Shreiner has played a key role in the Trojans' recent turnaround. Not only has he been one of the team's most reliable hitters, he posted two wins and a save on the mound last week.
Not bad for a kid who couldn't pitch for the first month of the season because of tendonitis in his throwing shoulder.
"In the preseason, we were figuring on him being one of our three or four best pitchers," Chambersburg coach Bob Thomas said of Shreiner, the P.O. Male Athlete of the Week. "Unfortunately, he wasn't able to pitch until this past week. We might have won a couple more games if we had him earlier." Shreiner made big contributions on both sides of the ball in Wednesday's win at Central Dauphin. First, with the Trojans in the middle of a five-run rally in the top of the eighth inning, Shreiner came through with a two-run single.
Then, in the bottom half of the inning, he came on in relief with two outs and struck out the only batter he faced to pick up the win.
"The Central Dauphin game was pretty memorable," Shreiner said. "We had runners on second and third and I hit a little nubber down the third base line that hit off the guy's glove and went into left field to score two runs. That was a good win for us."
Shreiner earned another win on Friday at Cedar Cliff, when he tossed a complete game and allowed only one run in the Trojans' 4-1 win in game two of a doubleheader. In that one, he threw 61 of his 96 pitches for strikes and used 11 groundouts to secure the victory. He earned his first save of the season in the first game.
"I've just been locating my pitches where I'm supposed to throw them," Shreiner said. "Even when I wasn't pitching, I was encouraging the other guys to do the same. I wanted to help them out so we can win games."
Shreiner's exploits, of course, have not been limited to the mound. In four games last week the junior designated hitter went 6-for-14 with six RBIs. "He's made significant contributions for us during this winning streak here, both from the standpoints of pitching and hitting," Thomas said.
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Andrew Shreiner, Chambersburg
Positions: First base, designated hitter, left-handed pitcher
Weight: 175 pounds
Parents: Andy Shreiner and Michele Hemler
Interests: He enjoys hanging out with friends.
Surprising fact: His favorite school subject is history.
Statistics: Shreiner earned 2 wins on the mound this week for the Trojans, who have won 6 games in a row He drove in 2 runs in the eighth inning of Chambersburg's 13-8 victory over Central Dauphin on Wednesday.