Trojans' girls make another pitch for No. 1

March 22, 1997


Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Each of the last two seasons, Chambersburg softball coach Harvey Staver has had a dominant senior pitcher to lead his team.

In 1997, Staver will likely look for sophomore Michelle Carey to follow in the footsteps of Kia Purvis and Tisha Killian. Hopes are high that the Trojans, who begin the season as the No. 1 team in The Herald-Mail Softball Poll, can march to the Mid Penn I championship and beyond.

Pitching behind Purvis last season, Carey's appearances were somewhat limited. She did get the victory in the district championship game, giving Staver reason to believe she will be his ace this year.


"She has top-notch ability," Staver said. "She will probably be our number one pitcher."

After Carey, Staver will go with senior Steph Mowery, junior Shannon Hargleroad and Sarah Paine, another sophomore.

The Trojans have seven starters returning from last year's 24-2 team that reached the state semifinals. Five of those players - Carey, Katie Bender, Holly Stover, Amy Baughman and Brooke Tritle - were named to the Mid-Penn I first team last season.

Bender will be the offensive spark for the Trojans. The junior batted .413 last year and drove in 30 runs.

Bender will also anchor the outfield as the only returning starter. Staver has not decided who will join Bender, mainly because of the weather. Rain and cold have forced the team to hold practices inside for much of the preseason, thereby reducing the amount of time Staver has had to evaluate his other players.

"The problem is you're in two days, then out for two days and it's not good for a practice routine," Staver said. "It's not how we want to operate practice, but you try to get in what you can."

Staver's infield is set with Baughman at first base, Stover at second, Tritle at shortstop and Shannon Reed playing third.

Chambersburg will be trying for its 11th straight Mid-Penn I title, a feat that Staver does not expect to be an easy one. The Trojans open the season April 1 at Waynesboro, ranked No. 4 in The Herald-Mail poll.

"I think we need the challenge right away," Staver said. "We'll need to get a couple of games under our belt. With Central Dauphin, Waynesboro ... the league is improving every year."

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