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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE 9 Y all the jumble and in Charles Town -15 loss to Petersburg, axiom still stood that had been three-hour, seven-in- base running--- base running--- Town the most, even by player indif- pitching, and and mental blun- many of the fans lost by three runs. runners thr o w~ n line drive it once trailed by as the sixth inning, the tying run to fading light of the runners at first and lust one out, Charles were finally Hartlove's speared by the Pe- baseman, who first to complete a double play. had 19 hits, yet allowed 17 hits walks and hit one sent 42 batters and 25 reached base. Own had 26 runners T~wn's pitching lines 2/3 innings, five three runs, two three strikeouts, 15 ~Ced, seven batters 1 113 innings, Walks, five runs, four earned runs, two strikeouts, nine batters faced, five batters reached. Brandon Ballenger---0 innings, two hits, one walk, one hit batter, four runs, four earned runs, no strikeouts, four batters faced, four batters reached. Chris Brooks---1 inning, three hits, three walks, five runs, five earned runs, 1 strikeout, nine bat- ters faced, six batters reached. Adam Webb---2 innings, two hits, one walk, one run, one earned run, two strikeouts, nine batters faced, three batters reached. The Charles Town defense com- mitted four errors, had three passed balls, and had four wild pitches. Four Petersburg runs scored on either a wild pitch or passed ball. Petersburg led, 3-0, when Charles Town scored three times in the third. Post 71 took a 4-3 lead after four innings. But Petersburg sent 15 batters to the plate in the fifth and scored 11 runs to assume a shaky 14-4 lead. Charles Town had to counter with something in its half of the fifth or the game would have ended on the 10-run rule. Hits by Hartlove and Adam Webb helped produce two runs--- and the game continued into the sixth with Petersburg still holding a shaky 14-6 lead. Again, Petersburg threatened to curtail the game when it plated four runs in the sixth. Post 71 faced a less-than-insur- mountable 18-6 deficit when it hit in the sixth. Seven runs later and Post 71 trailed only 18-13. Adam Webb blanked Petersburg in the seventh. Ryan Hahn, Petersburg's third pitcher, walked Chris Brooks to open the Charles Town seventh. Donell Lee popped a single into shallow right. Jimmy Rhodes grounded into a force out at second as Brooks scored on an errant re- turn throw to first. It was 18-14. Ballenger walked. Sam Walls singled to plate Rhodes. It was 18-15 as Hartlove became the tying run as he strode to the batter's box. Hartlove already had two of Charles Town's 19 hits. He sizzled a liner about five offthe ground to- ward first. It was snared. The game ended on a line-drive double play at first. Earlier, Charles Town had an- other runner doubled up on a line- drive out, two runners thrown out stealing, one picked off first, and the sixth runner thrown out when he rounded first on a single, and was put out in a run down. Six runners lost to ill-advised or bad base running in an 18-15 game. Charles Town hitters had some glittering stats. Going down the Post 71 lineup found Brooks going 2-for-4 with two runs scored; Lee with 3-for-5 and three RBIs; Rhodes scoring three times, Ballenger reaching base three times; Walls going 3-for- 5 with three RBIs; Hartlove going 2-for-5 with two RBIs; Adam Webb finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs; Smallwood showing 3-for-4 and reaching base on all four trips; and Justin Dailey going 2-for-4. Charles Town's hitters had fun. But they didn't have fun at the segments of the game that take a little effort or a little concentra- tion. Fielding, hustling, and improv- ing as players were all shuttled into the background. And a 18-15 loss was the result. Above, Adam Webb is caught in a rundown by Petersburg. Top right, Denny Hartlove swings at a pitch. Right, Sam Walls is also put out in a rundown. ,i !,i Legion Post games on Charles Town's 71. Charles a three-g Lme losing 'District games. delivered a single in the of the first game. hit came off Jimmy erased a 4-3 deficit had faced after the with the loss grabbed a 4-3 two innings for the ll-year-olds to in a District game against Hamp- Nationals in the second inning win in a game the Jefferson when the Na- their 14 runs. Berry singled and Scott Jenkins the Nationals had Smith force in two runs. balls, a throwing er- catcher an- three more was hit by a pitch, Tiano singled, and lead in the