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Spring notes - Trojans needed quick start

April 19, 2001

Spring notes - Trojans needed quick start



A win over their biggest rival wasn't enough for the Chambersburg baseball team. No, the Trojans had to find another reason that this one was extra special.

Wednesday's incredible 9-5 win in 14 innings gave the Trojans bragging rights for all of seven days, because the teams play again this coming Wednesday at Henninger Field.

It also puts the Indians in an early hole in a suddenly shortened Mid Penn Commonwealth race.

"It's even bigger than normal," Chambersburg coach Bob Thomas said. "There's only 12 games in a division. You can't afford too many losses now."

Waynesboro is just getting sick of heart-breaking losses - period. The Indians have watched a seven-run lead vanish in the final inning of their first loss, watched their biggest non-conference rival, Greencastle, win on a three-run homer in the seventh, and now this.

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"It's hard to swallow," Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler said. "It's for first place and the rivalry is just so big. For some reason, when you're so close, when you lose it, it's a big low. A big valley.

"Now you gotta climb out of it and play again on Friday."

Got 'er surrounded



Becky Stoner admits that she was slightly surprised when James Buchanan asked her to coach the softball team this season.

It's not like she wasn't experienced, it was just that a little rust was going to have to come off the softball skills.

"I hadn't played since high school," she said. "But I've been fortunate. It's a set team. They're experienced. They've been playing since they could walk."

Stoner is just making sure the Rockets keep taking steps forward. Ledy by All-Area starting pitcher Becky Porter, JB is 5-1 early in the season and beginning to find its rhythm after early rainouts and a loss to Shippensburg.

"It helps to have a pitcher back. That was more important to us than hitting," said Stoner. "It can't be replaced, but you can fill it in easier."

Stoner is still trying to figure out the best ways to fill in as the head coach, but she's finding her way.

"It's a great staff ... They've made my job easier," Stoner said. "Before you get into this, you don't think it's too tough. But then there's paperwork, calling the media. ...

"When you have good people to lean on, it gets a little better."

Check the schedule

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Saturday's schedule for the Frederick County Softball Tournament will not be decided until the morning of the tournament. The county's four Central Maryland Conference teams will face its four Monocacy Valley Athletic League teams in the first round based on conference standings.

First-round games at Urbana Park and Urbana High School are set for 8 a.m. The championship match will start no earlier than 2 p.m.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The Frederick County Baseball Tournament championship game originally scheduled for Monday night has been rescheduled. Thomas Johnson and Urbana will play for the second time this week at 7 p.m. Saturday at Brunswick High School. The Patriots beat the Hawks, 4-2, on Tuesday night.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Monday's Clear Spring at Martinsburg doubleheader will be at 5 p.m. at Oatesdale Park, not at P.O. Faulkner Field.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Hagerstown Suns mascot Woolly B. will make a trip south on Monday, April 30. He'll be making appearances at the Martinsburg-Hedgesville baseball game at P.O. Faulkner Park and the Martinsburg-Jefferson softball game at adjoining Charlotte Prather Park. Both games start at 4.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Most teams in the area will go on long and hard about rain creating havoc with their schedule, but North High will pull out the serious major-league schedule over the three weeks.

The Hubs have 11 games remaining, and 18 school days to play them in. Oh by the way, you can't play more than four games in a week.

Yeah, that's about it



"We're winning the games, that's all that matters."

- Chambersburg coach Bob Thomas, on the Trojans' close games. Chambersburg has had six of seven games decided by two runs or less. The other game was Wednesday's 14-inning 9-5 victory.

Staff writer Dan Spears compiled this week's notebook. He can be reached at dans@herald-mail.com or 301-733-5131 ext. 2334.

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