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PAGE B2 I Wednesday, May 21, 2014 I pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER&apos;S ADVOCATE I SPORTS ALL-EASTERN PANHANDLE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE BASEBALL JEFF BRAMMER (2) LEFT: Washington senior pitcher Jared Silva delivers apitch Saturday during the Patriots' 5-2 sec- tional semifinal victory over Jefferson. RIGHT: Jefferson junior pitcher Andy Disque pitched a com- plete-game shutout April 22 during the Cougar's 2-0 victory against Washington. Patriots see seven selected as all-conference baseball honorees Jefferson has six chosen to alI-EPAC team By JEFF BRAMMER CHARLES TOWN - Jefferson County iswell represented on the all-conference high school base- ball team. Sectional champion Washington saw seven of its players named all- Eastem Panhandle Athletic Con- ference selections by league coach- es, while cross-county rival Jeffer- son placed six on the list of those receiving postseason accolades. Washington senior pitcher/first baseman Jared Silva, senior out- fielder Bryan Bayliss and soph- omore pitcher/infielder Robert Cross were named as first-team selections, while Washington coach Mark Hash was named as conference coach of the year. Jefferson sophomore shortstop Paul Witt, junior second baseman Andrew King, junior pitcher Andy Disque and senior catcher Garrett Everton were also named first-team selections. Like Cross, Everton was named as a utility selection. The Cougars had two second- team selections, including junior third baseman Miguel Acosta and freshman pitcher/outfielder Aus- tin Bulman. Bulman was named as a utility player. The Patriots had four play- ers named to the all-EPAC sec- ond team, including junior short- stop Ryan French, junior outfield- er Corey Lewis junior pitcher Zac Burch and junior catcher Texas Cobb. Hash led Washington to an 18-4 regular season record, including a pair of victories over sectional runner-up Musselman. The Patri- ots defeated the Applemen twice again in the sectional tournament, while also topping Jefferson after dropping both regular season con- tests to the Cougars. Jefferson finished the regular season 25-5 under Hall of Fame coach John Lowery. But the Cou- gars were ousted from the postsea- son following consecutive losses to Musselman and Washington in Shenandoah Junction. The EPAC consists of six mem- ber-schools: Hedgesville, Jeffer- son, Martinsburg, Musselman, Spring Mills and Washington. Other first-team aI1-EPAC selec- tions included infielders Matt Frye (Hedgesville) and Jarin Jenkins (Musselman); outfielders Troy Markley (Hedgesville) and Cody Hammond (Spring Mills); pitch- er Chris Schleuss (Musselman); and catcher Tyler Anders (Hedges- ville). Other second-team selections in- cluded infielders Mitchell Henson (Marfinsburg) and George Delins- ki (Musselman); outfielders Adam Ruppenthal (Hedgesville) and Ty- ler Gross (Musselman); pitchers Derrick Snider (Hedgesville) and Evan Rogers (Martinsburg); catch- er Ben Wright (Spring Mills); and utility player Corey Hobart (Hedg- esville). Honorable mention choices included Darren Folk (Hedges- ville),Aaron Lamp (Martinsburg), Hunter Stafford (Musselman), Nich Haman (Musselman), Andy Kelly (Musselman), Hunter Dal- ton (Musselman), Hunter Mun- son (Spring Mills), Tucker Ha- ley (Spring Mills), Korey Shores (Spring Mills), Bryant Scheuch (Spring Mills) and Colby Werry (Spring Mills). ALL-EASTERN PANHANDLE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SOFTBALL JEFF BRAMMER (2) LEFT: Washington junior pitcher Carly Jansure delivers a pitch during the Patriots' 12-4 sec- tional victory over Jefferson in Charles Town. RIGHT: Jefferson sophomore pitcher Jenna Witt provided the Cougars both sound pitching and a strong presence at the plate this season, Washington, Jefferson have seven apiece named to all-conference team By JEFF BRAMMER CHARLES TOWN - Both Jefferson County schools placed seven players on the all-confer- ence high school softball team, a good omen for two programs that will return a significant por- tion of their talent next season. Sectional runner-up Washing- ton was led by senior first base- man Christina Collins, the Pa- triots lone first,team all-Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference honoree as chosen by league coaches. Jefferson saw three players selected to the first team, in- cluding sophomore pitcher/in- fielder Jeuna Witt, senior catch- er Chelsea Shepherd and senior pitcher/outfielder Shelby Mc- Tighe. McTighe was named as a utility player. The Cougars had two sec- ond-team aI1-EPAC selections, including senior first baseman Layla Adinolfi and sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Boyd. Boyd was named as a utility player. Washington had three play- ers selected to the second team, including freshman outfielder Emily Bayliss, junior pitcher Carly Jansure and junior catch- er Madison Dan. The Patriots also nabbed hon- orable mention honors for soph- omore second baseman Mi- kayla Willingham, junior third baseman Victoria Manuel and sophomore shortstop Erin Leh- man. Jefferson collected honor- able mention honors for senior infielder Kendra Nichols and sophomore outfielder/pitcher Mallory Jackson. The Cougars finished the sea- son 9-9 under first head. coach Toil Hutto after dropping con- secutive games to Washington and Musselman in the sectional tournament. Washington ended its season 9-13 under second-year head coach Amanda Orkoskey after beginning the postseason with a 12-4 victory over county ri- val Jefferson. The Patriots were defeated twice by No. 1 Class AAA powerhouse Musselman and ousted from the postseason tournament. Musselman's Shannon De- masi was named conference coach of the year. The EPAC consists of six member-schools: Hedgesville, Jefferson, Martinsburg, Mus- selman, Spring