SCOTLAND - The Chambersburg Baseball Booster Club did former coach Bob Thomas proud with a pregame ceremony Friday afternoon at Greene Twp. Park.
Long-time rival coach Greg Chandler of Waynesboro said a few words, and so did Thomas, and the the retired coach threw out the first pitch to former player Tom Brookens. It was all good.
Then the game started, and suddenly things weren't so good for the Trojans.
Waynesboro was given 13 walks and the Indians rapped out 15 hits on top of that and blasted Chambersburg 14-6 in a non-league game.
"These pitchers needed work, because we'll need them at some point this year," Trojan coach Scott Folmar said. "But we need to make teams put the ball in play and we didn't today."
The Indians put up six runs in the first inning off starter Avi Tlanda after four walks and two hits. They scored five more in the fourth off reliever Kaden Hoover. Kyle Hoffman was 4-for-4 for 'Boro and Jarrett Biesecker was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Bubba Hamilton also knocked in three runs and Elliott Swink hit a three-run double in the first inning.
Chandler said, "We were patient and took the walks when they gave them, and we got the hits when we needed them. We made a couple of boo-boos on the base paths, but we're going to live and die by that."
Hoffman also pitched the first five innings to get the win, allowing three hits, and none of the five runs scored off of him were earned.
"Getting that 6-0 lead was nice," Hoffman said. "I'm not a hard thrower - I had only one strikeout - but the defense made some nice plays. We had a few errors, but they about balanced out."
For Chambersburg, Brenton Byers tripled in a run and the other RBIs came from Kevin Carbaugh and Manning Brookens.
Folmar said, "They did make a few errors and we took advantage of them, but they made some very good plays, too. And when we scored, they came back and scored more, too."