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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE 1 1 Smallwood bunted past the ror on the Elkins catcher kept the -FriL~ Elkins pitcher for a leadoff single. Post 71 players free-wheeling k,I Brooks bounced a one-hopper around the bases. ,uc=lteam without much back to the same pitcher, who Brandon Ballenger doubled to ne ~w, s e ~heL~, p ed, Charles Town g~rally dropped the waist-high hopper for the fence in left, but was finally ran past Elkins in an error, stranded even as Post 71 assumed F.~lmne of a Jr. American Le- With Smallwood and Brooks ata run-run-run 8-1 lead after just ': header. second and first, Walls picked up four innings. se=! t bases, m0t at, will, forcing at his second RBI with a hard ground Smallwood faced his only two- J0 Elkins never-ending single to center, runner inning in the fifth, but y a ~errors, and just plain Brooks went to third on Walls' didn t surrender any runs when ne ' . ,iv lth abandon on the hit. When Walls stole second, the Denny Hartlove made a third nice ocal~i:~e:.~vw.z.~yv~ ~-~ catcher's t,hrow bounced off the play behind him at shortstop. shortstop s glove and Brooks After again blanking Elkins in Thursday, June 29, 2000 1 a~"J~l by the ten-run mercy strolled home with the inning's sec- the sixth, Smallwood didn't know it u .~o outs in the bottom of ond run and a 3-1 Charles Town at the time but that would be his ,ow~.Smallwood went the lead. last trip back to the mound. A five-run Charles Town fourth Leading 8-1, Post 71 began its l~distance for winning iv e~own. He only lost his inning was embarrassing to Elkins half of the sixth with Rob as it made error after error and Lipscomb's walk. Ryan Lipscomb YU~a. "~ n infield single and was made to look foolish at times was safe on the second baseman's lsJ: e visitors to just five against the ever-present Post 71 error. .~r~-lPhaned hits, while strik- base runners. Then, in quick succession, tll rne~.T Donell Lee singled on a line toDonell Lee walked, Adam Webb ~ n was able to get right to open the inning. Adam was hit by a pitch, and Antyon Lee are.~se ~ off tWOr pitchers, but it" Webb forced him at second and dumped a shallow single along the ct-~ unning as well as then stole his second base of the right field foul line to plate two es that were the hall- early-game. Webb,moved on to runs and extend the Post 711ead to P~e sultry afternoon, third as the catcher s throw again a game-ending 11-1 lead ~ ~ ~ :~ ~oT~n it scored its first run eluded the befuddled shortstop. Elkins is not in Charles Towns . P Rtom of the first, Charles Antyon Lee was walked. He wasdistrict this season. But since both ldr? ed it eit was going to test purposely picked off first, but both Petersburg and Keyser (the only lders by running at both he and Webb were safe (with two teams in Post 71 s district) also at' ks walked---and stole Webb scoring) as still another play Elkins, the game could prove throw bounced away from the important. " rYeS' lie gave Smallwood ~r~?lja 1-0 lead when Sam shortstop. If there is a season-ending tie Smallwood grounded to short for the first place in the three-team nco~d a sharp double to and lived when another error was Charles Town district, the tie- ,eIll~' ~ns got its lone run in committed. Jimmy Rhodes breaker will be how the teams did ~Charles Town countered delievered an RBI double that was against Elkins. misplayed in right. And Walls fol- Charles Town did well against ;. ot hat inning with tLwo lowed with another double. Elkins running at will and A stolen base and throwing er- winning easily. i !il )iiii~) / Sam Walls, above, beats a pickoff throw back to first base in the first-game 11-1 win over Elkins. At left, pitcher Tony Smallwood is shown. beats a throw to first base in the 11-1 first-game At right, pitcher Tony Smallwood starts his had a complete-game, six-hitter as Charles :71 ended the game early on the mercy rule. By Bob Madison Ryan Lipscomb made his first- ever pitching appearance in a Jr. American Legion game. And he left after four innings the same as he was when he threw his first pitch---unscored on---as Charles Town Post 71 completed a doubleheader sweep of visiting Elkins with a 10-0 win. As was the first game of the doubleheader, the win was an ab- breviated, mercy-rule one that was ended in the Charles Town