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Indians thrown curve in defeat

May 15, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro's chances of winning the Mid-Penn Class AAA tournament ended somewhere at the end of a rainbow.

Instead of finding a pot of gold - or at least a golden trophy - the Indians found nothing but thin air.

That was pretty much what Waynesboro was swinging at as Central Dauphin pitcher Bryan Snyder's curveballs kept the Indians on their heels, resulting in an 8-1 loss in a losers' bracket elimination game.

Snyder struggled against fatigue while floating breaking pitches that seemed to start 8 feet in the air before dropping over the plate for strikes. The left-hander threw a complete-game, two-hitter - both infield singles - with seven strikeouts.

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"We used to call those things big, rainbow curves," Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler said. "(Snyder) made the pitches when he had to. When he was behind in the count, he'd come up with the pitch he needed. We just didn't hit. I have no excuses. I'm kind of embarrassed because we didn't come out and defend the home turf."

Any Waynesboro rallies were built off walks. The Indians hit only two balls out of the infield - both fly outs.

"We haven't been swinging the bats really well," Chandler said. "Last week, I questioned the competition we were facing when we were hitting the ball. We haven't been hitting good pitching well all year. (Snyder) wasn't overpowering, but we had problems hitting him."

Brian Lesko reached on an infield single to short in the first, but the Indians left a runner stranded at second.

Central Dauphin broke through against Waynesboro starter Shawn Hanaman in the second using Jeff Laux's suicide squeeze bunt to score courtesy runner Lance Brown for a 1-0 lead.

The Rams picked up five runs in the fourth as two leadoff walks and a fielding error by shortstop Phil Woodring helped open the door. Brown highlighted the inning with a two-run single off reliever Ryan Ditch to build the 6-1 lead.

Waynesboro loaded the bases in the fifth but managed only one run, scoring on Mike Sanders' infield single to short.

Central Dauphin capped the scoring with a pair of two-out runs in the sixth on a Dave Nediel single.

"You have to catch, pitch and hit to win games," Chandler said. "We didn't do those things that well today."

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