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Prep Baseball: Indians rise above miscues to beat Rockets

April 11, 2013|By SAM STEWART | Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro head coach Greg Chandler said the mark of a good team is when it keeps picking up victories even when it is not playing its best ball.

If that holds true, then the rest of the Mid-Penn Colonial Division might need to start worrying.

The Indians, behind a complete-game performance from John Barr, overcame a series of blunders to remain undefeated in conference play, defeating James Buchanan 7–4 on Thursday afternoon.

“Right now we’re not playing the best baseball,” Chandler said. “The fielding didn’t show up, but I thought (Barr) held his composure even through all that turmoil with the errors.”

Barr was stellar on the mound for the Indians. The junior racked up five strikeouts, allowing four runs (two earned) while walking one and scattering seven hits. The righty stymied the Rockets hitters, keeping them off balance with his off-speed pitches.

The third and fourth innings were where Barr shone the brightest.

Trailing 1–0 in the top of the third after a Jake Muller double gave the Rockets runners at second and third with two outs, JB cleanup hitter Levi Deike hit a chopper to second baseman Cole Warrenfeltz. The grounder gave the senior fits as he bobbled the exchange, allowing Josiah Utermolen to trot home, giving the Rockets a 2–0 lead.

Virtually unshaken from Warrenfeltz’s blunder, Barr retired the side, stranding Muller at third and stealing the momentum from the Rockets’ grasp.

The Indians answered in the third as the tables turned on the Rockets. Once the beneficiaries of poor defensive play from the Indians, the Rockets began to give the Indians some gifts as well.

After a Sawyer Duffey single and a Brandon Yurek walk loaded the bases for the Indians, Alex Cline hit a frozen rope to left field, bouncing over the head of Daniel Williamson and rolling all the way to the fence. Poor relay throws allowed Cline to circle the bases, giving the Indians a 3–2 lead.

“The ground has really hardened up,” Chandler said. “Every ball that hit the ground was an adventure.”

Errors plagued the Indians again in the fourth. With the score tied at 3, catcher Tim Ingram misfired on his throw to first, ricocheting off first baseman Ben Weber’s glove and into right field.

However, Barr kept his composure, getting out of the jam to keep the game tied.

The Indians picked up a run in the fourth before rocking around reliever Derek Embly in the fifth inning. The team took advantage of an error and two hits to put two more runs on the board. A Weber single in the sixth gave the Indians a 7–4 lead and also gave Barr an advantage he would not relinquish.

The Indians tallied nine stolen bases in Thursday afternoon’s game, a strategy Chandler said needed to be employed because of the team’s ineffectiveness at the plate.

“We’re not hitting really well,” Chandler said. “I didn’t want to waste too many outs with bunts. We were looking for one hit instead of the three or four hits (that we were getting) earlier this season.”

Cline had two RBIs and Barr had two hits for the Indians, while Muller accounted for three of James Buchanan’s seven hits.

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