Cougars baseball, Trojans softball still rolling along

May 02, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Few coaches have had the sustained success of John Lowery and Harvey Staver. Few programs can match up to the records of Jefferson's baseball and Chambersburg's softball teams.

Both programs continued their remarkable success stories this week - Jefferson with its 27th consecutive 20-win season, Chambersburg with a share of its 16th straight Mid-Penn Commonwealth title.

"That's what I'm most proud of," said Lowery, who in 31 seasons has 866 victories. "It indicates a degree of consistency over the years, and everybody involved in the program takes pride in that fact.


"(The coaches) were talking a couple days ago, and ... we have a kid who's 19 (Steve Davis), and this whole thing started nine years before he was born. That put it in perspective."

Jefferson's pitching has carried the way for the No. 5 Cougars this season. Ace Juwaan Holmes sports a 5-2 record and 1.99 earned run average and Seth Osbourn, despite being 2-3 on the year, has a 3.38 ERA. Jefferson has shut out opponents six times this season.

"Our pitching's not overpowering, where we're going to strike out 10 or 12 guys," Lowery said. "But if you can limit the walks, you can afford to give up a few hits."

If Chambersburg was to have had a rebuilding year, this looked to be it with star pitcher Steph VanBrakle having graduated. Instead, the No. 1 Trojans are 12-2 and earned yet another piece of a conference title In his 19th season at Chambersburg, Staver is 435-44 (.908)

MVAL tightens up

On Monday, Williamsport's baseball team seemed to have a comfortable grip on the Monocacy Valley Athletic League title. After two losses, the Wildcats open today in second.

Williamsport's losses to Francis Scott Key (4-3 Tuesday) and Walkersville (7-2 Wednesday) left Catoctin (10-4), the Wildcats (10-5) and the hard-charging Lions (9-5) all within a game of each other for first, with a week left until the regular season closes and the state playoffs begin.

All 10 MVAL squads take to the diamond tonight. Key matchups include FSK at Williamsport in a rematch of Tuesday, Catoctin at Brunswick and Walkersville at Middletown. Also, North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown, tied for fourth in the conference with 9-7 marks, square off at South.

Walkersville beat Catoctin 4-3 on Monday. The Lions have won four straight and are most responsible for tightening up the standings.

The Hubs are the hottest team in the league, having won eight of their last 10.

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