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Prep Baseball: Indians blank Bubblers

April 02, 2013|By SAM STEWART | Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Dylan Bryan worked his way out of jams in the first and fifth innings en route to a complete-game shutout as Waynesboro utilized a seven-run fifth inning to capture a 10–0 victory in its Mid-Penn Colonial baseball opener against Boiling Springs on Tuesday afternoon.

Working himself into a bind from the get-go, Bryan allowed two base hits to start the game — both reaching scoring position after a sacrifice bunt by Shaun Piccolo. However the southpaw foreshadowed the day’s events, retiring the next two Bubblers in order to elude the threat.

“(With Dylan), it just seems like his first two innings are shaky and rough,” Waynesboro coach Greg Chandler said. “If we can get him to clean that up a bit, then he’ll be OK.”

Bryan cleaned up his act in the next two innings. The lefty retired the Bubblers on only 20 pitches in the second and third innings, racking up three strikeouts in the process.

With a strong curveball bending in the right direction for the junior, the offense began its surge.

Ben Weber started the push for Waynesboro (3-1, 1-0) in the second inning when he rocketed the first pitch he saw from Colin Hayes deep to right field for the team’s first home run of the young season. The Indians accounted for two more runs off of Hayes in the second and third innings, providing insurance for Bryan.

Bryan battled through the fourth inning before finding himself in a familiar jam in the fifth inning. Faced with runners on second and third for the second time in the game, Bryan buckled the knees of Hunter Breon and Shaun Piccolo, striking out the pair to escape the inning with the 3-0 lead intact.

The Indians seized control of the game in the bottom of the fifth by working favorable counts and getting timely hits from Tim Ingram and Clay Eberhardt.

“We’re a veteran team right now. We’re expecting them to have good at bats every time they’re up,” Chandler said.

After an Alex Cline walk, Cole Warrenfeltz hit a routine pop fly into the swirling winds that surrounded Waynesboro’s field. The winds proved to be too much for centerfielder Colin Frownfelter to handle as it pushed the ball over his head, allowing Cline to score and Warrenfeltz to race to third.

With Warrenfeltz on third, the Indians decided to play some small ball.

John Barr laid down a suicide squeeze attempt that trickled down the third-base line, handcuffing the Bubblers’ third baseman and allowing Warrenfeltz to score to give the Indians a 5-0 lead.

Noticeably rattled, Wickard had trouble finding the plate, issuing a free pass to Weber before allowing another RBI double, this time to Eberhardt.

Wickard’s command went down sharply from there. He hit Justin Freeman in the head before allowing another RBI double to Ingram.

Ingram was 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Bryan scattered three hits and walked three while striking out seven.

Waynesboro 10, Boiling Springs 0
Boil. Springs    000    00    —    0    3    0
Waynesboro    021    07    —    10    8    0
Hayes, Wickard (4), Corliss (5) and Garman. Bryan and Ingram. WP — Bryan (1-0). LP — Hayes (0-1). HR – W: Weber (2nd, none on).

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