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No. 2 Greencastle plays big ball to fend off No. 1 Waynesboro

April 07, 2001

No. 2 Greencastle plays big ball to fend off No. 1 Waynesboro



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

No. 2 Greencastle 7
No. 1 Waynesboro 4


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Denkovich, Fitz (6) and Ile. Downin and Fitzpatrick. WP-Fitz (2-0). LP-Downin (0-1). HR-G: Showalter (7th, two on).



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - It was a threat Greencastle-Antrim coach Chris Sellers would never make good on.

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Tony Showalter's check swing in the top of the seventh had Sellers mentioning the words "sacrifice bunt." After all, Greencastle had runners on first and second with no outs in a tie game.

But Showalter let his next swing do all the talking as he smashed a three-run homer to left and gave the No. 2 Blue Devils a 7-4 victory over No. 1 Waynesboro.

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"(Sellers) had been telling me to get aggressive and get into one," Showalter said. "I got a pitch I liked and did what he said."

Showalter's missile barely got over 15 feet in the air, but it cut through a wicked crosswind and kept the Blue Devils perfect on the season at 5-0.

"They are not our 3-4-5 hitters to go up there and bunt," Sellers said. "With one run? Maybe. But I'm playing for a big inning. We'll dictate the inning.

"I guess today it was sort of National League vs. American League."

Leading 4-0 after their first at-bat, the AL stars from Greencastle survived after the Indians picked and prodded to tie the game in the sixth inning. Waynesboro (4-2) got back-to-back RBI singles from Brian Kirkpatrick and Josh Downin to cap the comeback.

"We didn't give up out there," Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler said. "We played quality baseball, and so did they."

"Me, I'll sacrifice in (Showalter's) situation any day," Chandler said. "But Greencastle will play Earl Weaver ball. It worked for them today."

Downin was the loser in his first appearance on the mound since 1999. He missed all of last year because of shoulder problems and was cruising late until Showalter's homer.

"He gave us 120 percent today," Chandler said. "Sure there were a couple you want back, but that's the game of baseball."

The best part for the Blue Devils was that it worked in one of its biggest games of the year against its biggest non-conference rival from just down the road.

"They started chipping away at us," Showalter said. "We had them momentum, and then they took it away. We knew what we had to do."

"We'll keep that aggressiveness ... Sometimes it will get you beat, but that didn't happen today," Sellers said. "Today, we found out what we were made of. Right now, there's a lot of kids with big hearts on this team."

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