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Area roundup - Mets select Brunswick's Baugher

June 05, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

One year ago, Brunswick pitcher Brian Baugher had an 85 mph fastball and a goal to get better.

Today, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound standout has a 91 mph heater, a slider, a changeup, a baseball scholarship to Louisburg Junior College and, as of Wednesday afternoon, the honor of being a major league draft pick.

Twelve months of work paid off for Baugher when the New York Mets selected him in the 42nd round of the first-year player draft with the 1,248th overall selection.

Baugher got the good news from a Mets representative just after being drafted.

"I was speechless," Baugher said during a telephone interview. "I didn't know what to say and the emotions that went through my body, it was amazing."


Railroaders baseball coach Roger Dawson said he knew the Mets and the Baltimore Orioles were interested in Baugher.

"When it got to the 33rd round, I started to panic," Dawson said. "I guess the Mets beat the Orioles to the punch."

By drafting Baugher, the Mets hold his professional rights for the next 51 weeks and can sign him at any time during that period. Baugher said he'll play a year at Louisburg - a strong junior college program in Raleigh, N.C. - before deciding on his pro future.

"I had my mind set on going to college for a year and seeing what the whole deal is," Baugher said.

Baugher went 3-2 with a 2.12 ERA for Brunswick this season, allowing 22 hits while striking out 43 in 33 innings.

"He possesses a 91-mph fastball, the pitch he's probably developed best is an exploding slider, and he's really developed a good change," Dawson said. "He went from a kid that threw 85, 86 last year to a kid who threw 91 and developed two more pitches. (That) shows you how hard he worked in offseason."

"All the work that you put in, it pays off in the end if you let your heart and desire work for you," Baugher said. "I can't let up now."


Ausherman series begins Tuesday

The annual Tom Ausherman Memorial Cross Country Series begins this Tuesday at Falling Spring Elementary School in Chambersburg, Pa.

The first event of the series was originally scheduled for Hagerstown Community College, before being moved to Falling Spring.

Each series event begins with a one-mile warmup run at 7 p.m., followed by a one-mile run at 7:15 and a two-mile run at 7:30.

The entry fee is $1 for each participant.

The remainder of the series events will held at Greencastle-Antrim High School on June 24, Waynesboro High School on July 8, James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., on July 22, Shippensburg High School on Aug. 5 and back at Falling Spring Elementary School on Aug. 19.

For information, call Chris Monheim at 1-717-263-0168.


Charles Town 3, Williamsport 1:

Corey Chaney had two hits for Charles Town (2-1). Williamsport falls to 1-3 with the loss.


Valley Little League

F&M Bank 2, Total Lube 0: Jay Shafer pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout for F&M, while Cory Kerr and Ben Daniels combined on a two-hitter for Total Lube.

Valley 7-8

Eagles 14, First Action Security Team 13: Adam Peters, Kyle Dinterman and Chase Remsburg each had three hits for First Action, while Sean Scro, Carter Black, John Rinehart and Blake Partlow each had two hits.

Sharpsburg Little League

Chase Construction 9, Lions Club 6: Tyler Marshall had 14 strikeouts and Marshall and Jacob Pendergraft each added two hits for Chase. Shane Zbir had two hits for Lions.

Wash. Co. Girls Softball League

Elementary Division

Local 1605 AIFF 10, Antietam Title 8: Kyler Comer, Allison Herr, Kelsey Jarvis and Ryan Markoff each had two hits for AIFF. Blair Whipp, Becky Young and Kim Seabright each had two hits for Antietam.

Debbie's Soft Serve 15, Antietam Title 2: Dani Hudson and Danielle Beaver combined to pitch a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts for Debbie's. Blair Whipp had two hits for Antietam Title.

Artz Trucking 9, AIFF 8: Courtney Showe, Kelen Stotler, Sheri Pryor and Jenna Hunsberger each had two hits for Artz. Allison Herr had two hits for AIFF.

National Little League

Funkstown Legion 8, AMVETS 7: Ben Stone and Jordan Nicewarner had two hits each for Funkstown. Wes Samples had two hits, including a grand slam, for AMVETS.

National 7-8

Western Md. Sportsmans Club 7, Funkstown Legion 3: Aaron Roby had two hits and drove in three runs for Western Maryland.

West End Little League

Moose 7, Coca-Cola 0: J.J. O'Neil pitched a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts for Moose, while Brett Smith had a triple and three runs scored. Dwight Boward threw a four-hitter with nine strikeouts for Coca-Cola.

West End Minor League

Woodpoint 10, Heiser's Concrete 1: Kordell Davis and David Moser each had two hits for Woodpoint. Dylan Stouffer had two hits for Heiser's.

Conococheague Little League

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