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Cougars continueto hit their Walls

Senior outfielder hits Jefferson into region title game

Senior outfielder hits Jefferson into region title game

May 22, 2002|BY BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - To Jefferson's Sam Walls, the game of baseball is sort of like reading a good detective novel - You know the clue is there, you just have to find it.

But there is little mystery in the way Walls and his Jefferson teammates are playing.

Walls continued a torrid hitting streak, blasting a two-run homer and an RBI triple, as the Cougars dispatched Hampshire 11-6 in the West Virginia Class AAA Region II semifinals at Sager Field Tuesday night.

"I really can't think back to when this all started going my way," Walls said. "I knew I needed more work. I took a lot of extra swings. Suddenly, things started happening for me. Right now, I'll do whatever it takes to keep this team winning."

"Sam has always hit the ball well for us over his career," Jefferson coach John Lowery said. "He has been streaky at times but his hitting is certainly coming at the right time for this team now."

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Jefferson (31-8) breezed to a 10-0 lead on a frigid night and then turned as cold as the temperatures, allowing Hampshire (12-13) to charge back into the game with six runs in the final two innings.

Jefferson jumped in early against Hampshire starter Lukus Shanholtz. He faced just 11 Cougars, who produced five runs on four hits and a pair of walks. Matt Noll, the No. 9 hitter, and designated hitter Donnell Lee each hit two-run doubles in the rally.

Jefferson added three runs in the fourth for the 10-run lead before the tide turned against a bullpen that saw its first real action in over a week.

"No excuses," Lowery said. "But honestly, these kids haven't done a lot of throwing like normal during the season. It was especially difficult in these conditions tonight."

Jefferson 11, Hampshire 6

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Shanholtz, Shipe (2) and Wright. Mumaw, Cogan (5), Rippon (6) and Noll. WP - Mumaw (8-3), LP - Shanholtz (3-5). HR - J: Walls (2nd, one on).

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