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SECTION wednesday, July 24, 2013 r ~f J I~ltlq~Ot~ ANDREW WIN I S; Staff report ........ ....... ith a Sunday sweep of Winchester at Sager Field, the Charles Town Cannons of the Valley Baseball League remained in second place inthe summer circuit s North Division. Af- ter downing thg.ovisiting Royals in two seven- inning games, the Cannons had an overall record of 22-20 with only two regular season games remaining. OOK: G BACN The Charles Town Cannons maintained their hold on second place Wednesday with a win over Woodstock. On Friday the Cannons were crushed by Strasburg Express, 12-3. See Page B2. LOO:K|MG AHEAD The Cannons close the regular season tonight at home with a 7 p.m. game against Front Roy- al. The Valley Baseball League playoffs begin on Sunday. Strasburg (18-20) was two games behind the Cannons, but had six games left. Front Royal (18-22) had four games to play and trailed the Cannons by three games. The A1- die Senators (17-21) were also three games behind Charles Town and had six games to play. Woodstock had locked up the North Divi- sion regular season title with its 25-13 over- all record and a five-game lead over the sec- ond-place Cannons. In its 4-2 win over Winchester, the Can- nons got two-hit pitching from winner Lo- gan Boyd, who didn't allow any earned runs and fanned seven. Clayton Payne got credit for the save. Kraig Kelley went 2-for-2 and scored twice while Pat Ammar and Emmanuel Mar- rero each drove in a run. The Cannons' 6-5 win saw Matt Durst go 3-for-4 with a solo homer. Tyler Hibbert, Cody Hoffner, Spencer Rahm" and Marrero all had two hits. L.K. Thompson drove in two runs. The Cannons snapped a 4-4 tie in the sixth to make a winner of reliever Steven See CANNONS Page B2 By BOB MADISON sports@spiritofjefferson.eom WVUSPORTS.COM Infielder Ryan TunUand has signed a pro- fessional con- tract with San Francisco, After making significant strides this past season, West Vir- ginia University's baseball team had five players selected by Ma- jor League Baseball in the free agent draft held in early June. When the deadline to sign a professional contract passed in mid-July, only one of those five players had become a play-for- play minor leaguer and would leave the Mountaineer program. Ryan Tuntland was a junior third baseman from Des Plaines, Ill. and had played just the 2013 See TUNTLAND Page B4 BLEACHERREPORT.COM WVU will rely on Andrew Buie (shown here against Baylor) and its other running backs to offset the inexperience of whomever wins the team's quarterback battle. WVU FOOTBALL PREVIEW 9 D By BOB MADISON sports@spiritofjefferson.eom Dana Holgorsen was able to maintain his reputation as an of- fensive mind who can create lots of points on most football weekends. Holgorsen had his reputation as able to win games at an aston- ishing rate smudged some by last year's 7-6 overall record. And nobody wanted to go around that dark bend where West Virginia's defense was flailing away, trying to keep any oppo- nent from scoring over 45 points. Holgorsen has advocates who believe his fast-paced offense with its even-split of the pass- ing-mshing plays Can succeed no matter the personnel using it. Those believers will be given the proof one way or the other this season when the Mountaineers come out with so many newly minted starters that fans will be " scanning their programs to find out who they are. t2 teams There are now three possibili- owned ties at quarterback, and the most experienced tosser last played West at Florida State (Clint Trickett). Virginia,s Paul Millard and Ford Childress are the other two candidates, defense There are four possibilities at l&st sea- running back. Two of them are familiar in Andrew Buie and SO~ Dustin Garrison. Two of them are Houston transfer Charles Sims and junior college transfer Drea- mius Smith. All four of the run- See HOLGORSON Page B2 BOB MA.I)ISON has S Former WVU infielder Jedd Gyorko was providing the San Diego Padres with enough of- fense to give the National League team tangible evidence that he could be a long-term ma- jor league player. Gyorko is a rookie second baseman who was converted by the Padres from his more natural positions of shortstop and third base. Before the 2013 season began, the Padres went to their spring training camp and joined with Gyorko, a native of Mor- gantown who graduated from University High School before playing for the Mountaineers, in a cram-course learning regimen that lasted for hours during most days. He had never played sec- ond base in college or in the mi- nor leagues. A starter on Opening Day, Gy- orko was rarely rested during the first two-and-half months of the season. His batting average had steadily risen and was at .284 on June 9. But then the stocky 5-foot- 10, 187-pound infielder pulled a groin muscle and was placed on the disabled list on June 10. His comfort level was such that from May 14 through June 9 he had batted .330 in a sparkling 25-game skein of accomplish- ments. In going 34-for-103 dur- ing his hitting surge, Gyorko also had five homers, eight doubles, See GYORKO Page B4 I t