Chambersburg 3, Cedar Cliff 1: The Trojans snapped their three-game losing skid Thursday afternoon with a Mid Penn Commonwealth road win over the Colts, but it took two runs in the top of the seventh to do it.
Chambersburg coach Chris Skultety said, “Sometimes you just need a rest, and with the rain coming tomorrow, we will get a mental break and regroup for another tough week next week.”
The Trojans (13-3, 9-3 MPC) scored their first run in the fourth when Kenzie Boyd drew a walk and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Abagail Newman, a stolen base and a wild pitch.
In the seventh inning, Chambersburg got a baserunner with one out when Katelin Secrist reached on a Cedar Cliff error. Alyssa Brechbill then ripped a double and she ended up scoring the third run on another error. For the game, Brechbill was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
Kylee Miller (10-3) pitched another fine game for the Trojans, giving up only four hits, no earned runs, striking out six and walking just one.
“Kylee was a warrior,” Skultety said. “Her tank was not full, but she battled and threw a great game. She pitched three games in four days this week — 20.1 innings — and did not give up an earned run. Pitching and baserunning won this game for us, with Brechbill and Boyd leading the way on the base paths.
“Our bats are cold, but we managed to win an ugly game. (Hannah) Runk wasn’t feeling well today, so we brought up Brooke Leedy from the JV team and she had two really good at-bats.”
Cedar Cliff 3, Chambersburg 1: The Colts scored two runs in the top of the first inning and held the Trojans to just three hits to capture a Mid Penn Commonwealth win Thursday afternoon at Greene Township Park.
For first-place Cedar Cliff (12-3, 8-2 MPC), Nate Mankoski pitched six innings and gave up just three hits and an unearned run. In the seventh, with Luke Minium pitching, Chambersburg put runners on second and third with one out when Tegan Kuhns was hit by a pitch, Bryce Folmar walked and Greg Cunha bunted them up a base.
Bandon Olinger entered the game on the mound and ended the game on a strikeout, a walk to Brandon Pattillo and a fly ball to right field.
Chambersburg (5-10, 1-9 MPC) scored its run in the bottom of the third. Kyle Nolan led off with a single, advanced to second on a passed ball and to third on a sac bunt by Pattillo. Hunter Stevens then flew out to center to chase home Nolan.
Trojan pitchers gave up only four hits. Kuhns pitched the first five innings and was touched for three hits, three earned runs, three walks and seven strikeouts. Dru Bowling then pitched two innings of one-hit ball. It was the second time Mankoski out-dueled Kuhns this year; the first was a 4-1 decision.
“Once again today, our pitchers threw well enough for us to win the game,” Chambersburg coach Scott Folmar said. “We played clean defensively, too. But we need to be better offensively and come up with a big hit in crucial situations.”
Hershey 7, Chambersburg 5: A rough start in the first half on offense ultimately cost the Trojans, who outscored Hershey 3-2 in the second half of a non-league game at Trojan Stadium on Thursday night.
“Their goalie had eight first-half saves,” Chambersburg coach Joey Wilmot said. “We started being more selective and shooting for more pipes in the second half, but he was the difference maker.”
Dom Marangoni scored three goals and had an assist for the Trojans (5-10), while Brax Makosy returned from an injury to post a goal and an assist. Sam Kunkleman had the team’s other goal.
In other stats, Carson Forrester grabbed 11 of 16 faceoffs and added seven groundballs; Owen Shearer had seven groundballs and caused six turnovers; Shea Makosy scooped up six groundballs and added three caused turnovers; and Riley Harmon came up with four groundballs and four caused turnovers. Goalie Raudel Perez made 10 saves, including eight in the second half.
“Chase Martin played good defense, but he got injured and will be out for the rest of the season,” Wilmot said.
Hershey 26, Chambersburg 3: Hershey had a big night on offense and defense and routed the Trojans in a non-league matchup Thursday afternoon on the road.
For Chambersburg, Gabriella Sabatino scored twice, Ridglee Flohr had a goal and assist and Hannah Woolf contributed an assist.
Trojan coach Keara Allshouse said, “We put up a hard battle tonight and never gave up. I was proud of their resilience tonight.”
Altoona 3, Chambersburg 0: The Mountain Lions visited CASHS Field House and went home with a Mid Penn Commonwealth victory over the Trojans on Thursday night.
Altoona won 25-14 in the first game, 25-21 in the second and finished it off, 25-11, in the third.
“Altoona served really tough all night and we really struggled to pass the ball,” Chambersburg coach Ray Frazer said. “We looked really scrappy the first two games, but started to make a lot of errors in the third set.”
The Trojans (1-10, 1-10 MPC) totaled 41 digs in the match, led by Wyatt McMullen with 13, Vincent Lin with nine and Cole Myers with seven. Cole Myers posted 12 assists and Reed Myers added seven.
Joseph Stopyra and Andrew Holtry lead the team with 5 kills each., and Cole Myers and Lin each had four. Holtry had four blocks and McMullen served for 18 points.