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Rodgers has week to remember

April 14, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Martinsburg junior Lexi Rodgers had such a good week, it's hard to fathom anybody topping it anytime soon.

Rodgers won all three games she pitched, striking out 11 batters in each game - a 2-1 victory over Fort Hill on Monday, a 12-0 shutout of Jefferson on Tuesday and a 3-0 blanking of Mercersburg Academy on Wednesday.

The Jefferson game was Rodgers' showcase game, and about as good a game as a player can play. Rodgers tossed a perfect game, and offensively she had four hits - including a home run - scored four times and drove in six runs.

Rodgers has firmly planted herself in the player-of-the-year race. She's batting an area-best .609 (28-for-46) with 10 doubles, six home runs and 35 RBI. Her slugging percentage is an astronomical 1.217. In the circle, she's 6-4 with a 1.68 ERA, allowing 33 hits in 64 1/3 innings while striking out 98 and walking only nine.

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Antietam up for grabs

The race for the MVAL Antietam Conference baseball title appears to be wide open, with the top five teams (Boonsboro, North Hagerstown, Catoctin, Brunswick, Williamsport) all within one game of each other about one-third of the way through the season.

The Wildcats have the most wins in games involving the conference's top five teams, with victories over Brunswick, Catoctin and North. But an upset loss to Smithsburg, combined with a loss to Boonsboro, has Williamsport looking up at the Warriors, who are a game ahead.

Boonsboro is the only other team with more than one win against the other four top-tier teams, having also turned away Brunswick.

At 3-1 in conference play, the Hubs join the Warriors as the only conference teams with one loss. They play each other at Boonsboro on Tuesday in the biggest conference matchup of the next seven days.

Best of the week

Baseball

Cam Shifler, Boonsboro - Led the Warriors to a 3-2 victory over Brunswick on Monday, throwing a three-hitter with nine strikeouts.

J.J. O'Neill, St. Maria Goretti - Struck out 12 in five innings in a loss to Martinsburg on Monday.

Derek Hadley, Williamsport - Launched two home runs in a 9-2 victory over Brunswick on Wednesday.

Ryan Lehman, Chambersburg - Had four hits and four RBI in a 21-4 throttling of Big Spring on Tuesday, then gave Trojans coach Bob Thomas his 700th career victory with a walk-off, three-run homer that completed a four-run rally in the seventh inning for a 6-5 triumph over Cedar Cliff.

Jeremy Socks, James Buchanan - Threw a three-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 4-1 victory over Milton Hershey on Tuesday.

Cord Heine and Josh Edgin, Mercersburg Academy - Heine had four hits, including a home run, and drove in six runs in Sunday's 17-2 thumping of The Hill School; Edgin struck out 10 for the win.

Andrew Caron, Waynesboro - Doubled twice and drove in five runs in a 13-2 win at Northern York on Monday.

Brad Rich and Jeff Keefer, Berkeley Springs - Rich threw a two-hitter and Keefer had three hits and three RBI in a 12-1 win over Southern Fulton.

Brian Collins, Jefferson - Held Martinsburg to one hit and fanned 11 in a six-inning, 11-1 victory; he added two hits, one a home run, and three RBI at the plate.

Softball

Bridgette Ringley, Boonsboro - Tossed a one-hitter with five strikeouts in a 7-0 shutout of South Hagerstown on Wednesday.

Kelly Beard, Williamsport - Hit the first two home runs of her young career, one in Monday's 5-4 win over Smithsburg, one in Wednesday's 15-2 loss to MVAL Antietam powerhouse Brunswick.

Kris Root and Sarah Signore, Greencastle - Root blasted three three-run home runs in one game, that coming in last Friday's 20-0 laugher against Steel-High; Signore struck out a season-high 16 in Monday's 8-2 win over Trinity.

Laken Beers and Chante Shoemaker, James Buchanan - Beers tossed a five-inning no-hitter in Tuesday's 13-1 win over Milton Hershey; Shoemaker had three hits - including two triples - and drove in five.

Cree Riley, Mercersburg Academy - Earned two complete-game victories in Sunday's doubleheader sweep of The Hill School. She two-hit Hill and struck out nine in an opening 3-0 win, then fanned 10 more in an 11-4 victory in the second game.

Kelly Elbin, Southern Fulton - Had four hits, including two doubles and a triple, in a 16-13 loss to Tussey Mountain on Wednesday.

Lisa Sandford, Hedgesville - Went 5-for-5 with a home run in a 13-9 victory over Berkeley Springs on the way to a doubleheader split on Wednesday.

Tiffany Biggs, Jefferson - Struck out 12 in last Friday's 10-0 victory over Hampshire.

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