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By DAN KAUFFMAN | April 3, 2008
SMITHSBURG - If pitching really is an art form, then Clear Spring senior John Kehr played the part of Picasso on Wednesday night. Displaying a hard slider that ran away from right-handed hitters, a two-seam fastball running into them and a changeup with late downward movement, Kehr no-hit Smithsburg and made it look easy in the Blazers' 10-0 shutout in both teams' MVAL Antietam opener. "About the third inning, I was starting to think I might do this," said Kehr, who needed just 79 pitches - 53 for strikes - to turn away the Leopards.
by JOHN O'BRIEN / Staff Correspondent | April 26, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - Getting the clutch hit and the big outs Wednesday thrilled Williamsport coach Larnie Vickers. Being the team it happened against didn't sit too well with North Hagerstown. Nick Bodner's tiebreaking, two-run single in the sixth set the stage for Travis Sluger's pitching debut. He responded by striking out the side in the seventh despite loading the bases in a 4-2 win over the Hubs in an MVAL Antietam game. "We haven't been able to get the big hit the last six games," said North coach Shawn Reynolds, whose team has lost six straight.
By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor | March 24, 2000
BOONSBORO - Williamsport baseball coach Rod Steiner and Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger were on the same wavelength. In their season opener Thursday, both coaches had an almost identical gameplan: Get the opposing pitcher up in the pitch count and hit him when he's tired. cont. from sports page The plan worked for both, but to differing degrees. Brad Anders threw 125 pitches for Williamsport, but worked his way out of several jams as the Wildcats took a 3-1 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win from the Warriors.
August 7, 2008
EASTON, Md. - The Federal Little League 11-12 All-Stars are one win away from being crowned Maryland state champions. Federal took a 6-0 lead through three innings against Easton on Tuesday, then had to hold on as Easton mounted a sixth-inning rally that came up just short as Federal advanced to the championship round of the Maryland State Tournament with a 6-4 victory in the winners' bracket final. "Our goal was to try to stay in the winners' bracket, it takes some pressure off our pitching staff," Federal manager Bill Abeles said.
By BOB PARASILITI | July 19, 2009
Dennis Douglas is in high demand right now. But that's all right. So is his Hancock Junior League All-Star team. Douglas is in Little League baseball's version of a tug-of-war. He is managing Hancock's 11-12 and Junior All-Star teams this summer. "There's not much time for rest," Douglas said. That might make Douglas an adrenaline junkie. This week alone he will be guiding the 11-12 team at National's Thomas Evans Memorial. It is a warm-up to the weekend when he adds duties of managing the Juniors in the Maryland State Tournament, which will be played at the Valley Little League complex.
By BOB PARASILITI | | April 6, 2011
If Cameron Selik was a boxer, he would be considered a counter puncher. He’d probably fire jabs and keep his distance. He’d win on points, probably not knockouts. But Selik is a starting pitcher for the Hagerstown Suns. He is in a different kind of battle, but he follows similar principles. The right-hander will be Hagerstown’s opening-day starter today at 7 p.m. when the Suns start the 2011 season on the road against the Rome (Ga.) Braves. His specialty is making teams hit the ball.
Kristy Smith | Around Boonsboro | January 21, 2013
As I write this, I am warming up to a Ravens victory, and preparing for this week's cold snap. Stay warm. Waffle breakfast Boonsboro Bible Church will host a waffle breakfast Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. Waffles, eggs and sausage will be served in the fellowship hall.  There is no set cost; however, donations will be accepted.   The church is at 6741 Old National Pike in Boonsboro. For more information, call 301-432-6154. LL rules clinic offered Maryland District 1 Little League will conduct a free rules clinic for umpires, managers and league officers on Tuesday nights starting Feb. 5 and running through March 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Church of Christ, 19644 Leitersburg Pike in Hagerstown.
April 18, 2005
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Hagerstown Suns are far from impressed. West Virginia's Carlos Corporan blasted a three-run home run with one out in the ninth inning Sunday to lift the Power to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Hagerstown and a split in the four-game series. The Power's heroic flair took a page out of the Suns' book. Hagerstown scored three runs with two outs in the ninth on Saturday to pull out a 6-4 victory. In much the same fashion, the Power looked dormant through the first half of the game as they were held hitless through the first five innings by Suns starter Gabriel Hernandez.
by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent | April 27, 2006
Most baseball teams would be ecstatic to get six extra base hits in a game. Williamsport turned the trick in just one inning Wednesday, using a seven-run sixth to topple North Hagerstown 9-5 in an MVAL Antietam game. The Wildcats collected four doubles, two triples and a pair of infield singles off Hubs starter Marcellus Sumlin (1-3) to rally from a 4-2 deficit. "We've been waiting for that," said Williamsport coach Larnie Vickers. "They kept their heads in it and they got it. We were hitting the ball well tonight, but in the sixth they just started dropping.
By BOB PARASILITI | July 27, 1998
There's a right side and a wrong side for pitchers when they face the Hagerstown Suns. On Sunday, Capital City's Kevin Dougherty was right by being wrong. That "wrong side" is any pitcher who throws with his left arm. It saps the Suns' strength quicker than a kryptonite cape around Superman's neck. And Dougherty had Hagerstown flailing away for 7 1/3 innings in the Bombers' 8-3 South Atlantic League victory before 2,838 at Municipal Stadium. "We just didn't hit the ball," Pevey said.
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