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Chambesburg's Estep slams door on Devils

May 08, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Emily Estep handicapped her chances of pitching Wednesday afternoon against Greencastle-Antrim at about 50-50.

Once the Chambersburg sophomore got the call as a reliever, the odds of success for the Greencastle offense suddenly got worse.

Estep entered in the third inning and retired 14 of the 17 batters she faced, silencing the Blue Devils bats long enough for Chambersburg to manufacture three runs -- the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh -- for a 4-3 victory.

"I felt good because today's Trojan warm-up was good," said Estep (7-2), who allowed two hits, walked one and fanned 11 in 4 2/3 innings. "I threw mostly screwballs and risers. (The umpire) was calling (the riser) on the outside corner."

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Chambersburg (11-5) trailed 3-1 when Estep toed the rubber with one out in the third. Jess Miller's two-run single in the fifth tied the game at 3-3 before the Trojans went down in order in the sixth.

"That's the biggest clutch hit we've had in a week," said Chambersburg coach Harvey Staver of Miller's tying hit in the fifth. "Jess Miller deserves all the credit. That was just clutch."

A walk, bunt single and hit batsman loaded the bases for the Trojans with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. After a strikeout, Kaylee Werner scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Greencastle starter Autumn Appleby.

"That decision is up to them. If they look at it and think they can make it, they can go," Staver said.

The ending spoiled an otherwise solid start for Appleby (10-1), who scattered six hits and struck out five. The Blue Devils freshman lost a game for the first time in her prep career despite allowing only one earned run because of four infield errors.

Kali Ball, Kayla Pond and Cheyenne Melius each had two hits for Greencastle (17-3), which had an eight-game winning streak snapped in the regular-season finale.

"I always like to keep winning, try to build that momentum," said Greencastle coach Jamie Richardson. "At the same time, we can learn some things from tonight.

"It's been an emotional week, but our girls still came ready to play."

Tragedy struck the Greencastle-Antrim community last week after the death of 19-year-old William Kiel Bobbitt, a recent graduate. Services for Bobbitt were held earlier Wednesday afternoon and the game was pushed back 45 minutes so the community, including his younger sister, Katy -- a sophomore pitcher for the Blue Devils -- could attend.

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