SCOTLAND — Blaine Wilson was on his game Tuesday afternoon and came oh-so-close to completing a no-hitter for the Chambersburg baseball team.
But Garrett Swatsburg entered with two outs in the seventh inning and recorded the final out to finish off a team no-no and the Trojans earned their first Mid Penn Commonwealth victory of the season, 9-1 over State College, at Greene Township Park.
“He was phenomenal,” Trojan coach Scott Folmar said of Wilson. “He was around the strike zone and stayed ahead of the hitters for most of the game. With his pitch count (98), we could have left him in for one more batter, but he had just issued a walk and was getting a little tired, so brought Swatsburg in and he got the final out.”
Wilson worked 6 2/3 innings, struck out six and walked five. The Little Lions scored their only run in the top of the seventh on an error (Chambersburg’s only error of the game), a walk, a double play and a passed ball.
Folmar said, “We played a clean game today. We’ve been saying that if we pitch well and make the plays in the field, the chances are better we won’t fall behind early by 4-5 runs like we had been doing. If we do that, we can play offense like we want to, with small ball and not having to come from behind.
“The other good thing about today is we saved our arms for the week (two games left). We’re down two pitchers because Hunter Stevens and Wyatt Kissel are out for the season. That’s two big losses, so saving the arms today was huge.”
The Trojans (4-9), scored two runs in the first inning and jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two frames.
Joey Maun, who returned from an injury on Saturday, was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and four runs driven in.
Greg Cunha and Jaile Cabrera-Reyes were each 2-for-4 and Evan Wagaman delivered two RBIs. Cunha and Wagaman ripped doubles.