Chambersburg roundup: Hannah Runk has monster game in softball

Chambersburg 11, Mifflin County 0: How’s this for a batting line? 4-for-5, 3 runs scored, 7 runs batted in, and the 4 hits included 2 doubles, a triple and a home run.

Hannah Runk

That was the stat line for the Trojans’ Hannah Runk, which led to a Mid Penn Commonwealth victory on the road Wednesday afternoon over the Huskies.

Runk doubled and scored in the first inning on Kenzie Boyd’s base hit. In the three-run fourth inning, she doubled in the first two runs and came home via a single from Sam Paetow. In the fifth, after Alyssa Brechbill walked with the bases loaded, Runk cleared the bases with a triple. For good measure, in the top of the seventh, Runk clubbed a two-run home run.

“Runk has been quietly been going about her business and just wanted to remind everyone why she was the (Commonwealth) preseason player of the years and a returning first-team all-state player last year,” Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said. “Her only out was a shot to third base. Not a bad day.”

The Trojans (7-0, 6-0 MPC) also received a shutout from pitcher Kylee Miller (6-0), who allowed only 4 hits and no walks, and struck out six.

Skultety said, “Kylee continues to pound the strike zone and get some easy outs. Tough to do, but she lowered her already miniscule ERA to 0.58. I didn’t expect that kind of game, but these young ladies just continue to keep their noses down and get it done.”

Paetow and Boyd each had two hits and a run batted in and Abagail Newman scored three runs.

Kaleah Leisher

Chambersburg 86, State College 64: The Trojans took a long road trip and came home with a decisive victory over the Little Lions in a Mid Penn Commonwealth meet Wednesday afternoon.

“It was a very nice win to get us to 4-1 (4-1 MPC),” Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. “Natalia Holmes, Kate Etter and Kaleah Leisher scored a ton of points and our depth enabled us to pull away late.”

Holmes captured the 100 in 12.49, the 200 in 26.90 and anchored the 4 x 100 team to a win in 51.59, along with Caitlyn Elbin, Jessy Santana and Ellie Fatyol. Etter took first in the triple jump (34-4.75) and high jump (4-5) and was second in the long jump, while Leisher was a winner in the shot put (30-5) and discus (97-3).

In addition, other winners included Camryn Kiser in the 1600 (5:40.94), Yosmary Cabrera in the 300 hurdles (49.93) and Ashley Gunkleman in the javelin (94-5). The 4 x 800 team of Allie List, Samantha Faust, Kali Hughes and Lexi Boyd won in 10:23.59. Madison Ogden (2nd) and Gunkleman (3rd) helped sweep the shot; behind Kiser in the 1600 were Olivia Rieck and Emilea Alleman; and Jahnaya Wimberley and Elbin completed a sweep in the triple jump.

Michael Kelly

State College 85, Chambersburg 65: The Trojans’ unbeaten season came to an end Wednesday at Memorial Stadium as the defending state champion Little Lions captured a 20-point Mid Penn Commonwealth victory.

Chambersburg coach Bob Walker said, “Our luck ran out today, but all the guys were extremely competitive and battled through the entire meet. The distance runners ran extra events to try and catch State College, but at full strength, the state champions are a quality opponent.”

Freshman J.J. Kelly had another standout day for the Trojans, taking first place in three events. He won the high jump with a 6-2 effort (his best) and the long jump in 21-9 (also his best). He placed first in the triple jump at 45-9, which was his fifth leap of at least 45 feet this season.

Walker said, “J.J. had three wins and two season bests, and he really wants the school record in the triple jump.”

Michael Kelly captured the 110 hurdles in 15.4, Edis Kortutovic’s 40.56 was good enough to win the 300 hurdles and Ben Colli was first in the 3200 in 10:32.47. The 4 x 100 team of Darion Baumgartner, Michael Kelly, Tanner Myers and Trey Povlich won in 45.12, and Josh Mertz picked up a win in the javelin with a throw of 139-0.