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Slumping Indians pounded by Trojans

May 08, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Even if Waynesboro's baseball team wasn't mired "in one of those what they call an S-L-U-M-P," the No. 8 Indians still would have been hard-pressed to handle No. 1 Chambersburg on Friday afternoon.

With Andrew Burke baffling Waynesboro with his assortment of breaking pitches and the potent Trojans lineup mashing 18 hits, Chambersburg made short work of the Indians, 11-0, in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth contest.

"We're in one of those what they call an S-L-U-M-P and it's hard for us to dig out of it," said Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler after watching his team drop its fifth in seven games, including a 10-0 setback to Gettysburg on Wednesday. "We just played the two best teams in South Central Pennsylvania. (The losses) may both be ugly, but they're against the best."

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Chambersburg (15-2, 13-1) turned four hits into two runs in the first inning, including doubles by Andy Carter and Irv Sleighter and Drew McGwin's RBI infield single.

Waynesboro (9-8, 6-7) starter Jared Helman settled down to hold the Trojans to two more runs through five innings, those coming when Jared Olson tripled and scored on McGwin's bloop single in the fourth, and on Josh Frey's solo homer to right-center in the fifth.

"The first three or four innings, we left two men on base every inning," Trojans coach Bob Thomas said.

The Indians missed an opportunity to get in the game in the second, stringing together three straight one-out singles off Burke, who then ended the inning with a strikeout and a comebacker he fielded easily for the third out.

"We needed to break the ice right there to get some confidence, and it didn't happen," Chandler said.

Burke was nearly unhittable in the other innings, allowing five total hits, walking one and fanning seven. He had a little extra pop on his fastball, according to Thomas, and his curve and slider - coming in at what seemed like four or five different speeds - kept the Indians off-balance.

"The slider is the one I can control," Burke said. "That's the pitch I can throw 3-1 or 3-2 and it throws them off. That's my favorite pitch.

"I know they're a good fastball-hitting team, and I love facing them. I always bring out my best stuff for them. This is always a good rivalry, and it's a little unusual to beat them like this."

Chambersburg put the game away with seven runs in the final two innings off Helman and relievers Adam George and Josh Arendt. Kyle Davis' two-run single in the sixth and Burke's two-run double in the seventh were the biggest blows, as 11 different Trojans had hits.

"Just about everybody had something," Thomas said.|None

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