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Softball Trojans remain on top

May 01, 1999|By DAN SPEARS

No. 1 Chambersburg wins own tourney

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Everyone loves it when David sneaks up and beats Goliath.

But every once in a while, David takes a serious pounding.

Tri-State area No. 1 Chambersburg lived up to its billing Saturday afternoon at Guilford Park, using an eight-run first inning to cruise to a 9-1 victory over surprising Shippensburg in the title game of the Chambersburg Spring Fling.

"It's still a great feeling," senior Sarah Paine said. "But to come into the final and then just overtake someone like that ..."

The Trojans (12-0) had already beaten the Greyhounds twice this year, but only by a combined score of 7-0. And Shippensburg even got an unearned run in the top half of the first off Michelle Carey.

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David had slung the first stone. It was the only shot he got off.

"It was exciting for a little bit," Chambersburg coach Harvey Staver said. "And then we got those eight."

Ah, those eight runs. They were a wonderful sight for the Trojans (12-0), who had scored just three runs in their first two victories of the day. But facing Breia Zimmerman - a JV pitcher forced to start for the Greyhounds because of tired arms and injuries - Goliath flexed her muscles.

Six hits and three Shippensburg errors later, it was essentially over. But the Trojans never 10-runned the game, so the agony lasted a little while longer.

"She's not their regular pitcher," Paine said. "It was kind of a letdown. It's a big game and then that happens, and it slows down a little."

Not that Chambersburg minded cruising home. As the favorite, the Trojans had already taken a couple of good shots on the way to the final.

Kennard-Dale allowed only two hits in the quarterfinals, but the Trojans got an unearned run for a 1-0 victory. Archbishop Spalding forced them into an extra frame in the semifinals, but Jen Nalewak's single over a drawn-in outfield in the eighth got the winning run home for a 2-1 victory.

In each game - as usual - the Trojans' pitching came through. Paine scattered three hits in the win over the Rams, and Michelle Carey gutted out a 14-strikeout, 129-pitch win over the Cavaliers.

It leaves the Trojans and their three-pitcher rotation with four runs allowed on the season - none of them earned. That's how Goliath stays on top.

"The first two games were outstanding for us," Staver said. "We're playing well right now. ... They've given up a couple of runs in the last few games, but I don't care. They've done just a fantastic job for us."

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