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Trojans use breaks to break Indians

March 31, 2007|By ANDREW MASON

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sometimes Waynesboro baseball coach Greg Chandler can only philosophize about the sport.

"Game of baseball," he said. "Sometimes you get the bounces, and sometimes you don't."

The bounces clearly went Chambersburg's way Friday as the Trojans opened their season with a 6-5 victory over arch-rival Waynesboro at Henninger Field.

Chambersburg's Ben Eby led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a deep fly ball to left field that bounced off Waynesboro left fielder Chris Arendt's glove and over the fence for a home run, giving the Trojans a 6-4 lead.

"I didn't hit it good enough to go out, but it hopped off his glove and went out," Eby said. "It counts as much as any other home run, so I'll take it."

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First baseman Seth Eby, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the seventh, took the next bounce away from the Indians (1-2). With Waynesboro runners on first and second, no outs and the score still 6-4 in the seventh, Seth Eby went to his left to make a sensational catch on a hard line drive hit by Nathan Minnich off Trojans reliever Calvin Mentzer.

"That was definitely a game-tyer, possibly even a game-winner," said Mentzer of Minnich's drive, which was headed for the right-field corner.

"Just breaks like that," said Chandler, summing up the game. "Nathan's ball gets caught, and (Ben Eby's) goes over. What can you say?"

There was still plenty of drama left.

Jamison Walck drew a walk to load the bases with Indians, and then Mentzer plunked Zach Helman to force in a run, making it a 6-5 game with still only one out.

"The adrenaline was going," Mentzer said. "I just had to bare down and throw strikes."

He struck out Matt Anderson and John Brunner to end the game.

"I couldn't ask for much more," Mentzer said.

The Trojans, who left the bases loaded in each of the first three innings, took a 2-0 lead in the first on Mentzer's RBI single and Zach Helm's bases-loaded walk. They extended it to 3-0 in the second on an RBI single by Brian Massimilla.

After Minnich tied the game at 3-3 with a three-run shot in the top of the third, Chambersburg took the lead for good with a run in the bottom half as Arendt, Waynesboro's starter, plunked Zach Frelin with the bases loaded.

Back-to-back doubles by Mentzer and Marshall Gilbert made it 5-3 in the fourth.

Waynesboro cut it to 5-4 in the fifth, as Brenton Kopecek scored on a sacrifice fly by Walck, before the Trojans padded their lead again on Ben Eby's assisted homer.

Ben Eby, Massimilla, Mentzer and Zach Helm each had two hits for Chambersburg. Kopecek and Minnich each had two hits for Waynesboro.

"It was a tight, close game - a typical Chambersburg-Waynesboro game," said Bob Thomas, who began his 43rd season as Chambersburg's coach with career win No. 710. "We had a chance to put them away in the first three innings, and we didn't do it. But we were able to hang tough."

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