Softball: Chester County falls short at Carpenter Cup


PHILADELPHIA – Chester County, with eight Pioneer Athletic Conference players on its roster, fell one game short of the final four at the Seventh Annual Carpenter Cup Classic softball tournament Wednesday.

Lehigh Valley struck for eight runs in the first inning en route to a 9-2 triumph over Chester County at the end of a long day for the local squad at FDR Park in South Philadelphia.

Earlier, Chester County had stayed alive with victories over the Philadelphia Catholic League (5-1) and Berks County (3-2 in eight innings).

In Wednesday’s opener against the PCL, Boyertown’s Krista Schauder worked four shutout innings with four strikeouts while Maddie Galdi (Owen J. Roberts) delivered three strong innings of relief to key the victory. Leading a 10-hit attack were Perkiomen Valley’s Brittany Shoemaker (3-3, 3 runs) and Pottsgrove’s Jess Kurtz (2-3 with double, 2 RBIs).

Chester County plated an unearned run with the International tiebreaker rule in effect in the eighth inning to top Berks County. Pottsgrove’s Taylor Robinson was 3-3 with an RBI while Shoemaker drove in the other run for the locals, with Galdi picking up the win by tossing four shutout innings in relief of Schauder.

Robinson was the lone bright spot in Chester County’s ouster, collecting two hits in four trips to finish 9-17 (.529) for the event. Chester County was 3-2 in its five games.

Suburban One American & Continental will meet the winner of the Mercer County-Lehigh Valley clash Thursday for the championship. SOL A&C is 4-0 in the tournament, and has a margin of error, needing just one win in two possible games to lock up the title.

Chester County 5, Philadelphia Catholic 1

PCL             000 001 0 – 1 3 0

Chester       101 030 x – 5 10 1

WP-Krista Schauder. LP-Brooke Lackette. 2B: Jess Kurtz (CC), Alyssa Lewis (CC), Heather Forward (PCL). 3B: Shannon Stricker (PCL)

Chester County 3, Berks County 2, 8 innings

Berks        100 100 00 – 2 7 3

Chester     000 200 01 – 3 7 0

WP-Maddie Galdi. LP-Courtney Allen.  2B-Katie Erb (BC).

Lehigh Valley 9, Chester County 2

Chester                     100 200 0 – 3 7 8

Lehigh                      800 010 x – 9 7 2

WP-Gollie. LP-Maddie Galdi.