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Indians, Blue Devils forced to come in from the dark

April 01, 2005|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Thursday had all the makings of a garden variety Waynesboro-Greencastle baseball game.

"It was typical. They bunt, steal and run and we hit home runs," Greencastle coach Chris Sellers said.

As advertised. The Indians hopped and the Blue Devils popped until they were forced to stop.

The latest version of the local rivalry is officially still going on because the game was halted with Waynesboro leading 6-4 with two outs in the top of the fifth inning because of darkness. There was no decision made on a completion date.

Waynesboro seemed to have Greencastle on the ropes the entire game. The Indians loaded the bases twice in the first two innings, but only scored three runs.

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"I thought their pitching did a good job of getting out of jams," Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler said. "We got the bases loaded against them a couple of times - once with two outs - but couldn't do a lot against them."

The Indians used a Josh Mummert double and Andrew Caron's two-out single to take a 1-0 lead. Freshman Nathan Minnich ripped a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the second inning in his first varsity at-bat to start Waynesboro's two-run second for a 3-0 lead.

Greencastle tied the game when Adam Wiestling clubbed a Cory Livengood pitch over the fence in dead center field for a three-run home run in the second. Greencastle took a 4-3 lead in the third on Josh Crunkelton's bases-loaded single.

Waynesboro chased Greencastle starter Brian Bennett with Mummert's leadoff single in the fourth. The Indians loaded the bases against reliever Brent Thrush before Minnich launched a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game.

Waynesboro took the lead in the fifth when Zach Helman led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Ryan Chaney hit the RBI single which ended the game - for now.

"The kids had some first-game butterflies, but we had some good plate appearances," Chandler said. "There were some positive things."

"That three-run home run was huge," Sellers said. "We went from not even being in the game to a chance to win it. We had some quality pitches at quality times. The errors just kill us. Unless you hit a ton, they are always going to jump up and bite you."

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