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Baseball players, families weather record-breaking temperatures

May 31, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

WASHINGTON COUNTY

With sunglasses balanced across the bill of his royal blue cap, Williamsport High School pitcher Jason Sutherland watched his brother's team leave the field at National Little League.

On the diamond, hot bats prevailed as Funkstown Legion won, 15-0, according to fans. High temperatures also played a role, said Jason, 17.

"I was drenched in warming up, it was so hot today," said Jason, who earlier pitched two innings of the Mid-Maryland All-Star Classic.

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According to a Web site maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer, Tuesday's high temperature hit a record of 95.1 degrees at 4:14 p.m. The previous high for the date was 94 degrees, in 1991.

For the first time this year, temperatures hit 90 degrees Monday, according to www.i4.net. The record high for that date also was 94 degrees, in 1991.

According to Jason and his brother, Jayme, 11, who pitched and played second base Tuesday for Funkstown Legion, the high temperatures hurt performance on the field.

"It's a lot harder to pitch because the air's so dense. The humidity got to me," Jason said. "It's a big disadvantage."

Jayme, whose hair was matted to his head, agreed.

"Takes all of your energy out of you," he said.

According to www.AccuWeather.com, the heat wave subsides today with temperatures in the 80s. The humidity will make it feel quite a bit warmer, though.

The National Weather Service calls for high temperatures in the 80s today, with chances for thunderstorms bringing in cooler temperatures toward the week's end.

Colleen Imbraglio, the mother of Funkstown Legion outfielder Steven Keith, 11, said she normally brings an umbrella to protect herself against the sun.

Imbraglio, of Hagerstown, said Steven was not too excited about playing Tuesday.

"He knew it was going to be hot today. He didn't really want to go, but he's a team player, so he was here," said Imbraglio, who also tries to make sure her son is prepared for the heat. "Just give him lots of water."

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