fifth when Jimmy Rhodes doubled home the 10th and last run. Lipscomb struck out five and limited Elkins to just one scratch single that was of no consequence. After he had faced seven bat- ters, Lipscomb had only one walk to blemish his pitching line. He walked three more in the third, but escaped with his shutout intact. Elkins got its lone hit in the fourth, but worried no one. Sam Walls pitched one inning, coming on in the fifth after about a 20-minute rain shower had de- layed play following the completion Rhodes batted four times and of the fourth inning, he reached base safely four times. Walls was untouched and struckRyan Lipscomb batted for him- out one Elkins batter, self as Charles Town did not era- Charles Town took a 1-0 lead in ploy a designated hitter. He ~vas the first, the same as it had in the aboard twice and drove in a run opener, himself as Elkins' pitching walked Chris Brooks scored that run as itself into the second-game loss. he had done in the first game.Adam Webb singled and drove Brooks would finish the night-in a run. Brandon Ballenger con- cap with four runs scored and a tributed a single, and Brad Webb RBI. He had a triple and single, also singled. The second inning would be the only inning Charles Town didn't The doubleheader sweep of score. Elkins left Charles Town with a 4-1 Post 71 tacked on three runs in record. All five of its games have the third inning, four more in the been non-district games. fourth, and ended its heated after- Post 71's next home date is a noon of base running and fully tak- district game against Petersburg ing advantage of nearly everything and it comes on Thursday, July 6 at Elkins gifted it with by plating two 5 p.m. at Sager Field behind more runs in the fifth. Jefferson High. Rhodes' hit came with just oneSunday's games, shortened as out. they were, were highlighted by Smallwood scored two of Smallwood's and Ryan Lipscomb's Charles Town's runs. pitching, zealous base running, and Walls drove in two ruffs to add the distinct impression that even to the three he had plated in the high school players need to prac- tice every day to maintain any sort run-deluged first game. Walls was on base twice, once of positive consistency to their of- with a triple, fensive or defensive play. All-League first team and Lauren High. played the Cougars and freshman, was a the All-League : ~ :~:ruCioh,ri/~nTer~:l~, of Martinsburg; Kathy Riner, and of Musselman; Sa- Julie Scherpf, and ~l'alale of Berkeley ~r4~,e~ ~ax~o~ ao~ On of Hedgesville. honorable mention alraer of Jefferson; , Leslie Henry, and of Martinsburg; Jillian McMellen of IVlegan Zahnow of s, and Sara Pensis lley All-League eight Jefferson g the 10 players receiving all- were Holly Portrey, doubles teams of and Amber Fellers Riley and Tara team of and Kelly Barnes By Bob Madison When the Washington Bullets brought their training camp to Shepherdstown it meant a week of heightened recognition for the town and additional revenues for motels in Martinsburg. Those were the "Bullets" of Wes Unseld, Jim Lynam, and Abe Pollin. The team had a week-long camp that included a night where it held a scrimmage that the public could view without cost at the Butcher Center. The Butcher Center was full to overflowing---the only time during any calendar year that happened other than graduations that were routinely held there. Even with million dollar ath- letes, Washington ensconced its players in Martinsburg, not at the Bavarian Inn. Later, even the Clarion Hotel and Conference Cen- ter wasn't patronized. Chris Webber, Gheorghe Muresan, Rod Strickland, Juwan Howard, and God Shammgod all practiced twice a day for four days at the Butcher Center. Washington had previously held its training at Bowie State. There was no reason given for moving to Shepherdstown. Maybe the distractions were fewer. Maybe the "Bullets" admininstrators could keep watch over their players better in the Eastern Panhandle than in suburban Washington. The "Bullets" became the "Wiz- ards". Jim Lynam was "relieved of his duties" as the coach. God Shammgod was released. Chris Webber was traded. Gheorghe Muresan was injured beyond re- pair if there is a plan of repair for a 7-foot-7 man of his immensity. Owner Pollin hired Michael Jor- dan as the team's ,president in charge of basketball operations. Now, Michael Jordan is from