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Hagerstown falls to Washington in Colt League

August 02, 1999|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Bud Nelson isn't the most eloquent of speakers, but the Washington, Pa., manager leaves little doubt of the meaning of his words.

"This is the most awesome team I've ever coached. I've been in this thing for 22 years, and this team is awesome," Nelson said.

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Nelson's description was on the mark, proven by his team's 12-1 victory over Hagerstown A on Sunday in the Regional Colt Tournament finals at Hellane Park.

"These kids are so exciting to watch," he said. "I don't know what you could do except look at these kids and tell them how great they are."

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Washington took control of the game with eight runs in the third inning to take a 9-0 lead.

Patrick Sadler led off with a home run to right-center. Jim Blue and Matt Lucas singled, and Matt Connolly doubled in Blue.

After Michael Chicone walked, Paul McCune was hit by a pitch to force in Lucas. A groundout scored Connolly, and Nick Christopher's two-run single scored Chicone and McCune.

After another groundout, Sadler hit his second homer of the inning, a carbon copy of the first, to finish the scoring spree.

Sadler, who pitched Washington past Hagerstown on Friday, gave another sport credit for his success.

"We played a little bit of ping pong before the game, I got my hand-eye coordination down," he said.

Washington added three runs in the fourth, capped by a Lucas home run.

Blue allowed three hits and one run in five innings, striking out eight. Blue, Sadler and Connolly allowed a combined four runs over the tournament.

"Their pitching staff is just excellent, they shut us down," Hagerstown manager Duane Myers said. "We only had three hits, and if you don't hit, you can't score any runs."

Hagerstown got to the title game by defeating Anne Arundel and Cincinnati on Saturday, but would have had to beat Washington twice.

"It's hard to win four straight games," Myers said. "They did win two, and they gave their best. I'm proud of all of them, they just ran out of gas."

Washington travels to Lexington, Ky. for the Zone Tournament, and Nelson, as always, is confident. "I don't think anybody can stop these kids right now. I ain't gonna tell them that, but personally, I don't think anybody can stop these kids."

Coach, your kids may know anyway.

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