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Wednesday's local roundup - Odds finally go Waynesboro's way

April 25, 2002

PREP BASEBALL


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In a season that has become a mathematics lesson gone awry, the Waynesboro baseball team has endured plenty of pain while learning simple subtraction. Wednesday afternoon, the Indians found joy in the law of averages.

Joey Wetherald's bloop single in the bottom of the seventh scored two runs to tie the game, and his gapper in the bottom of the ninth plated the game-winner as No. 9 Waynesboro won its sixth straight game with a 5-4 victory over No. 1 Chambersburg in the Mid Penn Commonwealth.

"The baseball gods owed me a couple," Wetherald said. "They're catching up now."

The Indians (9-5, 4-3) trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, with the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters due up. James Woodring and Mike Sanders both had opposite-field singles to set up the tying rally.

A wild pickoff throw pushed both runners into scoring position, but Phil Woodring popped out. Wetherald followed by fisting a shot into short right-center field. Trojans second baseman R.J. Seibert tried for an over-the-shoulder grab, but the ball hit the heel of his glove, then bounced off center fielder Chip Brown before falling in.

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As Woodring scored, Brown picked up the ball and threw to get Sanders at third. But the throw flew out of play and Sanders scored to tie the game.

Chambersburg (9-3, 6-1) did nothing against Waynesboro starter A.J. Freelove in its last three at-bats, and the Indians found a win in the ninth. Sanders led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second on Phil Woodring's bunt.

Wetherald, again first-pitch swinging, ended the suspense with a solid shot to the gap to score Sanders and win the game.

"Coach said to pick out a good one and drive it," Wetherald said. "But he'd been grooving that first pitch ... We just couldn't take another loss like this. A.J. pitched a heck of a game and he needed this one, too."

Chambersburg led 4-0 after the third on Aaron Burke's three-run homer. Brandon Boyd also had three hits for the Trojans.

Phil Woodring and Brian Kirkpatrick had two hits and Eli Rock doubled twice for Waynesboro, which avenged one of its four one-run losses this season.

"I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but we've just come leaps and bounds in the last two weeks," Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler said. "Ever since Adam (Caron) hit that grand slam against Gettysburg (to win the game 11-8), we really believe we can come back from anything now."

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One out when winning run scored.

Sleighter and Carter. Freelove and Kirkpatrick. WP-Freelove (2-2). LP-Sleighter (4-1). HR-C: Burke (3rd, two on).

No. 3 Jefferson 3, J. Wood 2


SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - The Cougars got just three hits, but used five walks to their advantage in a Tuesday night win. Kevin McLaughlin singled after the Colonels walked the bases loaded to knock in two first-inning runs for Jefferson (21-6), and Terry Mumaw scattered six hits and struck out six for the win.

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Snyder and Farrell. Mumaw and Noll. WP-Mumaw (4-3). LP-Snyder.

No. 10 Goretti 3, No. 4 Martinsburg 0


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Nick Adenhart struck out 14 in a two-hitter, allowed just two hits and homered to lead the Gaels to an Apple Valley League win. Tim Kellinger also homered and Josh Carter had two hits for Goretti (8-8, 4-4).

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Adenhart and Staubs. Holton and Spartaro. WP-Adenhart (4-2). LP-Holton (2-1). HR-SMG: Kellinger (2nd, none on), Adenhart (4th, none on).

No. 7 Clear Spring 6, Hancock 4


CLEAR SPRING - Adam Mills had 11 strikeouts and Chris Hoffman hit a two-run homer in the first inning to spark Clear Spring (12-3, 6-3) to a win over Hancock.

Andy Morris had a two-run single to highlight a four-run fourth inning for Hancock (5-8).

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Hoffman, Younker (4), and Robair. Mills and Everitts. WP - Mills (5-1). LP - Younker. HR - CS: Hoffman (1st, one on).

Catoctin 11, South 1


Chris Legore threw a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Catoctin beat South Hagerstown in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

Justus Yocum had three hits, including a two-run homer, for the Cougars (6-5, 6-3). Jason Johnson and Chris Kaleo each had two hits for the winners.

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Legore and Nesbitt. Mauriello, Moore (4), Norris (5) and Peterson. WP - Legore (3-1). LP - Ryan. HR - C: Yocum (3rd, one on).

Mercersburg 7, Notre Dame 5


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Ryan Marquiss hit a walk-off grand slam with one out to help Mercersburg Academy come from behind for a victory over Notre Dame (Va.).

It was the eighth time in 12 games that Mercersburg had a game decided in the final inning.

Marquiss got his third hit of the game after Mercersburg (7-5) opened the inning with two singles and an error to load the bases.

Andre Willis drove in two runs with a single in the second. Jac Ullman, Dave Cline and Adam Laddbush had two hits each for the Blue Devils.

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