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Trojans make Devils pay for their errors

May 06, 2006|By DAN KAUFFMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa.

The No. 2 Chambersburg baseball team made No. 5 Greencastle-Antrim pay for the errors of its ways Friday afternoon.

The Blue Devils committed six errors, and the Trojans made them hurt, scoring 12 runs in the first two innings - including Alex Benedict's first-inning grand slam and Derelle Owens' second-inning, three-run blast - on the way to an easy five-inning, 15-1 victory at Barkdoll Field.

The two teams will meet again at Chambersburg on Thursday.

"We got a couple breaks, the grand slam and the three-run home run," Trojans coach Bob Thomas said. "That's the way baseball is. Next time, it may be nothing like this."

Especially if Greencastle (13-4) uses its gloves for what they are intended for, instead of booting the ball all over the infield, as they did Friday.

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A two-out error at third on a grounder that would have ended the first inning with Chambersburg (13-3) managing only one run, instead prolonged the inning and led to six more runs, including Benedict's slam onto the tennis courts that jut into right-center field.

"(Errors) killed us," Blue Devils coach Casey Brookens said. "They scored, what, four or five runs after that? Any team you play, you can't give them extra outs.

"If we make plays, we're in this game. If we don't, we're not."

Owens' home run - which landed in almost the exact spot Benedict's slam did - made it 10-0 in the second, and Ty Hollenshead's RBI double and Zach Frelin's bad-hop RBI single made it 12-0, ending all suspense.

"We knew hopefully (hitting) was going to be one of our strengths (this season)," Thomas said.

Ryan Lehman, whose single in the first drove in Chambersburg's first run, added an RBI double in the third and later scored on an error to make it 14-0. The Trojans scored their final run in the fourth when Ryan Elbel was hit by a pitch and later came home on Brandon Caldwell's RBI groundout.

All the offense made for an easy afternoon for Chambersburg starter Jimmy Byers, who allowed two hits, four walks and hit a batter while striking out three for the victory, sending Chambersburg into Monday's much-hyped battle with rival No. 1 Waynesboro on a high note.

"It always is (hyped)," Thomas said. "Waynesboro has a really good team. We'll go over there Monday and do the best we can."

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