Chambersburg roundup: Softball scores 11 in 7th to hold off Red Land

Chambersburg 20, Red Land 8: The Trojans were in a battle with the Patriots, leading only 9-8, until they scored 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning and picked up a Mid Penn Commonwealth victory on Thursday afternoon in Lewisberry.

Alyssa Brechbill

Chambersburg (8-0, 7-0 MPC) sent up 14 batters in the seventh and the first five all reached base, with RBIs going to Alyssa Brechbill, Hannah Runk and Kenzie Boyd. Four walks helped the cause, including ones with the bases loaded to Sam Paetow and Carly Benedict. Abagail Newman had an RBI fielder’s choice and later stole home and Brechbill wrapped it up with a bases-clearing double on which she scored after an errant throw.

Trojan coach Chris Skultety said, “Red Land came with a lot of energy today and treated it like their playoff game. Give them credit for not giving up when they got down 8-2. We came out with good energy, but kind of went flat in the middle innings. We made a couple of errors and gave them four runs in the fourth.”

Brechbill had the hot bat, roping five hits (including two doubles) in six at-bats, scoring four times and knocking in five runs. Newman was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in, and all three of the hits went for two bases. Runk was 3-for-6 with two RBIs and Paetow collected two hits. Chambersburg ended up with 16 hits.

Starter Ashli Ganoe earned the pitching victory with three innings of work (5 hits, 3 earned runs), Saleen Null threw one inning, and then Kylee Miller entered in the fifth to shut down the Patriots on two hits and a walk, with four strikeouts, over the final three innings.

“We weren’t planning on using Kylee, but we had to,” Skultety said. “She had a huge strikeout in the fifth with the bases loaded, two outs and their best hitter up.

“This was a trap game coming off a long trip to Mifflin County yesterday. But we have 11 of our last 14 games on the road, so we need to become road warriors.”

Greg Cunha

Red Land 4, Chambersburg 0: The Trojan offense was completely handcuffed by Patriot pitched Evan Keefer and dropped a Mid Penn Commonwealth game at Greene Township Park on Thursday afternoon.

Keefer allowed only one hit and no runs in seven innings, walked two and struck out nine. He threw 62 strikes in his 97-pitch performance.

For Chambersburg (3-7, 1-6 MPC), Tegan Kuhns took the loss as Red Land touched him for eight hits and three runs in four innings. Camden Helman gave up one unearned run on one hit over the final three innings.

Chambersburg’s lone hit was a double in the second inning by Greg Cunha. Only four other runners reached base — two on walks and two who were hit by a pitch.

Cooper Artley was 3-for-3 for the Patriots.

Logan Mulkey

Palmyra 12, Chambersburg 9: The Cougars outscored the Trojans 6-3 in the fourth quarter to break a 6-6 tie and captured a non-league victory Thursday afternoon in Palmyra.

“In the third period, Brax Makosy got a concussion, Riley Harmon’s stick broke and we started getting stupid penalties,” Chambersburg coach Joey Wilmot said. “We dominated in the first three quarters, but we struggled  to shoot much after that.”

Midfielder Carson Forrester had a fine game for the Trojans (4-4), winning 21 of 23 faceoffs, picking up 14 groundballs and scoring a goal.

Dom Marangoni tallied three goals and added an assist and Makosy had two goals before leaving the game. Logan Mulkey put in a pair of goals and an assist, Sam Kunkleman scored one goal, Harmon had six groundballs and Raudel Perez made eight saves.


Ellie Nicklas

Palmyra 16, Chambersburg 5: The Trojans hosted the Cougars in a non-league contest at Trojan Stadium and were defeated on Thursday evening.

“As a team, we truly put what we had practiced into action,” Chambersburg coach Keara Allshouse said. “I am very proud of the battle my ladies put up — there was not a single moment where they acted defeated.”

Hannah Woolf scored twice and added an assist for the Trojans (2-7), while Ridglee Flohr hit the net for two goals and Gabriella Sabatino also scored a goal.

Allshouse said, “I was incredibly impressed with (Ellie) Nicklas’s ability to focus on the next play as a goalie. That takes incredible control and resilience.”

Northeastern 4, Chambersburg 1: The Trojans took on non-league opponent Northeastern on Thursday and suffered a defeat on their home courts at Norlo Park.

The lone victory came at No. 1 singles, where Ian Flores earned a 6-2, 6-3 verdict.

At No. 3 singles, Marcus Rahauser took his match to a third set before falling 6-4, 1-6, 6-0.

The No. 2 doubles team of Noah Yost and Bradley Stahl won their first set 8-6, then fell 6-4, 6-2 in the last two sets.

On Wednesday, Chambersburg (2-10) was knocked off 5-0 in another non-league matchup against Lower Dauphin. The Falcons allowed the Trojans wins in only eight games total.

Wyatt McMullen

Carlisle 3, Chambersburg 0: The Thundering Herd captured two close games to open the match, then closed it out with a 25-12 score in the final game to collect a Mid Penn Commonwealth win at CASH Field House on Thursday night.

Carlisle won 25-22 in each of the first two games.

Chambersburg coach Ray Frazer said, “Carlisle has a 6-foot-9 opposite who is a really good player. We played well the first two sets and let off the gas in the third. We served pretty well to keep Carlisle out of system and from setting their big guy. But in the end, Carlisle was more physical than us and got the win.

Cole Myers led the Trojans with 10 kills, while Kerlyn Reyes and Vincent Lin each added 9 digs and Wyatt McMullen had 8.

Reed Myers led Chambersburg (1-6, 1-6 MPC) with 9 assists and also produced 13 service points. Isaiah Sleighter came up with 3 blocks. McMullen also served for 10 points.