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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, May 6, 1999 11 By Bob Madison NY --- There numerous major league played on Doubleday Field Lthe so-called Birthplace of Nolan Ryan, the king of all baseball his- Js 20- and 30-game ]n the American and Na- :ue have toiled on the Jefferson's lefthanded se- Josh Cenate set a Doubleday Field record Struck out 17 batters and Superb support as the beat nationally-ranked Baptist, 5-3, in a tense, g-on-nearly- game on a weather- last Friday. faced a team of experi- Well-fundamentaled play- annually play in a 100 or year including their junior American Le- fall league schedules. ale Baptist was 21-3 and 16th ranking among nited States high school according to USA Today even with those creden- Baptist couldn't fastball of Cenate's for the Marylanders did catch up to some of his teammates carve out a 5-0 lead zealously protected with : plays afield. fanned the side in each three innings. ~s )rovided with a 4-0 inning when Josh Nelson losing to Jefferson), followed with a drive fence in left that was for an error. drove a Nelson far over the 336-foot sign a three-run homer. a strikeout (Nelson would on strikes in his six of work), Jimmy Rhodes le bleachers in right ibr second Cougar home a 4-0 lead. recorded his 10th ; in 10 Riverdale outs, he catc~i~, de~l~. :~~i S Brooks retrieving the ball on the warning track, the runner would try to score from first. Brooks made a perfect relay to Eric Smoot in shallow left. Smoot, in turn, fired a strike to catcher Ethan Osbourn, who tagged the runner about 10-feet up the baseline. Cenate's lead was still at 4-0 after the defensive heroics. Cenate fanned two more in the fifth, the other out made on a fine, backhanded stop by second baseman Craig Smith. With two outs in the Jefferson fifth, Cenate rifled a sharp single to right and was replaced by courtsey runner Mike Moulton. Moulton fled home on a double to the fence by Justin Osbourn, who got his fourth RBI on the hit. At 5-0, Jefferson still wasn't safe. With his pitch count in excess of a hundred, Cenate walked his first man to open the Riverdale sixth. He got Nelson on strikes for the third time. Kemp singled and Dulaney got his third hit --- a double --- to give Riverdale its first run. Cenate walked the next bat- ter, leaving the bases loaded and just one out. Cenate then chalked up his 14th and 15th strikeouts, getting Davis and Clark each for the third from Green. Josh Cenate warms up be- up a single and the fore the Riverdale Baptist a drive just inside game at Cooperstownts foul line. With ChrisDou.bleday Field. Jason Ritenour's pitching could be a key to any Shep- herd success at the WVC tour- nament. time. Riverdale had made a run at the lead, but Cenate had stranded three runners with two more strikeouts. By Bob Madison With a sweep of a WVC double- header against Concord, Shepherd's baseball team achieved one of its goals it set back in January. But the Rams want more than a third consecutive Northern Division title --- which they earned by dealing the Moun- tain Lions 4-2 and 8-6 defeats this season. Shepherd wants its first confer- ence championship and the NCAA Division II regional bid that goes with it. That elusive league title comes into clear view tomorrow when the Rams join West Virginia State and two other teams in Bluefield for the double elimination conference tournament. Shepherd finished its league schedule with a 16-6 record and a 22-17 overall mark. Entering the post-season tour- nament along with the Rams and State are Davis & Elkins, West Va. Wesleyan, Concord, and Fair- mont. D & E and Wesleyan played a single elimination game as did Fairmont and Concord. The win- ners of those two elimination games join Shepherd and State in Bluefield this weekend. In Saturday's twin wins the Rams got complete-game pitching wins from Ty Hart and Travis Bagent, both of whom won their seventh game. Hart had a shutout for five in- nings and protected a 4-0 lead by keeping his walks to a minimum and letting his defense --- which was exceptional at times --- get most of the 21 outs he recorded. In fashioning his seven innings of winning pitching, Hart scat- tered six hits and two walks. He had five strikeouts and was touched for just Toby Legacy's two-run homer. Even though it managed 11 hits against Concord's Jimmy Clay, the Rams left seven runners in the first five innings and couldn't push Concord into the loss column until Hart stranded two runners in the seventh inning. Chad Blevins homered, Shepherd's baseball team welcomes pitcher Ty Hart and the regulars as they come off the field following a win. The Rams go to Bluefleld tomorrow for the WVC tournament, a four-team, double elimination affair. Nelson got his 10th and llth strikeouts in the Jefferson sixth. Bagent and Adam Straskulic Riverdale had another rally had two hits and Brian Tozer and waiting in the seventh. Bill Staubs each reached base A leadoff walk and bunt single twice as the Rams put 13 base gave Riverdale a start, runners on against Clay. Cenate fanned Dorsey with his The second game featured a only changeup of the day. He got number of lead changes and mul- Nelson on a pop fly to shortstop, tiple-run innings as the hitters But Kemp singled sharply to left made up for being mostly