Jamison, Colgan dig long balls

June 02, 2003|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - A.J. Jamison figured out that there's still room to go up, even when you are already on top.

The Sharpsburg representative clubbed eight homers to top all 12-year-olds and win his second consecutive Washington County Little League Home Run Derby on Sunday at Conococheague Little League, adding the title from the fourth annual event to the one he won as an 11-year-old last year.

Jamison was one year older and a homer better, but fell two short of the record set by Maugansville's Scott Keeney in 2000.

"I feel good about hitting one more home run this year," Jamison said. "It's great and exciting to be a champion for the second year in a row. I just let Danny Pendergraft (Sharpsburg coach) pitch me the ball. That is the farthest that I have ever hit the ball in my life."


Maugansville's Miles Trumpower took the early lead in the 12-year-old competiton with three homers until National's Adrian Adams launched five of his own.

Adams' lead was short-lived.

"It was hard to beat Adrian Adams," Jamison said. "There were some of my relatives here today that couldn't make it last year. I just wanted to put on a good show for my relatives."

South Mountain's Sean Colgan won the 11-year-olds' title with three home runs.

"It's great," Colgan said. "I wish I keep going. I practiced a little bit at South Mountain today before I came up. That extra practice really did help me."

Clear Spring's Douglas Morgan set the early pace with two home runs until Colgan hit the title-winning shot on his final swing with a liner over the fence in straightaway center field.

"I couldn't believe that final home run at first," Colgan said. "At first, I didn't think that I was going to beat him. Then I thought that I had a chance once I got two home runs."

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