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Area roundup - Williamsport's Mills shuts out Mt. Airy

June 10, 2003|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - Adam Mills might not have been at full strength on Tuesday, but his pitching definitely was.

Mills hurled a four-hit shutout to help Williamsport Post 202 beat Mt. Airy Gold Star Post 191 2-0 on Tuesday night in a Western Maryland District American Legion baseball game.

Mills has chalked up a 4-0 pitching record so far this summer for Williamsport.

"I was really tired today," Mills said. "I didn't feel up to full strength. I was pitching with more placement today than speed. I was only hitting spots with my fastball. I didn't get my curveball working until after the fifth inning."

Mills struck out seven batters in seven innings and issued only two walks.

"What helped me more than anything today was that I was hitting my spots," said Mills, who had signed to play for University of North Carolina-Charlotte. "My speed might not have been totally working, but my control was there. I just didn't have that extra little pop in the ball that I usually do."

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Mills has certainly gotten the job done through the early part of the season.

"Adam Mills has pitched 27 innings so far this summer and has not given up any runs," said Williamsport manager Rick Keefer. "The shutouts and the amount of innings speak for itself. We tell Adam to throw in certain spots around the plate. When you have good location and you can pitch ahead in the count, then you are going to win a lot of ball games."

Williamsport (7-5, 3-3 district) scored the only two runs of the game during the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Nathan Himes doubled to left and Gerad Haupt followed with a two-run homer to right.

"Gerad Haupt's home run was the bonus hit of the game," Keefer said. "That two-run homer made the difference."

Mount Airy (5-3, 2-2) threatened to score during the top of the seventh inning. D.J. Payne doubled to left with two outs and went to third when Cody Krause reached on a dropped third strike. But Mills got Ryan Harrison to fly to right to seal the win.




JUNIOR LEGION



Williamsport 8, Charles Town 0


Phillip Jordan tossed a four-hitter with seven strikeouts, Matt Fortese had three hits and Jeremiah Mills had two hits for Williamsport (3-3).

Funkstown 6, Mt. Airy 2


Matt Murray had eight strikeouts for Funkstown and had two hits, including a two-run homer. Colby Thompson added three hits and Jeremy McAfee and Nate Steelman each had two hits for Funkstown.




BRIEFS



Monroe, Breslin will stay in-state


Two senior high school standouts, both hailing from Hagerstown, will attend colleges in Maryland.

Brandon Monroe, who attended St. James before transferring to St. John's at Prospect Hall before the 2002-03 school year, has received a scholarship to Salisbury University, a Division III school which participates in the Capital Athletic Conference. Monroe, a football and basketball standout, was a Herald-Mail All-Area first team football selection and an All-Area honorable mention pick in basketball.

St. Maria Goretti's Joey Breslin, a second-team All-County basketball star who was also an All-Area honorable mention pick, will attend Washington College in Chestertown, Md., with the help of financial aid. Washington College is a Division III school that competes in the Centennial Conference.

Lyles hits a hole-in-one


Bob Lyles scored a hole-in-one on the 75-yard seventh hole at Yingling's Golf Center, using a pitching wedge. Wife Emma Lyles witnessed the ace.




YOUTH LEAGUES



American Little League


Goodwill 4, Elks 1: Caeser Smith had two hits, Justin Clark homered and Anthony Lee struck out 14 for Goodwill. Josh Fazenbaker had two hits for Elks.

Hagerstown PONY League


Redmen 8, Eagles 5: Nick Bodnar had three hits and Collin McWilliams had three RBI for Redmen. Josh Anders had two hits and Ryan Ianaro had two RBI for Eagles.

Goodwill 11, F&M 4: Aaron Mills hit a two-run homer and Ryan Wilson added two RBI for Goodwill. Kyle Kane had two hits, including a two-run homer, while Eric Wilfong had two hits and Todd Jacobson hit a solo homer for F&M.

South Mountain Little


Thonpson's Gas 5, Pete's Barber Shop 3: Brandon McLean led Thompson's with two doubles and three RBI. Josh Danner and Brandon Stine had two hits apiece for Pete's. One of Danner's hits was a homer.

Clear Spring Senior League


Clear Spring 10, South County 2: Donnie Lapole, Darren Jackson, Adam Kriner, Larry Hose, Brian Worthington, Andrew Rigglemen and Derek Haines each had hits for Clear Spring.

West End Little League


Moose 7, VFW 1: J.J. O'Neill threw a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and Josh Mentzer hit a three-run home run for Moose. Dustin Smith and Dustin Rowland combined for a three-hitter and struck out 12 for VFW.

West End Minor League


Western Enterprise 7, Woodpoint 5: James Peck, Amber Stevenson and Sterling Rubeck each had three hits for Western Enterprise. Kordell Davis had two hits for Woodpoint.

Smithsburg Cal Ripken


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