ineffec- to change the scoreboard to read tive in the first game. "5-3". Shepherd threw 12 hits at two Dulaney, who was 3-for-3, be- Concord pitchers and had base came the tying run as he faced runners in every inning except Cenate a fourth time. Cenate ran one. Concord banged out 11 hits the count to 2-and-2 before slip- and put 16 base runners aboard ping a fastball by him for a game- against Bagent. clinching 17th strikeout. Tyler Gaines was 3-for-4, Riverdale got seven hits --- four D amien Austin 3-for-3, and in the last two innings. Cenate Fincham 2-for-2 with three runs gave the Marylanders four walks scored and three RBIs as the and three earned runs, but his 17 Rams finally trumped Concord's strikeouts ruled the day. last runs with a three-run sixth Nelson, the acknowledged ace inning of their own. of Riverdale's deep pitching staff, Trailing, 6-5, the Rams scored limited Jefferson to five hits and three times despite seeing~the walked but one man. Four of the first two batters retired. runs he allowed were earned, and Blevins singled as did Gaines. the first-inning home runs by Jus- Fincham, a senior playing his tin Osbourn and Rhodes held up final home game, unloaded a long as game-deciding hits. double to the fence in deepest Cenate had four innings in rightcenter. Blevins and Gaines which he struck out the side and both scored. Brian Tozer then two ot~ers whe~ he got two men.doubled, and had three~BIs, plated Eincham with a double to 'R~ S~el~6'i~: 10ses to a while one of Andt'ew Fine,am public school, Jefferson being its two singles got the other run Bagent had his only 1-2-3 in- first such loss this season. But home. Fincham would go 4-for-5 ning in closing out the game in the in the doubleheader, including a seventh. Continued on next page game-breaking double in the sixth Staub, Bagent, Austin and inning of the second game. Jamie Ware were the other Rams seeing their final sunlite Saturday at Fairfax Field. The Rams split a Friday twinbill at home with West Vir- ginia Wesleyan, winning the opener 5-4 before being muzzled by Bobcat pitchers Ryan Sawyers and Dennis Emison in a 5-0 loss in the nightcap. Tozer's homer and a three-run first inning helped Shepherd to a 4-0 lead in the opener. Ware had a shutout through three innings, but surrendered three runs him- self in the Bobcat fourth. Wesleyan, which managed just four hits, tied it 4-4 in the sixth against Jason Ritenour. In the Shepherd seventh, Blevins and Gaines had singles. Austin produced a third straight single, but Blevins was thrown out at home. Gaines scored the game- winner on Chad Hartman's fielder's choice grounder. Sawyers and Emison limited the Rams to six hits in the second game as Wesleyan clinched a berth in the six-team playoffs. Shepherd needed to win both games on Saturday against Con- cord to insure the Northern Divi- sion title. With Hart and the hitting they got to help Bagent's complete game win, the Rams go into Blue- field tomorrow winning 20 of their last 27 games. ! ~Y Bob Madison is an adage in baseball admonishes when it never have too much teams --- whether it jor leagues, college, high Youth leagues --- pros- with the quality and pitching. schedules the maxi- of 30 games in its Season, Jefferson is al- tnting on its proven, pitchers to carry to another season-to- Uling five and sometimes a week means the Cou- an abundance of pitch- only good control but "out" pitch if they a string of 20-win has reached past 20 1~ a row. [999 season, the annual has brought an- of winning high ~gars have at least arms who can all strikes to beat the area of the state. ~ing the Hawaiian Tournament in the Jefferson pitch- COmpetent enough to of some well-known the South. past weekend, Jeffer- ~ated Riverdale Baptist ~ate-Rosemary Hall. was ranked 16th na- USA Today and Choate // " JOSH CENATE JIMMY RHODES could have still won both games because its pitching kept it in the hunt despite errors and the occa- sional mental lapse. The Cougars were beaten by 3-1 and 4-1 scores. That's because the pitching has not taken a day off, has never sur- opponent or the games of most im- portance. He has a no-hitter, five one-hitters, and a two-hitter in addition to his win over Riverdale Baptist in his season filled with strikeouts. Rhodes follows Cenate --- the same as he did in the 1998 state tournament where he got a com- plete-game victory in a 5-3 title- game ~vin over South Charleston - -- and is unbeaten this year at 6-0. He defeated Thomas Johnson, won two games in the Hawaiian Tropic stay in South Carolina and just topped Choate. Smoot is also unbeaten at 5-0. His versatility means his pitching innings are sometimes curtailed by the time he has put in at short- stop, second base, or first base. Ballenger had about three starts before falling to appendici- tis. He pitched against Brito High of Miami. His fastball was usually around 80 mph, easily enough to beat most of the teams on the Cou- gars' schedule. Christman also pitched against Brito, giving it only three hits in three innings. The junior throws strikes with both his fastball and curve, therefore giving his stock more thought since he can be brought on in relief even with run- ners on because he will not walk many people. Smith won five games as a freshman. He has recently been installed at second base and