Trojans fall just short again in baseball

FAYETTEVILLE — The Chambersburg baseball team got itself back in the playoff hunt last week with a pair of non-league wins to get to 5-7.

But a 6-5 defeat to Central Dauphin on Saturday and a 5-4 loss to State College on Monday afternoon at Greene Township Park have put the Trojans in serious trouble. Both Mid Penn Commonwealth games were similar, with Chambersburg falling behind early, missing some chances to score, then coming back to get close, only to fall just short.

Carter Fogal

“We scored late in the last two games, but we have to do that earlier in the game,” Trojan coach Scott Folmar said. “We have to have better at-bats in crucial situations earlier in the game. If we’d gotten a hit or two in the middle of this game, it would have been a different ball game.”

Trailing 4-0, Chambersburg got the bats going in the bottom of the fifth off Little Lions starter Jack Messina, who had held the Trojans to just two hits to that point. Kyle Nolan hit a one-out single to left and Hunter Stevens was hit by a pitch. After a wild pitch and an out, Carter Fogal came up with a big hit, lining a double to right-centerfield to drive in both runners. Wyatt Kissel rapped a single off Messina’s leg, but Messina got a fly ball to end the inning.

State College (6-7, 4-7 MPC) made it 5-2 in the top of the sixth, but Chambersburg got a run of its own in the bottom half. Greg Cunha walked and Bryce Folmar singled, and courtesy runner Brandon Pattillo came around to score on two wild pitches by reliever Brady Bendik. A walk to Stevens put runners on the corners, but they were stranded.

Fogal led off the bottom of the seventh with a blast to the fence in centerfield for his second straight double. After an out, Fogal scored on a double error by Messina, now playing first base. Tegan Kuhns hit a grounder to third base, but Messina dropped the throw. Fogal got a late jump off second base, but in trying to throw him out, Messina’s throw sailed over the fielder’s head at third. That brought Fogal home and put Kuhns on second with just one out.

But Bendik closed out the victory with a pair of strikeouts on high fastballs.

“We needed some better at-bats,” Scott Folmar said.

Chambersburg stranded nine runners, including five in scoring position.

Garrett Swatsburg took the loss for the Trojans (5-9, 1-8 MPC). He allowed six hits and four runs in his five innings of work.

“He wasn’t as sharp as he had been recently,” Folmar said, “but he kept us in the game. He just seemed like he was never ahead in the count.”

Folmar knows his team lost a big chance to get a key win.

“Today was really big (in terms of the playoffs),” he said. “If we could have picked this one up, it would have been big for momentum.”

NOTES: The Trojans travel to State College tomorrow for a second game against the Little Lions … Fogal and Bryce Folmar each had two hits for Chambersburg .. Tony Herzing had two RBI singles for the Little Lions and Evan Summerson had two hits and a pair of RBIs.

                            State College 5, Chambersburg 4
State College                                                 Chambersburg
ab  r  h  bi                                          ab  r  h  bi
Bakken rf                           2   0   0   0          Stevens 1b              2   1   0   0
Herzing 3b                         4   1   2   2          Bowling ss              3   0   0   0
Messina p                          3   0   1   0           Fogal 2b                  3   1   2   2
Schimony c                       3   1   1   0            Kissel dh                4   0   1   0
Ryan 2b                             4    1   1   1           Swatsburg p          0   0   0   0
Moerschbacher ss           2   1   1   0            Cabrera 3b            0   0   0   0
Yoder lf                             3   0   0   0             Kuhns cf                4   0   0   0
Summerson cf                 3   1   2   2             Zeger lf                  3   0   0   0
Cunha c                 2   0   1   0
Pattillo cr              0   1   0   0
Folmar 3b             3   0   2   0
Nolan rf                3   1   1   0
Totals                              27   5   8   5             Totals                27   4   7    2
State College                020     021     0     —     5

Chambersburg            000     021     1     —    4
E — SC 2; Chbg 1. LOB — SC 7; Chbg 9. 2B —  Fogal 2. SB — Salvato, Ryan, Bechtel. CS — Moerschbacher. SF — Cooper. DP — Chbg 1. Runner’s interference — Chbg 1.
State College Pitching
                                         ip  h  r  er  bb  so
Messina (W)                   5   5   2   2    3    3
Bendik (S)                       2   2   2   1    2    2
Chambersburg Pitching
Swatsburg (L,1-1)         5    6   4   4   4    2
Folmar                            2    2   1   1   1    1
WP — Messina, Bendick 2.


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