Wilmington, North Carolina. He went to Laney High and then to UNC-Chapel Hill and the rest is basketball history as only he could make it. Michael Jordan will probably never stay at the Bavarian Inn or even the Clarion Hotel and Confer- ence Center. That's because he has moved the Wizards week-long training camp to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. No more full houses for a bas- ketball game at the Butcher Cen- ter. No more free scrimmage for the public to view Mr. Muresan or Mr. Shammgod. No more windfalls for the Martinsburg motels. UNC-Wilmington has just com- pleted construction of a new bas- ketball facility. No reasons were given as to why Shepherd---like Bowie State before it---was no longer favored by the Washington franchise. No reasons were necessary. Shepherd hadn't done anything wrong, hadn't ruffled the wrong feathers or been negligent in its treatment of the Bullets-Wizards. The eight miles from Martinsburg to Shepherdstown were not too many to 'travel. But this is now Michael Jordan's team. Michael Jorda i is not a bad guy for moving the train- ing camp. He is from Wilmington. He is more comfortable in Wilmington than in Shepherdstown or even Bowie. Michael Jordan has a way of putting his stamp on everything he is concerned with or does business with. All he is doing, in this case, is trying to rid the franchise of all the malaise associated with its past half-dozen seasons, He is starting new with a differ- ent coach, different assistant coaches, and probaSly many new faces oh his player roster. Everything concerning the Wiz- ards will be new or at least have Michael Jordan's stamp on it. There was nothing Shepherd or Shepherdstown could have done to prevent the Wizards from leaving. Michael Jordan isn't from Shepherdstown. He didn't gradu- ate under the tutelage of Edward B. Rogers at Shepherdstown High. He is from Laney High. And he is going back there for at least a week in October while the Wizards train in front of him and not us. Charles Town Post 71 scored nine runs in the second inning in a game last week at Woodstock (Va.) to coast to a 12-3 win over the host Post. Brandon Ballenger had two hits in the nine-run inning and Craig Smith, Jimmy Rhodes, and Sam Walls all had singles. Woodstock scored three un- earned runs off Walls in the third, Shepherd recently announced the signing of 13 baseball recruits for next season. All but one of the signees was a senior in high school in 2000. Jason Rhea, who played at Ber- keley Springs High, will graduate from a junior college in December and become eligible for the 2001 season when he enrolls at Shep- herd in January. Pitchers Chris Merchant (War- ren County), John Ernst (Clarke County), Shane Wines (Warren County), Lance Williams (W.T. Woodson), Brian Powell (Allegany CC), Matt Toomey (Fallston), Jus- tin Collins (Fallston), and Jimmy Jackson (Old Mill) are amongst the new players coach Wayne Riser has signed. Wines also plays first base, while Williams is also an outfielder, Powell a shortstop, Toomey an out- fielder, Collins a third baseman, and Jackson a shortstop. Second baseman Jason Walck comes from Waynesboro, Pc catcher Charlie Drummond from Strasburg, third baseman Zac Coutriax from Allegany CC, and catcher Jon Cerano from Brooke Point High. Shepherd lost 2000 seniors Ty Hart, Jason Ritenour, Chad Hartman, and Jeremy Hancock from this year's 19-22 team. A number of the players from the 2000 team are also expected to be replaced or to transfer to an- other college. but couldn't get closer than a run deficit at any time during nine inning game. six- the Walls pitched the first four in- nings. Kevin McLaughlin pitched the last five innings and blanked Woodstock in his late-game work. Woodstock managed just six hits off the combined Walls- McLaughlin effort. Charles Town scored three more runs in the seventh inning with Ballenger getting a key hit. Chris Brooks had three hits, as did Smith and Ballenger. Tony Smallwood had two hits, as did Rhodes. W~lls scored three runs. Post 71's record was 2-1 after winning the non-district night game. Above, Adam Webb steals his second base in the first three innings of the 11-1 win over Elkins Charles Town Post 71 improved its record to 4-1 by posting a 10-0 shutout win the second game of Sunday's double- header. Ryan Lipscomb pitched four innings in the second game.