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No. 10 Waynesboro upsets No. 2 Jefferson

April 24, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - The 10th-ranked Waynesboro baseball team is proving to be a streaky lot, winning its first four games of the season before losing five of its next six.

But the Indians may have rediscovered their winning ways with a 3-1 upset victory over No. 2 Jefferson Saturday, their second win in two days.

Ironically, the loss snaps an 11-game winning streak for the Cougars (16-4).

"This is a big win for us," said Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler. "We know (Jefferson) always has a good team. It's good for our young kids. They're looking for some confidence to carry them to the next level, and this might give it to them."

Using three different pitchers, the Indians (7-5) kept the Cougars guessing all afternoon.

"All of their pitchers mixed their speeds really well," said Cougars coach John Lowery. "I don't think they threw two pitches the same speed all day. They really kept us off balance."

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Meanwhile, Waynesboro managed to take advantage of a pair of Jefferson errors in the third inning to claim a lead it never relinquished.

Winning pitcher Cory Livengood (3-2) reached on a Brian Collins error to open the inning and moved to second on Matt Anderson's sacrifice bunt. Jordan Reitz flied to left for the second out of the inning before Ryan Hight singled to put runners on first and third.

Hight moved to second on a passed ball and scored behind Livengood on Collins' second error of the inning.

Jefferson got one back in the bottom of the inning when Devin Terris walked and took second on a one-out David Smith single. Josh Simons was hit by a Nick Wagaman pitch to load the bases before Collins lifted a sacrifice fly to right for the Cougars' only run.

"Even without the mistakes, we would have had to shut them out to win," said Lowery. "It's good for us to play a team like Waynesboro. If you make a mistake against them, they're going to make you pay for it."

The Indians added an insurance run against Jefferson starter Mike Myers (4-2) in the sixth when Andrew Caron led off with a single, took second on a Zach Helman sacrifice bunt and scored on freshman Nathan Minnich's RBI double to left.

Milo Oyler pitched the final three innings for the Indians to get the save.

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