Devils rally past Indians

April 08, 2002|BY BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - If you want understatement, Greencastle baseball coach Chris Sellers is not your man. The Blue Devils like it that way.

Saturday afternoon, Sellers gave shortstop David Izer the green light to swing away in the bottom of the seventh inning with the winning run on first base.

Izer hit it dead red, too, sending an inside fastball over the fence in right center field for the game-winning homer as No. 2 Greencastle-Antrim remained undefeated with a 9-7 win over No. 6 Waynesboro at Barkdoll Field.


"I know some people would second guess my decision; I guess the situation dictated a bunt," Sellers said. "But I have confidence in the way this team can hit the ball."

Why not? The Blue Devils have turned into a horror show for opponents' pitching. Against its non-conference rival, Greencastle (6-0) racked up two homers and a double in 10 hits - all of them timely.

Tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the third, designated hitter Zack Spidel launched a missle over the center field fence for a grand slam and a 7-3 lead. It was Spidel's fourth homer of the year and second of the game. Spidel has knocked in 20 runs in six games.

"I wasn't looking for the fence, I just wanted to hit the middle of the ball," Spidel said. "But lately, I have been seeing the ball so well. He was up and in a little and I was able to come around."

"That home run was important, but I am especially happy for David Izer," Sellers said. "The right side of our infield played a tremendous defensive game today, and I didn't want one little mistake to guage the way they played the entire game."

The mistake in question was the only error of the game in the top of the seventh.

With one out and Greencastle leading 7-6, Izer's throw from deep at third pulled first baseman Brett Hoffman off the bag and put Rusty Lynn on base. The Indians sacrificed Lynn to second and he scored on Phil Woodring's opposite-field single.

"I knew (Izer) felt bad," Sellers said. "I wanted him to have a chance and he came through. That was a big, big hit."

"I rarely hit opposite field," Izer said. "When I came to the plate, I just wanted to make contact. But I'll take it."

No. 2 Greencastle 9

No. 6 Waynesboro 7

Waynesboro 030 003 1 - 7 12 0

Greencastle 034 000 2 -9 10 1

Lynn, Ditch (3), Rager (6) and Kirkpatrick. Denkovich, Hoffman (7) and Ile. WP-Hoffman (1-0). LP-Rager. HR-G: Spidel 2 (2nd, none on; 3rd, three on), Izer (7th, one on).

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