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Local roundup - Hyatt wins derby

June 16, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

Brittany Hyatt seemed a little surprised.

It wasn't because she had just won the Keller-Stonebraker Insurance Little League Home Run Hitting Contest. That was almost old hat. It was more because of how she did it on Saturday at Municipal Stadium.

"I figured I would hit more than three (homers)," said Hyatt, who represented National Little League. "I thought I would have to because I thought the other kids would hit more."

Hyatt, the third of four hittters in the championship round, was in a three-way tie for the lead after six outs of her turn. One pitch later, she deposited the winning shot to assume the place she had stood in before - the winner's circle.

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It was Hyatt's third home run title in two years. She has won the 11- and the 12-year-old title in the Washington County Little League contests.

"My dad and brothers work with me a lot," Hyatt said. "My dad throws them to me and puts them where I want them so I can get used to hitting them."

Hyatt, who reportedly has a .701 batting average and leads National with seven home runs, took special pride in winning Saturday's competition. It's one of the few times a female has been seen hitting baseballs on the Municipal Stadium field.

"It was special," said Hyatt. "I really wanted to play on the field."

The depth perception because of the size of the field threw off some of the hitters because none of the competitors in the two-day contest hit more than three home runs. Each hitter received 10 "outs," any swing or contact that wasn't a home run, in their turn.

Hyatt and Robbie Soto of American League qualified with three homers each on Friday. They faced Saturday qualifiers Jovann Carter of Valley Little League and Nathan Minnich of Waynesboro Youth League, who each had two homers. Minnich defeated Soto in a five-pitch hit-off for second place after each finished with two homers in the finals. Carter failed to homer in the finals.

Tim Cole of Smithsburg's Cal Ripken League was the only other Saturday qualifer to homer. Other participants were Halfway's Justin Poffenberger, West End's Jody McElroy, South Mountain's Brad Rohrer, Maugansville's Aaron Mills, Martinsburg American's Cory Whetzel, Martinsburg National's Johnny Sezly and Federal's Andrew Stout.

LEGION BASEBALL


Williamsport 6, Winchester 5

WILLIAMSPORT - Marty Kaetzel, John Quail and Keith Kellinger each had two hits and Jason Embly ran his record to 4-1 as Williamsport Post 202 beat Winchester Post 21.

Nick Adenhart pitched the ninth inning and picked up his third save of the year for Williamsport (14-6).

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Hawse, Goode (5), Snyder (7), Hester (8) and Farren, McCormack (8). Embly, Adenhart (8) and

YOUTH LEAGUES


Federal Little League

American Legion 10, Kiwanis 4: Alan Walker, Allen Sandberg, Jeff Wentzell, Alex Shearer and Dakota Durning each had two hits for American Legion. Will Murray had two hits for Kiwanis.

Hagerstown Colt League

Goodwill 8, FOP 4: Brad Hineman had two hits for Goodwill. Adam Thomas had two hits for FOP.

FOP 10, Williamsport Eagles 2: David Gouff had two hits for FOP. Brad Crouse threw a four-hitter for the win.

National Little League

Funkstown Legion 3, Crampton's 2: Allen Barnett had the game-winning RBI for Funkstown.

Conococheague Little League

Redmen 16, Taylor Trucking 2: Kyle Cunningham had four hits, including two home runs, Jesse Buchman had three hits and Adam Taylor and Greg Minnick each had two hits for Redmen.

Byers' Market 10, Post 202 9: Brandon Morales and Brian Kinzer each had two hits for Byers' Market. Travis Kelley had two hits for Post 202.

Maugansville Little League

Home Care Pharmacy 6, Burkholder's 4: Aaron Mills, Greg Luhouse and Chris Reid each had two hits to lead Home Care.

West End Little League

VFW 11, Coke 2: Jodi McElroy had three hits and four RBI and C.J. Green had two hits for VFW. Henry Fitzgerald and Preston Smith each had two hits for Coke.

AFL-CIO 6, Moose 1: Jeremy Smith threw a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts and homered for AFL-CIO.

Stags 8, Elks 7: Chris Jackson had a three-run triple for Stags.

West End Minor League

Western Enterprise 15, FOP 14: Nick Breeden, Brandon Graff, Andrew Peterson and Philip Butcher each had two hits for Western Enterprise. Brady Hess had four hits and Dakota Burns had three for FOP.

South County Junior League

Boonsboro Pharmacy 14, Wilson Ruritan 11: Mike Coe had three hits, Dylan Hamilton, Will Dayoff, Patrick Fogle and Adam Rippeon each had two and Zach Shifler struck out eight for Boonsboro Pharmacy.

Jerry's 14, Boonsboro GasMart 3: Christopher Rhodes had three hits, while William Dayoff, Adam Rippeon and Tony Davenport each had two for Jerry's.

Halfway Minor League

Hagerstown Trust 9, CarQuest Auto 2: Conner Jordan had two hits, while Dylan Turner and Chris Allen combined to strike out 13 for Hagerstown Trust. Matt Cody had two hits for CarQuest.

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