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Blue Devils' bats bedevil Rockets

April 16, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Prior to Tuesday's game, the Greencastle-Antrim baseball team had gone 7-2 on the strength of the Blue Devils' pitching and defense.

If Tuesday was any indication, the Blue Devils' bats may be ready to bear the weight.

Helped in part by four James Buchanan errors and also by six bloopers that found holes, Greencastle pounded out 18 hits and blasted the Rockets 24-6 in four innings.

"We'll take any kind of hits we can get," Greencastle coach Chris Sellers said. "We've been struggling with the bats, but I believe in these kids and I've seen what they can do. If they start swinging the bats, it's gonna get nasty for some teams."

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Add James Buchanan to that list.

Leading 3-1 entering the third inning, Greencastle (8-2) busted it wide open when the Blue Devils' first 12 batters all reached safely and later scored.

The Rockets committed all four of their errors in the frame, incuding a double-error on what could have been a rally-killing double play four batters in, but instead resulted in no outs.

JB coach Corey Daley declined comment after the game, just before his Rockets took the field for an impromptu practice session.

Greencastle added nine runs on seven hits in the fourth inning, ending the game by a 15-run rule.

Dayne Davis had had three hits and five RBI, including a two-run triple, to lead the Blue Devils' onslaught. Nathaniel Kopp had two hits and three RBI while Jared Barkdoll and Zack Spidel each had two hits and two RBI.

Every Greencastle starter scored at least once, and all but one had a hit.

"We made a statement," Sellers said. "The scorekeeper was the guy who had the pressure on him today."

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