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Adenhart tweakes elbow in Wildcats' win

May 12, 2004|by JACK HILL III

Appearances can be deceiving.

At first, it appeared Tuesday's Williamsport-South Hagerstown baseball game would be a pitchers' duel between the Wildcats' Nick Adenhart and the Rebels' David Miner.

It turned out to be anything but that.

Both pitchers left the mound early Tuesday, albeit for different reasons, as Williamsport pounded the Rebels 13-2 in an MVAL Antietam game at South.

Adenhart threw only 17 pitches before coming out of the game with one out in the bottom of the first inning when he felt a twinge in his right elbow.

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"He threw a breaking ball and said he felt something inside his elbow," Williamsport coach Rod Steiner said. "He threw his next pitch, a fastball, and felt it again and that's when he motioned me out to the mound."

Steiner thought it best to pull Adenhart, who is a projected top 10 pick in next month's Major League Baseball amateur draft, than to let him try to pitch through the pain.

"I'm sure he wanted to keep pitching, but he did the smart thing," Steiner said. "He's never had any arm problems before, so it's probably best he get it checked before he aggravates it."

There were about 30 scouts on hand to watch Adenhart pitch. When Adenhart left the game, so did about half of the scouts.

Steiner said Adenhart will visit a sports physician today to have his elbow checked out.

"Ithink he was upset with it being so close to the draft, but I don't think it's anything serious," Steiner said.

As for Miner, it simply was not one of his better days on the mound. Williamsport scored seven runs to chase him after just 1 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Andy Taylor came on in relief of Adenhart and held South (9-8, 7-5) to four hits while striking out 11 in 5 2/3 innings.

"I felt good, because I didn't have to worry about giving up a lot of hits," Taylor said. "I figured that we were going to win, because we scored that many runs that quick."

Taylor helped his own cause with three hits and two RBI. Adenhart had a two-run double in Williamsport's five-run first inning. Aerik Taylor had two RBI and Ben Jordan added two hits for the Wildcats (17-3, 11-3).

"It wasn't the type of ballgame that I expected," South Hagerstown coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "We didn't come to play. I thought that Andy Taylor did a good job of coming on in relief and shutting us down."

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