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Blue Devils aim high in win over Fairfield

May 06, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - It's becoming obvious the sky's the limit for the Greencastle-Antrim baseball team.

"To get where we want to go, we need to play perfect baseball," Greencastle coach Chris Sellers said. "We are going to shoot for the stars and hope we can land on the moon."

It seemed like the planets were aligning for the Blue Devils on Wednesday as Greencastle put constant pressure on Fairfield to score an 11-1 Mid-Penn Colonial victory in a game stopped in the fifth inning by the 10-run rule.

Nate Kopp, Nick Schreiber and Brett Sellers drove in three runs each as No. 8 Greencastle (12-5, 10-2) got the leadoff hitter on base in four of the five innings and scored each time. The Blue Devils whacked 11 hits - including homers by Schreiber and Brett Sellers.

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Kopp, the Devils' No. 7 hitter, gave Greencastle its working margin with an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the third to build a 6-0 lead. Schreiber's two-run shot to right-center field as the No. 2 hitter to up the Blue Devils advantage to 8-1 before Brett Sellers, batting third, closed out the game with his three-run homer to right-center in the fifth.

"We got our bats going," Chris Sellers said. "When you do that, it can cover a lot of mistakes. We played well defensively today, but we have a lot of No. 3 hole hitters who are hitting sixth and seventh. We've got six guys who have hit home runs. We can hit up and down our lineup."

That was one luxury Fairfield (3-11, 2-10) didn't have.

The Knights loaded the bases against Greencastle starter Adam Wiestling in the first inning as Javier Marquez and Kevin Martiz drew two-out walks. David Gebhart grounded to short to end the uprising.

"That has been the story of the season," Fairfield coach Brian Spangler said. "We have left a lot of runners on base and haven't been able to get the key hits. Greencastle came to play ... they are a class act. They can hit from 1 to 9 in the batting order."

Fairfield starter Jarred Fissel lasted three hitters as Conrad Myers walked and scored on Schreiber's RBI single, who scored on Brett Sellers' double. John Harbaugh came on and was touched four batters later for Kopp's single.

From there, the Blue Devils were in total control and got things going their way.

"To go where we want to go, we need to play perfect baseball," Chris Sellers said. "The first inning today was key. We make it hard on ourselves early. I don't know if this was a perfect game - that's one that is usually handled by a pitcher - but it's one that we needed."

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