Cougars hit McDonald's drive-thru

April 22, 2002


LOGAN, W.Va. - The Jefferson High School baseball team makes the game look pretty easy at times, but over the past week, the Cougars have learned how difficult it can be, too.

On Friday, though, No. 2 Jefferson found the high road once again, winning twice against high-caliber competition to move into the final of the McDonald's Classic at Logan High School.

"We talk that it's the way baseball works sometimes, and I think they understand that a little bit better now," Jefferson coach John Lowery said. "Especially with the way we were playing earlier this week, this is great that they've shown this type of resilience."

Jefferson (17-6) moved into today's final against St. Albans - which it defeated in the 1999 state semifinals - by knocking off two other past state championship foes.


In an opening 7-6 win over South Charleston, Steve Kozak and Kevin McLaughlin both knocked in two runs and McLaughlin got the win in an early relief appearance. Denny Hartlove had two hits and Terry Mumaw threw three innings for the save.

Then, in a 9-4 semifinal win over homestanding Logan, the Cougars (17-6) used big third and sixth innings to defeat the team that has beaten them in the last two state championship games.

Justin Dailey had three hits, drove in four runs and stole a base to lead the barrage. Donell Lee had two hits and two RBI, Brian Peterson had two doubles and Brian McLaughlin also had two hits.

Jefferson 7, S. Charleston 6M

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Samuel, Buckelew (6) and Pindell. Griffin, K. McLaughlin (2), Mumaw (4) and Noll. WP-K. McLaughlin (2-0). LP-Samuel. S-Mumaw (1).

Jefferson 9, Logan 4

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Fisher, Osbourn (5) and Noll. Stiehl, Mullins (7) and Southern. WP-Fisher (3-0). S-Osbourn (1).

No. 1 Chambersburg 10 Hershey 3

HERSHEY, Pa. - Chip Brown's two-run homer in the first started a three-hit, four-RBI day as the Trojans romped to a non-conference win.

Irvin Sleighter allowed just two hits and struck out five in five innings to move to 4-0 on the season. Brown capped his day with a bases-loaded double in a five-run sixth for Chambersburg (9-0). R.J. Seibert also had two hits and an RBI and Lascelles Riley hit a two-run homer in the win.

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Sleighter, Kramer (6), Cook (6) and Carter. Fachtler, Miller (5), Smith (6) and Bricker. WP-Sleighter (4-0). LP-HR-C: Brown (1st, one on), Riley (4th, one on).

Boiling Springs 4 No. 3 Greencastle 3

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Blue Devils had the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't push the tying run across against the Bubblers in a Mid Penn Colonial loss.

Down 4-1 entering the frame, Ryan Hoffman and Dave Izer had RBI singles to cut the deficit for Greencastle (9-2), but that was all.

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Eberhart, Fraker (7) and Hess. Scott, Group (6) and Ile. WP-Eberhart. LP-Scott (2-1). S-Fraker. HR-BS: Tate (2nd, one on).

No. 5 Walkersville 9 Brunswick 2

WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Ray Dorsey had three hits and knocked in two runs to back Danny Leatherman's first win of the year for the Lions in a big win in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League. Leatherman struck out eight in a complete game and Ryan O'Planick and Pat Blake had two hits each for Walkersville (9-2, 6-2). Brunswick falls to 5-7, 4-6.

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Conner, D. Baugher (2) and Feldman. Leatherman and Dorsey, Dub (6). WP-Leatherman (1-0). LP-Conner (0-1).

Bridgeport 12 No. 8 Hedgesville 2

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - Matt Bartgis and J.R. Elliott both had two hits, but the Eagles were done in by an eight-run fourth in the opening round of the McDonald's Bridgeport Classic. Hedgesville (6-6) led Notre Dame 2-0 in the fifth inning of its second game before lightning and rain halted the game until today.

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Yurish, Cunningham (4) and Faircloth, Butcher (4). Trippett and Robbins. WP-Trippett. LP-Yurish (1-2).

Williamsport 10, No. 10 South 1

Ben Jordan struck out six in a complete game and also had three hits to lead the Wildcats in an MVAL romp. Derrick Sweigert added two hits and four RBI for Williamsport (7-5, 5-5). Phil Powell and Daniel Lynn had two hits each for South (3-6, 2-5).

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Jordan and Small. Mertz, Cote (3), Sellers (7) and Peterson. WP-Jordan (3-2). LP-Mertz (1-1). HR-W: Fitzgerald (6th, one on).

Waynesboro 11, Red Land 3

LEWISBERRY, Pa. - Joey Weatherald's RBI double highlighted a seven-run fifth innig as Waynesboro got over the .500 mark by beating Red Land.

Weatherald and Brian Kirkpatrick each had two hits for the Indians (6-5).

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Red Land 0110010-346

Lynn, Freelove (6), Emery (7) and Kirkpatrick. Romanowski, Stambaugh (4), Cox (7) and Hoffman. WP - Lynn (3-1). LP - Romanowski.

Grace 13, Calvary 3

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