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Trojans stay perfect

April 29, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With one swing in the top of the seventh Wednesday, Lindsay Hinton gave the Chambersburg softball team two much-needed insurance runs.

With one running catch in the right-field gap in the bottom half, Hinton gave the No. 1 Trojans something even better - a 3-1 victory over No. 4 Waynesboro that preserved Chambersburg's unblemished record.

The Maidens (7-5) - who have never beaten the Trojans (12-0) in Harvey Staver's 19 seasons as Chambersburg's coach - gave the Trojans a tough test. Chambersburg passed it with Rachelle Everhart's pitching, fantastic defense and just enough hitting.

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"Waynesboro played real well to stay in the game, and sometimes we need games like that where we have to play seriously and hard," Staver said.

Everhart - who held Waynesboro to three hits, while walking two and striking out eight - helped her cause with a triple to deep left off Maidens starter Shannon Ellifritt to start the second. She scored on October Smith's groundout for a 1-0 lead.

In the seventh, pinch hitter Kristy Jones reached on an error. Ashley Barnhart walked, and after a groundout moved the runners up, Hinton's grounder down the left-field line hopped right over third base, good for a two-run double and a 3-0 lead.

Waynesboro got a run back in the bottom half when, with one out, Jessie Miller launched a shot over the left fielder's head and hustled all the way around for a home run. Erin Keller reached on a throwing error to bring the tying run to the plate in pinch hitter Jana Akers.

Akers lined an Everhart offering into the gap in right, only to watch as Hinton made a lunging grab. Keller was caught off first base and Hinton's throw easily beat her to end the game.

Waynesboro wasted an opportunity in the fifth when Paige Tanner hit a leadoff triple. Amanda Mummert failed to get a safety-squeeze bunt down in the next three pitches, before Chambersburg catcher Melissa Swartz snapped a pickoff throw to third to erase Tanner.

Miller doubled with two outs, which would have scored Tanner. Miller was left stranded on a strikeout.

"We're not in that spot if we execute the bunt," Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart said. "In key situations, we didn't execute when we needed to."

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