Shippensburg Post 223's bats went MIA as they dropped both games of a doubleheader against McConnellsburg Tuesday evening at Memorial Park.
Ship lost Game 1, the resumption of a rain-shortened game from May 28, by a 5-4 score in nine innings. McConnellsburg then shut down the Ship offense in Game 2 to finish off the doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 win.
Shippensburg held a 3-2 advantage with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning when play resumed in Game 1, only for McConnellsburg to even the score and eventually win it in extras.
McConnellsburg, playing as the home team, took advantage of Ship mistakes to immediately tie the score. With only one out to work with, Colton Souders reached on a Ship error, and Lucas McClain singled him home to knot the two teams at 3-3 through five.
The score remained the same through regulation, only to be decided in a thrilling, back-and-forth ninth.
Shippensburg struck first, getting two-out hits in the top half from Owen Kissinger and Scott Witter to take a temporary 4-3 edge.
Just three outs away from recording a victory, mistakes caught up with them once again. A hit batter and a walk allowed the first two McConnellsburg batters to reach in the home half of the ninth. A single and a walk followed, pushing the tying run across and loading the bases with only one out, and a passed ball allowed Brandon Lynch to score from third to give McConnellsburg a 5-4 walk-off win.
The heartbreaking loss in Game 1 took the wind out of the Shippensburg sails, as they were no-hit until the bottom of the seventh inning in the nightcap.
Sounders doubled and scored to give McConnellsburg a 1-0 second inning lead, and the game remained close until the visitors busted the game wide open with a 4-run top of the seventh inning.
Center fielder Chandler Durf finally broke up the no-no with a lead off single in the bottom of the seventh. He would eventually come around to score to make it a 5-1 final.
Lynch, McConnellsburg's Game 2 starter, was charged with 1 run on just 1 hit over 6.2 innings and recorded 8 strikeouts. In all, the Ship offense mustered just 5 hits and 2 runs in 11 innings against McConnellsburg pitching Tuesday.
Ethan Stouffer and Luke Davis saw time on the mound for Ship. Stouffer fanned 6 in 3.2 innings in the Game 1 loss, while Davis went the distance in Game 2.
Tuesday's results drop Shippensburg's overall record to 1-2-1. They return to action Tuesday evening when they play host Waynesboro at Memorial Park. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.