FAYETTEVILLE — Base hits were nearly impossible to come by Wednesday — each team mustered only one.
But Waynesboro made the most of its chances thanks to some wildness with Chambersburg’s pitching, some successful bunts, and one timely hit to scratch out a 3-0 non-league victory at Greene Township Park.
The win not only ended the Trojans’ hopes of sneaking into the District 3 playoffs, but it also ended their season with an 8-12 record.
The win likely boosted the Indians (12-6) into the District 3 Class 5A playoffs — they are currently listed at No. 13 and the top 16 qualify.
Garrett Beaver was the man for Boro. The side-arming, right-handed pitcher handcuffed Chambersburg on just one hit in 6.1 innings, walking three and striking out 10. The Trojans simply couldn’t solve the pitches from his unusual delivery.
“Credit to their pitcher — he pounded the strike zone (67 of 103 were strikes),” Chambersburg coach Scott Folmar said. “His sidearm is different, but we didn’t make any adjustments, either. We did not hit the ball well and if you don’t score, you don’t win.”
While the Trojan batters had a total of five baserunners (3 walks, a hit batter and Greg Cunha’s second-inning single), none of them reached second base.
At the same time, Waynesboro could not get to Chambersburg starter Tegan Kuhns, either. Through four innings, Kuhns did not allow a hit and the Indians had only one baserunner. In the fifth, Ethan Early walked and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Kellan Smith, but Kuhns wriggled out of it.
In the sixth, Boro broke through for two runs. No. 9 hitter Dylan Morgan was hit by a pitch. A balk advanced him to second, then Dominic Moats walked. Maddox Brooks bunted the runners to second and third, then a wild pitch scored Morgan. Garrett Blount then hit a soft liner to right to bring in Moats and make it 2-0.
In the seventh, Waynesboro added an insurance tally. Early drew a walk and an out later, made it to second on a bunt by Bryan Benedict, who reached base on an error. A wild pitch moved the runners up, and, with two outs, another wild pitch scored Early.
Kuhns went six innings, giving up one hit and three walks and fanned eight batters.
Folmar said, “The walks really hurt him and Waynesboro did a good job with their bunts. Tegan threw the ball well again — he’s had maybe four starts where we’ve scored one or no runs for him. He probably feels like he has to be perfect, because we just don’t score for him.”
The shutout was complete after Mason Gochenour relieved Beaver in the seventh and earned a save by getting two outs.