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82 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 , Sports Littleton, Irving/Coomler reach state tennis finals CHARLESTON-- Washington High girls tennis player Mackenzie Littleton won her first match in the state tourna- ment at No. 4 singles -- beating Uni- versity's Cassie Seamon 7,5, 6-4 -- but then was stopped in the bracket's finals by Huntington's Rachele Subik 1-6, 6-1, and 6-0. Littleton's one win was added to first-round and semifinal round wins the Patriots achieved to give the team a total of three points and a three-way tie for fourth place. Huntington took the girls Class AAA team title with 19 points, while runner- up Parkersburg had 15 points. On Thursday on the tournament's first day, Washington's No. l sin- gles player, Angela Pittinger, fell in her first match, losing to University's Rees, 8-5. In No. 2 singles, Washing- ton's Jill Spuria played her first match in the quarterfinals art lost 8-3 to Huck of team champion Huntington. Washington's No. 3 player Melissa Sirbaugh won her quarterfinal match, 8-5, over Howard of John Marshall. Sirbaugh was stopped 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinal round by Keiser of Parkers- burg at No. 3 singles. In No. 1 doubles, Washington's Pit- tinger/Sirbaugh lost 8-1 to Pfince/Keis- er of Parkersburg. The No. 2 Washing- ton pairing of Spuria/Littleton defeat- ed Patterson/Capehart of Parkersburg, 8-1 in the quarterfinals. In the semifi- nals of the No. 2 bracket, Spufia/Lit- tleton fell to McGuffin/Hutchinson of Huntington, 6-1, 6-0. The No. 3 dou- bles bracket begins play in the semifi- nals. Washington's Amber Burr/Molly Banfield dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to University's Ressekh/Chico. Thursday's boys bracket match- es saw Washington's No. 1 singles player Will Wheatley stop Wheeling Park's Chiarlo, 8-2. In the quarterfi- nals, Wheatley fell to Huntington's Tubert, 8-0. In No. 2 singles, Washington's Patrik Haglund dropped a quarterfinal match, 8-4, to Clay of Hurricane. Jefferson's lone tournament representative, Devin Forman, lost 8-2 in the first round to John Marshall's Nadolski. Austin Thomas. Washington's No. 3 singles player, was beaten 8-5 by Wheeling Park's Barnanski. On Friday, Alden Roth, Washington's No. 4 sin- gles player, dropped a 6-0, 6-1 straight- set match to Wu of Morgantown High. When the doubles matches began, Washington's No. 1 team of Wheat- ley/Haglund fell to Clay/Bailey from Hurricane High, 9-8 (7-3). The Patri: ots' No. 2 team of Thomas/Roth won 8-2 over Paul/Gutierrez in the quarter- finals but then were beaten by George Washington's Massinople/Hudson in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. In the four-team No. 3 doubles brack- et, Washington's lrving/Coomler defeat- ed Morgantown's McKnight/Pan, 6-0, 6-7 (4-7), and 6-0 in the semifmals. In Saturday's finals, Washington's Irving/Coomler ran aground when stopped 6-0, 6-0 by Huntington's Clay/ Neughborgall. Huntington was the boys division state champion with its perfect 22 points. George Washington was sec- ond with 10 points. Washington fin- ished fifth with four points and Jeffer- son was scoreless. Both pitchers throw strikes; Patriots edg,t', Trojans by a run, 3-2, in Sectional BOB MADISON Spirit Staff Both winning pitcher Austin Lar= comb and Hampshire's Shane Barrett got batters out all day because they threw strikes. As it turned out in Washington's 3-2 win over the Trojans, neither team scored an earned run. Defensive mis- takes and misplays were the causes for all five runs the teams combined to score. Hampshire's problems were more costly even if Washington's were slightly more numerous. All four of Washington's errors came in the first inning where both Hampshire runs were scored. Hamp- shire committed two errors in the Pa- triots' two-run second inning. And then the Trojans had another er- ror and a passed ball when the game- deciding Washington run was scored in the fifth. Larcomb walked only one. His strikes carded the day. Hampshire managed five hits . . . none in the last three innings. Barrett walked three, but none of them scored. His 11 strikeouts in six innings gave Hampshire plenty of op- portunity to win.., but its scattered defensive mistakes, a