Legion team pushes win streak to seven

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Greencastle American Legion Post 373 extended its win streak to seven by taking a twinbill from Shippensburg Saturday.

The two wins followed last week’s gem delivered by Dylan Schaeffer. Schaeffer tossed a no-hitter in a win over McConnellsburg Tuesday.

Greencastle had the offense firing on all cylinders against Shippensburg, dominating 15-2 in the opener and taking a 9-6 verdict in the nightcap.

In game one, Josh Short delivered a three-run homer on a 3-for-4 day at the plate. The homer wasn’t his only run-producing action. He had a two-run single and drove in another with a basehit for six RBIs on the day. Eric Schanzenbacher was just as hot with a 4-for-4 effort that included a two-run homer and a two-run triple. Andrew Zeger and Schaeffer were both 3-for-3 against Ship pitching and Josh Young added two hits with an RBI. Cody Devos went the distance for Post 373 on the mound, scattering five hits.

Greencastle staged a comeback in the second game after Ship charged to a 3-0 lead in the first. The local team delivered six in the third and held off any challenge from there. Denton Ensminger knocked in two runs on a 2-for-3 plate outing. Cody Ezolt added an RBI-double. Schaeffer fanned five in the win.

Schaeffer was the center of attention Tuesday as he delivered a no-hit effort from the mound. He struck out five and had just one walk in the 11-0 shutout of McConnellsburg Post 561. After a scoreless first Greencastle broke loose for seven runs in the second inning and never looked back behind Schaeffer’s pitching.

Schanzenbacher drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 night with a double. Andrew Zeger had two RBIs with a double. Patrick Hudson went 2-for-3.

Another feather in the Greencastle cap came with a 8-4 win over Waynesboro. Tied 4-4 after regulation, Waynesboro Post 15 committed three errors leading to four Greencastle runs in the top of the eighth. Greencastle also had some defensive lapses as Devin Schaeffer didn’t allow an earned run in going all eight innings. He scattered three hits for the win.

Jared Grove scored four of Greencastle’s runs on a 2-for-2 night that included a triple. Ensminger doubled twice and drove in two runs.

Greencastle is now 12-5 in the Franklin County League with 24 points. Chambersburg and Fayetteville are tied at the top of a tight league with 26 points. St. Thomas and McConnellsburg have 22 points each.