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Trojans march into PIAA finals - Softball

June 15, 2004|By ANDREW MASON

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Rachelle Everhart didn't allow a run in seven innings, her team backed her up with 10 hits and no errors and Chambersburg found its way into Friday's PIAA Class AAA softball state final with a 3-0 win over Parkland on Monday.

"We're really happy to be here," Chambersburg coach Harvey Staver said. "We were just hoping to get through the first round of districts and now we're in the state final. The kids just want to win. They came out and played their hearts out."

The Trojans (25-3) will play Shaler - a 2-1 winner over Bellefonte in Monday's other semifinal - at Robb Field at Shippensburg University on Friday. Game time is 3 p.m.

Chambersburg took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning against Parkland (24-4) as Emily Swartz lined a two-out pitch from Megan Lesser (13-4) down the right-field line for a solo home run.

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"A 1-0 lead in a game like that is very important," Staver said. "It really jacks up your team."

The Trojans rallied for their second run with two outs in the fourth on consecutive singles by Allison Rife, Becky Brensinger and Melissa Swartz against Parkland's Lindsay Schmidt, who pitched the final three innings.

Chambersburg rounded out the scoring in the sixth. Ashley Rosenberry singled, Rife put down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch runner Ashley Barnhart and Brensinger hit an RBI single.

Brensinger and Emily Swartz each had two hits for the Trojans.

Everhart (15-2) allowed five hits, walked none, hit a batter and struck out six.

"Rachelle is pitching very well and getting outs when she needs to get outs," Staver said.

- Andrew Mason

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