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April 17, 2013

High school baseball: Trojans' bounce-back game bounces Eagles

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Ney had run-scoring hits in each of his first two at-bats, helping to spark a pair of three-run innings. He doubled in Ian Buffington in the second and scored on a Tanner Miller single. He then drove in Payton Kennerly (2-for-4) with an infield single in the third.

"I was just comfortable when I got here, and I knew if I just focused on the ball I could hit it all around," said Ney. "Before the game, Coach (Ryan Lentz) said he was moving me down to the nine spot to see more fastballs, and I used that to my advantage and sat (on the) fastball and hit that."

"I talked to him before the game -- him and Ian (Buffington) -- and said, 'Look, I'm not punishing you guys by putting you in the eight- and nine-holes.' I thought, maybe, they were putting too much pressure on themselves," said Lentz. "By sliding (Ney) down, he seemed to produce a little better in the nine-hole."

Ney led off the fifth with a hit and scored on Glouner's two-run single. Glouner, a freshman, promoted from junior varsity last week, is 7-for-11 on the varsity level.

"He puts the bat on the ball and makes plays," said Lentz. "There's not a whole lot more I can ask of anybody -- in any grade."

Line Mountain committed an error in each of the first three innings. The first two plated Trojans' runs, while the latter two eventually came around to score. Only one of Upper Dauphin's seven early runs was earned.

"Sometimes you make an error and it doesn't cost you. Other times, it seems, every time you make an error they score runs off the errors," said Raker. "We had opportunities to make plays and limit them. That's also high school baseball: You put the ball in play and make the defense make the plays, and, if they don't, sometimes you can get big innings."

Senior catcher Britton Heim was 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs for the Eagles. Austin Snyder added a pair of hits.

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