Visiting Red Land plated three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back as the Patriots defeated Chambersburg, 10-0 in six innings, on Senior Day in Mid Penn Commonwealth baseball action Thursday afternoon at Greene Township Park.
Red Land starter Noah Keister took that lead to the mound in the bottom of the first, and after allowing a hit and a walk to start the frame, kept the Trojans off the board.
"Knowing that you already have a lead when you go to the mound for the first time in the game is big," Keister said. "It relaxes you and you don't have to be perfect."
The big blow in the top of the first for Red Land was a two-run double by Braydon Coe, and he was in the middle of the Patriots' four-run rally in the fifth that put the game out of reach as he drove home a run with a single.
"We did a good job of making their pitchers throw strikes," Red Land coach Nate Ebbert said. "When they did, we were able to hit the ball well."
Keister worked all six innings to earn his first victory of the season. He allowed six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
"Noah has been a good pitcher for us for the past two years. He hasn't had much luck, though," Ebbert said. "This is only his second win in the last two years. But we've done a poor job of playing defense and scoring runs when he's pitched."
Chambersburg (6-13, 4-10 MPC) had chances in the first two innings, but was unable to cash in on them. The Trojans left the bases loaded in the first and had runners on the corners in the second and couldn't get anyone in.
"We haven't been a good offensive team this season," Chambersburg coach Scott Folmar said. "I think we pressed some when we fell behind early today. If we had been able to get a few runs early, we probably would've given ourselves a better chance."
The Trojans have now dropped eight straight contests.
"The most frustrating part this season is that we didn't get things done when we had the chance to," Folmar said. "Whether it was getting a clutch hit, making a pitch when we needed one or fielding a ball that we should have. It's been hard to take."