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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, July 28, 2005 I 1 And with the Orioles often cial lamb against lefthanders producing three or fewer runs because Gibbons and Bigbie now is a two- a game, even with the credit- are not. going to get them any- against To- able pitching efforts of the oth- thing positive. Surhoff may get place. The Bal- er starters, they couldn't avoid a walk. just don't have a snowballing of losses. Surhoff had to endure the nor the The politics in Baltimore slider of Tampa Bay lefthander to stay with were going to be played. Re- Scorr Kazmir. Bigbie and Gib- York. Or even gardless of the tumbling from bona were spared. And Surhoff contention, struck out twice and the Ori- pol- The team's well-being was oles suffered another low-run the front officesacrificed for the purpose of loss with .173 hitter Eli Mar- ownership dumping Ponson. And the pur- rero in the outfield. Marrero pose of keeping Kline and his bats righthanded. The thinking contin- $2.5 million contract and Reed being he might get that walk and his $2.5 million contract Bigbie and Gibbons won't get had pitcher Reed was finally let go when against a dcecent lefthander. who they used Jason Grimsley -- being paid But Marrero struck out twice. when Sid- even more than the 41-year-old Is it no wonder Baltimore is Hayden Penn, sidearmer -- came back fromusually overmatched against Daniel Cabrera Tommy John surgery on his el- lefthanded pitchers? past thethird bow. Javy Lopez finally comes Grimsley had to be paid forback after two months on the a 1.61 earned the last three months of the disabled list. used strictly 2004 season when he couldn't But Javy Lopez is no Ted Wil- pitch And he was being paid liams or Babe Ruth or Ty Cobb. bullpen's "sea- for the first three months of He is not going to don a blue you consider this season while he was recov- and red suit and fly to the Ori- per- ering, oles' rescue like Superman. !.0rioles received As soon as Grimsley was He is going to be an improve- pitchers Steve deemed able~ he and his $4 rail- ment over Sal Fasano. But if lion a year contract were back Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora, been a success- on the roster, and Miguel Tejada don't soon in the past How can a team be the post-reappear as the All-Stars they er child of politics when it can't were for the first part of the Sidney score runs? season, even Javy's RBIs, horn- the Ori- It has lefthanded batters who era, and generally effective of- tu the starting ro- are fortunate when they get one lense won't be near enough to ts his earned run scratch single in four at-bats give the Oriole sole possession a league-worst against lefthanded pitchers, of even third place in their divi- Jay Gibbons, Larry Bigbie, sion. over $10 rail- B.J. Surhoff, and Rafael Pal- What would the addition of And he will meiro are not going to produce Phil Nevin have done for the that knightly much of anything between Orioles' run production? them except outs when facing The first plus in the addition Wished Ponson lefthanded pitchers, of infielder Nevin would have '. About 99% The Orioles throw Surhoff been the substraction of Sir wish for the into their lineup as a sacrifi- Sidney Ponson. And Nevin is a righthanded batter with some past punch in his bat. But he's 34 now. And his homers and RBIs are not what they once were. Does a diminishing sheet of offensive statistics from a play- er in his mid-30's remind you of another recent Baltimore "ad- dition"? Sammy Sosa. Just three RBIs in a week of seven games, Sammy. Just three. Sorry, didn't mean to ask for the moon. And people overlook the con- tinual lack of offense supplied by Luis Matos. Matos isn't even a stellar defensive player. And hi~ RBIs and extra base hits are fewer and fewer all the time. But Matos plays nearly every day. Where the Orioles' bench was an upgrade from the woeful group it endured through 2004, it has now been reduced to Fa- sano, Chris Gomez, Surhoff, and Marrero. At least the attitudes of three of those reserves is complimen- tary to the team's welfare. What if Tejada, Mora, Rob- erts, and Javy Lopez could muster up 4.5 runs a game . . or the unseen figure of five runs per night? Could Rodrigo Lopez, Erik Bedard, Chen, Cabrera, and a fifth starter as a group be reli- able enough to get through Au- gust and September? James