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Williamsport returns to legion baseball

May 31, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

WILLIAMSPORT -- If the Williamsport Nationals are to have success this season in the Western Maryland District, defense will be the key.

"We have a good pitching staff. We will throw strikes and if we can limit our errors and mistakes, we will win a lot of games," Williamsport manager Duane Myers said.

The Williamsport Nationals are an offshoot of the former Williamsport American Legion team, which was disbanded in 2003.

The team opens Western Maryland District play today with a doubleheader at Funkstown. The first game starts at noon.

"There couldn't have been a better way to start the season," Myers said. "Williamsport and Funkstown have created quite a rivalry over the years and this is fitting that we open the season against one another."

Myers said his five-man pitching rotation in 2008 will include Seth Poffenberger (Boonsboro), Aaron Dixon (Boonsboro), Jake Pendergraft (Boonsboro), Adam Chambers (Boonsboro) and Travis Sluger (Williamsport).

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"We have high expectations," Myers said. "Right now, Poffenberger and Dixon are the top two starters, but we'll need help from others. We'll play close to 40 games this year and must have steady pitching to be successful."

Myers expects Jared Ferguson (Boonsboro), A.J. Jamison (Williamsport), Sluger and Chris Selby (Boonsboro) to head the offense.

"I like our ball club. I think we have enough pitching and hitting to compete in the league and we look forward to the challenge," Myers said.

The remaining roster includes David Bowen (St. Maria Goretti); Dwayne Washko (Boonsboro); Aaron Hershberger (Williamsport); Alexander Zoretich (St. Maria Goretti); Eli Beard (Boonsboro); Josh Cline (Williamsport); John Shobe (Boonsboro); Brad Kretzer (St. James); Mike Warrenfeltz (Williamsport) and Nick Bodnar (Williamsport).

The coaching staff also includes Dave Ferguson, Eric Poole and Brad Ardinger.

Myers started the Williamsport Juniors program in 2002 and it has produced two championships in 17-and-under competition.

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