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! pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Sports Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Iill an- onsu shouldn't be too taxing. C Whether the Cannons enjoy FROM PAGE B10 morn than a "honeymoon" first year in Jefferson County depends with field maintenance when the almost entirely on the talents of June/July heat comes and the an- their players. nual lack of rain might otherwise With at least lO other leagues cause problems, spread across the country with the The 44-game schedule given the same wood-bat requirements and Cannons by the Valley Baseball with rosters of players with re- League calls for 22 home dates at maining collegiate eligibility, just Jefferson High and lighted Sager how talented will the Valley Base- Field. ball League players be? The majority of those home The league does not have the games will be against the other five number of starters from the Top teams in the North Division of the 30 schools of the NCAA Divi- 12-team league, s/on I ranks as some of the other Winchester, Front Royal, Stras- summer leagues -- most notably burg, Woodstock and Aldie are-. the Cape CoO League in Massa- those five teams that will be at Sag-chusetts that staffs its rosters with er Field for all but six of the 22 starters from College World Se- home games, des teams and other schools that The Aldie franchise was moved reached Regional or Super Re- from Haymarket after the 2012 sea- gional tournaments. son and will play its games at John Valley Baseball League teams Champe High School. have their rosters staffed with The league's South Division players from NCAA Division I, has New Market, Harrisonburg, Division 11, Division IlL NAIA Waynesboro, Staunton, Covington and assorted junior colleges and and Rockbridge. two-year community colleges. Moving to Jefferson Coun- In the league's past history, the ty from Luray encompasses more teams are nearly always compet- than just buying new uniforms and itive with few of them achieving deciding whether the concession 35-9 records or 9-35 records. stand should include hamburgers The most prominent Division I and curly fries, team supplying the Cannons with All of the players on the team's players is Oklahoma State of the large roster of college-age players Big 12 Conference. The Cow- have to be housed. Housed by "host boys have three players listed on families". Not in motels. Not in mo- Charles Town's roster. Alex Hac- tor homes, kerott is a freshman pitcher with Scores of volunteers from the limited appearances but who has county and surrounding area have been successful. Neither catch- to be corraled to carry out the many er'Brent W-dliams nor infielder behind-the-scenes duties and game- Hayden Cronenbold has played at night jobs that make such an opera- all this season. t/on go smoothly. Sam Houston State has three Finding workers to sell souve- representatives. Alabama State has nirs, work in the concession stand,, four roster spots. The University sell tickets, helping with 50/50 mf-"~ .Central Arkansas, Jacksonville ties, and ushering people to their University, Liberty, Lake Sumter iseats will require educating the vol- CC, Neosho County CC and Flori- unteers the team finds, da Intemational University all have Even though it is a non-profit or- two players on the roster. ganization, the Cannons need sev- Chris Payne is a Jefferson High eral kinds of advertising and spon- sorships to be successful. Every :business, corporation or individual Which help the team with contfibu- graduate attending George Mason and has apperared in more games as a pitcher for the Patriots than any other hurler on the team. ,tions is a first-time endeavor. Colleges with one player on Once the Cannons have found Charles Town's roster are South- '.the needed host families for the east Oklahoma State, Flori- iplayers, rounded up the necessary da Southem, Furman, Arkansas Jeolunteers and made sum the play- State, Texas-Pan American, Mis- ters will have arrived from their var- souri, Northeast Texas JC and ':~qus four-year ,and two-year col- Wheeling Jesuit. ~eges, the team s stated goal is "to A handful of the players haven't ~uild a community-based organiza- played in any games this season. ition that.represents the citizens of Others am not starters at their re- ',Charles Town, known throughout spective schools. Alabama State's ;the Panhandle as blue collar, hard- outfielders Junior Amion and '.working men and women. Waldyvan Estrada have started "Each night at Sager Field will every game. Jacksonville Univer- !be an event with a family-orient- sity first baseman Brady North led almosphere catering to schools, batted 252 in his first 114 at-bats. igroups, non-profit organizations, Alabama State infielder Em- Tans and friends alike. We hope to manuel Marrero was hitting .304 '.make your Valley Baseball League through 36 games. experience memorable," concludes The only pitcher on the 15- the team's goal. player Charles Town staff with as The novelty value of a first-year many as nine starts this season is baseball team with young players Michael Hennessey from Lake will be significant and very impor- Sumter(South Carolina)Commu- tant. The cost of tickets seems af- nity College. His ERA was 2.93. fordable. Children 12 and under The Cannons don't have any pay only $2. Senior citizens can see players from WVU, Marshall or a Cannons' game for $3. And adults Shepherd. pay $5. Charles Town's season begins on Jefferson High is not too far away Friday, May 31, with a home game from nearly every part of the coun- against SWasburg. The next night, ty west of the Shenandoah River the Cannons will be at Sager field and the travel time to the games again for a game against Aldie. By BOB MADISON sports@spiritofjefferson.com SHENANDOAH JUNCTION -- For three innings, neither Jefferson nor Musselman could score. The only threat to the co-shutouts being thrown by the Lady Cougars' Alex- andra Witt and Musselman's Taylor Stocks was the storm clouds that sur- rounded the field but only sent down a a few scattered drops of rain. But after Witt blanked Mussel- man in the fourth, the Lady Cou- gars wove together hits from Lau- ten Lewis, Jerma Witt and Chel- sea Shepherd along with two Lady Appleman errors to