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All goes right for Indians, wrong for Blue Devils

March 28, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - What went right for Waynesboro went in the opposite direction for Greencastle-Antrim in Monday's baseball opener.

The Indians knocked around 12 hits and parlayed those, four walks and five hit batsmen into 16 runs to rout the Blue Devils 16-1 in a 4-inning outing that was not an especially pleasing debut for Greencastle head coach Casey Brookens.

Ryan Chaney couldn't be kept off the bases and his bat set the early tone for Waynesboro. The senior outfielder crushed an opposite-field homer to left in the first inning, scored twice in a 10-run third inning in which he walked and was hit by a pitch, then stroked a two-run double in the fourth.

"To get this first win is good for team morale," said Chaney. "Hitting is one of our strong points this year. I just want to put the bat on the ball wherever its pitched and get a hit."

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Jordan Reitz opened the bottom of the first by beating out an infield chopper to short. After Josh Mummert flied to center, Chaney went with an outside pitch and smashed it 375 feet to left-center field off losing pitcher Brian Bennett, who later worked out of a bases-loaded jam.

Greencastle cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the second when Rusty Cordell laced a double to score pinch runner Ryan Christman.

Bennett retired Waynesboro in order in the second, but soon the game got away from Greencastle.

Waynesboro sent 14 batters to the plate in the third, collecting six hits and using a walk, three hit batsmen and a catcher's interference call to its advantage. The biggest blast of all came when Andrew Caron drilled reliever Jeff Fisher's pitch far over the fence in right for a grand slam.

The Indians added four more runs in the fourth inning, two coming in on Chaney's double.

"We want to get a jump on the other team early this year," said Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler. "We've got guys with three years of varsity experience now and I think we've got players that can be disciplined at the plate."

Waynesboro hitters did not strike out once, supporting Chandler's thoughts.

Chandler expects solid results out of his team pitching approach, and he got it Monday. Arendt worked the first two innings, followed by two innings from Joe Minnich and one from Nick Wagaman. The three allowed seven hits but walked only one.

"We've got plenty of arms but we're gonna go two, three innings and do it by committee," said Chandler. "We'll see what happens."

Greencastle has thumped Waynesboro a few times over the years, but the Blue Devils have been hit hard by graduation.

"We're still in the game early, down 2-1, but then we give them too many extra outs and you can't do that," said Brookens. "We've got some pitchers that need to come around and there are things to learn."

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