Roundup-Cenate shines in Cooperstown

April 30, 1999


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Josh Cenate couldn't have picked a better time or place to take his rightful place among Jefferson High's all-time baseball greats.

The Cougars' starting pitcher was at his classic best in the place where baseball classics are the norm - Doubleday Field in the shadows of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cenate handcuffed nationally ranked Riverdale Baptist for the first five innings while collecting 17 strikeouts in a 5-3 victory in a three-team mixer being played at the home of baseball's shrine.


With the win, Cenate raised his record to 8-1 and become the winningest pitcher in school history. The senior is 29-5 in his high school career, bettering the 28-4 mark set by John Mahoney from 1978-80 on a day when one should have been in awe of the surroundings more than the opponent.

"It was beautiful day and there were crystal blue skies," Jefferson coach John Lowery. "This was a neat little park to play in. The kids came out and played well and with Josh on the mound, he wasn't going to give up many runs."

The win was Jefferson's 20th in 23 games, handing the Cougars their 23rd straight 20-win season. They did it by defeating a Riverdale Baptist team that was ranked No. 16 in the nation and No. 1 in the East by USA Today.

Jefferson made a statement early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Justin Osbourn blasted a three-run homer and Jimmy Rhodes followed with a solo shot to give Cenate a 4-0 lead.

"Josh went out and struck out the side in each of the first three innings and then did it again in the fifth," Lowery said. "They finally got to him a little in the end."

Jefferson moved to a 5-0 lead in the fifth when Cenate doubled and scored on Osbourn's double for his fourth RBI of the game. Cenate had two of Jefferson's five hits.

Riverdale Baptist scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Jefferson ends its trip to Cooperstown when it plays Choate, Conn., today at 10 a.m.

Chambersburg 11, Gettysburg 2

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Andy Dangler and Adam Witter drove in three runs each to lead No. 2 Chambersburg (12-2) past Gettysburg.

Dangler hit his fifth homer of the season.

Chambersburg starter Ben Lefever struck out eight in six innings, walked none and held Gettysburg to four hits.

Waynesboro 9, West Perry 3

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Craig Hight had a two-run double in the fourth inning and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth as No. 3 Waynesboro defeated West Perry.

Brett Showalter had three hits and Matt Hospelhorn added two hits for the Indians (10-3, 8-0 Mid Penn Commonwealth). Matt Lowans picked up the win.

Brunswick 13, Catoctin 1

THURMONT, Md. - Catoctin committed five errors in the first inning, allowing No. 9 Brunswick to score five runs en route to a Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory.

Willie McLane hit a two-run homer and Danny Renn added a solo shot for the Railroaders. Chris Hill hit a bases-loaded triple, while Chris Baugher added two hits.

Northern Bedford 5, S. Fulton 3

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Robert Oakman and Dustin Fisher each had two hits for Southern Fulton in a loss to Northern Bedford.

Rodney Swope had five strikeouts for Southern Fulton (5-7).


S. Fulton 13, N. Bedford 3

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Kelly True picked up her first career win, allowing four hits and one earned run in six innings as No. 4 Southern Fulton defeated Northern Bedford.

Trish Douglas hit a homer and drove in two runs for Southern Fulton (9-2). Amy Fischer had two hits and two RBIs, while Heather Smartt added two hits.

Greencastle 4, Fairfield 1

FAIRFIELD, Pa. - Amy Miller had two hits and two RBIs, while Katie Beam and Jen Gentile each had two hits and an RBI as No. 8 Greencastle-Antrim downed Fairfield.

Megan Williams struck out 10 in a complete-game effort to pick up her third win for the Blue Devils (10-4, 7-2 Mid Penn Colonial).

Berkeley Springs 16, Moorefield 1

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Ashley Waugh tossed a three-inning no-hitter as Berkeley Springs downed Moorefield by the 15-run mercy rule.

Sarah Morris, Dusty McClintock and Nicole Maslauskas each had three hits, while Megan Zahnow had two hits for the Indians (10-11).

Grace Academy 18, MCA 5

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Winning pitcher Heather Kendall allowed just three earned runs and struck out six to help Grace Academy beat Martinsburg Christian Academy by the 10-run rule in five innings.

Kendall added two hits and two RBIs. Joanna Conner and Stephanie Anthony hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for Grace (8-1). Anthony went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, while Conner added three hits and two RBIs. Jessica Scuderi had two hits and two RBIs.

Sarah Kucenski and Megan Carper had two hits each for Martinsburg Christian.


Shepherd wins one of two

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd College won the first game of a doubleheader with West Virginia Wesleyan 5-4, but dropped the second game, 5-0.

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