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C'burg puts on baseball clinic

May 21, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - In baseball, there are textbook victories, and then there's what Chambersburg did to Northern Monday night.

The Trojans got a lead four pitches into the game, turned it over to sophomore starter Irvin Sleighter, and kept adding on while Northern was left to wonder what happened at the end of a 9-1 victory as clinical as they come in a PIAA District 3 first-round playoff game at Shippensburg Memorial Park.

The Trojans piled up 14 hits in every fashion possible, including infield singles, soft bloops, seeing-eye grounders and sizzling liners.

Mark Olsen singled on the third pitch from Northern starter Andrew Miller, and Drew McGwin hammered the next pitch into the left field gap for a triple, scoring Miller.

Five pitches later, Brandon Boyd blooped a single to right, scoring McGwin for a 2-0 lead Chambersburg never lost.

"We had a few pumpkins, but they all count," Trojans coach Bob Thomas said. "We left a few too many on base early, but we did hit the ball good."

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Chambersburg left the bases loaded in the second, but scored in the fourth on Boyd's RBI single, then added three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

"It's just a matter of time until we get onto the pitcher," Sleighter said. "We chipped away, got some key hits and got some runs."

The support was more than enough for Sleighter, who aggressively went after Northern, throwing first-pitch strikes to 17 of the 26 batters he faced and going to a full count just four times. He gave up eight hits and one run in six innings, walking two and striking out six.

"We got a little report that they're aggressive, so I changed my game plan," Sleighter said. "I tried to get ahead of the hitters as much as I can and make them guess what I'd throw next."

"He got them out when he needed them," Thomas said.

Pa. District 3 first round

Chambersburg 9, Northern 1

Cham'burg 2001330-9140

Northern 0000100-183

Miller, Eppley (6) and Tucker. Sleighter, Burke (7) and Carter. WP - Sleighter. LP - Miller.

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