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Catoctin comes out smokin'

March 24, 2001

Catoctin comes out smokin'



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Catoctin 7, South 5



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Kaleo and Schneider. Belin, Cote (3), Ryan (6), Keller (6) and Showe. WP - Kaleo (1-0). LP - Belin (0-1). HR - C: Kaleo (1st, two on). S: Jesson (2nd, none on), Showe (5th, none on).



Even though it was a cold and windy Friday afternoon, the bats of the young Catoctin Cougars' baseball team were plenty hot.

Every Catoctin batter hit safely as the Cougars roared to a 7-5 win over the South Hagerstown Rebels in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League season opener.

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"It was a lot of fun," Catoctin coach Mike Franklin said. "We had five sophomores out there today. It's a nice, young and energetic team. Every player on our team is new except for our two seniors, Kevin Favorite and Brad Nesbitt. This is the most coachable group that I have ever been with throughout my entire career. These kids love to play baseball."

Junior pitcher Chris Kaleo allowed just one walk as he struck out seven batters in seven innings to get the complete-game victory for the Cougars.

"I just wanted to try to throw strikes," Kaleo said. "I was satisfied with my performance. With the help of my coach calling my pitches, I felt very comfortable. I worked non-stop all through the off-season. That has really helped me out a lot to get ready for the spring. I want to thank my defense for giving me pretty good support out there."

Kaleo helped himself out by slugging a three-run homer in the top of the first inning to help the Cougars leap out to a 4-0 lead.

"That home run that I hit was a first-pitch fastball," Kaleo said. "I was able to get hold of it."

Chad Wolfe had two hits and two RBI, while Eric Schneider and Favorite added two hits each for the Cougars.

Tommy Jesson got two hits and two RBI, while Aaron Showe also added two hits for the Rebels. Both players belted solo homers.

"Chris Kaleo was in command with his cutter," South Hagerstown coach Greg Eversole said. "Anytime that you can consistently throw a breaking ball for strikes in high school baseball, then you're going to be effective."

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