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PAGE B1 INSIDE Washington senior pitcher Jared Silva (pictured) is one of seven Patriots selected to the all- EPAC baseball team. County rival Jefferson had six players chosen. B2 00bpirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE SpOrts Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Pats win sectional title behind strong pitching Washington eclipses 20-win mark for first time By JEFF BRAMMER INWOOD - Pitching has been the strong suit for Washington all season, and no more so has that been evident than during Monday night's sectional championship game at Musselman. Junior Ryan French surrendered just one hit through 6.1 shutout innings as the Patriots defeated the Applemen, 3-0, to win the sectional baseball title over Musselman and Jefferson. Washington (21-4) will advance to a single-elimination regional semifmal game against Hedgesville scheduled for May 27 in Hedgesville. The winner advances to the regional finals May 29 to face the winner of the Hampshire- Lewis County semifinal matchup, with a berth in the Class AAA state tourna- ment in Charleston on the line. The Patriots defeated Hedgesville, 9-1, on April 5 in Charles Town during the only regular season matchup be- tween the schools. The game scheduled for April 29 at Hedgesville was rained out and no make-up game was resched- uled. On Monday in Inwood, Washington scored once in the first inning and twice in the sixth, while junior relief pitcher Zac Burch struck out the fmal two bat- ters to close the book and give the Pa- triots their second sectional title in three years. Earlier during the sectional tourna- ment, Washington mounted a fierce late-game rally to defeat Musselman, 9-8, in the opener, before topping coun- ty rival Jefferson, 5-2, for the first time in school history in Shenandoah Junc- tion. Saturday's victory against the Cou- gars also gave Washington its first 20- win season in program history. "We have a really good coaching staff See WASHINGTON Page B5 JEFF BRAMMER Washington junior relief pitcher Zac Burch has been a consistent option for the Patriots all season. COLLEGE BASEBALL Rams ousted from collegiate regional tourney Shepherd ties school record with 39 victories in 2014 By JEFF BRAMMER SHEPHERDSTOWN - The Shepherd Uni- versity baseball team saw its season come to an end this past weekend, but not before the Rams capped their best campaign in several years. One hurdle remains Jefferson boys geared for shot at fifth straight state title Cougars'boys, girls track programs win regional crowns By JEFF BRAMMER TENNERTON - Andrew Milliron won three events and anchored a successful 4x800 re- lay team as the Jefferson boys' track and field program closed to within striking distance of a fifth straight state title while claiming another regional cham- pionship. MiUiron won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meters and the Cou- gars also blazed to victory in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays to cap a fourth-straight regional chaml:Onship oii Saturday witli a convincing victory at Buck- hannon-Upshur. Jefferson led the way with 125 points, followed by Hedg- esville (74) and Washington (69). Seven other schools also competed in the Class AAA, Region 2 championships. The Cougars' boys program has won the past four Class AAA state championships and will vie for another later this week in Charleston. Derrick Brunson led Wash- ington with victories in the 200 (23.03) and 400 (50.70), while the Patriots' Ian MacLeod won the 100 (11.44) andAdrian Bak- er won the pole vault (13-0). The Cougars also claimed See TRACK Page B5 DAVID PENNOCK Jefferson senior Robert Douglas (left) wins the anchor leg of the 4x200 meter relay Friday during the regional high school track and field championship at Buckhannon-Upshur. The Cougars won both the boys and girls divisions, and now Jefferson has set its sights on a fifth consecutive Class AAA boys state title. Shepherd dropped a 3-2 decision to Kutz- town on Saturday night in West Lawn, Penn- sylvania, ousting the Rams from the NCAA Division II regional playoffs following their second loss in as many days. Shepherd finished the season 39-14, tying the school record for victories in a season and recording the program's first NCAA regional tournament victory since 2002. The Rams opened the double-elimination regional tournament with a 4-3 victory over Winston-Salem State on Thursday before dropping a 4-1 decision to Seton Hill in their next outing. The game against Seton Hill, originally scheduled for Friday morning, didn't begin until 11:55 pan. Friday because of weather de- lays. The game finally ended at 2:32 aan. Sat- urday. Shepherd led Kutztown, 2-1, as late as the eighth inning Saturday night. But the Golden Bears tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of eighth and won it in the ninth when Shepherd sopho- See RAMS Page B4 HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS JEFF BRAMMER Washington senior No. 1 singles player Austin Thomas had a strong season for the Patriots. Locals find it tough going at state meet Washington and Jefferson programs fail to win a match Cougars close promising season on disappointing note Cougars finish 25-7 after falling in sectional tourney By JEFF BRAMMER SHENANDOAH JUNCTION - Af- ter a successful regular season in which Jefferson swept both its sectional rivals, the Cougars' early ouster from the post- season baseball tournament came as a surprise. Jefferson cruised to a 25-5 overall regular season mark, including two vic- tories apiece against rivals Washington and Musseiman. But the Cougars strug- gled at the plate in the sectional tour- nament, while walks combined with timely hits to undue a Jefferson pitch- ing staff that had largely rolled through the regular season unscathed. The No. 1 seed in the sectional tour- nament, Jefferson lost to Musseiman, 2-1, in extra innings after the Apple- men were defeated by Washington, 9-8, in the opener. After a couple days of rain, the Patriots, led by senior pitch- er Jared Silva, topped the Cougars, 5-2, for Washington's fLrst-ever victory in Shenandoah Junction, ousting Jeffer- son from the double-elimination sec- tional tournament. Silva hit a three-rim homer in the first after Jefferson starter AndyDisque walked the f'wst two batters. The Patri- ots added another run in'the inning for an early 4-0 and never looked back. "You could live with the home run, but the two walks in front of it really hurt," said Jefferson's Hall of Fame head coach John Lowery. "That's just the way baseball goes some times." But for Jefferson, the furore looks bright. The Cougars will only have to re- place one starter next season, though that will be their field general behind the plate, senior catcher Garrett Ever- ton. Jefferson also will return five start- See JEFFERSON Page B4 JEFF BRAMMER Jefferson senior catcher Garrett Everton will be the only starter lost to graduation from this year's team. CHARLESTON - It was anything but smooth sailing for those players representing the Eastem Panhandle this past weekend dur- ing the high school state tennis championships in the West Virginia capital. Both Washington and Jefferson high schools saw their players eliminated during the first round of competition held Thursday and Fri- day at the Charleston Family YMCA. Only Martinsburg's Carter Davis, the re- gional champion at No. 1 singles, earned a victory for area schools during the 2014 Class AAA state tournament. Davis won two matches Thursday to ad- vance to the semifinals, where he lost in straight sets to Huntington's Hunter Tubert, the eventual state singles champion. On the girls' side, Washington - the region- al champion six consecutive years - saw No. See TENNIS Page B4