ap- pears to have solidified his chances of being a starter the rest of the year with some sparkling defensive plays. Smith had some arm stiffness in the early weeks of the season and may have missed some chances to pitch because of ~that condition. rendered even one big inning, and thought it could win has displayed very good-to-excel- .f it played well. Itlent control in all 24 games. those teams a trip to the so-called Seniors Josh Cenate and Eric Walls has done his pitching and the village Smoot; juniors Jimmy Rhodes, with the jayvee team to date, but to the baseball Hall Steve Christman, and Brandon his 16 strikeouts against Martins- Ballenger (now missing becauseburg did not go unnoticed. Walls as rooted in its an operation to remove his appen- has had games where he started dix); sophomore Craig Smith; and in rightfield or was the designated to a 21-3 record in freshman Sam Walls are the seven hitter. He pinch runs on occasion. last Saturday, the pitchers who either have been For a team to have seven pitch- ave shown conclusive credited with a win in all 21 ers throwing strikes might be con- they can play with games or figure to be used more sidered a luxury. But when a team in the eastern prominently as the regular season plays 30 games in a short number winds toward post-season- of weeks, the adage about never are silenced important games, having too much pitching is al- ia losses to Urbana Cenate figures to pitch in the ways on the minds of those in of Miami, Jefferson games against the most talented charge of Jefferson baseball. By Bob Madison Mercer and hit the inning's second Jefferson overwhelmed Martinsburg, 12-0, in a sectional baseball homer. game before turning its attention northward to Cooperstown and Mike Moulton made it three Riverdale Baptist and Choate. Jefferson batters in succession to Senior Eric Smoot improved his record to 4-0 with a two-hitter homer when he found the bleach- over five innings. He was the recipient of generous run support and ers in centerfield with his blast. 11 hits as the Cougars scored early and often in running their record Leading 9-0, Smoot had his to 19-3 and sectional mark to 3-0. only real problem inning in the The Cougars had won an earlier mercy-shortened game in Mar- seventh. tinsburg and outscored the Bulldogs 25-2 in 10 1/2 innings of base- An error opened the door for ball during the regular season, two Indians' runs. Smoot fanned five, allowed but one walk and permitted just three A single and Brad Close's two- base runners to reach safely against him. run double gave the Indians the Meanwhile, Jefferson scored three runs in the first and four more runs they needed to avoid a shut- in the second before scoring five times in the fourth inning. In four out. innings of hitting/scoring, the Cougars had 16 of their 27 batters When Smoot hit the batter af- reach base. ter Close, junior Steve Christman There were nine extra base hits, including Josh Cenate's homer, replaced him. Christman retired Justin Osbourn had two doubles, Chris Brooks a triple and a double, the two men he faced to end the Josh Green a triple, Smoot a double, Scott Wells a triple and Donnie game. Dunn a double. Smoot's pitching line read: Cenate had three RBIs, Smoot two, Wells, Brooks, and Adam 6 1/3 innings, seven hits, one Webb one each. earned run, one hit batter and Green scored three times, Cenate two and Smoot two. his fifth win without a loss. Smoot faced the minimum number of batters in the second and The Cougars, who wrapped up fifth innings. He faced just four batters in the other three innings he the sectional regular season "bye" pitched, when Martinsburg and Hedges- Jefferson improved its record to ville split two games on Monday, 22-3 on Tuesday with a 9-2 win at Donnie Dunn walked with two pleyed the Eagles last night. Jef- Berkeley Springs. Eric Smoot outs. Josh Green tripled plating ferson won't play again until next moved his record to 5-0 as he Adam Webb who was a runner for week. blanked the Indians for six in- Dunn. nings and the Cougars chased Smoot protected the slender starting pitcher Jamie Mason in lead through four innings of shut- the fifth with a six-run rally that out pitching. was highlighted by three home Craig Smith started the Cou- runs. gar fifth by reaching safely on an The Cougars took a 2-0 lead in error. Green drew a walk and the first inning when Josh Cenate Cenate followed with a run-scor- doubled with one out. Justin ingdouble. Osbourn walked with B.J. Mercer, Smoot helped his own cause back in the lineup for the first and broke the game open with a time in three weeks, was credited three-run homer that gave the with a sacrifice fly scoring Cenate. Cougars a 7-0 lead. Osbourn scored on the same play Jimmy Rhodes pinch hit for when a relay throw was wild. In the Jefferson second, catcher VALLEY YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION The Jefferson Co. Youth Soccer League will have its registration for the fall of '99 and the spring of 2000 on May 8 and May 15 from 9 a.m. to I p.m. at the Charles Town fields on Jefferson Ave. Ages 4 1/2 to 18 can play and the cost is $45 per child. This is an "everybody plays" league. For more info call Vicki Beha at 728-8577. (Large or Small Amounts) At PACKAGED SEED FULL SERVICE HARDWARE 121 W.Washington Street, Charles Town, W.Vs.