State College 1, Chambersburg 0: A double error in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed the Little Lions to score the game’s only run and the Trojans were beaten in a huge Mid Penn Commonwealth game Monday afternoon in State College.
State College (12-1, 9-0 MPC) now takes over first place in the division, ahead of the Trojans (12-2, 8-2 MPC). The teams play again Tuesday at Norlo Park (it is Kids Day, and kids can get autographs and photos with the players). Chambersburg, which was ranked as high as No. 4 in the state last week, has now lost back-to-back games and has scored only three runs in those games.
“We were not having a good approach at the plate or following the game plan,” Trojan coach Chris Skultety said. “We were swinging at too many bad pitches and lacking discipline.”
Kylee Miller pitched a gem of a game for Chambersburg, allowing only two hits and a walk, while striking out eight.
Skultety said, “We absolutely wasted her phenomenal performance.”
In the bottom of the seventh, Miller retired the leadoff batter, but Mady Burkey hit a single. Olivia McTavish then hit a hard grounder to second base and the Trojans had a chance for a double play. But the shortstop dropped the throw at second, then threw the ball away at third trying to gun down the lead runner, and the ball went out of play, allowing Burkey to score.
The Trojans had seven hits (2 by Saleen Null) to two for the Little Lions, but couldn’t come up with a key hit. Little Lions pitcher Zia Bodnar had no walks and nine strikeouts.
Chambersburg had two runners on with two outs in the third, fourth and sixth innings, but couldn’t convert.
Skultety said, “We’ll be right back at it tomorrow vs. them and their senior pitcher. We’ll find out who cares and who wants this.”
Chambersburg 11, Delone Catholic 10: The Trojans snapped a seven-game losing streak by getting past the Squires on a goal by Garrett Iser in the second overtime on Monday afternoon in McSherrystown.
Chambersburg (5-8) was down two starters for the game because of illness, plus top player Dom Marangoni did not play until the third quarter because an AP exam ran late. And the Trojans had a bit of bad luck, hitting the post eight times in the game, including three in the first overtime.
“We started off well, going up 5-0,” Chambersburg coach Joey Wilmot said. “But then we got tired and started playing down to the level of our competition. We really played poorly again.”
Marangoni had three goals and an assists in his shortened time, plus had four groundballs to make him the program’s career leader in that statistic.
Shea Makosy a goal, seven groundballs and five caused turnovers and his pass led to Iser’s game winner. Iser finished with two goals, Logan Mulkey had a goal and two assists and Carson Forrester, Chase Martin and Riley Schaeffer each scored once.
In other stats, Forrester won 17 of 24 faceoffs and had 14 groundballs, Dylan Barefoot had six groundballs and two caused turnovers, Jackson Beardsley had six groundballs and Riley Harmon had five.