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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, April 27, 2000 21 II II II IIIII II IIIIIII I I I III I Steve Christman Donnie Dunn Josh Green BY Bob Madison the east, Christman could get leftcenter off Christman was the filch, and then started a 1-6-3 credit for his third win of what be- caught near the fence by Chris double play in the seventh after the came a 12-2 season for the Con- Brooks, while Wratchford's liner first two Bulldogs had reached was Sam Walls' three run garb. was misplayed into Jefferson's base on a four-pitch walk and a the three double playsWhile the number "three" was of fourth run. tapper in front of Christman by managed Starting some positive significance for the The game was scoreless through Quinn. Smith contributed Cougars, there were any number of three innings as Smith first some- Jefferson continued to get more innings. And when unusual happenings in the game, how turned a hard drive back at runs in games than hits. It was five still another shut- especially on the base paths him by C.J. Gainey into a rally-kill- runs with four hits. i n n i n g 5 - 0 o v e r Martinsburg's Warren Brown ing double play, and later struck But even with just four hits, all rg---their sectional was picked off twice, once being out both Zach Glover and Gainey but two of the Cougars still at 3-0 and gave them called out for interference And with runners on second and third reached base at least once. Yet they ~ges of the Class Jefferson likewise had two runners and one out in the third, hit the ball forcefully only four tournament that will picked off first base as well as los- Martinsburg's Jason Walther times and one of those was a line e Bulldogs against ing another out trying to compen- waded through the Cougars much out. the first game. sate for a general lack of hitting by the same as other pitchers had in Martinsburg, which had scored told of discomfort in his trying to score a man from second recent games. Nobody hit anything at least five runs in every game of extricating himself from on an infield hit. hard off him until Donnie Dunn its 6-5 season, hit the ball hard third inning, best- The wind was a factor. Its 20- singled in the four after Jimmy only twice . . and both of those mile an hour consistency cost the Rhodes drew a two-out walk . . . were outs. then gave the Bulldogs a home run and made Jeff and then Walls crashed his homer. Wratchford's semi-liner to center Christman faced only 13 batters With Smith, Christman, Jimmy plays along the too much of an adventure for the in his four innings, buthadjustone Rhodes, and Sam Walls allwinning Martinsburg outfielder unfamiliar 1-2-3 inning, their starts and usually authoring LWalls lofted his three-run with what a stiff breeze can do to a He picked off Brown in the low-run games, Jefferson contin- the fence in right andbaseball, fourth, got a double play on a soft ned to prove again that "You can WindAhat snarled in from Mike Quinn's long fly to liner to first baseman Rhodes in never have too much pitching." By Bob Madison Hitting is said to be contagious. Slumps are also said to spread throughout any team's lineup. Somebody better find a "quar- antine" sign to post in the Jefferson dugout because the Cougars haven't hit as a team for some time, even making do with just two hits in a 3-0 win over Loudoun County last Wednesday night. Their slump seems contagious. Even the players whose every- day presence is assured have stopped hitting the ball hard. And those players whose name on the lineup card is conditional upon whether they hit or not haven't contributed much of any- thing lately. It was a three-run inning with only one hit that stood up because senior Jimmy Rhodes fashioned his third shutout in his four starts as the Jefferson season nears the half-way point. Rhodes struck out 15 Raiders. He gave up four hits, two of them of the infield variety. With the game scoreless in the top of the fourth, Loudoun County got two of its scant rationing of hits with nobody out. Rhodes then fielded an at- tempted sacrifice bunt and re- corded a force out at third base He then fanned the next two men to keep the Raiders from scor- ing the game's first run or runs. The Cougars left the bases loaded in their half of the fourth, but finally scored in the fifth. With one out, Ethan Osbourn drew a walk after falling behind 0- 2 in the count. Aider a fielder's choice on which Josh Green was safe, Chris Brroks drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Brad Webb, who lived a charmed life as Osbourn's courtesy runner, scored the first run on a passed ball. After Craig Smith was walked, Rhodes grounded a single to left that scored Green and Brooks. It was Jefferson's second---and last --- hit of the night. Smith had the other single in the first, but was stranded after stealing second. Rhodes' only walk and one of the two fielding errors the Cougars had placed Raiders at first and sec- ond with two out in the sixth. But Rhodes notched his 14th strikeout to move closer to his fourth win of the season. ARer Jefferson went down 1-2-3 in the sixth, Rhodes dispatched the Raiders in the same up-and-down order to finish off another shutout. The game was an anomaly of sorts in that Jefferson