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I 14 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, April 14, 2005 HEDGF~VILLE -- Four-hit pitching by Josh Simons and some timely hitting by the bottom of the Jefferson batting order were two of the mare reasons the Cougars were able to defeat Hedgesville, 6- 1, in a sectional baseball game that will help determine the seeding of the area's Class AAA teams in the post-season tournament. The win was Jefferson's first game against a sectional rival Simons' mute-going effort was helped considerably by Brandon Piper, Jonathan Hash, and Bren- dan McLaughlin, who reached base eight times in a combined nine at-bats. Simons was able to strike out eight Eagles and the lone off him was unearned Simons improved his record to 2-0. Jefferson scored a run in the second, but Hedgesville got its unearned run in the third, so the game was tied when the Cougars batted in the top of the fourth. After Brian Collins and David Smith reached base, Piper hit a lin- er toward right that was misjudged into a double by Aaron Whifford. Before Whifford could get the ball back to the infield both Collins and Smith had scoredL Hash's single plated the innings third run and Simons with a 4-1 lead. Jefferson's last two runs came in the seventh when Joe Writ was hit by a pitch and Hash walked to be- gin the tw run inning. McLaughlin came through with a single to right that scored Wilt. Devin Terris, in the game as a pinch hitter, got the sixth run home with an RBI groundout. McLaughlin was 3-for-3 and Hash was 2-for-2. Collins had given the Cougars their early 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the seconc[ Simons blanked the Eagles af- ter a throwing errer in the third ac- counted for Hedgesville's lone ru~ Jefferson had eight hits off los- ing pitcher Ross PedersorL All the runs off Pederson were earned. FAIRMONT-- When Shepherd came to Fairmont for a three-game WVIAC baseball series, the Rams carried an unbeaten 6-0 league re- cord with them. The Rams are unbeaten in the WVIAC no more. Fairmont roughed up Shep- herd's No.1 and No.2 pitchers and swept the Rams, 12-6 and 10-3 in a doubleheader played on Saturday. The twin losses gave Shepherd a 6-2 conference mark to go along with its 12-13 overall record. Fair- mont was 2-3 in the WVIAC with the wins and improved to only 9- 16 overall. The losses meant Shepherd hade dropped seven straight games since an earlier eight-game win streak. Shepherd played poorly in the field in both games, committing five errors in losing by six runs in the opener and then being guilty of four more fielding errors in the 'nightcap loss. The Falcons and Rams traded sooting rallies in the first three in- nings of the opener. Shepherd scored twice in its half of the first only to see Fair- mont get a run back in the last half of the first. Shepherd went ahead, 5-1, in the second but Fairmont fired back with two more runs against Rams' starter Tony Magnanelli in the second. Shepherd held a short-lived, 5-3 lead after two innings. The Rams actually held a 6-3 lead when Fairmont batted in the filth. The Falcons rallied again, this time for three more runs to knot the count at 6-6 after five innings. Shepherd reliever Austin Bowie was reached for six more runs in the Fairmont fifth. BoWIe would take the loss, mov- ing his record to 1-2 Both teams banged out 10 hits. The Cougars were 7-3 overall and Hedgesville was 7-4 Jefferson will face Hedgesville again in its next home game which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. KEYSER -- Jefferson unload- ed 12- and 20-hit attacks on de fending Class A state champion Pendleton County to win a pair of mercy rule-abbreviated baseball games on Saturday. The doubleheader was played at Potomac State College and found the Cougars stampeding Pendleton County by scores of 15- 1 and 17-1. the first game went 4 1/2 innings and the nightcap was only five innings long. Jefferson was 9-3 overall and was winning for the f~trth straight time since returning from the Ha- waiian Tropic tournament in South Carolina with a 5-3 recorA In the first game, Jefferson held a 3-1 lead when it batted in the fourth against first-team, all-state pitcher Brandon Arbogast. Arbogast