Huskies struggle to connect at plate
Trojans’ Stake limits offense to four hits
LEWISTOWN — Chambersburg pitcher McKenzie Stake limited a struggling Mifflin County offense to four hits in a 3-0 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory for the Trojans on Tuesday afternoon.
Mifflin County, no-hit by Central Dauphin on Thursday, hasn’t scored a run in its last two games.
“We’re a young team and they are going to make a few mistakes here or there. We are a solid ballclub who are going to get better as the season moves on. I truly believe that,” Mifflin County coach Jack McCurdy said. “With success sometimes comes pressure. I believed we could make a comeback in this game. I’m not going to point fingers. If we clean some stuff up, we should be fine. The girls are pressing a little at the plate.”
The Trojans (5-0, 5-0) got all their runs in the fourth inning. Alyssa Brechbill started things off taking the 0-2 pitch for the solo homer to left.
“It was a drop ball that held up a bit and the wind today was bad. The homer was wind-aided. If the wind isn’t blowing like that, it might have stayed in the park,” McCurdy said.
Brooklyn Miller followed with a walk and Alyssa Wenger singled, moving courtesy runner Erin Patillo to second. Patillo scored on an error and Wenger came home from third on the passed ball.
Devanie Condrack took the loss for the Huskies but pitched a solid game. The Husky sophomore gave up only four hits, one earned run while fanning eight and walking three. Stake picked up the victory allowing only four hits, striking out three with one walk.
“Devanie pitched a fantastic game and we played well defensively. Coming out as a sophomore and starting against one of the top teams in the Mid-Penn, she did great,” McCurdy said. “She didn’t seem to have any nerves or anything like that. She just goes out and does her job and did it very effectively today. It’s unfortunate for her to lose the game because she pitched well enough to win.”
Mifflin County (4-2, 3-2) didn’t get its first hit until the fifth inning when Olivia Ahern singled to right. Alyssa Schnell reached on an error with Ahern getting tagged out at second. Morgan Weston singled to put runners on first and second but a ground out ended the scoring opportunity.
The Huskies put together a two-out rally in the seventh when Chloe Fitzgerald singled and went to second on a passed ball. Schnell singled to right putting runners on first and third but a popup to second ended any Mifflin County hopes of a comeback.
“Jade (Morningstar) hit a perfect ball and (Wenger) made a great play on it in right. Then we had two good hits up the middle but couldn’t finish it off,” McCurdy said. “Like I said, they had so much success early on, they think that’s the norm. I’m not sure that’s the norm, especially when you’re playing better teams like we have.”
Morningstar and Cassidy Wilson played lights-out defense in left and center, respectively, covering a ton of ground. Morningstar had four putouts and Wilson three.
“Jade gets a good jump on the ball and Cass does as well. When the ball is hit to center or left field you feel pretty confident with those two out there because you know one of them is going to get to it,” McCurdy said.
Wenger led conference-leading Chambersburg with two hits. Mifflin County hosts Cumberland Valley in Mid-Penn action today at 4:15 p.m.
“Cumberland Valley doesn’t have the pitching they’ve had in the past, but it doesn’t matter who we are playing. We need to come out and play our game and that’s what I hope they can do tomorrow,” McCurdy said.
Chambersburg 3, Mifflin County 0
Chambersburg 000 300 0 — 3-4-1
Mifflin County 000 000 0 — 0-4-1
WP: McKenzie Stake. LP: Devanie Condrack. SO: Stake 3 (C); Condrack 8 (MC). BB: Stake (C); Condrack 3 (MC). HR: Alyssa Brechbill (C). MH: Alyssa Wenger 2-3 (C). RBI: Brechbill (C).