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i. ,.'j i i ii': B Sports ...... OUtsider Preakness Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Sectional finale Page B2 Page B3 tourn state Page B2 SHEPH[//ll WINS Shepherd celebrates its WVIAC tournament championship in the aftermath of the team's 10-5 win over Alderson-Broaddus. The Rams Rams win three straight and WVIAC baseball title JOHNSTOWN, Pa.-- After losing its first game in the WVIAC baseball tour- nament, Shepherd rebounded to win its final two games in pool play and then de- feated Alderson-Broaddus, 10-5, in the event's championship game. In winning the conference champion- ship, the Rams received'an automatic berth in this week's NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional tournament being held in Kutztown, Pa. The Rams entered the WVIAC eight- team event as the third-place finisher in the North Division. After dropping its first game in round robin pool play to Charleston, the Rams were able to defeat Seton Hill, 7-6, in their next game. Nash Hutter's two-run single gave the Rams a 2-0 lead in the first. With 10- game winner Paul Hvozdovic holding WILLIAM RANSOM the Griffms in check, Shepherd eventu- 'e in Regional play this week. ally had a 5-I lead in the seventh inning. Seton Hill scored a run in the seventh. Andrew Gallant replaced Hvozdovic af- ter seven. Seton-Hill died for four runs .... in the UP of the ninth to assume .a 6-5 lead. Michael Lott led the Shepherd ninth with a bunt single. Aaron ScoviUe then reached with his bunt single. Both run- ners moved up a base on a wild pitch.. . and Nathan Mch was walked inten- tionally. Chad Murphy grounded into a force play at the plate. Hutter then rammed a double to right- center with both Scoville and Minnich scoring.., and Shepherd winning, 7-6. Scovilleand Hutter both had three hits. After two days of games, all eight teams in the tournament had 1-1 re- cords. On the third day, Shepherd had to beat and Seton Hill had to pool. - Seton Hill beat Charleston.'And.Shep- Shepherd's Minnich named National Player of the Year Shepherd relief pitcher Trevor Appleby went the final five Lnnings to get credit for the win. He allowed five hits and a walk "and one earned run to improve his record to 7-3. The Rams had 18 hits with Minnieh going 3-for-3. Ryan Messina and Jake Cook both had three-hit games. Bryan WILLIAM RANSOM Nathan Minnich has been selected as the National Player of the Year. See RAMS Page B2 Shepherd senior fast baseman Nathan Minnich has been the NCAA Di- vision II National Player of the Year for the 2012 season. Minnich batted .500 and hit 21 home runs during Shepherd's 46-game regular season. Minnich actually led the country in homers per game (0.46), on-base percentage, and slugging percentage (1.037). His .500 batting average was second-'best in the nation. . There were four other offensive categories where Minnich finished in the top five in the country. Those four categories were total bases, runs scored, RBIs, and walks received. With Shepherd winning the WVIAC postseason tournament and with it an automatic berth in this weekend's Atlantic Regiofl tournament, Minn- ich will have the opportunity to add to his offensive statistics. Shepherd went 3-1 in the AC tournament and defeated Alderson- Broaddus, 10-5, in the event s championship game. In the six:team Atlantic Regional that will be played in West Lawn, Pa. at the home field of Kutzstown University, Shepherd will be the No. 5 seed. Shepherd opens play on Thursday against second-seeded West Chester ,.,: .... (Pa.), the 2012 champion of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The other four teams in the tournament are Kutztown, Mercyhurst, Seton Hill and Winston-Salem State (NC). The two other fast,round games have Seton Hill vs. Winston-Salem State and Kutztown vs. Mercyhurst. The winner of the double elimination event will qualify for the eight- team Division II College World Series in Cary, NC which is hosted by Mount Olive (NC). , L i 0!It Cougars score early, often to stay alive BOB MADISON Spirit Staff SHENANDOAH JUNCTION-- With seven hits and four runs in the first two innings of Saturday's win-or-gone Sec- tional baseball game against unbeaten- in-the-tournament Washington, home- standing Jefferson grabbed the early lead.., and turned the bright, baseball- weather afternoon into an 11-5 win. In defeating the Patriots, Jefferson evened the Sectional series against its county rival at one game each and forced a championship game this Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Bruce Davidson Field at Washington High. See COUGARS Page B2 ANDREW WILT Pansch's fastballs enough forwin BOB MADISON Spirit Staff Back in the times when nearly ev- ery village and hamlet had a base- ball team to play on its cow-pasture field, the old-timers looked upon a moundsman who relied heavily on his fastball and said he was a tradi- tional "good o1' country, hardball" pitcher. The batters knew what was coming -- one fastball after another. Nobody was fooled. But if the country pitch- er had a good enough fastbaU he just "reared back and cut it loose". And he won. Decades later, Washington High See PANSCH Page B2 ('. 00ugars turn Regiona! inlo 'Jefferson Relays WESTON-- In winning the team championship by almost 100 points at the Class AAA, Region II Meet, Jefferson swept all four of the re- lays that were held. Of the 171 points theCougars lit- erally amassed, forty of those points came from winning the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, and 4x800 relays in the meet held last Thursday at Lew- is County High School. Jefferson's point total dwarfed that of second-place Martinsburg (77). Washington High finished seventh with 24 points. The Cougars' winning time in the 4x100 relay was 43.9 and was ac- complished by Ashton Lai-Fang, Tyler Lambert, Rynal Newman, and Dante Price. In submerging the field with a winning time of 1:29.27 in the 4x200 relay, Jefferson's Lai-Fang, Lambert, Ashton Hyler, and Price recorded the fastest time in any of the four Class AAA regionals held. LaizFang, Leon Waldron, Hyler, and Warren Goode were the four runners on the winning 4x400,relay team. And their time was 3:28.57. A time of 8:22.12 was recorded by the Jefferson foursome of Rhett Zillinger, Sam Mtmnis Andrew Milliron, and Ryan Graf in taking first in the 4x800 relay. There were four other Jefferson wins in the boys division of the meet. Junior sprinter Price had the state's best 100 meter time when he posted a 10.94 in finishing first. Price also recorded.a state-best 21.6 in completing a sweep of the short- est sprints in the 200. J6fferson distance runners Sam Munnis and Eric Graf each gave the See REGIONAL Page B6