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Charleroi scores 20 in rout of Waynesburg

| Saturday, June 28, 2003

WAYNESBURG - Every-body come and hit.

That was the theme Friday in Charleroi American Legion baseball's 20-6 shellacking of host Waynesburg.

Charleroi pounded out 22 hits as seven different players racked up multiple-hit games at Waynesburg (1-14).

"Our bats are starting to wake up," Charleroi coach Tom Hartman said. "The hits were all solid hits; there were no dinks."

Matt Nelson went 5-for-5 with a double, Mike McCurry hit three singles and scored three times and Eugene Lancas tripled and singled to lead the attack for Charleroi (7-5).

Jordan White cranked a bases-loaded double in the third inning to make it 6-0 and launch the hit parade into full throttle.

"Jordan's the one that broke it open," Hartman said. "Then again, it seemed it like the first inning, we were hitting the ball from the get go."

Frank McLaughlin and Charlie Fritch also doubled and singled, while Dan Thomas and Keith Carson singled twice as Charleroi scored four runs in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

"It was almost like a T-Ball game," Hartman said. "(Waynesburg) is a young team and have some kids that could be playing Colt League."

Waynesburg starter Rick Stansberry gave up 13 hits before getting the hook after four innings.

"They played two games, two games and us today," Hartman noted. "They were tired."

Charleroi starter Jody Wilkerson had a no-hitter going through four, but ended up giving up five hits with 10 strikeouts in the complete-game victory.

Waynesburg managed four runs in the sixth on Aaron Carpenter's bases-loaded triple.

"When the game gets out of hand like that, the kids tend to get sloppy," Hartman said. "We didn't have any errors, though."

Charleroi hopes the hit parade continues at 2 p.m. today when it hosts Uniontown. It travels to Colonial at 5 p.m. Sunday.

"I'd say the mood is pretty good," Hartman said. "It seems like everyone is getting excited to come and play."

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