Baldwin and his 1.61 earned run average, now gone The Jefferson County Junior League Softball team didn't find much to smile about at the state tournament hosted by the Hite Saunders Little League in South Charleston. Representing District 6, Jef- ferson County was paired with District 3 winner Elk District in its first game of pool play. There were two different pools at the seven-team state tournament. Jefferson County was placed in a pool with Elk District, Vin- son, and Pineville. The other pool had Braxton, Huntington, and Shady Springs. After round robin play in the pools, each grouping would send two teams to a single elim- ination state semifinals. Jefferson County was beat- en, 15-0, in a four-inning game ended by the 10-run mercy rule in its first tournament game against Elk District. Vinson defeated Pineville, 11-2, in the other game in Jef- ferson County's pool. In its second game, Jeffer- son County fell to Vinson, 11-1, in another game halted by the mercy rule. Elk District beat Pineville, 10-3, in its second game in pool play. After two rounds of pool play, Vinson had a 2-0 record, Elk District had a 2-0 record, Jef- ferson County was 0-2 and Pin- eville was 0-2. Jefferson County had a last pool play game scheduled against equally winless Pinev- ille, but both Vinsen and Elk District had already qualified for the tournament semifinals from that pool. Jefferson County defeated Pineville, 16-0, in a mercy-rule game; thus Jefferson County finished the tournament with a 1-2 record. In the three-team pool, Hun- tington stopped Braxton, 16- 0, and then defeated Shady Springs, 5-1, to qual~v for the semifinals. The winner of the Shady Springs (0-1) and Braxton (0-1) game would be the other team to qualify for the semifinals. The Jefferson County Ju- nior League Softball team was the lone team to qualify for any state tournament from ei- ther the Jeferson County Little League or the Charles Town- Ranson Little League~ is a little too disappear He But Balti- still have to pay of his con- rUns through the has paid for*players perform before. Belle? And Da- pitcher Scott Watch those four the Orioles from ~: Angelos doesn't he gets to get whose con- honored by the ridding them- or )utting harm the team) by hitters in the cost them- by "show- ms. is a term for you want to 7 can see him. Case, the other 29 a 260-pound, who often three, of getting blast- League start was a The Shepherdstown High School 1951 baseball team. Front row are Frankie Mills, Richard Shackelford, Layne Banks, Jackie Rhodes, has (I-r) Gene Prather, Buddy Gano, Ercle Boyd, Danny Hendricks, and Tommy Miller. Crum Benner, Brad Myers, Lee Fowler, unidentified, and coach Kenny Rentch. In the back row 71 Charles Town its first-round Ameri- tournament, ,12-6. dropped tato the loser's ~aeant Post 71 win four straight another loss to "~ tOUrnament. had a 9-16- following the When quarterback Chad Pen- strained shoulder were not be- nington had surgery on his torn lieved by many who witnessed right rotator cuff, he sought Pennington's underthrown and famed Birmingham surgeon Dr. softly thrown passes. James Andrews. The Jets enter training camp Pennmgton, who played at in a few day~ and the questions of Marshall, had not thrown well Pennington's readiness still are during the last part of the 2004 heard. season. When Pennington and The Jets are without a ready the New York Jets were elimi- replacement for Pennington -- the nated from the NFL playoffs by same as they were last year when Pittsburgh, 20-17, the questions " their offense struggled through being directed his way ended for November and December before only a short time. . finally being ousted by the Steel- The injury occurred on No- era. vember 7 against Buffalo. And During his recovery, Penningt- the team reports that it was a gon has endured strength and r conditioning sessions at IMGgoal. I'm going to use the training Academies and his self-evalua- camp process to keep building my tion of his shoulder is: "I expect to strength and continue rehab. be about 85% going into training "It's a matter of being strong camp and my goal is to be 100% enough and building enough en- on September 11 (when NewYork durance to last and to be able opens its regular season at Kan- to recover after a practice or a sas City). game." If Pennington's sixth Season is Pennington missed three to begin with him restored to full games and in the