7th-inning rally lifts Trojan baseball to split with Huskies

SCOTLAND — Two baseball teams scuffling around the lower part of the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division met at chilly Greene Township Park on Tuesday afternoon and the result was somewhat predictable.

Wyatt Kissel

Both Mifflin County and Chambersburg have not had much luck coming through in big situations this season. Both teams probably thought they could have/should have swept the doubleheader, but in the end, each took one close win.

The Huskies won the opener 3-2 when the Trojans squandered several golden chances, and Chambersburg came back to win the second game 4-3 with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“We could have folded after that first loss, but we had good energy all day, even with the weather,” Trojan coach Scott Folmar said. “I was talking to their coach before the first game and they’ve been like us — we’ve had chances to win some more games.”

Chambersburg (4-11, 3-8 MPC) led the entire second game behind starter Wyatt Kissel. The Trojans scored a run in the first with two outs on a Carter Fogal single and a double by Joey Diaz. They got another in the second when Logan Draper singled, Bryce Folmar walked and the Huskies made an errant throw on a pickoff attempt.

In the sixth, Diaz singled and scored on a two-out double by Draper.

Kissel had shut out Mifflin County through six, but he escaped two strong threats. In he fifth, with the bases loaded and one out, he started a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning. In the sixth, he caught a popped-up bunt and doubled a runner off.

Carter Fogal

But in the seventh, he walked leadoff batter Tucker Gill and Xavier Smith singled. Coach Folmar put Treyton Sarvis in, but a walk loaded the bases. After an out, a swinging bunt by Calin McKnight made it 3-1, and Ryan Kanagy drew a walk to make it 3-2.

When Sarvis went 2-0 on GianPaolo Pannizzo, Folmar inserted Camden Helman into the difficult spot and Pannizzo eventually walked on a 3-2 pitch to tie the score. But Helman struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

Folmar said, “Wyatt did a fantastic job. He was getting up in his pitch count, but we wanted him to start the inning. And then we couldn’t throw strikes. Helman did a good job to keep us where we were and give us a chance.”

They turned the chance into a win.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Kissel hit a hard grounder into the shortstop hole and beat it out for a hit. After another out, Fogal sliced a hit down the right field line. McKnight tried to make the game-ending catch by diving for the ball, but it hit the ground, then his glove and rolled a few feet away.

Kissel was on his horse and was able to score fairly easily.

“I knew there were two outs, so I just put my head down and ran,” Kissel said. “I didn’t even look at where the ball was. I did not want to go into extra innings.”

While the Huskies (5-9, 3-8 MPC) had to be frustrated at missing on some big opportunities because of double plays in the second game, the shoe was on the other foot in the opener.

Mifflin County scored a run in the third and two in the fifth — all unearned — off Bryce Folmar. The Trojans loaded the bases in the fourth on a Diaz hit and walks to Trevor Holden  and Jake Folmar, and scored when Bryce Folmar was hit by a pitch. But a double play grounder ended the inning.

In the sixth, they loaded the bases again on a Diaz single and walks to Jake and Bryce Folmar. Brady Deneen hit a fly to center that would have scored a run, but the runner left third base too soon, which ended the inning.

Chambersburg got one back in the seventh when Kissel singled and Fogal doubled and an error by the Huskies allowed a run to score. But with one out and runners on the corners, the game ended on a pop-up and strikeout.

“Just too many times like that where we have a runner on third and one out and can’t score him,” Folmar said. “We finally got a couple of hits like that in the second game. Diaz had a good day at the plate (4-for-7 for the day) and Draper, who has only started two or three games, did a nice job.”

NOTES: Kissel was 4-for-8 for the day and Fogal was 3-for-8 … McKnight was 4-for-6 for the day for Mifflin County … Cole Yeager pitched 2 scoreless relief innings in the first game for the Trojans.


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