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VanBrakle's mates join in the fun

Chambersburg uses its big bats to drop Maidens

Chambersburg uses its big bats to drop Maidens

April 25, 2002|BY DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Chambersburg senior Steph VanBrakle can be a one-player wrecking crew on the softball diamond. The two-time All-Area Player of the Year is the No. 1 Trojans' leading hitter, and has few rivals when it comes to pitching the ball, either.

On Wednesday afternoon, in their last game against archrival Waynesboro, the rest of the Trojans' seniors got in on the action.

Outfielder B.J. Seilhamer's two-run triple in the third inning opened the floodgates for Chambersburg's bats, and VanBrakle sealed the deal by striking out 17 in a one-hitter for a 9-0 victory over the No. 7 Maidens.

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"That's the best they've ever hit against us," Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart said. "Usually, you look in the book afterward, and Steph kills you on the mound, and then she got the hit that did you in.

"Today, they all hit the ball. They brought their 'A' game today."

Chambersburg (1-0, 7-0 Mid Penn Commonwealth) took a 1-0 lead in the second on doubles by VanBrakle and senior Jen Ortega, then ended the suspense in the third off Holly Wagaman, who had won six straight decisions .

Wagaman nicked Brandi Brensinger, then absorbed a rocket off the bat of Sara Cook that turned into a single.

With trouble brewing, Seilhamer turned on the first pitch, an inside fastball, and sent it down the left-field line. Waynesboro left fielder Amanda Summers got a great jump on the ball, but finished a half-step short of a spectacular catch. It rolled past her as both runners scored for a 3-0 game.

"The pitch was right where I liked it," Seilhamer said. "(With VanBrakle pitching), there's a lot of pressure to just get a hit. ... But once somebody for us gets a big hit, everybody else gets their big hit, too."

The Trojans kept piling on from there, including a towering homer to right center from VanBrakle in the fifth. Waynesboro (9-4, 7-3) made several solid plays in the field, but only got a flare single from Helen Tayman in the fourth on the offensive side of things, as VanBrakle's fastball was virtually unstoppable all day.

"She went with the heat today," Chambersburg coach Harvey Staver said. "She's been a little sick lately, but she looked pretty good today."

So did the rest of the Trojans.

"You just can't give up anything to them or you're done," said Stuart, whose team watched an eight-game winning streak end. "This doesn't hurt us, because we're right where we want to be."

No. 1 Chambersburg 9

No. 7 Waynesboro 0

Chambersburg 0131130-9120

Waynesboro 0000000-012

VanBrakle and Cook. Wagaman, Stymiest (6) and Hess. WP-VanBrakle (6-0). LP-Wagaman (7-3). HR-C: VanBrakle (5th, none on).

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