Duff walks off with fitting ending

Williamsport senior hits game-winner in final at-bat in all-star game

Williamsport senior hits game-winner in final at-bat in all-star game

June 03, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

Williamsport senior Andrew Duff didn't just let his prep career fade to black Monday night in the Four State Baseball Classic.

He delivered one last curtain call that warranted a standing ovation during his grand finale.

Duff hit a walk-off bloop single in the bottom of the seventh to lift the West Elite Stars to a 6-5 victory against the East in front of dozens of college and pro scouts at Municipal Stadium.

"It's awesome," Duff said. "It's how I wanted it all to end."

The single was Duff's only hit but it couldn't have been any more timely to answer a rally by the East.

Tied at 5-5, Wildcats teammate A.J. Jamison singled and stole second. After a walk to Waynesboro's Nathan Minnich, Linganore's Nick Rippeon was hit by a pitch to load the bases.


That brought up Duff, who swung at the first pitch from North Carroll's Jeremy Ritz, skying it to right field where it fell in to score Jamison.

"Coach told me to just choke up and go up there like I had two strikes," Duff said. "I just had to put it in play."

The rally answered a three-run top of the seventh from the East. Jefferson's Brandon Campbell entered with a 5-2 lead but gave up a walk and back-to-back hits by Ritz and Hedgesville's Jacob Riner to close the gap to 5-3.

A hit batsman loaded the bases and Campbell left the game in favor of Martinsburg's Spike Geffert. Geffert got the second out of the inning but delivered a pair of wild pitches to knot the game at 5-5 before the West got the final out.

Geffert got the win and added two singles to garner MVP honors.

The West used eight pitchers, who combined for 14 strikeouts in the victory. Until the seventh, the East scored only two unearned runs -- both off Linganore's Kyle Dietrich in the fifth.

The West plated three runs in the third on bases loaded walks by Jamison, South Hagerstown's Tim Leather and Jefferson's Andrew Rotruck. The West scored twice more in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Joe Sellitto and an RBI fielder's choice by Dulaney's Alex Frederick.

n In the Senior Stars game, the East scored all of its runs with starters on the bench and used a six-run seventh inning to pave the way to a 10-5 win.

Musselman's Ethan French, who entered in the fifth inning at center field, was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

"It feels really good even though it was an all-star game," said French, who was named MVP. "I had a lot of fun."

The East trailed 5-1 entering the top of the sixth. Frederick's Jimmy King walked and South Carroll's Chris Chastain and Century's Kris Knutsen followed with back-to-back singles before French slammed a two-run double off the top of the center-field wall.

"I thought that was gone. I should have been on third," French said. "I got all of it. If it would have been higher it would have been out."

French scored on an infield hit by Walkersville's Alden Tuck to cut the score to 5-4.

The East got five hits and used a pair of errors to score six off Southern Fulton's Colt Redman. Chastain tied the game with an RBI single and three more runs scored on a bases-loaded error. Winters Mill's Travis Morris added an RBI single and French scored on a wild pitch for a 10-5 edge.

Chastain pitched a scoreless seventh.

"Everybody here is a good player," French said. "There were a lot of stars in the game."

Williamsport's Travis Sluger had two hits and drove in two runs to lead the West.

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