WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler figured that three runs against Central Dauphin ace Zach Whitman would measure up to a win and a trip to the Pennsylvania Class AAAA District 3 playoffs.
He was wrong.
Waynesboro scored three, but not before Central Dauphin had done all its damage as the Indians watched an 18-win season came to a bitter end with a 6-3 Mid-Penn playoff loss on Tuesday.
"Coming into this thing I thought if we can get three runs off (Whitman) then we would win the game," said Chandler. "But we didn't get up on him early and we only got pressure on him a couple of times."
By the time Waynesboro got those runs, it was too late. They were already trailing Whitman, 6-0. The Indians rallied in the bottom of the seventh with singles by Jamison Walck and Cory Livengood and a walk by Matt Anderson. Walck scored on a Jordan Reitz single and Livengood and Anderson scored when Josh Mummert reached on an error to send Andrew Caron to the plate representing the tying run. The Indians catcher worked a full count, but Whitman returned to form one last time with a called third strike on his 35th pitch of the inning to shut the door once and for all.