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Trojans reel against CD

May 19, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An ugly finish to the regular season has become an equally ugly start to the postseason for the Chambersburg baseball team.

The Trojans entered the Mid-Penn playoffs on Wednesday as the top seed despite losing their final two regular season games. Now, two days and two losses later, the Trojans are sputtering into next week's PIAA District 3 Class AAAA playoffs as the Mid-Penn's fourth seed.

The ugliness continued Thursday as Chambersburg surrendered seven runs in the seventh inning to Central Dauphin and fell 10-8 in the Mid-Penn consolation game. It puts the Trojans on a four-game losing streak.

"I'd have to go back and look through the books. It's been a long time," said Chambersburg coach Bob Thomas, while trying to remember the last time the Trojans had such a losing streak. "There have been entire seasons when we haven't lost this many."

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The drought could hardly be saddled on the offense, which has averaged six runs over the four games. But the Trojans have given up 39 runs in the same span, a result of suspect defense and inconsistent pitching.

"Today we basically played pretty decent defense, but didn't do the other things we needed to do to win," Thomas said. "Usually eight runs will win a game for us."

Ryan Lehman allowed one run on four hits through five innings while throwing only 57 pitches to help the Trojans stake a 3-1 lead.

Then the pitching woes returned in the sixth as Lehman loaded the bases and gave up a two-run single to Bill Felo to tie the game at 3-3.

Chambersburg regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a leadoff home run by Josh Truman. Kyle Helm added a run-scoring single and Ty Hollenshead hit his second RBI double of the game to give the Trojans the 6-3 lead.

The pitching trouble the Trojans (13-7) experienced in the sixth, reappeared and multiplied in the seventh. Lehman allowed an RBI single before loading the bases once again before getting pulled from the game in favor of Brandon Caldwell.

Caldwell fared no better as he surrendered back-to-back singles to bring in three more runs to give the Rams (13-9) a 7-6 lead. Tom Healy followed with a two-run triple and Felo added an RBI groundout to up the lead to 10-6.

"We've come back a few times this year. We've been down and it shows that the guys have a lot of heart," said Rams coach B.J. Osevala. "But to come back against a team like Chambersburg shows a lot more."

The comeback was nearly spoiled in the bottom of the seventh when the Trojans used three walks and a pair of hit batsmen from Nate Shroy to score two runs and cut the deficit to 10-8 with the bases still loaded. The silent rally fell short when CD reliever Kevin Crimmel came on to strike out the next two Trojans to end the game.

Helm and Zach Frelin each had two hits for Chambersburg, while Truman finished with two RBI

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