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Sixth sense

April 26, 2001

Sixth sense



Trojans streak vs. Indians hits half-dozen

By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

Catcher Brian Kirkpatrick forces out C'burg's Lascelles Riley

Photo: JOE CROCETTA

Staff Photographer

No. 5 Chambersburg 7
No. 2 Waynesboro 0


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Thompson and Kirkpatrick. Stottlemyer and Witter. WP-Stottlemyer (3-0). LP-Thompson (1-1).



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg baseball coach Bob Thomas said his team played its best defensive game of the season and got a huge break in the first inning on Wednesday afternoon.

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Naturally, the Trojans were playing Waynesboro.

No. 5 Chambersburg didn't make an error against the No. 2 Indians at Henninger Field to back a five-hitter from Andy Stottlemyer for a 7-0 victory and a stranglehold on the Mid Penn Commonwealth race.

"Waynesboro's got a good program, we've just been fortunate enough to play a little bit better than them lately," said Thomas, whose team has won six straight against its biggest rival. "Some are close, some are like today, but when you play Waynesboro, you know it'll be a good game."

It was certainly good for Chambersburg (8-3, 5-0). With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the first, the Trojans were bailed out of frustration in the first inning when Shawn Chilcote's foul ball was dropped.

On the next pitch, Chilcote doubled into the left-field gap to clear the bases for a 3-0 lead.

"Getting a couple of runs early is always big," said Stottlemyer, who struck out four and only had four fly ball outs. "And then the defense was tremendous again."

Waynesboro (8-5, 3-3) could not make the same statement. Another error and a poor decision in the second led to two more Chambersburg runs on RBI singles by Matt Carr and Adam Witter, and two more errors in the sixth led to the final two runs for the Trojans.

It left starter Scott Thompson defenseless. He finished with 10 strikeouts and just one earned run.

"You can't take him out when he's making the pitches that he was today," Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler said. "But you can't give a good team extra outs either."

Stottlemyer, meanwhile, wasn't giving away much of anything. Waynesboro never got a runner to third base and every attempt at a rally ended with someone in the Chambersburg infield making a solid play to throw out a Waynesboro runner by a step.

"(With the lead), I just wanted to keep the ball down and keep them off balance. Waynesboro is always a good team," Stottlemyer said. "And then I let my defense make all the plays."

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