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Winning doesn't run dry as Greencastle stays hot

June 23, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle Post 373 coach Brian Barkdoll sarcastically scorned starting pitcher Ryan Christman on Thursday, following a 6-1 victory over Dry Run Post 232 in Franklin County American Legion baseball action.

"Do you realize if you wouldn't have balked in that run then we would have three straight shutouts?" Barkdoll joked to Christman.

That second-inning balk was one of very few mistakes by Christman, who went the distance, scattered four hits and struck out four to help Greencastle to its third straight victory.

"(Christman) does well. He's sneaky fast and he hides the ball well to keep teams off balance," Barkdoll said.

Christman (2-1) gave up his only run in the second when he hit Jordan Yohn to lead off the inning. Yohn moved to second on an errant pickoff throw and to third on a groundout. He finally scored when Christman faked a throw to first base without stepping off the rubber, leading to the balk call.

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"I just wasn't thinking," Christman said. "As soon as I did it, I knew."

After a first-inning single by Zach Crouse, Christman held the next 15 Dry Run batters without a hit, with just three reaching base. He induced seven groundball outs, including two double plays.

"Ground balls, pop flies, anything to get the out," Christman said.

With Christman keeping Dry Run (2-8) off the board, Greencastle (4-6) was able to be patient with its offense. Post 373 drew three walks in the third inning to help score two runs and take a 2-1 lead. Adam Wiestling doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on an error to up the lead to 3-1.

In the sixth inning, straight singles by Cameron Emmitt, Rusty Cordell, Cody Doyle and Cory Briggs brought in three more runs to make it a 6-1 lead.

Dry Run made it interesting with two hits in the seventh, but Christman shut the door with a game-ending flyout to center field.

Solid pitching has carried Greencastle through its three-game winning streak and has made its previous five-game losing streak seem like a distant memory.

"During the losing streak, we didn't pitch well and didn't hit," Barkdoll said. "Now we're doing those things and making plays."

Briggs and Rust Cordell each finished with two hits for Greencastle. Briggs also drove in two runs.

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