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McDonald helps Chambersburg drive through Waynesboro for win

May 09, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Waynesboro slugger Nathan Minnich might not know it yet, but he got used Thursday afternoon.

A fourth-inning strikeout of Minnich by Chambersburg pitcher Tyler McDonald served as a confidence checkpoint during a three-hit shutout as the Trojans posted a 2-0 victory at Fayetteville Memorial Field.

"Striking out Minnich gave me a real confidence boost," said the sophomore McDonald, who made only his second career start. "Any time you can get a good hitter - scratch that, a great hitter - like Minnich to make an out, it helps a lot."

Minnich, who entered the game batting .500 with six home runs and 25 RBIs, went 0-for-3 in the game.

"I tried to mix it up. I threw a lot of breaking stuff," McDonald said. "The key thing was bending my back and following through."

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The rest of the Waynesboro hitters didn't fare much better as only five reached base. Leadoff hitter Nathan Kauffman had two hits, Brenton Kopecek added one hit and reached on an error and Jason Staubs drew a walk.

"(McDonald) pitched really well. He's pitched a couple times in relief," said Chambersburg coach Bob Thomas. "Last Thursday we started him for the first time and he couldn't get the ball over the plate. Today, he stayed with it."

McDonald blanked the Indians (13-5), a feat no other pitcher has conquered this season.

"We haven't been hitting the ball real well lately, especially against starting pitchers," said Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler. "The guys aren't making the adjustments. Maybe it's just a big slump."

Indians pitcher Jake Rowland (2-2) scattered six hits without a walk in a complete-game loss.

"We've got pitchers throwing 65 percent strikes," Chandler said. "They're keeping teams under three runs, we're just not scoring for them."

Chambersburg (13-7) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second after Zach Helm grounded a single through the left side of the infield. Helm stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit by Jim Byers for a 1-0 lead.

The Trojans tacked on a second run in the fourth when designated hitter Jason Ryder hit a leadoff double - the only extra-base hit for the Trojans - and scored on a single up the middle by No. 9 hitter T.J. Warner.

"Byers had a key hit for the first run and Warner had one later on," Thomas said. "We hit the ball pretty hard and would have had more (hits), but there were a bunch that Kopecek ran down. You really have to sting the ball to get it by him."

Kopecek covered every part of center field and made a half-dozen putouts near the warning track.

Still, it couldn't deflate the Trojans offense, which returns to action Tuesday in the first round of the Mid-Penn Tournament. The game will be played at Northern High School at 4 p.m.

Waynesboro is scheduled to host Central Dauphin today in its regular-season finale.

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