break through with three runs. Alexandra Witt continued her mastery of the Musselman offense. And the two additional runs Jeffer- son collected in the late innings made the f'mal score read, 5-0. Jefferson had shoved Mussel- man out of the postseason and had given itself a berth in the Class AAA, Region II finals this Thurs- day in Buckhannon against the Lady Buccaneers. The winner of that game secures a place in the four-team state tournament. The Lady Cougars had lost two times to Musselman ,during the regular season. The Lady Apple- men" had scored a combined 19 runs in the two wins. But against Witt in the Region- al semifinals, the Lady Applemen did very little to excite their cow bell-ringing gallery of supporters. Witt limited Musselman to just three hits. She allowed only three basemnners because she didn't walk anybody and her defense did not commit any errors. Alexandra Witt had complete game 5-1 and 3-1 wins over Washington in The right-hander handled four Musselman catcher Nikki grounders herself and Musselman Dusing made a throw toward third, had eight pop flies or 150-foot fly trying to pickoffLewis. The throw outs. Witt fanned only one, but sailed high and into left field. Both only five balls were hit hard off Lewis and Jenna Witt scored on her reliable fastbail, the error. And in an instant, the Stocks was an imposing forcescoreless tie was no more and Jef- herself. She had seven strikeouts ferson had a 2-0 lead. through three scoreless innings. With Alexandra Witt still on In the Jefferson fourth, Lau- base, Chelsea Shepherd got her ren Lewis' second single began second of three hits, the Lady what would mature into a three- Cougars led, 3-0. mn inning. With one out, Jenna Lewis drilled a solo homer in the Witt blooped a single into shallow fifth. It was her third hit off Stocks. right. Alexandra Witt was safe Shepherd's sixth-inning single was when her sharply hit grounder was followed by the only walk Stocks misplayed at shortstop. The bases issued and Mallory Jackson's RBI were loaded, single, and Jefferson led, 5-0. Signing of Dibo gives WVU six new players for 2013 ANDREW WILT the Sectional tournament. In the seventh, Dusing, who had two of Musselman's three hi.ts, lined out to Lewis at shortstop to end it. Stocks had fanned 13 in her six innings. But she yielded eight hits and Musselman's two errors came in Jefferson's three-run inning. The Lady Cougars take a 19-8 overall record to face Buckhan- non, a team they split games with during the regular season. Alexandra Witt has now allowed only a combined two runs in post- ing a 3-0 record in three tourna- ment games. She has been much more reliable than the weather in the last 10 days. Staff report rebounds a game as a sopho- more at Casper and 13 points MORGANTOWN -- Remi and four rebounds a game as a Dibo, a 6-foot-9 junior college freshman. forward from Casper College Dibo should be eligible for the in Wyoming, has become WVU 2013-14 season. He sat out the coach Bob Huggins' sixth recruit 2010-11 season as a redshirt at for the 2013-14 season. Casper. The junior college player was Dibo joins 6-foot-8 Jonathan born in the Ivory Coast .and Holton, 6-foot-7 Nathan Adri- played his final high school an, 6-foot-8 Delvin Williams, season at Mountain State Acad- 6-foot-10 Brandon Watkins and emy in Beckley, a school that 6-foot-8 Elijah Macon in Hug- is no longer in existence . He gins' six-man recruiting class for averaged 18 points and five the 2013-14 season. Retirement: Ready or o The first-team All-Potomac Valley Conference baseball team had Washington's Seth Campbell and Drew Hetzel, Jefferson's A.J. Boyd and Andrew King, Musselman's Darrin Zombro and Ja- cob Whitmore, Martinsburg's Chuck McElaney and Curtie Miller and Hedgesville's Cody Butts, Daniel Heleine and Troy Markley. On the 11-player second-team were the Patriots' Jared Silva and Colin Gustines and Jefferson's Bradley Davis, Andrew Grove and Anthony DiAmario. The conference's recognized softball teams included first-team members Alexandra Witt, Jenna Witt and Lauren Lewis from Jef- ferson, Washington's Amber Curry and Mikayla Willingham, Hedgesville's Courtney Layhew and Molly Seibert and Mussel- man's Taylor Stocks, Nikki Dusing and Sabrina Shroades. On the 10-player second-team were Jefferson's Brittany Jack- son and Chelsea Shepherd and Washington's Christina Collins, Alycia Lambert and Erin Lehman. UJohn E Williams Financial Advisor 120a W Washington St Charles Town, WV 25414 304-724-4168 www.edwardJones.com Price and Robert Douglas provided the Warren Gray could put a damp- win. er on Cabell Midland's hurdles FROM PAGE B10 The 4x400 relay unit (Leonefforts. Gray won the 300 hur- Waldron, Phillip Holliday, War- dles in Weston with his time of Mill/ton was second in the 800 ren Gray and Goode) finished 39.67 and he was second in the (2:02.45) and was a member of second. 110 high hurdles when his f'mish the second-place 4x800 (8:28.93) The first three finishers in all was clocked in 15.40. The Jeffer- Edward Jones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING Finishing fourth but qualifying for the state meet were Hosby in the 200, Flinchum in the 300 hur- dles and Brunson in both the 100 and 400. Jefferson will be peering over its shoulder and listening to the EARLY ifO iVB.- Election Day ......... 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Grafwas second in the 1600 teams now that they have qua/i- the 1600 and Jackson Jacobs was ley Field and then closes on Sat- Charles T0wn, 25414-0014 and 3200. He was third in the 800 fled. Price could be placed on one third in the 3200. urday, www.charlestownwv.us and ran on the 4x800 relay team. of the sprint relays now that he Jefferson had 166 points. Run- It could be a ,four-peat for the Despite the uneasy sprint re- won't be competing in the 4x100 ner-up Hedgesville had 126 Cougars. lay disqualification, it was Dante' relay, points, Musselman was third with -- Compiled by staff Pri'ce and the group of Jefferson Since Cabell Midland won't 71 and Washington fourth with 45 sprinters which led the point pa- score a point in any of the five points. Nine schools competed in rode in the Regional. field eventsl the Cougars could the Regional. 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