FAYETTEVILLE — The unbeaten Chambersburg softball team has had its way so far this season.
On Thursday afternoon at Norlo Park, things looked to be going the same way until Cumberland Valley threw a punch back at the Trojans. The response made coach Chris Skultety happy, as did the 13-7 victory over the Eagles in a Mid Penn Commonwealth victory.
Chambersburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. CV, however, fought back to score four times in the top of the third to take a 4-3 lead. The Trojans, however, put up eight runs in the bottom of the inning to take a big lead and were able to hold the Eagles off the rest of the way.
“The big positive for me was that we gave up four runs and the lead, and we bounced right back,” Skultety said. “And we smoked the ball.”
The Trojans (6-0, 5-0 MPC) scored two more in the fourth to lead 13-4. But CV countered with three in the sixth and could have made it interesting had it not squandered two bases-loaded, no-out situations.
In the fifth, three straight CV singles to open the inning off Kylee Miller posed a threat. Sydney May then hit a fly ball to Alyssa Brechbill in centerfield, but her one-hop throw got to home plate ahead of runner Savanna DePietress and catcher Sam Paetow made a good tag for a double play. Miller then got the final out of the inning.
In the seventh, a leadoff walk to Evelyn Coburn ended a relief stint by Saleen Null, and Skultety brought Miller back in to pitch. An error and a base hit by Jesara Zeigler loaded the bases again. But Miller got a grounder to first and forceout at home, a strikeout and a grounder to second to wrap up the win.
The defense that helped in those two situations was not always sharp, however. Chambersburg made a season-high five errors and several other mistakes.
Skultety said, “That’s more errors than we’ve had all year. And they were not even on hard-hit balls for the most part. It’s like we got a lead, then we relaxed, then we got it back again, then we made some errors. CV is not a team that will quit. They will put the bat on the ball and make you make the routine plays, and we didn’t do that too many times.”
Miller ended up pitching six innings, allowing four runs (two earned), nine hits and one strikeout with one walk.
The Trojans got to hard-throwing May for two runs in the first when Alyssa Brechbill singled and went to third on an error. Hannah Runk delivered a double off the rightfielder’s glove for a run. After Paetow singled, a fielder’s choice grounder by Kenzie Boyd made it 2-0.
In the second, with two outs and nobody on base, Brechbill singled, stole second, and scored on a Runk base hit.
The Eagles took the lead in the third, aided by two Chambersburg errors. Annika Shearer had an RBI single and Kylie Bornman knocked in two with a double.
Chambersburg took control of the game in the bottom of the third. After a leadoff out, Saleen Null doubled, Abagail Newman walked and Karley Skultety tied the game with a grounder into right field. With two runners on, Carly Benedict sent a moon ball high and deep to right field for her second home run of the season and a 7-4 lead.
Katelin Secrist walked, stole second and came home on a Brechbill base hit. Runk reached on an error and Paetow scored a run with a single. Boyd then hit a double off the first baseman’s glove that plated two more runs.
The Trojans scored two more in the fourth without a hit. A walk, fielder’s choice, wild pitch, fielder’s choice and sac fly manufactured a pair of runs.
“We didn’t have great at-bats late,” coach Skultety said. “We could have scored more to end the game. We want to be a great team, and to do that, we have to finish that game early. You can’t let good teams like Cumberland Valley hang around.”
Chambersburg 13, Cumberland Valley 7
Cumb. Valley Chambersburg
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Shearer rf 5 1 2 1 Brechbill cf 4 3 3 1
Morgan 2b 4 1 1 0 Runk ss 5 2 3 2
May p 3 0 0 0 Paetow c 5 0 2 1
Bornman c 4 0 2 2 Boyd lf 4 0 1 3
Coburn 1b 2 0 0 0 Null 3b 4 1 2 0
Reventlow 1b 0 1 0 0 Reichelderfer cr 0 1 0 0
Naisly lf 4 1 1 0 Newman dp 2 1 0 0
George cf 1 1 1 0 Miller p 0 0 0 0
Zeigler cf 3 1 2 2 Stockslager ph 1 0 0 0
Martin ss 3 0 1 1 Skultety 1b 3 2 1 1
DePietress 3b 2 1 2 0 Benedict rf 4 2 2 3
Kertes 3b 2 0 0 0 Fetterhoff 2b 1 0 0 0
Secrist ph 1 1 0 1
Ganoe 2b 1 0 1 0
Totals 33 7 12 6 Totals 35 13 15 12
Cumberland Valley 004 003 0 — 7
Chambersburg 218 020 x — 13
E — CV 4; Chbg 5. LOB — CV 11; Chbg 9. 2B — Bornman; Runk, Boyd, Null. HR — Benedict (2). SB — Brechbill 2, Runk 2, Reichelderfer, Null, Fetterhoff. CS — May, Zeigler. SAC — Martin. SF — Brechbill. Runner’s interference — Shearer.
Cumb. Valley Pitching
ip h r er bb so
May (L) 5 13 13 11 4 6
Coburn 1 2 0 0 0 1
Miller (W,5-0) 6 9 4 2 1 6
Null 1 3 3 3 1 1
HBP — Null. WP — May 2.