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Trojans stay perfect on strength of six-run third

April 11, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Certainly, Monday's baseball game between No. 2 Chambersburg and Carlisle at Henninger Field did not start out the way Trojans starter Tyler Riley wanted.

Brandon Heard sharply grounded the southpaw's fourth pitch of the game down the third-base line for a leadoff double, and five pitches later, David Dukes launched a two-run homer over the fence to left field as the Thundering Herd took a quick 2-0 lead.

Was Riley rattled? Nope. It takes a little more than that to shake up the senior southpaw.

"I had a lot of confidence in my team," Riley said, and that confidence was rewarded as the Trojans took the lead with a six-run third inning and cruised to an 8-3 victory to stay perfect this season.

Riley went the distance, allowing just one more run - on Dukes' second homer of the game, a blast onto the roof of the building beyond the fence in left in the sixth inning - and seven hits, walking three and striking out four. Chambersburg (4-0) played flawless defense behind him.

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"My catcher Ty (Hollenshead) called good pitches and we fielded well as a team," Riley said. "(My job is) to throw strikes and get outs. I feel if we throw strikes every game, we're going to win every game."

"The first couple of balls he got up and they hit it," Trojans coach Bob Thomas said. "After that, they had a couple good shots off him, but he kept the ball down and did OK. We don't have guys this year who can strike a bunch of people out, we have to keep the ball in play and hope we have fielders who can field it."

Chambersburg got a run back in the bottom of the first on Josh Truman's RBI single off Carlisle (2-4) starter Mark Love. But the real fireworks didn't start until the third.

Brian Massimilla led off with a home run just over the fence to left-center field to tie the game. Truman followed with about as long a non-home run as can be hit, a triple to straightaway center.

"It's a long way out there. I have to get out the tape. It's at least 420 feet, probably more," Thomas said. "Brian's been having trouble the last two games but he hit the ball better tonight. Truman's been hitting all four games."

After Ryan Lehman was hit by a pitch, Derelle Owens moved Leh-man to second with a groundout to third, with Truman forced to stay at third. Ty Hollenshead reached when third baseman Corey Myers knocked down a sharp grounder but couldn't corral it in time, loading the bases. Marshall Gilbert followed with a two-strike liner just inside the first-base line for a two-run double, bringing home Truman and Lehman for a 4-2 lead.

Zach Frelin's two-run bloop single to left scored Hollenshead and Gilbert, and singles by Kyle Helm and Massimilla got Frelin home for a 7-2 cushion.

Gilbert led off the fifth with a triple past diving centerfielder Heard and scored on Austin Dansberger's sharp grounder to Myers, who had just moved from third base to the mound in relief of Love. The grounder ricocheted off Myers toward first base, and he had to chase it down and scoop it to first baseman Sean Williamson to retire Dansberger as Gilbert scored.

The game was the first of five for the Trojans this week, and they needed Riley's complete-game victory.

"We need a good game from everybody with five games this week," Thomas said.

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