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Chambersburg runs Eagles out of town

May 06, 1999

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With the Chambersburg softball team having wrapped up the Mid Penn Commonwealth title a day earlier, Cumberland Valley thought it had a chance to beat the No. 1 Trojans on Thursday afternoon.

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To be precise, the Eagles had two chances - slim and none.

Sarah Paine was a pain to the Eagles' lineup for the second time this season, and late addition Leanne Davis had two hits and two RBIs to lead Chambersburg to a 5-0 victory, its 16th straight.

And as far as the Eagles' hope to sneak up on a relaxed Trojans team? Forget it.

"We're primed and ready," Chambersburg coach Harvey Staver said. "We've got Mid Penns and then Districts, so we're getting ready for that."

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The pitching has been ready all year; Paine's one-hitter was the Trojans' 13th shutout in 16 games. It was also her second dominating effort against the Eagles. In 16 innings, she has allowed them only three hits.

"She places the ball so well, and she's got a variety of speeds," CV coach Steve Kirkpatrick said. "But, we got Shippensburg's best pitcher last night and thought she may have prepped us for tonight."

The defense was there as usual for the Trojans (16-0, 12-0), too. Kristin Krell tripled in the third for CV, but perfect execution on a ground ball by Tiffany Miller left Krell stranded between third and home, and she was eventually tagged out in a rundown.

"We practiced that a lot early in the season, so it's nice to see that we handled it really well," Staver said. "And we almost got the double play at second, too."

But Staver was especially pleased to see Davis and his offense come up big. The Trojans had nine hits against CV pitcher Christin Hassler, and had several more singles taken away on great defensive plays.

"Leanne wasn't in the lineup this morning, but I decided to put her in then, and she comes out and gets two hits," Staver said. "We had a couple mental errors, but we still had a good day. We hit the ball very well."

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