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Adenhart leads Wildcats

April 22, 2003|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - Nick Adenhart proved he's multidemensional.

Williamsport's junior pitcher was the rallying point Monday for the Wildcats' 12-0 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory over North Hagerstown. He not only struck out 12 while firing a one-hit shutout in the 4 1/2-inning game, he went 3-for-4 with two RBI to support his own effort.

Williamsport (10-2, 8-2) gained sole possession of first place in the MVAL with the win.

Matt Murray's fourth-inning single was the only hit Adenhart allowed the Hubs (4-7, 4-7).

Adenhart leads the Williamsport pitching staff with a 5-0 record and 53 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings and lowered his earned run average to a sparkling 1.31.

"When you put Nick Adenhart on the mound, you feel good about your chances of winning," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said. "His control is great and his breaking pitches are excellent. He has four ways that he can work. He can go up, down, in and out. That makes it tough for hitters to hit off him. He's just a great kid to work with."

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North Hagerstown coach Shawn Reynolds was equally impressed.

"We just ran into one heck of a pitcher today," Reynolds said. "He is probably the best pitcher in the area."

Meanwhile, Adenhart improved his batting average to .398, third best on Williamsport's team. Two of his three hits came in the bottom of the first inning when the Wildcats exploded for 10 runs.

"It helps getting a big lead like that," Adenhart said. "This team is really coming together and it feels good. We have a chance to go a long way. My control has been going good. I was just trying to work ahead and get outs."

Williamsport leadoff batter Josh Bowers had two hits and scored scored twice in the first. Ben Jordan reached base had three hits and one walk to drive in four runs for the Wildcats.

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