Trojans rip Mustangs to take 3rd place in D-3 softball

FAYETTEVILLE — The Chambersburg softball team completely transformed itself over the course of two days.

The Trojans had a lot more fun Thursday afternoon in a 10-0, five-inning romp over Governor Mifflin than they had Tuesday in an excruciating semifinal loss to Cumberland Valley.

Karley Skultety

Chambersburg racked up 14 hits, including quite a few in clutch situations, pitcher Kylee Miller may have had her strongest outing of the season, the defense was error-free and the baserunning forced several mistakes by the Mustangs.

That all added up to a comfortable victory that gave the Trojans (20-3) third place in District 3 Class 6A. More importantly, it gave Chambersburg a first-round PIAA Tournament road game Monday against the District 12 champion, which is not typically a strong district for softball.

The alternative, now faced by Gov. Mifflin (17-5), is a date with District 1 champion North Penn, which is unbeaten (23-0) and features the Gatorade Player of the Year in PA, Julia Shearer. The Knights outscored their opponents 145-3 in the first 16 games and Shearer has an 0.20 ERA, bats .686 and has 10 home runs, 8 triples and 30 RBIs.

“This looked like the Chambersburg team we’ve been most of the season except for a game or two,” Trojan coach Chris Skultety said.

One of those games was Tuesday vs. CV, when the Trojans could not manage a hit in a key situation.

Thursday, Chambersburg batted 13 times with runners in scoring position and produced eight hits and two sacrifice flies.

Karley Skultety, who contributed a sacrifice bunt, a sac fly and a pair of singles, including one that ended the game in the bottom of the fifth, said, “Well, I want to say this right … I think we definitely had a higher stress situation in the last game, with a lot of fans here, and I think it kind of got in our heads. Today, we had each other’s backs.”

Kylee Miller

Miller cruised through four innings, allowing just three hits and no walks. She also struck out a season-high 10 batters, including seven consecutive Ks from the second to fourth inning. Five of those punch-outs were called third strikes.

“I felt like I have all of my velocity back,” Miller said. “And pitching more toward the end of the season has made me more consistent.”

Of Miller’s 56 pitches, 40 were for strikes.

The Trojans gave Miller all the support she needed early. In the first, Bree Paetow reached on a slow roller to third and moved up on Skultety’s sac bunt and a wild pitch. Sam Paetow hit a high chopper that scored her sister and she beat out at first.

Addison Gsell ripped a grounder down the third-base line for an RBI triple and she scored on a base hit by Jaden Stull for a 3-0 lead.

Four more runs — all unearned — were plated in the second inning. Abagail Newman led off with a double to left. The Mustangs then made three straight errors, which brought in two runs. Skultety hit a fly to right that brought in a run, then Sam Paetow tripled and courtesy runner Brooke Leedy made it home on another sac fly by Gsell.

In the third, after two were out, the Trojans put together four straight singles off pitcher Sophia Schmehl, by Newman, Carly Benedict, Bree Paetow and Skultety, to bump the score to 9-0.

The game-ender came in the fifth when Benedict drew a one-out walk, Bree Paetow doubled to left and Skultety drilled a hit up the middle.

“We hit the ball a lot better today,” Karley Skultety said. “We had a good scouting report on this pitcher, and we knew she threw a flat ball. She did have a good changeup.”

Coach Skultety said, “After our first loss this year we came back and had nine straight wins, and after our second loss we got 10. So maybe we can get five this time. The girls rebounded well.

“Today, we got the bat on the ball and we did the little things like sac bunts and sac flies that we did not do Tuesday. And our baserunning was very aggressive.”

NOTES: Kori Leedy pitched the fifth inning for the Trojans and gave up just one hit … Sam Paetow was 3-for-3 and Bree Paetow 3-for-4 for Chambersburg, while Skultety and Newman had two hits each, and Skultety (3) and Gsell (2) had multiple RBIs … Kayla Williams had two of Gov. Mifflin’s four hits … The winner of the PIAA first-round game will face the winner of the District 11 champion and the District 1 fifth-place team on Thursday, June 8.




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