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Trojans don't horse around

April 25, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Chambersburg's baseball team took full advantage of the mostly cozy dimensions of Barkdoll Field and pounded Greencastle senseless.

Drew McGwin hit two of the No. 2 Trojans' four home runs - including one of two grand slams - and finished with six RBI as Chambersburg turned what looked like a possible showcase game with the No. 6 Blue Devils into a laugher, rolling to a 15-1 victory Saturday afternoon.

Kyle Davis hit the other grand slam and Irvin Sleighter hit a tape-measure shot for the Trojans (6-2), who carried the momentum from the first inning of Friday's suspended game against Big Spring into Saturday.

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"Last night we only played an inning, but we had five real nice hits," Chambersburg coach Bob Thomas said. "Hitting is contagious."

So is hitting in the direction of Barkdoll Field's short fence in right center, which is what Davis did with his slam to cap a five-run second inning, and what McGwin did with his slam in the third and his two-run shot in the fifth to cap the scoring. All three homers were a case of hitters being rewarded for going to the opposite field.

"I don't know about anybody else, but that's the way it was for me," McGwin said. "You have to go with the pitch outside, you can't hardly pull it, and the two I hit were (outside)."

"Right-center field here is ...," Thomas said, letting the sentence trail off. "But there was nothing fluky about those hits."

Sleighter's homer - a first-inning, two-run moonshot which landed on the roof of a pavilion past the fence in left - got Chambersburg rolling. Davis had an RBI double and Josh Frey added an RBI single later in the frame for a quick 4-0 lead over Greencastle (7-5), which dropped its third straight game.

"Our pitchers have been struggling keeping the ball down, and when you get the ball up against good hitting teams ... the final result today was home runs," Blue Devils coach Chris Sellers said. "We were lambs led into slaughter."

Chambersburg's offense made for an easy day for starter Andrew Burke, who gave up two hits in his four innings while striking out seven for the victory.

"We've been living off our pitching earlier in the year, and it's been easy on (the hitters)," McGwin said. "Today, it was easy for (the pitchers), too."

"Burke's got the curves and the junk, and that's what gives us problems," Sellers said.

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