had only two batters strike out, yet couldn't ben- efit from Loudoun County mis- takes because every out they re- corded from the first through the sixth innings was a fly out or pop fly. In 15 outs, never did an in- fielder have to make a play. But Rhodes was there to pitch a shutout and Jefferson went to 11-2, coasting home on two hits and the 15 strikeouts that meant only six balls put in play had to fielded for outs. Craig Smith (left) breaks for third base. A step-up in competition didn't base, went to third on a groundout stop Jimmy Rhodes or Jefferson as and scored the game's first run on both continued their winning ways Craig Smith's groundout. in the nine-year old BD+C Crystal With two outs, Rhodes drew a Coast Classic in Havelock, NC.walk. His pinch runner, Brad Webb, Rhodes improved his record to was balked to second. 5-0 with his fourth shutout of the Donnie Dunn then grounded to season in a 3-0 win over West shortstop. The throw to first was in Carderette, NC. the dirt and skipped about 10-feet By winning in the first round of away. Webb kept running from sec- the three-day tournament, The ond and scored to make it 2-0. Cougars moved into the second Smith walked in the third. He round against West Craven, NC.reached third on two wild pitches Also, on Tuesday the Cougars with nobody out, but the next three played a make-up game against batters struck out. George Washington of Charleston, In the Jefferson fourth, Ethan WV. Osbourn tripled and then scored Rhodes received excellent field- the Cougars' last run on a passed ing support. The Cougars had one ball. double play and saw Josh Green Rhodes had a double and Sam make a shoestring catch in Walls a single as Jefferson was lim- centerfield, ited to just three hits in all. Rhodes struck out a season lowThe Cougars were 13-2 after six, while issuing one walk and hit- Monday's win. ting two batters. He surrendered The tournament semifinals only two hits and both of themwere rained out on Tuesday. Also, came with two outs in a West the planned makeup game against Carderette inning. George Washington was lost to the Green began the Jefferson first weather. by drawing a walk. He stole second The Jefferson semifinal against BOYS BOP APPLEMEN Jefferson had little trouble with Musselman, defeating the re-,Applemen, 7-0, in boys tennis. nil s " -t i~ girls softball team It was the second time this sea- single. In winning No. 1 through No. 4 [Sl)V.'~il'~,~Ord dip to 3-8 when it son Hancock had beaten Jefferson In quick succession, the Ladysingles, John Egnor, Bryan Jones, ~ve 1 ~rledgesville, 12-6 the on the mercy rule. Panthers received a walk, there Parker Kohlhepp, andNeil Bradley ]~a~ved to 9-4 Jefferson is now 3-9, whilewas a wild pitch, two more singles, lost a total of only six games. p~ek ~ld:~Eagles had an early" Hancock is 7-6. and the game was halted by the 10- In the three doubles matches, ~d d after three innings, . ~ Y Cougars got back into The Lady Panthers had II hits run rule when Monica Fox singled Musselman was able to win only home the13th Hancock run . . . and one game in their duels with " r~ll?d kept it from ending off Jefferson starter Shelly the eighth of the fateful fifth in- Jefferson's Justin Blanc/Kohlhepp, a~ . ~ It-run mercy rule. Hockman and fifth-inning reliever ning. Egnor/Jones, and Casey Vogler/ 16 h~q~d~ C "b~ ~ ougars managed to Angle Magaha. ~e?~ ~] alks off Hedgesville's Jefferson managed five hits off Bradley. The Cougars were 17-1 and by ~]~ l~itcher, Jessica Shade, Jefferson had just "scored three Hancock starter and winner Beth Musselman 3-5 after the matches. ~::r~ Six Jefferson hitters, buttimeSHancockin the fifthansweredtO get withWithinseven5"3' Sterner. |i~allied for eight runs in hits, two walks, and a hit batter. Hockman saw her record go to JHS BOYS SOCCER ~ ~t~l~ ing of its girls softball 1-5 with the loss. Sterner improved rich ~l]['~q ~ Jefferson. The eight- A Jefferson error and a wild her overall record to 6-6. A Jefferson High boys soccer i~e gave the Lady Pan- pitch helped fuel the inning that meeting with the coaches will be cr~ ~-~-~ lead and the game was s a w M a g a h a t a k e o v e r for The loss was Jefferson's fourth held on Tuesday, May 2 in the driv- ~g u' ~e ctive ~l - xu-run mercy rme. Hockman, but be greeted by a in a row. ers education room at the school. ms s.c~ All returning players and parents the/o Pl#D esRams oGood meet at 7 p.m. All new players and co parents meet at 8 p.m. The boost- in fo j ers club will meet afterwards. Call ill d~ Mary Ruth Durbin at 876-2444 for nly.~ split a pair of one-run Division post-season berths with Walter had to take the loss in additional information. ~na~"~es with conference ri- its conference mark of 7-9. The Bat- the second game when Alderson- YOUTH SOCCER S|GNUP wC~'~'~?on-B road dub lasttiers own a 14-23 overall record. Broaddus scored twice in the bey- The Jefferson Co. Youth Soccer . ~t~]~y. The Rams won the Walter's record went 2-2 with eath on an infield error, double, League will hold its registration for net ~,1"~,- -- o~Wi~~s Preston Miller was the loss. and game-decidingsingle with the the fall season of 2000 and the erso~L'qth .