sixth when Denny Hartlove scored Sam Walls with his RBI single. The inning could have been more prosperous because Post 71 had the bases loaded and only one out. But Keyser ended the budding threat by turning an inning-ending double play, keeping its deficit at a manageable one run. A Rhodes' two-run home run had pushed Post 71 into a 3-2 lead in the third. The inning's first run scored when Chris Brooks pro- duced an RBI triple. Brooks went 3-for-4 in the opener with six total bases. The nightcapwasn't decided un- til the ninth inning of what also was scheduled to be a seven inning game. Keyser's Justin Jenkins scored the game-deciding run when James Altobello scratched out an infield single. Brooks was the Post 71 offen- sive leader in the second game as well, reaching base three times. Keyser was able to keep itself in contention in both games with a number of run-saving defensive plays. Charles Town was left with just one win in District play after being swept. Its overall record was re- duced to 5-5. Gerald Stottlemyer also'singled. The inning was already one of huge proportion. Mark Carter dumped a single into the outfield and Dowdy and Ryan Nibert singled. The game was stopped after four innings because of the 10-run, mercy rule. Tiano went the four innngs for the Nationals, fanning seven and allowing only three hits. Travis Smith, Mark Carter, and Ryan Nibert all had two RBIs. Tiano had two hits and an RBI. Even though it was held to only one hit, Jefferson National used its base running abilities to earn a 4-1 win over Hedgesville in the title game of the District 6 ll-year-old tournament. Jefferson National pitcher Gerald Stottlemyer limited Hedgesville to a lone run. Stottlemyer's bat-muffling perfor- mance was made necessary be- cause of the pitching of Hedgesville. Ronnie Dillow scored Jefferson National's first run, reaching when he was hit by a pitch and scoring on a passed ball to forge a 1-1 game in the first inning. Brandon Wilt singled for the National's only hit to open the third. Justin Breeden drew a walk. A passed ball moved the runners to second and third. Travis Smith chopped a grounder near the mound that Wilt was able to score on with his alert base running. A passed ball gave the Nationals a 3-1 lead. Wilt was safe on an error, even- tually scoring the fourth run on a double steal that began with run- ners at first and third. Stottlemyer surrendered only two hits in his six innings of route- going work. He fanned six and walked three. Town / Ranson Drops Ball eludes Jefferson American third baseman as Charles Town/Ranson wins, 9-6, in 9-10-year-old tournament play. At bottom, Wes Kidwell is late with a tag at home. of the 12-year-old te Area tournament American stopping -2; Jet Na- Ameri- Town/Ranson Martinsburg Na- Robbie Miller gave the Nation- als a 2-0 lead when he homered in the first inning. Tyler Hockman drove in Zach Snyder, who had doubled, with a second-inning single. With the game even at 3-3, the bases. One run scored on a wild pitch. Sterling Clark grounded a slow roller into left field as both Wilt and Newman scored to knot the game at 4-4. Ryan Kerns' single plated He pitched the complete game. Jefferson American remained unbeaten when it scored five runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead en route to a 10-2 win over South Berkeley National. Bruce Terris was the winning in the tournament by eliminating Hedgesville, 5-2. The game was scoreless after four innings. Jefferson National would score four runs after two were out in the fifth inning. Brendan McLaughlin and The 9-10-year-old District Tour- nament opened on Saturday in Martinsburg with Moorefield clip- ping Charles Town]Ranson, 9-8, and Jefferson American getting past Hampshire, 5-3. Charles Town/Ranson had run- ners on second and third with one out in the sixth inning, but couldn't get the tying run across. Charles Town/Ranson scored four runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth. Andrew Rotruck contributed two RBIs, scored two times, and had two hits. Jeff Nelson and Casey Williams each drove in two runs, while Steven Clark and Michael Cuevas each had two hits. Brandon Campbell's nifty relief pitching helped keep the Jefferson Americans alive in the tourna- ment. Campbell was touched for only one lone hit in 2 113 innings of relief pitching. Eddie Francowic blanked Hampshire for the first three in- nings. The American scored the game's first run in the fourth. Billy Cabral and Jose Nuse had safeties as the Americans