wasn% around at the end of the fourth because the Cou- gars were able to score 12 runs before being retired by two relief pitchers. Jefferson pitcher Brian Collins was the recipient of the mid-game run support. Gage Levac snapped a mini- slump with a three-run double in the 12-run fourth inning. Collins permitted five hits and walked five more batters, but bailed himself out of problem in- nings with eight strikeouts. The Rams had a 3-for-4 game. from David Toth, who drove in two runs. Collin Brown (the lead- in g Shepherd hitter) had two hits and Steve Kozak and Joe Cook both collected two hits as well. Shepherd started Scott McCor- mick in the second game. Shepherd had the early-game lead again, taking a 3-1 advantage when Fairmont hit in the third. Fairmont plated four runs off McCormick in the third to as- Simons worked 4.2 innings be- fore giving way to Jason Mans- field in the fifth. Collins evened his record at 1-1. Brendan McLaughlin add- ed two hits to the 12-hit Cougar cause in the first game. In the hit-happy nightcap, Jef- ferson pounded out 20 hits against three more Pendleton County pitchers. McLaughlin supplied three more hits and shoved his RBI to- tal for the twinbill to four. Jefferson plated three runs in the each of the first three innings to take a 9-0 lead. When the Cou- gars erupted for eight more runs in the fifth, the game was stopped when Pendleton County trailed by 16 runs. Mike Myers got the win for the Cougars to improve his record to 3-1. David Smith, Josh Simons, and Joe Writ also oontributed two hits to the Jefferson offense. Wilt had two RBIs. Getting three hits each in the onslaught were Collins and Corie Gustines. Richie Nelson had a pair of hits. Nelson, McLaughlin, and Collins each drove in two runs. Myers allowed six hits, but Pendleton County couldn't score after the first inning. By Bob Madison this transplanted team play in years might stand next to Montreal or Puerto Rico last catcher Brian Schneider. Aged and crumbling RFK year. Even Tris Speaker, the "Gray Stadium doesn't much resem-Shortstop Cristian Guzman.Eagle" played for Washington ble Iowa's "Field of Dreams". Outfielder-first baseman Brad in 1927 when he batted a ro- The stairs and hallways Wilkerson. Infielders Jose Vi- bust .327. leading to the players dressing dro and Nick Johnson. Pitchers Other Hall of Fame outfield- rooms are littered with bits of Livan Hernandez and Esteban ers who had turns with the old concrete and loose rocks that Loaiza. Senators and could give Jose have been pried away from Those 42,000 will have theGuillen and Sledge and Wilk- their intended locations by time red caps with the script "W" erson a little pep talk would be and humidity and neglect, of the old Senators perched on Sam Rice and Goose Goslin. There is no cornfield just be- their heads. The Hall of Famer who toiled hind the outfielders. There is They'll care not if the Nation- for the Senators were Walter no Norman Rockwell-like sun- als have backgrounds that are Johnson, Stan Covelski (1925 set bringing pastel colors and common and filled with base- when he had a 20-5 record), fireflies to the All-America ball numbers that don't exact- Early "Gus" Wynn, who es- scene, ly jump out from their Topps caped to Cleveland and Chi- Yet, old RFK Stadium is more baseball card. cago where he made his marks, than a "Field of Dreams" to the Minor League "lifers". Guys and the "Old Fox", Clark "new" Washington Nationals hanging onto their major Griffith, before he became the baseball club of the National league uniform by their finger- team owner. League. nails. Players destined to be Out there in their heavy It's a godsend. It's a homeshipped out to Class AAA be- woolen uniforms with the bag- with 42,000 fans gathered to fore the month of May dawns gy pants and small gloves could see Washington's first major by the Anacostia River. be Bucky Harris and Rick Fer- league team since the ill-fat- These 25 players are now rell--other Hall ofFamers who ed 1971 season when well-hat- Washington's team. And thehad their moments with Wash- ed owner Robert Short spirited shirts with "Nationals" sten- ington teams of old. the old Senators off to the ex- cried across the chest will be all When George W. Buch rises pressways between Dallas and over RFK. and trudges out to the mound Fort Worth. The beer will be cold (and ex- to deliver the first pitch, he No sir. Old and decrepit RFK pensive) The peanuts will be might look off into the box seats Stadium is the same as Yankee "fresh roasted". The "Lineups and see Dwight Eisenhower or Stadium was when it opened and scorecards" will actually John Kennedy or Harry Tru- during Babe Ruth's reign in the be needed to tell the customers man or even Herbert Hoover or Bronx in the 1920's. who they are rooting for this William Howard Taft ready to It's a thing of beauty Real noon. launch their own "first pitches" beauty. And the players will all And as the new Washingto- of long-ago Senators' seasons hear the heavy-throated gusto nians file slowly out of their All the other presidents had of cheers and applause as they dugouts to stand along thetheir business suits and neck- line up along the baselines for foul lines, they might be joined ties in place as they rose to de- this afternoon's home opener, by Washington players of the liver a "throw" to both teams as Players whose identity is past. they assembled on the field in known to their mothers and As shortstop Guzman takes front of them. few others, his place to receive the ac- A scramble for the presi- Pitchers like Joe Horgan and knowledgment of those gath- dent's "pitch" would take place John Patterson and T.J. Tuck- ered, he might see Hall of Faro- . . . and the season of 1915 or er. er Joe Cronin alongside. 1961 would be underway. Catcher Gary Bennett and in- Harmon Krilebrew, who sentTaft is credited with the sev- fielders Tony Blanco and Jamey 42 homers to a quiet resting enth-inning stretch. The wide- Carroll and Will Cordero. Out- place at old Griffith Stadium in girthed president could not sit fielders whose faces will have 1959, will be advising the Na- for nine full innings in a seat to be put to memory as the sea- tionals' third baseman, made for a patron of about 120 son glides along into late sum- George Sisler, who was brief- pounds less than him. Taft had met. Who knows J.J. Davis and ly with Washington in only one to get up. And when he did in Ryan Church and even Tarrm-season (1928) will join Johnson the seventh, the polite thing to el Sledge, who slugged a home around first base. do was to rise with him. Thus, run on the season's first after- Aloysius "AI" Simmons, nick- the seventh-inning stretch. noon in Philadelphia? named "Bucketfoot", was with The members-list from base- There are a few familiar faces Washington in 1937 and .1938 ball's Hall of Fame who were to those who don't favor French where he batted .279 and .302 once Senators is small when as their language and didn't see in his declining Hall of Fame looking back at other one-time sume a 5-3 lead. Shepherd couldn't counterat- tacl~ scoring for the final time in the third. The Falcons scored five more times in the fifth as Todd Cod- er replaced McCormick as Shep- herd's pitcher. Again, both teams collected 10 hits. Collin Brown was again Shep- herd's leading hitter, getting throe hits. Washingtonians who might be on those foul lines with today's Nationals Nick Altrock and Ossie Bluege. Cookie Lavagetto and Chuck Dressen. Frank Howard and Albie Pearson (one 6-foot-8 and the other 5-foot-3). Bob Al- lison and Mickey Vernon Bobo Newsom and Dutch Leonard. George McQuinn and Heinie Manush and his 349 average in 1934. Billy Jurges and Sam Mele. Bob Porterfield and Jim Kaat. Cecil Travis and Clyde Milan Joe Coleman and Ron Hansen. Smead Jolley and Hugh Casey. Zeke Bonura and Bucky Wai- ters. Wes Ferrell and Eddie Yost. Pete Runnels and Del Un- set. Paul Casanova and Mickey Grasso. The faces will all be smiling and gracious and, most of all, full of stories and blarney from the Senators of many a team -- most just managing to stay out of last place. Today's red baseball caps will be waved and some might even be thrown high in the air should Wrikerson duplicate his "cycle" from last Wednesday's win in Philadelphia. Wilkerson had a single, dou- ble, triple, and home' run as the Nationals thumped the Phri- lies Ghosts Hall of Famers. Transplanted Expos. Fans who were 12 and full of energy when Washington