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Fast-working Indians advance

May 16, 2002|BY AL DITZEL

alfredd@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro's baseball team had that economical look about it Wednesday.

The Indians scored three runs in the first inning en route to an 10-0 win over Cedar Cliff in a Class AAA Mid Penn Tournament game.

Waynesboro will play host to Central Dauphin today at 4 p.m. for the No. 3 seed in the District 3 tournament.

Justin Kauffman saw only four pitches, enough to drive in five runs, while A.J. Freelove faced only two batters over the minimum in a five-inning shutout.

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"Never had a day like this," Kauffman, a junior designated hitter, said. "That's what I like. I see a first pitch fastball, I'm swinging."

On the second pitch Kauffman saw Wednesday, he hit a high drive into left field that was lost in the sun for a two-run double and a 3-0 Waynesboro lead.

"We jumped on them right away," Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler said. "That's what we like. You could say we played for the kill today, and in the playoffs, that's all right."

With a 3-0 cushion, Freelove continued his sharp performance. He threw an unofficial count of 66 pitches, 40 for strikes, as he retired 10 of the first 12 batters he faced, picked off one runner at first base and got a double play on a line drive as he faced the minimum through four innings.

"That pickoff in the first inning, that gave us some momentum," Chandler said. "That's important. A.J. did a great job of mixing his pitches and his speeds and was able to get al four (fastball, curve, splitter, change) over the plate.

"And he's not afraid to use his defense either."

Freelove (5-2) fanned four, walked one and allowed three hits.

Meanwhile, all of Waynesboro's hitters were contributing. Eight of the nine in the batting order scored runs with Jeremy Geesaman singling and scoring three times.

Kauffman, who batted sixth Wednesday, seems to be peaking at the right time, said Chandler.

"He just got back into the lineup three games ago," Chandler said. "He had two hits last game and two more today. He's just like our team."

Waynesboro (14-6) has won 11 of 12 games.

Kauffman singled the first pitch he saw in the third inning for two runs and hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Rusty Lynn hit a two-run homer and Joey Wetherald hit a solo home run for Waynesboro.

Cedar Cliff is 17-9.

Waynesboro 10, Cedar Cliff 0

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Clark, Hodges (3) and Murphy. Freelove and Wetherald. WP-Freelove (5-2). LP-Clark. HR-W: Lynn (3rd, one on), Wetherald (4th, none on).

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