games he health, he will have to prove him- played his effectiveness was di- self at some time during the exhi- minished. bition season. His workout sessions at IMG Pennington continues his eval- have left him with a positive at- uation with: "The season open- titude. er is when it matters most, and The Jets open training camp I'm well on may way toward that tomorrow at Hofstra University. After losing its first game in the Carey doled out eight hits, hit two and had a double. Jenkins was 2- 'American Legion Area 8 tourna- batters, struck out six, limited Post for-5 and drove in a run and had a ment, Charles Town Jackson Perks 41 to two earned runs and did not double. Post 71 entered the losers bracket walk anybody. The win placed Charles Town Post 64, and faced Keyser Post 41. Both Charles Town had fallen behind against Potomac Valley, which had took a teams were 0-1 in the double elim- in the early innings as Keyser Post lost to Berkeley Post 14 in the only in the first marion tournament because Key- 41 scored three times in the second wimler's bracket game in the four- three hit- ser had lost its first-round game to innin4~, team tournament. against Berkeley Post 14. Jackson Perks Post 71 got even It ~Vas Potomac Valley, located Brandon Charles Town got a route-going in its half of third as David Smith, in Petersburg, which had dealt scored, pitching performance from Justin Josh Simons, Brandon Piper and Charles Town Jackson Perks Post singled. Ty- Carey and rallied for seven runs in Westley Jenkins all had hits. 71 its first loss of the tournament, And Alex the sixth inning to defeat Keyser, Keyser grabbed a 4-3 lead in the a 12-6 verdict in the first round of the first pitch 12-4. fourth, but Simons drove in T.J. games. for a three- Keyser completed its seasonMaster in the bottom of the same Potomac Valley then eliminat- with an 8-30 overall record, inning to knot the score at 4-4. ed Charles Town, leaving Jack- ' Post 64 would With the score even at 4-4 in the Charles Town then produced son Perks with a l-2 Area 8 record runs later sixth, Charles Town Post 71 tallied a seven-run inning that saw nine after Post 71 was beaten, 5-1, by the help of seven runs before Keyser could re- men reach base safely, the pitching of Robbie Sites, who errors Charlesfire the Jackson Perks batters. Simons went 3-for-4 with a tri- pitched for Petersburg High in the Charles Town had seven hits in ple, double, two RBIs, and two spring. Potomac Val- its big inning. Of the seven hits, runs scored. Master was 3-for-5 Simons was the losing pitch- going 6.1 four went for extra bases (two tri- and scored twice, er for Charles Town, which never only two pies and two doubles). Smithwent 2-for-4andhadatri- solved the offerings of Sites when Carey blanked Keyser in thepie, two runs scored, and an RB!. it had runners on base. of Charles game's last three innings after be- Piper was also 2-for-4 with a dou- Freels went 2-for-4 with a dou- Smith scored ing Staked to the long lead ble, RBI, and three runs scored, ble. John Quinones had two hits as s runs. In his nine innings of pitching, John Freels drove in two rtms did Master and Simons. Potomac Valley then advanced with its 2-1 tournament record to play Berkeley Post 14. Berkeley Post 14 was 2-0 in tournament play. Berkeley edged Potomac Valley, 4-3, to win the Area 8 tournament and gain a berth in the American Legion state tournament in Beck- ley this week. Berkeley Post 14 was 3-0 in the Area 8 tournament. Potomac Valley finished with a 2-2 record notching both its wins over Charles "I think the personal one-on- one training concept is essential to making yourself better. You can't replace it because of the de- tail and focus you put on yourself as an athlete. "My trainer is able to look at me, see where my weaknesses are and help me focus on them so I can become stronger and have confidence in those areas. " "At the professional level, ev- erybody has talent, but it's the guys who can focus on the details and fundamentals who are able to perform at a consistent level, year in and year out." Town and losing both its games to Berkeley. Charles Town was 1-2 and Key- ser was 0-2. Charles Town Jackson Perks Post 71 had a 10-17-1 record this season. Berkeley Post 14 has only field- ed a team in 2004 and 2005. But in both seasons it has won theArea 8 tournament and gotten a berth in the American Legion state tourna- ment.