State College 18, Chambersburg 2: The Trojans hit the road for a game against a strong Little Lions team and were defeated in a Mid Penn Commonwealth game Thursday evening.
Gabriella Sabatino scored both goals for Chambersburg (2-5, 1-3 MPC), while Hannah Woolf earned an assist.