Little Leaguers go deep in derby

June 23, 2003|by TRAVIS KING/Staff Correspondent

You couldn't rain on their parade. In fact, "ooohs and ahhhs" and deep fly balls were the only things falling from the sky Sunday.

After inclement weather postponed Saturday's action, Little Leaguers from across the area finally got to show their stuff Sunday in the Little League Home Run Contest at Municipal Stadium.

At the end, 18 balls sailed over the home run line, set about halfway into the outfield grass. When all was said and done, Brandon King and Adrian Adams had showed their stuff the most, hitting four homers apiece to win the round and advance to the finals of the contest.

While out-hitting nine other competitors from various leagues seemed to impress the crowd on hand, neither finalist let the accomplishment get to his head.


"I thought I could advance today," said King, who plays for the Red Sox of the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Little League. "My swing was good. ... I liked my pitches a lot."

King must have liked his pitches, sending three of his four shots booming over the tape in deep center field, wowing not only his family and the other hitters, but also a large group of young players and their families watching as part of West End Little League Day at the stadium.

Cheers and applause rained down from the crowd as Adams launched all four of his homers into left-center field. He also added a screaming shot that sailed into the picnic area in foul territory down the line.

"Yeah, I thought I'd do well," said Adams, representing National Little League and his team, Paul Crampton Construction. "I was good and (the pitcher) was pitching good."

Even King was impressed with Adams' performance.

"I think Adams will make good competition next week," King said.

Adams and King will go on to compete June 29 at Municipal Stadium against the finalists of that day's round to decide the Little League home run champion.

Tyler Stevens (Frostburg, Md.) hit three homers to take third, while Alex Izer and Jason Walff (Waynesboro, Pa., Youth) each hit a pair of dingers and Jesse Buckman (Conococheague), Terry Lee Williams III (West End), and John Kauffman Jr. (Clear Spring) all had a home run apiece.

Tyler Walsh (South Mountain), Jordan Thurber (Valley) and Brandon Glazer (Maugansville) also competed in the event.

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