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Waynesboro continues high rise vs. 'Dogs

April 24, 2002|BY DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Waynesboro baseball team has figured out how to play with its life on the line. Tuesday night at P.O. Faulkner Field, it showed Martinsburg the exact formula.

The No. 9 Indians fell into an early hole, but rallied behind a great effort from pitcher Wes Lynn and punished the No. 4 Bulldogs for every mistake they made. By 9:30 p.m., the Indians were on the bus with an 8-2 victory, their fifth straight after a near-disastrous start that could have wrecked their season.

"It's good to finally see the flipside of the coin and to see these guys come off the field smiling," Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler said. "After that first inning tonight, we settled in and really kept our composure at bat, in the field and on the mound. All those tough games we played before? It paid off tonight."

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Waynesboro (8-5), which has lost five games by a total of six runs, seemed to be on the short end of the lucky stick again in the bottom of the first, when a routine grounder hit the umpire and ended up giving Martinsburg (13-7) a 2-1 lead, but Lynn quickly regrouped.

"I got a lot of motivation from my teammates, especially my brother (Rusty)," said Lynn, who allowed just one hit over the last four innings. "They said to keep my head up and throw my game."

The Indians bided their time until the fourth. A walk, an error, a missed pick-off throw and a dropped pop up loaded the bases with no one out, and Rusty Lynn backed up his words, hitting a two-run single to left. An infield single and another error resulted in a 5-2 lead.

"Early in the season, we were the ones putting the ball in play and making the other team make the play," Martinsburg coach Dennis Etherington said. "That's what they did to us. And we're not making the routine plays right now."

Waynesboro continued pounding on the ball, getting a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh on a hit and two errors.

"When you have momentum and confidence swinging your way, it can carry you for a million miles," Chandler said. "We had our backs against the wall. But because we haven't backed down from a challenge, we're right back in things."

No. 9 Waynesboro 8

No. 4 Martinsburg 2

Waynesboro 1004102-881

Martinsburg 2000000-277

W. Lynn and Kirkpatrick. Gano, Beard (5) and Twigg. WP-W. Lynn (3-0). LP-Gano (5-2).

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