Chambersburg 8, State College 3: The Trojans scored all eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings — with a big lift from Hunter Stevens — and defeated the Little Lions in a makeup road game Friday afternoon.
Stevens was 3-for-4 and drove in five runs for Chambersburg (7-11, 3-10 MPC).
Garrett Swatsburg pitched the first 5.1 innings, giving up three hits, three runs and only one earned run. Camden Helman pitched one-hit ball to close out the game.
Trojan coach Scott Folmar said, “Garrett was very good today; he’s had a couple of outings like this where he threw a lot of strikes. I think he only had about 50-some pitches going into the fifth. He had a few innings of around 10 pitches and he got a lot of fly ball outs.”
Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the fifth, Chambersburg exploded for five runs. The State College pitcher loaded the bases with one out by issuing three walks. Wyatt Kissel tied the game with a base hit, then Stevens brought in two more with a single grounded to leftfield. After Bryce Folmar was hit by a pitch, Greg Cunha singled in a run and the final run crossed the plate when the Little Lions made an error on the play.
In the top of the sixth, the Trojans got after it again. A one-out base hit by Brandon Pattillo, a fielder’s choice and a double by Carter Fogal put runners on the corners. Kissel loaded the bases with a walk, then Stevens cleared them with a line drive triple over the centerfielder’s head.
“Boy, that was a huge three-run triple by Stevens,” Scott Folmar said. “It opened the game up and gave us some breathing room. It’s nice to get a win when you take these long road trips.”
Pattillo was 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot and Kissel added two hits.
Chambersburg has two home games left on its schedule, vs. Mifflin County on Tuesday and vs. Waynesboro on Wednesday, with still a very slim chance of qualifying for the district playoffs.
Chambersburg 6, Waynesboro 4: The Maidens opened the game with four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and with the Trojans mired in a batting slump, it looked like trouble. But Chambersburg rallied for a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the top of the seventh to pick up the non-league win at Waynesboro on Friday afternoon.
“After spotting them four runs, we could have just folded, but we didn’t,” Trojan coach Chris Skultety said. “It was deja vu all over again, as we hit some shots right at people..”
Chambersburg (14-5) scratched out a run in the fifth on a single by Saleen Null, and walks to Brooke Leedy, Alyssa Brechbill and Sam Paetow.
In the sixth, Ashli Ganoe and Karley Skultety walked, then the Maidens (12-5) got two outs. But Leedy, called up this week from the JV team, produced a two-run triple to right field to get her team to within 4-3.
“Brooke’s hit lifted a huge weight that’s been on our shoulders and energized us,” Chris Skultety said. “We have been waiting for a big hit and finally got one from the rookie.”
In the top of the seventh, Kenzie Boyd led off with a walk and Paetow doubled her to third base. Abagail Newman then hit a hard shot to shortstop that scored a run and the third run scored on an overthrow to make it 5-4. A walk to Ganoe, a sacrifice bunt by Skultety and a sac fly by Null added an insurance run.
Kylee Miller earned the win, allowing six hits and three walks, striking out five, and all four runs off of her were unearned.
Skultety said, “The defense stepped up big after we made two errors (in the first) and Kylee made some clutch pitches. This should lift us and give us our confidence back.”
Chambersburg has not been able to reschedule its postponed game vs. Central York, so its next game will likely be a District 3 playoff game on May 23.