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.


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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