botched suicide bunt attempt, and infield error in the Patriot fifth spelled defeat and the end to its season. The Trojans went a combined 0-6 in their games against Washington and Jefferson this season. The beginning to Larcomb's after- noon was spoiled by four first-inning errors the Patriots were problemed with. An outfield fly was momentari- ly lost in the sun and then dropped. After Dane Heavner stole second, he scored when Barrett's infield grounder was misplayed and went into shallow right. When Matthew Maiers had a single, the Trojans had runners at first and third with )(::}:::i :: two outs. Maiers i:ii:iii:i::i):.:)$hd purposely saun- his  : dered toward . second, trying p!etOiie i? to get himself ""*' :':::f::ai'O  in a rundown so that Barrett :.!i;ii:::i:h. could score from renid: third. The strate- ...... "" gy worked when hi'if: td Barrett broke for ;:.:W/h: : home and was e/tr, safe. Maiers was  .: ::::: .:i::@: safe at second. After Caleb Landis's foul pop fly was dropped for error, his next foul pop was also dropped for the iuning's fourth error. Landis couldn't deliver even all the lives he was given. He struck out. Miserable base running took Hamp- shire out of its second inning. And then it was Hampshire's turn to contribute defensive mistakes to Wash- ington's early scoring. After Jared Silva led the Patriot sec- ond with a double, there was one of the many strikeouts Birrett collected. But Ryan Mumaw. blooped a soft hit into right. Mumaw went on to second when his hit was misplayed in fight. Silva had reached third. Barrett fanned Seth Campbell fqr the first of three times.., and Dorian Hetzel batted with two out. Hetzel sent a iop fly to shal- low left-center. Hampshire shortstop Bucky Timbrook gingerly tracked the ball. Timbrook had the misfor- tune to see the fly bounce off his glove . . . and both Silva and Mu- maw scored unearned runs that bal- anced the unearned runs the Trojans had found in the first. The last Hampshire offensive move came in the third. Timbrook had a leadoff single. Josh Crawford sent a no-doubt-about-it extra base hit to the fence in right-center. While Crawford coasted into second, there was Timbrook still at third base. He hadn't scored. A suicide squeeze was tried with nobody out. Barrett missed complete- ly the fastball from Larcomb . .. and Timbrook was an easy out at the plate. On the attempted squeeze, Crawford remained anchored at second. When Barrett skied out to left, Craw- ford could only reach third.., instead of already being at third and scoring on the deep outfield fly. Barrett kept getting strikeouts. Through just three innings he had al- ready fanned seven. Hampshire's two baserunners in the last four innings were both erased. One was doubled off first when Ethan Taylor lined to third and the oth- er was Larcomb's only walk and he was thrown out trying to steal second. Hampshire did not have a hit in its last three offensive turns. The run Washington needed came in the fifth. Dorian Hetzel chopped a soft grounder over the mound and to short- stop Timbrook. Hetzel outlegged the tardy and off-line throw from Tim- brook. The errant throw was stopped by the chainlink fence behind first as Hetzel sailed on in to second. A passed ball moved Hetzel to third where Colin Gustines' RBI Single to right scored him. Washington led, 3-2. Hampshire would not threaten again. Larcomb finished his complete game with a five-hitter. Barrett finished his complete game with a three-hitter. In eliminating Hampshire, the Patri- ots moved along to a best-of-three se- ries against Jefferson. Both county teams were 1-0 in the Sectional tournament with wins over Hampshire. Both pitchers hact thrown strikes. And weren't troubled by walks. Bar- rett was more troubled by his defense than Larcomb had been by his. And because he was, Hampshire's season was ended. B lose no longer UNC- Asheville coach One-time Shepherd women's bas- ketball coach Betsy Blose, who had coached at UNC-Asheville for the past 10 seasons, has been reassigned within the school's athletic department. Blose had an overall record of 125-172 at UNC-Asheville where she had been the school's head coach since leaving Shepherd a decade ago. The Bulldogs had five straight losing seasons since Blose's best season in 