Mills and Wash- ington. Other first-team all-EPAC selections included infielders Molly Seibert (Hedgesville) and Ashley Burger (Spring Mills); outfielders Brenna Haugt (Hedgesville), Toil But- ler (Musselman) and Megan Watson (Spring Mills); pitch- ers Taylor Stocks (Musselman), Jordyn Munson (Hedgesville) and Courmey Gordon (Spring Mills); and utility player Sabri- na Shroades (Musselman). Other second-team selections included infielders Madalyn Laughlin (Hedgesville), Ashley Bently (Musselman) and Kilyn Colerick (Martinsburg); out- fielders Peyton Connor (Hedg- esville) and Denei Curry (Mar- tinsburg); pitchers Lauren Lan- ham (Hedgesville) and Britta- ny Ingram (Musselman); and utility player Madison Collins (Spring Mills). WEST VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS State school board tables prep summer workouts after SSAC 0Ks proposal By JUSTIN JACKSON The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN - High school sports summer work- outs in West Virginia will con- tinue to be contained in their current three-week format for the foreseeable future. The West Virginia State Board of Education tabled a proposal May 14 that would have allowed workouts to tie open for the entire summer, except for the July 4 holiday week. "That particular" proposal was stricken and removed," state Deputy Superintendent Charles Heinlein said. "It is a dead issue now, unless the state's Board of Control ap- proves another proposal for us to take a look at." The State Board of Control is comprised of high school principals and educators from around the state. Heinlein said the earliest another proposal could be sent to the state board of edu- cation would be May 2015. Currently, state high school coaches have three weeks starting in June and ending at the July 4 holiday to work with and train their athletes. The proposed change would have allowed work- outs to begin at the conclu- sion of the school year until the first day of classes in the fall, minus the one week in July. This article from the Mor- gantown Dominion Post was distributed by the West Vir- ginia Press Association. z ' r -:-- r PAUL N IA[i BERf. Time to protecting our young hurlers Stop the pitching carnage. Now. We know just where to start. Youth baseball. No more children playing all through the year, with hardly a break between seasons. No more youngsters throwing sliders and splitters and all sorts of pitches that put too much stress on their still-developing arms. And certainly no more high schoolers dishing up 194 pitches in a single game. With baseball in the midst of what looks increasingly like an ep- idemic of elbow injuries and Tom- my John surgeries, it's time for someone to acknowledge that a big part of the problem can surely be traced to our overworked kids. They are enduring far too much wear and tear on their immature bodies - their arms especially - in a misguided quest to make it to the big leagues. Those few who do make it often pay a heavy price. "Most of the major leaguers and minor leaguers that come into our practice with ligament problems" said Dr. James Andrews, who has performed countless Tommy John operations over his long career, "if you take a good, close look at their histories, a large part of them link back to some minor injury as a kid. "It started in youth baseball. That's the real culprit." The major league brass is so concerned that it plans to hold a summit in New York next week, bringing in experts such as An- drews to figure out why so many of the game's top hurlers have been stricken with this devastating injury, some for the second time. The Atlanta Braves probably qualify for a Tommy John BOCa, considering they've already sent three pitchers (Kris Medlen, Bran- don Beachy and Cory Gearrin) to the operating table this year, and are still hoping for the return of reliever Jonny Venters, who un- derwent the procedure last year. Medlen, Beachy and Venters all have two Tommy Johns on their medical charts - and none has cel- ebrated his 30th birthday. The biggest blow yet occurred down in Miami, where Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, just 21 and per- haps the most gifted young pitcher in the game, was headed to surgery Friday to have his elbow ligament replaced. It will be at least a year before we see him on the mound again. Well, enough's enough. While it won't be of help to this generation of big leaguers, whose damage is already done, maybe those who are just getting start- ed on their baseball careers won't have to endure so much pain. Already, Little League and other youth baseball organizations have instituted well-intentioned rules to limit pitch counts and reduce the stress on a young player's arm. But more drastic steps are needed, es- pecially for those moving into their teenage years. That's when the best players of- ten compete for both their high schools and elite travel teams, the games stretching from spring to summer and on through the fall, all while mom and dad are doling out big bucks to pay for private lessons on the side. Andrews recommends that all young pitchers should take at least two months off each year, and he says three or four months would be even better. Unfortunately for many of these kids, there's no such thing as an offseason. "The professional ranks protect their pitchers a lot better than they do in the high schools" Andrews said. No kidding. In Rochester, Wash- ington, prep pitcher Dylan Fos- nacht threw 194 pitches over 14 scoreless innings in a district tour- nament game this week. It's a feat that might've been celebrated in an earlier era, but should be rais, ing nothing but red flags in light of what's happening in the big leagues. The state high school associa- tion says the outlandish feat was within its rules. Ridiculous. 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