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B2 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Sports bpirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE From staff reports INWOOD-- Jefferson's early lead did not hold.up. Though it was only a slender lead, the Cougars could never secure it. And so Mus- selman erased a one-run deficit in the last innings to get a 5-4 win. The loss was Jefferson's second straight after three early-season wins. The Applemen improved to 6-0. Dennis Jackson scored Jeffer- son's first run after getting a sin- gle and moving to third base. He scored on an infield ground out. Jefferson was able to plate two runs in the third when Corey Mangold and Fraser Brown had RBI hits. The Cougars held a 3-2 lead into the fourth. Musselman had seen its rallies end short of success and had already stranded seven runners by the end of the fourth. Musselman tied it in the fifth and then went on top, 4-3, before it could be retired in the inning. The Applemen got a two-run sin- gle from Chance Allen. Trailing by a run in the top of the sixth, the Cougars made it 4-4 when Brown had a triple and then rode home on Jackson's sac- rifice fly. In the Musselrnan sixth, Evan Woolum was at second and Jacob Whilmore was at first when Den- ver Luttrell produced an RBI single off Cougar rehever Logan Maloney that snapped the tie and pushed the Applemen into a 5-4 lead. When the Cougars couldia't score again in the seventh, they had suffered a second straight loss -- both to area schools -- and had a 3-2 overall record. Matt Henshaw and Anthony DiAma- rio had two-out singles in the last inning but Mangold popped out to end the threat. Jefferson collected nine hits and made only one error. But the Cougars suffered eight strikeouts. DiAmario had two hits, Brown had a double and triple, and Henshaw had two hits. Jackson. Blaine Petrie, and Mangold all contributed hits. Bulldogs drop Patriots with six-run inning Cards' Kraus enters with 0.00 leaves after eight Shepherd runs 9 BOB MADISON Spirit Staff SHEPHERDSTOWN-- Shepherd completed a double- header sweep of Wheeling Je- suit when it batted 10 men in the first inning against Cardi- nal pitcher Jordan Kraus, scor- ing six runs, before tUrulng that lead over to pitcher Bran- don Coffey. 'Coffey went four scoreless innings in the Rams' 8-1 win: Kraus had pitched 27 1 in- nings in the 2012 season and his ERA was a spotless 0.00. Shepherd drowned him in a six-run, first-inning deluge. All the runs were earned. Seven straight batters reached safely against Kraus. After Michael Lott and Aaron Scoville both grounded out, Kraus walked Nathan Minnich on four pitches. Chad Murphy doubled to the wall in the right field cor- nor. With runny, to at accond and third, Ryan Messina lined a two-run double against the fence in deepest left. Nash Hutter's line-drive single gave the Rams a 3-0 lead. Jake Cook drew a walk and Travis Sluger drilled a hard single in front the left-field- er. When the outfielder kicked Sluger's hit, Hutter scored the fourth run. Bryan DiRo- sario rammed a two-run triple that was finally stopped by the fence and Shepherd had scored six runs after ifs first two batters in the opening in- ning had been retired. Kraus no longer,had a per- fect 0.00 ERA. Shepherd had a 6-0 lead that Coffey protect- ed through his four innings of shutout pitching. By the time Coffey was re- placed, the Rams had an 8-0 lead because Hutter had ham- mered a solo home run and Lott had plated Sluger with an RBI single. The last three innings saw Shepherd use pitchers Trevor Appleby and Andrew Gallant for one scoreless inning apiece and Byrd for a six-batter, one-' run inning. Coffey's record was 2-2. Sluger. who laad recently been replaced at third base be- cause his number of hits had dwindled and dwindled, went 3-for-3 and scored twice. Shepherd collected 11 hits. Hutter also had three hits in going 3-for-4. Messina, Hut- ter, and DiRosario all "had two WILLIAM RANSOM Paul Hvozdovic won his fifth game for Shepherd vs. Wheeling Jesuit. RBIs. The two teams were sup- posed to have a three-game weekend series, but could get in only two because of