2006-07 whenher team was 21-12 and reached the NCAA tournament for the only time. But the last five seasons saw the Bull- dogs go 12-18, 10-20, 8-22, 12-18, and 7-23. The 2011-12 season saw the Bulldogs lose their last 12 games. UNC-Asheville athletic director Ja- net Cone made the announcement that current University of Florida assistant coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick will be- come the Bulldog head coach. Said Cone of Blose's new position: "As a special assistant to the director of athletics, she will be assisting with NCAA compliance, student-athlete ser- vices and other special assignments. As a Division I head coach, Betsy has dem- onstrated a strong knowledge of NCAA rules, excellent organizational skills and working with academic advising. We believe she will be a real asset to our athletics department in these areas. No state funds will be used to fund this new position." While at Shepherd, Blose's overall re- cord was 114-77 in her seven seasons. One of her teams won the WVIAC regu- lar season championship. AP One-time Shepherd coach Betsy Blose has been reassngned within the UNC-AshevUle athletic department after coaching the Lady Bulldogs for 10 seasons. Pansch FROM PAGE B1 right-hander Ryan Pansch has a fastball that can mow down high schoolbatters. Last Friday, Pansch threw 141 pitches against county rival Jefferson in a big- school Sectional tournament game. And he threw two curveballs in the first two innings.., and none after that. Playing good.'ol country hardball, Pansch struck out 15 Jefferson batters. And his domi- nance led the Patriots to a 4-1 win that kept Washington unbeaten in the tourna- ment. Fifteen strikeouts. All with fastballs. Some when his arm was rebelling and hurt him to "rear back". Two hits did Pansch allow in a follow- up performance to his earlier 14-strike- out, shutout win he had just weeks ear- lier against the Cougars. After fanning seven of the first 10 outs he achieved, Pansch was showing noticeable discomfort in the fourth in- ning. He slowed his pace, continually adjusted the bottom of his pants leg, backed off the mound, straighthened his arm after pitches, and had repeated talks with his catcher and coach. Pansch delivered pitches that were at least 10 miles-per-hour slower that his normal fastball. But he continued. With a number of less-than-zesty fastballs, he still smack out the side in the fifth. Even in the sixth where the Cougars scored their only run and stranded two runners, he fanned a pair. Pansch closed out his route-going performance by striking out the side in the seventh. His number of 3-2 counts were many, but still he walked only four and hit one batter. Washington had seven hits off Jef- ferson pitcher Scan Spotts. A first-in- ning run came on Pansch's RBI dou- ble that was helped by the sun being in the centerfielder's eyes. Pansch drove in Washington's second run with a sin- gle. Jared Silva's bloop single plated Pansch witla the third Washington run. And pinch-hitter Hunter Weaver deliv- ered the last run with his sharp single. Jefferson's only early scoring chance came when it had a hit from Andrew Grove and received a Pansch walk to Anthony DiAmario with one out in the third. After another strikeout, Fraser Brown drilled a long fly toward deep fight-center. Outfielder Drew Hetzel made an outstanding leaping catch... and then hem the ball after tumbling to the hard ground. Hetzel's catch ended the inning. And the Cougars were still scoreless. Jefferson was already trailing by four runs when its only other realistic threat came in the sixth. An infield er-. ror, Dennis Jackson's single, and An- drew King's sacrifice fly had fmally produced a run. Two nmners were still aboard. But Pansch fanned ,pinch-hitter Michael King to chase off the trouble. Pansch, back throwing with his first-few-in- nings velocity, smack out the side in the seventh. "Country hardball" had won the day. Fifteen strikeouts with all fastballs. Pansch had recorded 29 strikeouts in 14 innings against Jefferson this sea- son. Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE " RamS FROM PAGE B1 DiRosafio, Lott, and Scoville all had two-hit games. In Shepherd's eight-run inning, Scoville walked and Minnich was hit by a pitch to begin the uprising. Mur- phy bunted for a hit to load the bases. Cook's single scored the first run and left the bases loaded. Messina was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. DiRosario's single plated the inning's fourth and fifth runs. After Sluger stole third and DiRosario second, Lott singled both home for an 11-5 Shepherd lead. Minnich was inten- tionally walked again and Murphy was hit by a pitch. Hutter walked with the bases loaded to force in a run. Alderson-Broaddus won the tiebreak- er in the other pool with its 2-1 record. The Battlers joined Shepherd in the championship game. Gallant was Shepherd's starting pitch- er. He blanked the Battlers for four ln- nmgs as Shepherd took a 6-0 lead. Min- nich's double scored two runs in the First and Hutter's sacrifice fly made it 3-0. In the Rams' third, Messina hit the first of his two two-run homers as Shep- herd went in front, 6-0. After yielding three runs in the fifth, Gallant was re- placed by Matt Copley. Shepherd's lead was 8-3 after Messina's second two-run homer. Copley couldn't get out of the sixth as the Battlers closed to within 8-5. Mvozdovic replaced Copley and got out of the inning. In the Shepherd eighth, the Rams ex- tended the lead to 10-5 when Lott had a bunt single and then stole second. Lott went to third as the catcher's throw went into centerfield. Scoville walked, but Lott was later out at the plate trying to score on a pitch that eluded the Battler catcher. Minnich was walked intentionally. " Scoville scored when Murphy hit into a fielder's choice. Hutter's RBI single made it a 10-5 game. After Hvozdovic allowed two singles into the ninth, he was able to retire the game's last out on a grounder to Minn- ich at first. Brandon Coffey had a solo homer for. the Rams. Minnich and Hutter had driv- en in two runs and Messina's homers were worth four RBIs. Gallant improved to 6-3 and Hvoz- dovic's save was his second. Cougars FROM PAGE B1 After forging its 4-0 lead after just" two innings against Washington start- ing pitcher Jared Silva, the Cougars lit- erally survived their two errors and two passed balls in the next inning to even-. tually sting Silva and his replacement, - Blake Wilt, for 14 hits, 21 baserunners, . and 11 runs in once taking an 11-3 leadl Jefferson starting pitcher Blake John- son was never far from trouble, but he. kept Washington scoreless in all but one of the six innings he went. From the time Johnson walked Colin Gustines to begin '. the sunny day, he never worked any up- and-down-in-order innings. Johnson yielded five walks and was solved for five hits. But the Patriots stranded seven runners against him, in- cluding three at third base. Jefferson's defense crumbled at times with a passed ball scoring one Patriot run and two er- rors in Washington's only damaging in- ning helping the other two runs count. The Cougars were only in front, 4-3, when they batted in the third. After walks to Andrew King and Casey Billmyer moved the inning to- ward success, pinch-hitter Brandt Pet- rie struck out on a. pitch that went to the backstop with King scoring. From its still-troubled 5-3 lead, Jef- ferson extended its advantage to 9-3 in its next turn. Hits from Corey Marigold, Fraser Brown, and King were woven to- gether with a passed ball, a hit batter and a catcher's error to score another four runs. Jefferson had scored at least once in its first four rams. It would score two more times in its fifth turn. Three hits -- Marigold, Brown, and Dennis Jackson had them -- two out- field errors on one play, and some qual- ity basenmning made Jefferson's lead, 11-3. Senior right-hander Cody Butts was given the seventh inning. He yielded a four-pitch walk to the first batter he saw and two hits as Washington added two runs. Johnson had surrendered five hits, but his walks were harmful and his defense was fallible at times. Brown went 4-for-4 and had three runs batted in. Mangold had three hits and scored four of Jefferson's 11 runs. Jackson and King contributed two hits with King scoring twice. Kendell Smith had three RBIs and two hits for the Patriots. who stranded eight runners in all. Scoring in five consecutive at-bats to begin the game helped give Jefferson room for error. And its 14 hits and 21 baserunners stocked the shelves with 11 runs.