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Trojans make breaks, Indians just break

Chambesburg beats Waynesboro in showdown of area top-five teams

Chambesburg beats Waynesboro in showdown of area top-five teams

April 04, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - There's only one way to sum up Thursday for the No. 2 Waynesboro baseball team.

It was a bunch of bad breaks with one dislocation.

The Indians put runners in scoring position in every inning, but No. 3 Chambersburg pitcher Trevor Appleby was more than equal to the task, allowing only one run as the Trojans took a deceiving 8-1 victory over Waynesboro on a rainy, blustery day.

It wasn't enough that the Indians left 12 runners on base, including nine in scoring position, often with their big hitters in the batter's box.

"You got to give their pitcher credit," said Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler. "We left him off the hook a lot. We had the bases loaded in the first with none out and only got one run. The big blow was the pick off a second."

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It was one of many big blows that the Trojans (2-1) survived, but the third inning helped send the Indians (3-1) down for the count.

Waynesboro third baseman and cleanup hitter Jamison Walck stood on second after singling and moving up on John Brunner's walk. Appleby caught Walck leaning and picked him off second.

Walck dived back, driving his hand into the foot of Chambersburg second baseman Ben Eby, who had positioned himself in front of the bag and tagged Walck out. Walck broke one finger and dislocated another on his throwing hand, forcing him from the game. Ian Ramsey followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance Brunner.

"We got the sacrifice right after that and would have had two runners in scoring position in a 1-1 game," Chandler said. "It could have made it a different game."

Appleby made sure none of the fortunes changed for the Indians.

After walking in Waynesboro's only run in the first, Appleby battled and counterpunched his way out of trouble the rest of the game. The Indians went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position, including two hits that failed to score runs, in his 130-pitch, complete-game performance.

"In the first part, he got out of his game," said Chambersburg coach Bob Thomas. "We didn't want him to throw that many pitches ... we were going to pitch this game by committee. But he was throwing so well, we let him go. In the end, I went out there an told him that he was facing his last guy and he went out and threw probably his hardest pitches of the game."

Appleby had 10 strikeouts, including five to end innings with runners in scoring position. The right-hander got out of trouble by striking out James Staub three times with runners in scoring position and putting down Nathan Minnich and Ian Smith one time each.

Chambersburg tied the game and took the lead with single runs in the second and fourth innings, both on sacrifice flies. Jim Byers led off the second with a double off Brunner and eventually scored on Seth Eby's fly in the second.

Zach Helm tripled to lead off the fourth and scored on Byers' long fly to center for the 2-1 lead.

"That's everyday baseball," Thomas said. "It comes down to the teams that execute until the last inning."

Chambersburg added a run in the sixth on Jared Shelly's RBI single and strung five hits together in the seventh for five run, keyed by Byers' two-run double and RBI singles by Helm and Garrett Saunders.

Byers had two hits and three RBIs and Helm added two hits and an RBI. Brenton Kopecek had two hits for Waynesboro.

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