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Burke, Trojans' offense make short work of CD East

April 23, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - No. 3 Chambersburg scored five first-inning runs with help from three Central Dauphin East errors, and Trojans ace Andrew Burke allowed four hits and struck out seven in a five-inning complete game as the Trojans earned a 10-1 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory in a rain-shortened game Friday at soggy Henninger Field.

Burke (5-0) allowed a first-inning run, but settled down after that to enjoy a stress-free outing thanks to Chambersburg's offense.

Brian Massimilla led off the bottom half of the first with a grounder that was booted for an error. Josh Truman, Jared Olson and Burke all followed with solid singles, two of which got past CD East outfielders for two more errors and a 3-1 lead. Marshall Gilbert's RBI double scored Burke and Austin McNew's RBI groundout scored Josh Frey - who earlier walked - for a 5-1 cushion.

"It was nice to come back and take the lead right away," said Chambersburg assistant coach Dave Etter, filling in for head coach Bob Thomas. "I felt we'd score some runs, and the way he's been pitching ... but you never know. We really hit the ball hard that first inning. The whole game, really."

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Thomas was ejected from the Trojans' last game against Central Dauphin, leading to his having to sit out Friday's contest. Etter is a 34-year assistant under Thomas.

Frey's RBI single scored Massimilla in the second, and Josh Truman - who earlier singled - swiped home on a double steal for a 7-1 lead. Truman's two-run triple to the gap in right center made it 9-1 in the third. Chambersburg (9-2) made it 10-1 in the fourth off an error, Gilbert's second double and two walks as the rain started falling harder.

After giving up two singles in the fifth, Burke retired the side and the umpires called it a game. Burke walked one and hit a batter.

"He threw a first-ball strike to every hitter, almost," Etter said. "He's been doing a better job getting ahead of hitters and keeping his pitch count low."

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