CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Jefferson's Josh Cenate showed why the Baltimore Orioles selected him in this week's amateur baseball draft.
The senior left-hander had a career-high 19 strikeouts in a 4-1 victory over St. Albans on Thursday night in the Class AAA semifinals at Watt Powell Park.
Jefferson (31-4) will seek its second straight state title and fifth of the decade tonight when it plays Hurricane (27-9), a 4-2 winner over Buckhannon-Upshur in the other semifinal.
''This is not my best game,'' Cenate said. ''If I was going to rate my performance: no speed from the beginning. I don't know why, but my back has been hurting from lifting, so I've taken the last two weeks off from that.