GREENCASTLE, Pa. —“Throwing a no-hitter against Greencastle is something every pitcher from Waynesboro probably dreams of.”
Waynesboro’s Dylan Bryan spoke from experience as he stood against the fence, still drenched from the Gatorade bath that his teammates had given him following his no-hit, 10-strikeout performance in the Indians’ 6-0 win over Greencastle on Thursday.
“Feels good,” Bryan said as the beads of liquid dropped from his hat and onto the field. “I was pitching on varsity since I was a freshman and it was the first no-hitter I’ve ever thrown.”
For Bryan, it will be a moment to cherish in his high school career, but for the Blue Devils, it was a somber end to an agonizing week.
“The boy threw a hell of a game. He was in command the whole way,” Waynesboro head coach Greg Chandler said.
Bryan’s no-hitter marked the second time that Greencastle has been blanked this season.
“To be no-hit two times this season is inexcusable, especially with the kind of hitters that we have,” Greencastle head coach Eric Shaner said.
Unfortunately for Shaner, Greencastle’s starting pitching did not perform up to standards either. Starter Josh Young went 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits while walking four. The second inning spelled major trouble for the lefty as he walked four straight Waynesboro batters to give the Indians a 2-0 advantage.
“I liked our at-bats,” Chandler said. “I thought we worked the counts. We’ve been doing it all year and its been working for us.”
With Young struggling early, Shaner was forced to pull in Ryan Ricci from the bullpen to quell the Indians’ threat. The righty snagged a comebacker to the mound from John Barr to end the inning. Ricci impressed his head coach during the game as he went 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out six.
“Ryan likes to gear up against the best,” Shaner said. “He wants to pitch against the best when the lights are on. He threw a heck of the game toward the end.”
Consequently, Bryan was throwing a gem as whispers of his no-hit bid were starting to circle through the crowd in the fifth and sixth innings.
There would have been no whispers if not for third baseman Seth Hoffman. Holding a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning, Greencastle’s Adam Moore rocketed a line drive to third base, only to be flagged down by a diving Hoffman, who then threw to first to record the out.
It was a play that personified the game.
“(That play was) one of the best I’ve seen,” Shaner said. “That’s huge because that’s our leadoff man, that’s a leadoff double if he doesn’t get it.”
“That play let me know that we were here to play, and here to win,” Bryan said.
With a solid defense behind him, Bryan took control of the Greencastle lineup. He mixed up his fastball and curveball effectively to keep the Blue Devils guessing throughout.
“We’ve had trouble with him through the years,” Shaner said. “He mixed up his pitches extremely well.”
Heading into the seventh inning with a 6-0 lead, Bryan made short work of the Blue Devils, striking out the first two batters and, fittingly, having the last batter ground out to Hoffman to end the game.
With the victory, Waynesboro adds another game to its cushion atop the Mid-Penn Colonial division, but Chandler still believes that there is work to do.
“For right now, we need to move forward off this performance,” Chandler said. “We have a good cushion but we still need to go out there and perform.”
On the other hand, Greencastle is heading in a different path. The Blue Devils have dropped two critical games this week and will look to rebound when they face James Buchanan for the second time in a week on Tuesday afternoon.
“We’ve got to get tougher,” Shaner said. “We’ve got to win these games where we have to scratch and claw to win.”
Waynesboro 6, Greencastle 0
Waynesboro 110 102 1 — 6 9 2
Greencastle 000 000 0 — 0 0 2
Young, Ricci (2) and Moore. Bryan and Ingram. WP — Bryan. LP — Young.