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Friday's Local Roundup

May 20, 2002

PREP BASEBALL


POOLESVILLE, Md. - When it comes down to tournament play, Catoctin coach Mike Franklin isn't exactly picky on how the Cougars score winning runs.

So, when Zach Ausherman got plunked with a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie, there weren't many apologies coming out of the Catoctin dugout, especially when it meant a 5-4 victory over Poolesville and the school's first Class 1A South Region title.

"We'll take it any way we can at this point," Franklin said. "It's been a season of close games and strange finishes, and if it can go to our favor one time, we'll take it. When you get this far, what ever it takes."

It took Catoctin to rally back from a 2-0 deficit and starting pitcher T.J. Eiker leaving with a tight arm in the first inning. It also took an emergency pitching performance from senior Chris Kaleo, who shut down Poolesville on three hits the rest of the way, to give the Cougars the chance to pull the game out.

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"Chris did a heck of a job for us," Franklin said. "He's a senior and a captain but he hasn't had a lot of action for us lately. He came in with runners on base and Poolesville leading 2-0 and got us out of it with the second and third outs. He threw strikes and changed pitches well. He's got nerves of steel."

The win moves Catoctin into the Class 1A semifinals on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at McCurdy Field in Frederick, Md., against the winner of the North Region, either Rising Sun or North East.

Catoctin tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth with the help of Chad Wolfe's two-run triple, a shot hit to dead center field fence some 452-feet away.

Jason Johnson went 3-for-3, including a double and an RBI. Kaleo struck out four.

"The law of averages evened out in the end," Franklin said.

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Eiker, Kaleo (1) and Ausherman; Ward, A. Howard (5) and P. Howard. WP - Kaleo. LP - A. Howard.

Goretti 5, Maret 4

WASHINGTON - Tim Kellinger's RBI triple in the top of the ninth inning pushed the Gaels into the championship game of the Maryland State Private Schools Tournament.

Goretti (18-9) won it off Frogs pitcher Steve Lyons, who was previously undefeated on the season. The Gaels sent the game into extra innings thanks to Trevor Cobb's diving catch in the bottom of the seventh.

Josh Staubs had three hits and an RBI, while Cobb, Phil Dorsey, Jamie Widmeyer and Paul Angelo all had two hits for Goretti, which plays in the title game Tuesday at Bullis Prep.

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Carter, Staubs. Morret Rosenbaum, Lyons (5), Neel. WP-Carter (6-2). LP- Lyons. HR-M: Jones (1st, none on).

Potomac 12, St. James 2

McLEAN, Va. - Ryan Wingerd had two hits and an RBI for St. James while John Gahan added an RBI for St. James (4-14) in its final game of the season.

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Nadeau, Murphy (3), Finland (5) and Gregg. Moyet and Wingerd. WP- Nadeau. LP- Moyet.

PREP SOFTBALL


S. Fulton 7, Tussey Mt. 2

SAXTON, Pa. - Candice Bard had three hits, Ashley Mallow had a double and a triple while Jenny Ligget and Bethany Mallott both had two hits for Southern Fulton (16-3) in a Sideling Hill League win.

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True and Bard. Hann and Bernosky. WP-True (13-2). LP-Hann.

Chestnut Ridge 12 McConnellsburg 1

FISHERTOWN, Pa. - The Spartans struggled in their regular-season finale to finish 9-11.

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Everetts and DeShong. Byers and Nugent. WP- Byers. LP-Everetts (9-10). HR-CR: Byers (4th, three on).

BOYS TENNIS


Jefferson ties for sixth

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Team scores from the West Virginia high school tennis tournament Friday:

Team scores: 1, (tie) Huntington, Wheeling Park, 11. 3, Parkersburg, 10. 4 (tie), Parkersburg South, Elkins, 4. 6 (tie), George Washington, Morgantown, Jefferson, 3. 9, Capital, 2. 10 (tie), East Fairmont, Hurricane, Keyser, Logan, 1. Not scoring: Cabell Midland, Fairmont Senior, Martinsburg, Ripley, Woodrow Wilson.

GIRLS TENNIS


Jefferson ties for third

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Team scores from the West Virginia high school tennis tournament Friday:

1, Parkersburg, 13. 2, South Charleston, 7. 3, Jefferson, 6. 4 (tie), Cabell Midland, Capital, Huntington, Wheeling Park, 5. 8 (tie), University, Woodrow Wilson, 3. 10 (tie), Brooke, George Washington, Hurricane, St. Albans. Not scoring: Buckhannon-Upshur, Elkins, Hedgesville, John Marshall, Keyser, Preston.

COLLEGE BASEBALL


Shepherd stays alive

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Shepherd College used a late-inning explosion to defeat Mansfield (Pa.) 11-5 in the loser's bracket final to stay alive in the NCAA Division II North Atlantic Regional at Kutztown University.

Leading 3-1 going into the seventh, the Rams plated eight runs the rest of the way to advance to the title game today against Kutztown. Shepherd must beat Kutztown twice to advance to the College World Series.

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