Satur- day's showers Shepherdcame out of Sunday's sweep with a 7-4 record the conference's North Division, good for sec- ond place behind only Seton Hill. And the overall record was 14-10. Wheeling Jesuit xt,o,o g ," ;. *h~ NIo~h Bi~,ioio and 10-11 overall. A huge first inning rally had exploded the ERA of Wheel- ing Jesuit's Kraus and had positioned Shepherd in a place where it could reach the WVI- AC tournament after failing to qualify for last year's event. From staff reports MARTINSBURG A six-run third inning that was highlighted by a grand slam home run from Nate Temple led homestanding Martinsburg to an 8-4 win over Washington in a baseball game played on Friday night at P.O. Faulkner Park. Martinsburg trailed, 1-0, when it batted in the third. After the tying run had scored on one of four er- rors the Patriots committed, Tem- ple launched his grand slam hom- er off Washington's Austin Lar- comb. Larcomb left in the fourth after yielding eight hits and eight runs (five earned). He fanned five before giving way to Tyler Mattei, who went 2.2 innings and allowed only one hit to the Bulldogs. Temple went 3-for-3 with five RBIs. When the third inning was completed, Martinsburg had a 6-1 lead. Washington. rallied against Martinsburg starting pitcher Chuck McElaney before he left after 5.1 innings. McElaney al- lowed four runs (one earned), and five hits while fanning six Tyler Mason replaced McE1- aney in the Washington sixth where the Patriots scored twice to make it 8-4. Both sides committed foflr er- rors. Washington had five hits. The loss was Washington's third straight after winning its first two games of the season. Martinsburg remained unbeaten in its first four games. 9 From staff reports ELKINS Pitcher Trev- or Appleby and first baseman Nathan Minnich led Shep- herd to a 10-3 win in the first game of a WVIAC double- header against Davis & Elkins last Wednesday at Harpertown Field. The Senators routed Shep- herd starting pitcher Jamie Driver in the nightcap and post- ed a 12-6 win over the Rams to gain a split of the two games. Automotive Technology Culinary Arts Electricity Electromechanical Technology Printing EMT/Fire Science HVAC/R Machine Trades Masonry Materials Distribution/Warehousing Nursing Truck Driving Surgical Technology Interactive Game and Web Design Academy Massage Therapy (Starting August 2013) For more (304) 754-7925 or visit the Web at DAY & EVENING GED CLASSES Jill S. Weekley Learning Center at JAMES RUMSEY TECHNICAL INSTITUTE 3274 Hed gesville Rd Martinsburg, WV 25403 Adult Literacy LPN/Surg. Tech. Prep. Career Exploration For more (304) 754-9712,or visit the Web at S Shepherd was 12-10 overall and 5-4 in the North Division of the WVIAC. Davis & Elkins was 9-12 overall and 5-4 in the South Division o.f the league. In its first-game win, the Rams' Appleby had his first good outing in several starts and worked five innings while allowing only five hits and one run (earned) in getting cred: it for the win. Appleby fanned three and walked just one. He left with a 7-l lead. Shepherd scored three times in the third inning on just one hit. Minnich was 3-for-4 and had three RBIs. Nash Hutter had two hits and so did Michael Lott. Aaron Scoville scored three runs, and Chad Murphy. From staff reports SHEPHERDSTOWN-- When nobody else was able to play softball or baseball on Saturday, the Shepherd softball team was able to defeat visiting Davis & Elkins, 9-0 and 10-2, in a WVIAC doubleheader. The games were the first con- ference games for both teams. In winning 9-0 in five in- nings, Shepherd had two hits but received 11 walks and had two hit batsmen. There were 10 wild pitches by the two Sena- tor pitchers. Tricia Bettura limited the Senators to one hit. in moving her pitching record to 6-8. In winning 10-2 in five in- nings, the Lady Rams received 12 walks and had six hit bats- men. Shepherd scored five times in the second and ended the game with four runs in the fifth. Tiffany Biggs had a corn- drove in a pair of runs. In the second game, Da- vis & Elkins jumped on Shep- herd starter Driver, who was roughed up for ix earned runs while allowing six hits and two walks. Driver lasted just