broke the scoreless tie. Campbell came in to pitch in the fourth with two outs. Hampshire loaded the bases in the fifth against Campbell. Jefferson catcher Tommy Van Vliet picked off a runner at third. Campbell got the third out on strikes. In the Hampshire sixth, Campbell fanned the side to pre- serve what had been a 4-0 Jefferson lead. Continued on next page berth by beating (and eliminating) Martinsburg American, 9-6, on Tuesday. In the 16-8 Jefferson American win, Bruce Terris was 4-for-4, ac- counting for nine total bases with a home run, triple, and two singles. Josh Brown contributed three Snyder got an RBI single in the Newman with the fifth Charles PiPer r a th~ o;~b~- q~ r~t,b~ ~ t~ ~t, ~ ~t,~4 ,J u ~%;~n, "~ rown run. :he Jefferson Ameri- Grantham. only two and batters get off to a good hammered a two- to give the Ameri- zn the third inning. had a first-inning doubled and scored afternoon. scored two runs ~tlrl. i National s Jordan ~red Martinsburg ~up as he spaced out 11 to help tn in the winner's it struck out 14 the Nationals e five runs Diehl Snyder worked his way around the bases, scoring on a groundout that boosted the National's lead to 5-3. Diehl blanked Martinsburg American in the last two innings. Charles Town/Ranson held a 5-4 lead going into the sixth inning of its loss to Martinsburg National. However, two infield fielding er- rors, a wild pitch, and a passed ball cost two runs and Charles Town/ Ranson was forced into the loser's bracket. Joey Wilt singled in the first and scored on Ryland Newman's base hit. Trailing, 4-1, in the third, Charles Town/Ranson got even when Mikki Peterson doubled, Wilt managed to draw a walk, and Newman was hit by a pitch to load In the 12-year-old tournament on Friday, Martinsburg National edged Jefferson National, 3-1, in a well-pitched and well-played game. Brendan McLaughlin scored Jefferson National's only run in the first inning, but no more runs could be man, ufactured. Mark Tusing's single off the out- field fence plated McLaughlin, but Tusing was thrown out at second on the play. Martinsburg National was be- hind only until it batted in the first where all three runs scored off Tusing. Jefferson National had the bases loaded in the second, but couldn't score. The Nationals were held to four hits. Tusing struck out eight and walked one in his creditable effort. pitcher as he struck out seven and hits. Mike Myers went 3-for-3, had three RBIs and scored twice in the comeback win. Jefferson American padded its 6-2 lead by scoring four times in the sixth to take a 10-2 lead. Key hits in the twin four-run in- nings were provided by Terris, Myers, Sean Adam, Josh Brown, Josh Shepherd, and Brandon Piper. Jonathan Hash scored runs in both uprisings. South Berkeley American elimi- nated Charles Town/Ranson, 13-5. South Berkeley scored 10 runs in the fifth inning to oust Charles Town/Ranson. Into the fifth, Charles Town/ Ranson led, 5-3. Sterling Clark and Robert Kidwell both had RBIs for Charles Town/Ranson. Jefferson National stayed alive Ronnie Lemon singled. Mark hits with one being a home run. q'uaJ~x~'~ ~rfft~xd.e.r[ t.Ke ~,]x-trgeP.patnvep.dnrplyuS-m ~-~tr.twu Hedgesville shortstop and rolled hits as well. unimpeded to the fence as McLaughlin and Lemon circled the bases breaking the scoreless dead- lock. Jordan Diehl doubled to score Tusing and Tyler Hockman got an RBI when his single brought in Diehl with the fourth run. Diehl got the win with two-hit pitching over the first five innings. Matt Miller pitched the scoreless sixth inning. Jefferson American won its way into the District 6 tournament with a 16-8 win over Martinsburg Na- tional on Tuesday. The Americans scored at least one run in every inning and put the game away with a seven-run out- burst in the fifth inning. The Jefferson Nationals stayed alive in their quest for a District Brandon Piper came on in re- lieve in the second for the Ameri- cans, who trailed, 6-2, at the time. Terris' homer pushed the Americans into a 9-6 lead. Brown's triple plated Jonathan Hash and Sean Adam to make it 11-6. Piper was the winning pitcher as he notched seven strikeouts. Jefferson National's Jordan Diehl drilled a three-run homer in the last of the sixth to bring a quick ending to what had been a 6-6 game. The three-run shot kept alive the Nationals hopes for a Dis- trict 6 spot. Matt Miller was the winning pitcher in relief of Mark Tusing.The Nationals played Martinsburg National yesterday for the remaining berth in the Dis- trict 6 tournament. 'i ii: