Blue Devils rally to hand Chambersburg an 8-6 baseball loss

GREENCASTLE — Greencastle-Antrim spotted Chambersburg a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but used a three-run sixth to capture an 8-6 victory in a non-league baseball game in Greencastle on Friday afternoon.

Adam Horst

“It was a big character comeback win,” Blue Devil coach Eric Shaner said, “after getting down 3-0 early.”

The Trojans (1-9) scored more runs in that first inning than they had in any game so far this season.

Shaner said, “We started a freshman (Avery Horst) and after that first inning he battled. Then we brought Adam (Horst) in and he calmed things down (3.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 run) and gave us a chance to climb back into it.”

“We actually hit the ball well and put up some runs,” said Chambersburg assistant coach Brandon Caldwell, who was subbing for Scott Folmar. “We did a lot of baseball things well today, like executing a hit-and-run and playing some small ball.”

Greencastle (7-4) had tied the game 5-5, then scored three in the sixth. Austin Wyant led off with a walk off pitcher Kamden Mongan, Briggs Remenick bunted him to second and Carter Reid was hit by a pitch.

Ethan Ford hit a hot shot up the middle to bring in the go-ahead run, then Aidan Grudzinski doubled to left-centerfield to score a run. A sacrifice fly by Carter McCauley chased in the final run to give G-A an 8-5 lead.

Trevor Holden

In the top of the seventh, Trevor Holden led off with a base hit for Chambersburg and Bryce Folmar walked. After an out, Brandon Pattillo looped a single into right to load the bases. Wyatt Kissel hit a line drive to right, caught by Carter McCauley, to score a run on a sac fly.

Reid, who had entered with no outs, ended the game on a strikeout of Treyton Sarvis on a 3-2 curveball.

Shaner said, “If Sarvis gets on, that brings up (Carter) Fogal, who was swinging the bat well. But Reid got the call on that curveball.”

Earlier, in the third, Sarvis had belted a solo home run to left for Chambersburg’s first homer of the season.

In the top of the first, the Trojans scored three times. Pattillo hit a one-out single and Kissel walked. After an out, Fogal lined a double to right to bring in both runners. Then Tyler Brechbiel got a base hit to right and Fogal was chased home.

Caldwell said, “It was like a weight was lifted off the guys. That’s one of the few times we’ve had a lead this year.”

Greencastle came back with two runs in the bottom half of the first on RBI hits by Grudzinski and McCauley.

For the Blue Devils, Ford, Grudzinski and McCauley each had two hits. Reid and Grudzinski hit doubles and McCauley had a triple. Pattillo and Holden had two hits for the Trojans.