three innings. Shepherd reliever Brian Martin went 2.1 innings and yielded six earned runs on four hits and three walks. Davis & Elkins had both a five-run and a four-run inning. Shepherd had only five hits off the combined efforts of two Senator pitchers. Ryan Messina was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored for the Rams. Minnich scored two runs and Hutter had two RBIs. plete game six-hitter and went to 7-3. On Sunday, Shepherd split a doubleheader against visiting West Virginia Wesleyan. The Bobcats won the first game, 2-0. behind the eight- strikeout pitching of Jacque- line Omichinski. She walked only one in the shutout win. Paige Cummings drove in both runs for the Bobcats. Bettura's six-hitter was not good enough and her record went to 6-9. Biggs authored a complete- game, five hitter as Shepherd won the second game, 5-1. Biggs was 8-3 after fanning seven and yielding only one walk. Hillary Perez-Ashley was the losing pitcher. Shepherd was 3-1 in the WVIAC and 16-13 overall. West Virginia Wesleyan was 1-1 in the WVIAC and 16-8 overall. ADAM HOLSTON Pansch FROM PAGE B1 Dominion had a three-run sixth against freshman Mark McGee. When three of the five men Mc- Gee saw in the seventh reached base, left-hander Jonathan Sa- dler was summoned. Sadler hit the first batter he faced. Next, Sean Stubbs grounded to Aus- tin Larcomb at third, but a Ti- tan runner beat the scrambling Patriot infielder to third and all hands were safe. The situation was precarious. Score: 8-7 favoring Washing- ton. Situation: runners at sec- ond and third and two outs. Next pitch: Rob Pugh sent a high fly toward medium right- field. Hetzel wavers. The wind pushes the fly deeper. Hetzel reaches as high as he can. He makes the catch, and tumbles to the ground. Result: Washington wirrs, 8-7, and Pansch goes 1-0 on the season. Pansch had two hits and had scored half of Washington's runs before the Patriots' offense was cut off in the late going of the regulation seven innings as well as the only extra ilming. Jared Silva also had a hand in Washington's early-game scor- ing. Silva also had two hits and he drove in a pair of runs. Senior Jonathan Sadler re- placed Pansch to begin the Mus- selman fifth. The Patriots led, 4-0. Fielding mistakes, errant throws, walks, and some awoken Musselman bats accounted for four runs -- only one was earned -- off Sadler. Musselman didn't take the lead all at once. It scored twice in the fifth and then added the tying runs in the sixth. Two bunts that the Patriot infield misplayed led directly to the game being tied at 4-4. In the game-deciding eighth inning, more Washington field- ing problems aided the two-run Musselman rally. Washington went down in or- der in its half of the eighth. Washington left nine run- ners aboard and Musselman also stranded nine runners in its eight turns. The next day, Washington wasn't able to completely use the masterful pitching of Jared Silva in its 1-0 loss to Sherando in Ste- phens City. Silva limited the Warriors to only three hits in his six innings of complete-game pitching. She- rando's only run came on a Trey Porter solo homer in the fourth inning. Silva fanned six and walked only one. Washington had five hits off Wagner, who mastered the Patriots for five innings and Loudan, who pitched the final two innings. Wagner's record was 1-0. The save was Loud- an's first. Kendell Smith had two of Washington's hits. Smith and Drew Hetzel both had dou- bles: Sherando was 4-1 overall and Washington was 2-2. Relays FROM PAGE B1 to win the discus. In the gift's division, Wash- ington High won the distance medley with a time of 13:20.27. The Patriots finished third in the 4x200 and the 4x800. Hedgesville posted a win in the discus. Martinsburg had a win in the 4x100 sprint relay. The Lady Bulldogs had other wins in the 800 sprint relay and the shot put. Musselman registered a win in the shuttle hurdles. The foul-weather history of the Taylor Relays was repeated. But th6 athletes persevered. And ,some of them even prospered. Shown at left: The long jump and other field events were a problem for some of the athletes in Saturday's .Jim Taylor Relays.