last had a team and are now 45 and balding and running on empty. Play ball. In Washington. With a team of players whose faces are unfamiliar. We'll learn the mustaches and the slightly gimpy running styles. And they will be just as pop- ular as Howard and Ed Brink- man and manager Ted Wil- liams were. Maybe not as favored as Wal- ter Johnson . . . but only time will tell. And right now time is standing still at Robert F. Ken- nedy Stadium as the Nationals get ready to face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chelsey Smith pitched her second straight quality softball Nagle tripled and game as Jefferson recorded a third base when shutout, 6-0, win over visiting legged out an infield Hancock Smith had defeated When Smith walked, Martinsburg in the Gene Baker were loaded. Tournament and allowed only Courtni Williams one run in that game. the fourth's first two Smith's second consecutive KatlinThorsell win evened her record at 2-2 er run with her single l and gave the Lady Cougars a 3- last Jefferson run 4 overall record The loss was when Liston got her Hancock's first after two sea- on a single son-opening wins. Smith allowed Hancock managed just three Panther run to reach hits off Smith in her route-go- Smith struck out ing performance. Hancock had Jefferson had eight hits, in- ond and third in the cluding three by Emily Liston, fourth. Smith got who had three RBIs. strikeouts and then The Lady Cougars scored all ran a long way six of their runs in the second field foul line to make and third innings that ended the Lady Seven of Jefferson's eight only real scoring hits came in the third inning Thorsell had two (two runs) and the third (four son's eight hits. more runs), able to score two The Lady Cougars' runs in though she didn't have the third came when Liston The victory was doubled home Melissa Marrone third straight after it and Jodi Haynes its first four games. Jodi Haynes allowed just five lead that held up. hits . . . but the five walks she Jefferson plated two permitted meant the Jefferson the first inning and softball pitcher had to sqirm out more in the second of several jams as the Lady Cou- Once the Lady gars eventually topped visiting the lead they played Mercersburg Academy, 6-1. defense behind Ha' The win was Jefferson's Haynes evened her fourth straight after it began record at 1-1. the season with four consecu- Brooke Shipe tive losses Clark each had one The Lady Cougars had only son's hits. three hits off Lady Blue Storm The loss also pitching, but used numerous cersburg Academy's walks -- three coming with the 2-2. Lauren Dubish bases loaded -- to take an early hits for the Jefferson won its fifth con-when Katlin Thorsell'sl secutive softball game, poking er was booted in the its head above .500 for the first man infield. time with a 5-4 record, by out- Jefferson took a pitching Musselman to register when Williams drew a 4-1 win over the Lady Apple- and scored on men. rone's double over Lady Cougar pitcher Chelsey retreating left fielder's Smith permitted only three After Musselman hits to the Lady Applemen, run in the fourth, who were losing for the third Cougars countered straight game and saw their Haynes doubled and overall record dip to 5-4. plated her with an The Musselman run was un- gle. Brittany Fierro's earned as Smith improved hergle later scored ThorseIJ pitching record to 3-2. Smith and the Lady C Smith was given a 1-0 lead more comfortable, 4-1, when Courtni Williams walkedThorsell led the and promptly stole both sec-gars with a 3-for-4 ond and third. Williams scored Jefferson had seven Jodi Haynes gave up just two hits (including a tripl~e hits to visiting St. Maria Gore- drove in a pair of runs. tti and the Jefferson softball Jessica Dibble team delivered a sixth straight two hits and was able ~ win, stopping the Lady Gaels, two of Jefferson's doze~1 12-0. Haynes' record is 2-1. The Lady Cougars were 6-4 Jefferson will host overall, rival Martinsburg on Courtni Williams had two April 18, at 7 p.m. hits, three RBIs, scored twice, face Musselman on and stole two more bases as the April 19, Lady Cougars kept their bur- before traveling to the geoning win streak intact. Midland Tournament Melissa Marrone had two weekend.