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Myers powers up, carries Devils to win

April 04, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim senior Conrad Myers had a youth league flashback Tuesday against Red Lion.

Myers blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh - his first varsity home run - and the Blue Devils walked off with a 5-2 victory at Barkdoll Field.

"It feels real good. I haven't hit a home run since little league," said Myers, who jumped a chest-high fastball from Red Lion reliever Taylor Gunder and sent it into the tennis courts in right centerfield.

"I just adjusted to (Gunder's) speed and got my hands around," he said.

The walk-off blast secured the second straight win for the Blue Devils after they opened the season with three straight losses.

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"Walk-offs don't happen very often," said Greencastle coach Casey Brookens. "It covered up a lot of good things today."

Greencastle (2-3) played its best defense of the season to back up Brian Bennett's solid pitching. Bennett scattered seven hits, struck out three and walked only one in 6 2/3 innings. He induced two ground-ball double plays and picked off a baserunner as he faced only three batters over the minimum through five innings.

"(Bennett) doesn't get rattled very often," Brookens said. "What helped him a lot was that he got ahead early in the count."

Greencastle got the lead in the bottom of the second after Grant Meyers led off the inning with an infield single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Meyers scored on a single by Alex Izer to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 advantage.

Cameron Emmett singled in the third and later scored on a wild pitch to put Greencastle ahead 2-0 in the third inning. The Blue Devils beat out three hits that never left the infield.

"That's what we tell them is the easiest thing - to hustle out anything and everything," Brookens said.

Bennett cruised until he gave up a leadoff double to Cole Heffner in the sixth inning. Heffner moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Tyler Runkle to pull Red Lion to within 2-1.

Bennett gave up another double to lead off the seventh inning and Red Lion knotted the game at 2-2 on Trent Shaw's sacrifice fly. Bennett was pulled after Chris Liggett doubled with two outs - the fourth extra-base hit of the game for Red Lion (2-1).

Joe Sellitto entered the game and hit a batter before getting out of the inning with a groundout.

The Blue Devils wasted no time in the bottom of the seventh as Tim Armstrong led off with a single to left field. That led to the exit of Red Lion starter Chad Dennes in favor of Gunder, who induced a fielder's choice before walking Trevor Ile to put runners on first and second. Myers came up next and jumped on the third pitch he saw to end the game.

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