Franklin County’s history August 2nd
Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on August 2nd.
25 Years Ago
“Waynesboro keeps hex on Ephrata”
Waynesboro Post 15 Legion manager Tom Robinson doesn’t have an Ephrata voodoo doll.
It just seems like it.
Waynesboro beat the Ephrata Elks for the eighth straight time third this year 4-3 in the Region IV American Legion Tournament at Indian Field Tuesday, taking advantage of a throwing error and the incomparable pitching of Matt White on a blazing summer afternoon.
“I don’t know what it is,” Ephrata manager Andy Fasnacht said, scratching his head. “I think they’re the only team I can think of we’ve never beaten.”
“We counted on the way up: In tournaments, in regionals, we’ve lost eight in a row and we’ve beaten great teams like Boyertown.”
Early on, Ephrata (21-8) had the breaks. The Elks held a 3-1 lead, scoring on an assortment of bloops, bleeders and dribblers. In the fourth inning, John Burk-holder and Josh Shortuse rapped RBI singles, and in the sixth, Tim Sheehan’s sacrifice fly put the Elks up 3-1.
Standing in the third-base coaching box in the top of the seventh, Robinson must have rubbed his lucky rabbit’s foot. With two outs and no one on, Troy Mong singled and Dave McEntire walked to bring up White, the cleanup hitter.
Ephrata starter Jason Duing was losing it on the mound, and Fasnacht decided to bring in fire-baller Matt Buckwalter, who got ahead of White with two quick strikes.
After the second strike, McEntire wandered too far off first and Ephrata catcher Keith Breneman rifled a throw to first, but the throw was two feet over first baseman Shortuse’s head. Since right fielder Travis Wealand was shaded toward center, the ball rolled a long way.
While it rolled, staying barely in play, Mong scored and McEntire came all the way from first to tie the game.The Elks were visibly shocked.
“Their guy (McEntire) was probably dead,” Fasnacht said. “My first reaction is, ‘We have two strikes on the batter and we don’t want to do that then.’
“I don’t put the blame on Keith. If he makes the play, everybody is buzzing about what a great play it was. But as he started to throw, I went like this (Fasnacht’s mouth fell open) and I just didn’t know what was going to happen, especially with all the in-play territory out there.”
Robinson knew exactly what was going to happen.
“All I was saying, was ‘Don’t run past the end of the fence (and out of play). Waynesboro (31-6-2) capitalized on the Elks’ disarray to score the eventual game-winner in the eighth without a hit. Gary Face walked, went to second on a wild pitch, to third on a groundout and home on Josh Diffenderfer’s sacrifice fly.
White got stronger as the game wore on. He gave up three earned runs on eight hits, walking none and striking out 15. None of the hits was particularly sharp, but when White needed an out, he got it.
“After about the fifth bloop hit I was getting frustrated,” White said. “I was trying to hang in there and get back on top to get guys out.”
Fasnacht said, “The greatest quality a pitcher can have is he always throws a strike when he has to, and he did that today.”
NOTES: Waynesboro will play Hummelstown, a 9-6 winner over Fredericksburg, at 4 p.m. today at Indian Field.
75 Years Ago
August 2, 1970–Monday
The sixth annual Pennsylvania Turkey Calling Contest will be held Saturday, August 22, at Franklin County Fairground near Chambersburg.
100 Years Ago
Frester Pinchot Urges Tree Commission Be Named
“State Offers Free Trees For Streets”
Chambersburg – Free shade trees for planting along streets have been offered to municipalities in the state by Glfford Pinchot, the state’s chief forester.
He urged the city authorities to accept the assistance of experts of the Pennsylvania department of forestry in the selection of new trees and in the care of the trees they now have.
Forester Pinchot also advocated the organization of shade tree commissions. His letter to clerks of councils all over the state follows:
“The Pennsylvania department of forestry is anxious to help you make your town an even more pleasant place in which to live. The value of systematic planting and proper care of shade trees along streets to this end is very great. To get the best results from your trees responsibility for this work should be definitely fixed.
“A live shade tree commission has greatly benefited many cities and boroughs. If you have not already done so provisions of the act of May 31, 1907, P. L. 34 9 might well be accepted by your council and such a commission might be named.
“The department of forestry will be glad to co-operate with the shade tree commission of your borough by recommending the proper species, time, and places for planting, correct methods for pruning, treatment for fungi and insect attacks, etc., as well as furnish trees, free of charge for municipal and educational planting.
“If you think well of the above I would appreciate it very much if you would bring it to the attention of your council, and at your convenience let me know the results. This department wants to be of use.”