Cumberland Times-News


June 6, 2014

Tri-State, Oakland rematch opens Pen-Mar-WV season

— CUMBERLAND — The Tri-State Titans face the Oakland Oaks in a rematch of last year's championship series as the Pen-Mar-WV Baseball League opens its season today with a pair of 1 p.m. doubleheaders.

The nine-time and defending league champion Titans play the Oaks, last year's regular season and playoff runners-up, at Southern Garrett High School in Oakland, and the Cumberland Orioles play the Potomac Valley Sons of Thunder at Petersburg High School in today's openers. The Potomac Pirates have a bye and will open their season Sunday, against the Thunder, at Hyndman at 1 p.m.

The Titans, Oaks and Orioles are the returning teams to the semi-pro, wooden-bat league, now in its 66th consecutive season. The Thunder and Pirates joined during the offseason. A 24-game regular season, with doubleheaders on Saturdays and Sundays, will be followed by a playoff tournament in August.

Tri-State beat Oakland 2-1 twice to win the best-of-three league championship series a year ago, with Cody Ellsworth leading the way. Ellsworth led the league in wins and best pitching record (7-0), earned run average (0.93) and strikeouts (49), and also batted .333 and was second in the league in doubles (5), triples (3) and RBIs (24). Sean Collette was second in batting at .485 and Brian Powell was 6-0 with an 0.94 ERA for the Titans, who finished second in the Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball State Tournament last year.

Oakland's Tommie Reams won the triple crown a year ago, leading the league with a .492 average, tying for the league lead with three homers, and leading the league with 25 RBIs. Bryan Lenhart hit .377, led the league in doubles (9), tied for the league lead in homers (3) and was 6-2 with a save and 1.82 ERA as a pitcher.

Chris Wilson returns for the Orioles after finishing third in the league in hitting a year ago at .472. Norm Hall, of the Thunder, was sixth in hitting at .400 playing for the West Virginia Powerhouse last year.

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