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Beach party can't stop Waynesboro

June 14, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - For the second straight game, Waynesboro Post 15 was without four starters. For the second straight game, the rest of the team held serve.

Waynesboro was without Andrew Caron, Cory Livengood, Josh Mummert and Jordan Reitz, as well as reserve player Matt Baker - all on vacation at the beach - but the remaining Post 15 players were still able to surf past Greencastle Post 373 6-2 in Franklin County American Legion action on Tuesday.

Waynesboro (3-0), which beat Dry Run Post 232 on Saturday, lucks out with an off day on Thursday and will survive the week without some of its biggest guns. Head coach Tom Robinson expects the five back when Post 15 takes the field Saturday against Fayetteville.

"Thankfully, we were able to get through that stretch without them," Robinson said. "They're supposed to be coming back early Saturday. I just hope they're not too tired."

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Even if the players are unable to play, Robinson shouldn't feel uneasy about fielding the Waynesboro team that has won back-to-back games to remain unbeaten.

Greencastle (2-4) struck first in the first inning Tuesday when lefty Alex Izer went with Joe Minnich's two-out pitch and lined it to the gap in left-center for a run-scoring double and a 1-0 lead.

But Post 15 bailed Minnich out in the bottom of the frame and added plenty of cushion. Izer walked Brenton Kopecek and David Gray to open the inning and Zach Helman followed with an infield single to load the bases. Kopecek scored on a Nate Minnich single to tie the game and both Gray and Helman scored when Jamison Walck reached on an error to give Waynesboro a 3-1 lead.

"I think (Izer) was a little wild ... but we were able to take advantage of it," Robinson said. "When you're playing with wood bats you have to take advantage of everything you can get."

Izer walked the next two batters to force in another run, but got out of the jam with a strikeout and a liner that was caught and turned into a double play.

Patrick Howe's RBI single in the bottom of the third made it 5-1. That was enough for Joe Minnich, who didn't gt into real trouble again until the fourth. The trouble started when Izer led off with a single and Drew Bittner reached on an error to put runners at first and third with no outs. Grant Meyers singled to left to bring home Izer and cut the lead to 5-2. A sacrifice bunt and a hit batsman loaded the bases with one out, but Minnich escaped the jam with a fielder's choice at home and an inning-ending popout.

Nate Minnich got the run back with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth to regain the four-run edge, but Joe Minnich pitched into trouble once again in the fifth. He gave up back-to-back singles, but induced an inning-ending flyout to preserve a 6-2 lead.

"He's a pretty steady pitcher. He won't get too rattled," Robinson said of Minnich (2-0), who retired the final seven Greencastle batters for the complete-game victory. He scattered six hits and struck out five.

Izer (1-0) was saddled with the complete-game loss with six strikeouts. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate.

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