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SECTION Wednesday, March 28, 2012 r w Reneesgotzip She has already done enough to join the field in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. See Page B3 Patriot basketball Tyrek Collier (MVP) and Cody Diehl (Sportsmanship) received awards at Washington's boys basketball banquet. See Page B4 Jefferson singers Jefferson High School Vocal Music Women's Ensemble took first place at local festival. See Page B5 Five-run inning gets Shepherd past Cardinals BOB MADISON Spirit Staff SHEPHERDSTOWN-- Wheeling Je- suit had the game's first home run. In fact, the Cardinals had the game's first three runs. But Shepherd had Nathan; Minnich's two-run homer and the game's last 10 runs as the Rams made the most of a five-run fourth inning to win the WVI- AC baseball game, 10-3. After having a scheduled doublehead- er on Saturday washed away, the Rams and Cards set up a North Division twin- bill that should prove to be important in the conference's final standings. Prior to Sunday's games, Shepherd was positioned in second place in the :North Division. But the Rams were just one game over .500 in the standings. 72Wheeling Jesuit was also just a game ,over .500. And the league's rules call for the first four teams in the seven-team di- vision to make the WVIAC tournament, an event that gives the conference its champion ~ Trailing, 3-0, after Robbie Davia had crashed a two-run home run off Shep- herd starter Paul Hvozdovic and Patrick Ammar had doubled in a run in the first- inning, the Rams rebounded with Min- nich's long two-run blast in the first to bring them right back. When Bryan Rosario lofted a drive that carried out just inside the foul pole, the Rams had made it 3-3. It could have been more but there had been five runners stranded in the first two tums. After the near-disastrous first, Hvozdovic began to have some success with both his pitches and threw strikes at the Cardi- nals. With considerable help from his de- fense he ,weathered more trouble in the third. Jake Cook made a diving catch in left field and outfielder Aaron Scoville threw out Andrew Nemecek at the plate when he collected Jordan Medley's sin- gle and threw a strike to catcher R yan Messina. Hvozdovic had been nicked for six hits in three innings, but the game was still even at 3-3. A five-run Shepherd fourth became the game's deciding factor. Minnich's double scored Scoville, who had walked. Chad Murphy fol- lowed with a run-scoring double. After Nash Hutter had a single, it was Coffey driving in two more Shepherd runs with a double h'e rifled into the left field cor- ner. Coffey scored on an infield error. And the Rams had assumed an 8-3 lead with most of the scoring damage done against reliever Parker Lang. Just to make things easier for one-in- ning reliever Justin Byrd, the Rams used Scoville's triple, Minnich's fourth RBI, and Coffey's RBI hit that scored Messi- na to move in front, 10-3. Hvozdovic went six innings and al- lowed seven hits while walking none. He fanned four and improved his record to 5-2. Shepherd had trumped Wheeling Jesu- it's 3-0 lead by scoring the game's last 10 runs and overcoming leaving 10 bas- erunners stranded in its six turns. Shepherd's Nathan Minnich Rams' doubleheader sweep hit his 12th home run of the season in of Wheeling Jesuit on Sunday. WILLIAM RANSOM the first game of the i~i ~ ~::ii~i'iiii( ~i~iii~ii !~ii ~ii~ii iii ~i ~ ii~ ii~ ~ ~ WASHINGTON'S PANSCH % 111 11/ : i = ii~i ~ :Da was iatum :::: :::: :: 4 : ::: i: i ~/:!i ::: : :::: ' " Pansch, who was ile senior rightehander Ryan Washington High pitcher Ryan Pansch ANDREW WILT (shown here against Musselman) picked up his first win on Monday vs. Dominion. ~;~From staff reports ,~i~ SHENANDOAH JUNCTION-- The : annual Jim Taylor Relays that begin the :~high s,chool track and field season have :~often been troubled by foul weather. Ei- ~*therltsc z or ust lalncold " old and bree y j p " /:' But this past Saturday it was windy :and chilly . . . and it rained too much i and too hard for much of the hours-long meet. ~; The pole vault had to be cancelled. And the athletes had to huddle together for warmth. Tents erected in the stands 7. and bleachers provided some respite 7from tee showers, but nobody seemed to completely escape from the elements, the Lady Bulldogs' 48 points. Even under the extreme conditions, Jefferson's wins in the boy's divi- several Taylor Relays records were es- sion came in the distance medley relay, tablished. Jefferson's boys broke a pair the 4x200 ( with a time of 1:33.17), the of records in their own event. The shut- 4x400 (with a time of 3:44.84), and the tie hurdles mark fell to the Cougars 4xl600(withatimeofl9:16). when their foursome clipped off a time The other running events were won of 59.07. And in the 4x800 relay, it was by Musselman (the 4x100) and Briar Jefferson establishing a new standard Woods, Va. (the 800 sprint medley). with a winning time of 8:25.89. Washington's boys were third in the The Jefferson boys won their division sprint medley with a time of 1:47.23, of the event With 72 points. Musselman and third in the 4x200 with a time of was a distant second with 41 points. The 1:33.17. Millbrook High girls from Frederick Hampshire's three throwers combined County, Va. pulled out a close team win over Martinsburg, scoring 50 points to strikeouts gton enjoyed .four, run fore leaving when he reached apre, leadi When Pansch left after four scribed pitch count. innings, the Applemen rallied for The loss was Washington's fast six runs in the game's latter stages against two wins. The Applemen (while holding Washington score- were 4-0 with the comeback win. less), they had erased the lead and done enough to defeat the Patriots, See PATRIOTS Page B2 See RELAYS Page B2 Tyler Lambert (left) has taken the baton from Ashton ADAM HOLSTON Lai-fang in Saturday's rainy Taylor Relays. I