Indians score TKO with seven-run fourth to beat Chambersburg

May 11, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Franklin County baseball showdown between Chambersburg and Waynesboro on Thursday played out like a boxing match.

After a quiet start, the teams traded blows until Waynesboro delivered a power punch that the Trojans could not return, and the Indians held on for a 13-10 win.

"The boys were determined," said Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler. "They got down three times and came back each time. You don't expect that out of a lot of high school teams."

Chambersburg (13-7) scored three runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings, but Waynesboro (16-3) answered each time. The Indians matched the Trojans with three runs in the second and third innings and finally pushed through with seven runs in the fourth to take a 13-9 lead.


"We've had about five games like this, where we've scored 10 runs or more and end up losing," said Chambersburg coach Bob Thomas. "We simply don't make a play when we need to make one."

Trailing 9-6, Chris Arendt and Nathan Minnich each walked to open the Waynesboro half of the fourth. Jamison Walck followed with an infield hit and a throwing error allowed Arendt to score to cut the deficit to 9-7. Zach Helman's sacrifice fly scored Minnich and Walck later scored on a wild pitch to knot the game at 9-9.

Matt Anderson legged out a double and John Brunner reached on a walk to set up No. 9 hitter Mitch Walck, who knocked both in with a single to give the Indians their first lead, 11-9.

Two batters later, Arendt hit a two-run single to up the lead to 13-9 - the last of the onslaught. The Indians scored four runs with two outs.

"That was a big inning because we got some good at-bats," Chandler said. "That's all we want, is to get quality at-bats each time up."

Once they had the lead, the pitching seemed to flow much better for the Indians. Arendt relieved Brunner in the fourth and induced a double play. An error saddled him with two unearned runs, but he settled in and held the Trojans without a hit until the seventh.

"I thought the biggest thing was Arendt coming in and pitching the way he did," Chandler said. "He put (two) goose eggs on the board and that was huge, especially with the way (Chambersburg) was scoring runs."

Cody Reed's three-run home run in the top of the second gave Chambersburg a 3-0 edge. Waynesboro responded in the bottom of the frame when Ian Smith hit a two-run double and Mitch Walck tied the game with an RBI single.

The Trojans regained the lead in the third on a run-scoring double by Marshall Gilbert and Zach Helm made it 6-3 with a two-run blast to left field.

But once again, Waynesboro came back to tie the game. Minnich belted his 10th home run of the season - extending the Waynesboro single-season record - and the Indians took advantage of two errors and a wild pitch to pull even at 6-6.

Chambersburg had its last hurrah in the fourth when Jimmy Byers and Calvin Mentzer opened with back-to-back singles. Gilbert ripped his second RBI double of the game and Helm added a run-scoring single to put the Trojans ahead, 9-6.

"There's no doubt about it, we can hit the ball," Thomas said. "It's a matter of not making a play, or going out and walking a bunch of guys."

Reed beat out an infield single in the seventh for his fourth RBI of the game for the Trojans. Gilbert, Helm and Byers each finished with two hits.

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