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" 62 Wednesday, July 24, 2013 I Sports ~plit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE By BOB MADISON sport s @ spiritofjefferson.com SHENANDOAH JUNCIION -- Through the long history of baseball there have been pitchers who could figuratively throw their glove down on the mound and beat a team. In baseball parlance ,they "owned" that team and had a remarkable won'- loss record against it. Even when the New York Yan- kees were the long-time kings of the hill, the Chicago White Sox had a left-hander named Billy Pierce who beat them with the regularity of the Pittsburgh Pirates finishing in dead last in the National League. New York's Whitey Ford si- lenced nearly all the teams he faced, but he practically never lost to the Washington Senators or Philadel- phia Athletics. The Charles Town Cannons have right-hander Adam Parks and he has "owned" the division-leading Wood- stock River Bandits this summer. Parks even pitched a seven-in- ning perfect game against the River Bandits. Last week, Parks stamped his ownership on the Woodstock line- up. Again. He went seven thorough innings and allowed only one run as the Cannons trimmed the division lead- ers, 8-2, at Sager Field. In his latest domination of the River Bandits, Parks meted out only five hits and three walks while fanning two. And he lowered his overall ERA to 1.89. The win bumped the Cannons' record to one game over _500 (at 19-18) and kept them just ahead of Aldie in the late-season jousting for second place in the North Division. Parks improved his record to 4- 2. In his latest taming of Wood- stock, Parks was helped by the five early-inning runs his teammates gave him. After Woodstock scored the game's first iam, Charles Town re- sponded with the next five runs and had a 7-1 lead when Parks was re- placed after seven innings by Brad- ley Emery. Woodstock committed five errors, making Charles Town's job a little easier. But the Cannons also had 11 hits with Pat Ammar going 3-for-4 and Tyler Hibbert showing a statisti- cal line that had him getting on base four times, driving in two runs, scor- ing twice and getting two hits. It was Parks whose pitching kept the River Bandits from creating any sort of offensive ruckus. And it was Parks who gave a latter-day impres- sion of Billy Pierce or Whitey Ford. Cannons FROM PAGE B1 Burnham. Connor McClain picked up a save. On Saturday, Charles Town was held to five hits in a 3-2 road loss at Champe High School to Aldie. The Senators collected 11 hits off the combined pitching of David Rum- sey (6.1 innings) and Connor Mc- Clain. Rumsey suffered the loss. Durst had Charles Town's only RBI, his 28th of the season. Neither team scored in the last 5 1/2 innings. Earlier in the week, the Can- nons defeated Front Royal, 8-6, at Bing Crosby Stadium before an an- nounced crowd of 700. The Cannons overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit with a four-rtm second. Clayton Payne, in relief of starter Michael Estevez, went five innings, slxiking out five, and yield- ing only two earned runs, to get the win. McClain had a save. Luke Stewart went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Charles Town offense. Marrero was 2-for-3 and scored three nms. Brent Wil- liams scored two runs. On Tuesday, the Cannons dropped a 5-2 decision to home- standing Winchester. Boyd was victmized by three Charles Town errors that caused three of the five runs scored off him to be unearned. Wmchester erupted for four runs in the fouah to get the division win. Kelley was 2-for-2 and scored twice. Winchester had a lineup without anybody batting over 286, Chris Payne gave up four earned runs in 3.2 innings in the Cannons' 12-3 trouncing by Strasburg on Friday. ANDREW WILT 5 By BOB MADISON way he been so successful at do- fate as Payne when they com- sports@spiritofjefferson.eom ing in his other outings,bined to allow 10 hits in just 3.1 Payne even had previouslyinnings of work. unseen trouble with his control The Express had 26 baserun- SHENANDOAH JUNCTION and walked four in his abbrevi- ners in all and the league's lead- - Charles Town pitcher Chris ated work. ing hitter, Jordan Tarsovich, im- Payne found his first trouble of Strasburg kept on the heels of proved his batting average to the entire season when visiting the second-place Cannons when .398 with a 3-for-3 evening that Strasburg solved his offerings it used Charles Town's leaky included two RBIs, three runs for four earned runs in his 3.2 in- defense and its pair of four-run scored, his 1 lth stolen base as nings of uncomfortable pitching innings after Payne left to ease well as coaxing two walks from Friday. away to a 12-3 Valley Baseball Charles Town pitching. Payne came into his seventh League win. Tarsovich was onbasefivetimes start ofthe Cannons' season with Both Charles Town pitchers and had a sacrifice fly as well. an ERA of 1.33, but he couldn't Bradley Emery and Steven Me- The scattered few fans in at- manage the Express batters the Clellan met the same gloomy tendance watching the Cannons' happenings had little to cheer about except a three-run in- ning that yielded all of Charles Town's runs. There were nine hits with Pat Ammar, L.K. Thompson aiad Marc-Richard Culmer each ggt- ting two of them. The broiling hot evening tl{at threatened with an area th~n-. derstorm had no enjoyment for the Cannons as they dropped the baseball too often and saw their record fall to just one game over .500 at 20-19 on the fast-endihg regular season: but managed a combined 10 hits off Boyd and Steven Burnham (one in- ning). The Cannons are scheduled to begin the playoffs on Sunday at 7 pan. and will host the first game of a best two-of-three quarterfinal se- ries if they finish second. Holaarson people mention West Virginia's taineers will have to work to re- ,.Jr. Jk~ special teams. Those four units move the stench associated with FROM PAGE B1 have not been effective in the their2012 defense. immediate past. Brodrick Jenkins, Darwin ners have been able pass receiv- West Virginia had the worst Cook and Karl Joseph have ers and will need to be again if coverage units in the 10-team all started at least 10 games. the Mountaineers are going to conference. And now it will More help from the junior col- score the way they have before, have a first-year punter and a lege ranks comes from lineman Ivan McCartney left the team first-year placekicker to add to d'Vante Henry, a 6-foot-5,205- in 2012. He's back to try to make the murky mix. pound outside rushmam the completely revamped corps Lastseason'sreturnmen,Tav- Lineman Korey Harris has of receivers at least serviceable, on Austin and Stedman Bailey, been dismissed from the team. Another junior college trans- were nearly always giving the Harris was arrested last week fer, Kevin White (6-foot-3,211), Mountaineers generous yard- and had already been suspend- joins the new faces. Daikiel age with their abilities. Both of ed from the team for the spring Shorts (6-foot-0, 201) is going them are now in the NFL. semester. to be new to college football be- Incompetent special teamsThe snow and unsure footing cause he was a high school play- are hard to overcome. When in December's Pinstripe Bowl er last year. your defense is still as suspect at Yankee Stadium is still a viv- Will West Virginia attempt to as A1 Capone was when a Chi- id memory to many. Syracuse stay ahead of the baying pack of cago mobster turned up full simply owned the Mountain- Big 12 teams with more empha- of lead and his fedora askew eers during that wintry mess. sis on its running game? There while getting an innocent hair- Too many Big 12 teams are only two full-time starters re- cut, then a ramshackle group of owned West Virginia's defense turning to the offensive line in special teams is going to cause last season. Quinton Spain and Curtis Feigt. heart palpitations. Will any improvement be Pat Eger is experienced and The 13 teams the Mountain- coming? Will a new set of offen- Nick Kinder is versatile, but eers played last season com- sive starters be able to detonate redshirt freshman Tyler Orlo- bined to pass for over 4,000 scoreboards like Geno Smith sky, sophorhore Marquis Lewis yards. 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