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Oh, brother - Fisher, Devils rout JB

April 14, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Greencastle's Jeff Fisher has big shoes to fill when it comes to facing the rival James Buchanan baseball team.

"My brother (Danny) always used to come up big against James Buchanan," Fisher said. "Coach (Casey Brookens) has been telling me that it's time for me to step it up."

Danny Fisher graduated last year, but Jeff Fisher was ready to take the reins against the Rockets on Thursday, tallying three hits and driving in five runs to lead the Blue Devils to a whopping 23-9 Mid-Penn Capital victory.

"Hitting-wise this was definitely one of my better games," Fisher said. "I started off slow and just wasn't getting contact with the ball. Then it started to come around."

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Fisher struck out in his first at-bat, but reached safely in each of his final four trips to the plate. He highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double and the sixth with a two-run triple.

Fisher also scored four times as the batter behind him, Cameran Emmett, had four hits and knocked in three runs. The junior tandem, which fills out the bottom two slots in the Blue Devils' lineup, combined to go 7-for-10 with eight RBI.

"Those guys just put the ball in play," said Greencastle coach Casey Brookens. "They're not swinging to hit home runs. They just put the bat on the ball and find holes in the defense."

Fisher and Emmett were only two standouts in a lineup full of them for Greencastle. Leadoff batter Tim Armstrong had three hits, three RBI and stole two bases and Cory Briggs added two RBI. Each Blue Devils starter recorded a base hit and scored a run.

"What can I say? Our bats are carrying us right now," Brookens said.

Greencastle (4-2, 3-0) appeared well on its way to earn a five-inning, mercy-rule victory. The Blue Devils had five steals and went 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position to jump out to a 7-1 lead after two innings.

But JB (5-4, 4-1) loaded the bases in the third inning and Derek Straley came up with a two-run double, followed by a two-run triple by Toby Rhodes. The Rockets went on to score six runs in the inning to cut the lead to 8-7.

"When you pull back and make it into a game, you have to keep it a game," said Rockets coach Corey Dayley, whose team was outscored 15-2 over the final four innings. "What disappoints me is that this is supposed to be a rivalry game and we didn't play it like that."

Rhodes finished with three hits and Straley added two. Shane Rife added two hits and a pair of RBI.

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