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Little Leaguers set to go deep on Father's Day

June 17, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

What better way is there to spend a Father's Day afternoon than by watching your 11- or 12-year-old son blast home runs?

That's what several area fathers will get to enjoy Sunday, when Washington County's best sluggers will meet at Clear Spring Little League for the sixth edition of the Little League Home Run Derby.

Each league's 11- and 12-year-old home run champions will participate in the event, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

"The fathers have to be proud of them because they're all champions of their league," event organizer Fred Billmeyer said. "I don't think there are any losers on that day."

Players will get 10 outs to launch as many home runs as they can. An out is considered any swing that does not result in a homer.

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In addition to trying to win their age group title, Sunday's contestants will also be shooting for the Derby records for most home runs, set by Scott Keeney (12-year-olds, 10 home runs) and A.J. Jamison (11-year-olds, seven homers). Both Keeney (Clear Spring) and Jamison (Williamsport) have gone on to star for their high school teams.

"Everybody seems to enjoy it," Billmeyer said. "The leagues make some money, all the kids seem to enjoy it and the parents seem enjoy it. It's just a fun day."

The participants in Sunday's Little League Home Run Derby:

American - 11: Darion Hampton; 12: Derek Black

Clear Spring - 11: Zack Bowers; 12: Austin Yost

Conococheague - 11: Tyler Byers; 12: Zack Lucas

Federal - 11: Charles Cvjanovich; 12: Zach Schrieber

Halfway - 11: Devin Baker; 12: Evan Coblentz

Maugansville - 11: Brent Mentzer; 12: Kyle Shanholtz

National - 11: Scott Bennett; 12: Jordan Nicewarner

Sharpsburg - 12: Rodney Flora

South Mountain - 11: Justin Lewis; 12: Cody Palmer

Valley - 11: Corey Scharenbroch; 12: Ryne Willard

West End - 11: Austin Scott; 12: Nathan Murray

Notes: Hancock Little League participants were not available. ... Sharpsburg does not have an 11-year-old participant.

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