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Trojans win a wild one over No. 1 Waynesboro

April 17, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Most local sports fans probably would have given Waynesboro's Brian Lisko about the same chance of winning a pitching matchup against Chambersburg's Irv Sleighter as Sleighter's of winning a wrestling match versus Lisko.

Lisko, a two-time Herald-Mail All-Area First Team wrestler, nearly defied the odds against Sleighter, last year's All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth game at Henninger Field on Friday.

With two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the seventh inning and No. 1 Waynesboro leading 3-2, Lisko, still on the mound in his first career varsity start, had No. 2 Chambersburg on its back, looking for the pin.

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"He was pitching one heck of a game," Sleighter said. "We couldn't get our heads in there with his curve ball and he had an excellent off-speed pitch."

Five batters later, Sleighter scored on a wild pitch by reliever Cory Livengood to cap an improbable two-run rally as the Trojans won, 4-3.

"There's just something about our team," Sleighter said. "We never give up. Couple of key hits, we're back in it."

Jared Olson started the two-out rally for Chambersburg (5-1, 4-0) with a single to right field. Sleighter followed with a single to left and Drew McGwin drove home Olson with a single to left to tie the game, 3-3. After Cody Stinger walked to load the bases, Livengood relieved Lisko and threw a wild pitch to pinch-hitter Andrew Burke, allowing Sleighter to scamper home from third for the winning run.

"We survived. We haven't won one like that in a while," Chambersburg coach Bob Thomas said. "When there's two outs and nobody on base and we get three straight hits and a walk ... I hate to say it, but I told Irv, 'Get a big lead. He's going to throw a wild pitch. Get ready to score.'"

For Waynesboro (4-1, 2-1), which plays twice today, the weekend probably couldn't have gotten off to a worse start.

"We had them. You couldn't ask for more from a bunch of young kids. It's heartbreaking," said Indians assistant coach Gary Shatzer, filling in for head coach Greg Chandler, who was attending a family funeral Friday. "This will be a growing pain. We're young and we're improving. Tomorrow's another day."

Chambersburg went up 1-0 in the second inning on Kyle Davis' RBI single and made it 2-0 in the third as Olson doubled, moved to third on a single by Sleighter and scored on McGwin's fielder's-choice groundout.

Waynesboro answered with three runs in the top of the fourth for a 3-2 lead. Chambersburg committed three errors in the inning and the Indians capitalized, getting an RBI single from Sean Hyndman and a two-run single from Derek Shaffer.

Sleighter (3-0) went the distance on the mound, allowing no earned runs, five hits and two walks while striking out eight.

Lisko (0-1) allowed nine hits, four walks and struck out three. Jordan Reitz went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and stolen base for Waynesboro.

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