~ . ~ :~ ~ae win that boosted score at 66. ' spring season of 2001 on both May 13 and May 20 at Jefferson High ,me ~']t~ to 3 3 In getting the win in the opener, The Battlers had a runner atfrom 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. both dates. Miller went five innings, allowed first, no runs in, and two outs when All boys and girls between ages six hits, struck out five, walked the last two unearned runs scored 4 1/2 and 18 are eligible. There are three, and surrendered three on consecutivehits. earned runs. no tryouts. To register, you need the Walter earned a save with twoShepherd had seven hits in thechild's doctor's name and phone innings of one-hit pitching. He nightcap. Mike Spry's double was number, a medical insurance car- endemiC red twice off Jason fanned two in blanking the Bat- the lone extra base hit. Blevins rier, and emergency contact's name ~'~O~d being swept. The 7- tlers, scored twice. Spry reached base and phone number. ~,~hepherd at 3 10 m the ' Registration is $55 and includes mes~gl~i~ - ' Chad Blevins had three of three times. But Shepherd team shirt, shorts, socks, and -olu~!~ Conference and 12- Shepherd's 10 hits. Chris Matthias struckout eight times and commit- da ~I~:~/~r had two singles. Jeremy Hancock ted five fielding errors to make its player insurance. For more infor- oaddus remained drove in two runs. All 10 of Shep- task of sweeping the twinbill even mation call either 876-8363 or 876- n -, [ ~,~ of the two Northern herd hits were singles, harder. 3114. West Craven, NC was rescheduled for Wednesday morning and the other half of the draw slated to play their game in the early afternoon. A third-place game was to be played in the early evening and the title game at 8 p.m. last night. Havelock, NC was to play Pinecrest, NC in the other half of the winner's bracket. In a game that started promis- ing enough for the Lady Cougar softball team, ended with a 9-3 loss to Musselman. The first two Jefferson batters-- Sheila Palmer and Amy Edwards--- reached base, but then a line drive double play squelched the inning. And Musselman scored the g~me's first run en route to the win. The Lady Applemen erupted for six runs in the third inning. The Lady Cougars scored three times in the sixth when Palmer and Edwards were on base in front of Lauren Ballenger's three-run homer. Jayvee Girls Stop Musselman Jefferson's jayvee girls beat Musselman's first-year varsity team, 5-2. The Lady Cougars had wins in No. 1 singles through No. 4 singles as Jesse Welsh, Jennifer Kastle, Amber Fellers, and Tara Coulter had the victories. Erin Lynch/Whitney Beitz won their doubles match, but the Applemen won the other two doubles matches. Jefferson's girls jayvee tennis team defeated Frankfort, 5-2, as Amber Fellers and Tara Coulter won their singles matches and the doubles teams of Fellers/Lauren Riley, Coulter/Natalie Lance, and Whitney Beitz/Rachel Franklin took three matches to account for the five points Jefferson had. The girls then improved to7-6 by stopping Hedgesville, 4-1. Fellers, Riley, Lance, and Beitz all won singles matches, giving the Lady Cougars their four points. The Jefferson boys jayvee team beat Hedgesville, 5-1, as Justin Blanc, Eric Duewel-Zahniser, Joe Humeas, Diego Buendia, and Chris Bonacorda all won their singles matches. The jayvee boys are 11-2. LITTLE LEAGUE BOARD The Jefferson Co. Little League board of directors monthly meeting will be held on Sunday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at Jefferson High in the health room. All JCLL members may attend. But Musselman already had a 9-0'lead at that point . . . and Jefferson's record slipped to 3-10. The Lady Applemen are 11-7. Shepherd jumped from ninth place into a tie for fifth after the second day of the WVIAC golf tour- nament being contested at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs. Shepherd's Jason Pierson shot a 75 for the day's best round. Charleston's Joe Norman also fired a 75, Pierson is four shots behind Norman, the two-day leader. Charleston led after two rounds with a team score of 621, followed by Concord at 628, and West Vir- ginia Wesleyan at 629, The Rams had a score of 654. Breeders Classics Dates Are Set With the Washington Redskins not having an open date in their NFL season until November, West Virginia Breeders Classics presi- dent and Redskins radio broad- caster Sam Huff has announced that the 2000 edition of the two- day Classics will be run on Septem- ber 16 and September 17. The Redskins play a Monday Night game on September 18 giving Huff a window to run the races. The Cavada Stakes, run for $75,000 in 1999 will be the lone Classics race on Saturday, Septem- ber 16. The other stakes races, in- cluding the West Virginia Breeders Classic, will be run on Sunday, Sep- tember 17. That race was f~r $150,000 last year. Plans are underway to add an- other race to the weekend of events. The prep races leading to Clas- sics weekend will be revised since the races are usually run later in the fall. Charles Town will begin its card of live races on Saturday, May 6 (Kentucky Derby Day) at 6:15 p.m. It will do the same the day of the Preakness Stakes (May 20), and the Belmont Stakes (June 10). Patrons can bet all three Triple Crown races at Charles Town. There will also be the opportunity - to bet the three races on the Friday before each of them is contested.