Cedar Cliff rallies to top Trojans in baseball
SCOTLAND - Through three innings, things were looking up for Chambersburg - the Trojans held a four-run lead over Cedar Cliff.
But the Colts stormed back for a 6-5 victory in Mid Penn Commonwealth baseball action Tuesday afternoon at Greene Township Park.
Cedar Cliff (5-2, 2-2 MPC) began its comeback in the fourth with a two-spot as Jimmy Losh doubled home a run and Denny Snyder supplied a sacrifice fly. Then a run-scoring hit by Grant Breneman and a sac fly by Tommy Savastio tied the game in the fifth.
Savastio came to the plate in the seventh with one down and runners on second and third and ripped a single to left field that scored Bobby Whalen with the go-ahead run.
"I was confident in the box," Savastio said. "The game was tied, so there wasn't a lot of pressure. I wanted to get a ball to hit that I could put in play to score the run and I got one."
Snyder, who fired 4 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief, worked out of a jam in the sixth after the Trojans had a pair of runners on with one out. The sophomore induced a flyout and groundout to keep the contest knotted at 5-5.
Snyder allowed two hits with six strikeouts and one walk to earn the victory.
"Denny has a lot of talent," Cedar Cliff coach Scott Lackey said. "Once he figures it all out, he's going to be pretty special."
Chambersburg (2-4, 2-3 MPC) tallied runs in each of the first three frames to grab a 5-1 lead heading for the fourth inning. The Trojans plated two runs in the first on an RBI single by Manning Brookens and a sac fly from Hunter Brindle, then a Colt miscue allowed a run to score in the second before Austin Suders singled home a run in the third and Kaden Hoover grounded out to score another run.
"We jumped ahead 5-1 and then we stopped hitting," Chambersburg coach Scott Folmar said. "We failed to get a couple of bunts down, had a base running mistake and didn't execute enough to win the game."
Hayden Kissel and Suders paced Chambersburg's nine-hit attack with two knocks apiece, while Savastio had three hits for the Colts.
"This was a nice win for us today," Lackey said. "Chambersburg is a quality team and this is a tough place to win."