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May 5, 2014

Gage Shaffer homers again, leads Frankfort over Hedgesville, 4-3

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Gage Shaffer hit his fifth home run in a three-day span and also earned a save by getting the final two outs as Frankfort upended defending Class AAA state champion Hedgesville, 4-3, on Monday afternoon.

Shaffer, who hit four home runs in a doubleheader sweep at Lincoln on Saturday, gave the Falcons (11-9) the lead for good, 2-1, with a solo homer in the sixth inning. It was his ninth homer of the season, and gave him 13 runs batted in the last three games.

Shaffer finished with a homer, double and two RBIs and Braiden Popluhar had two singles for the Falcons (11-9), who never trailed.

Jenkins singled, stole second and scored on a groundout by Shaffer in the fourth. After Hedgesville (14-8) tied it with a run in the fifth, Shaffer led off the Frankfort sixth with a home run. Cody Shepherd drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning to make it 3-1.

Popluhar singled in the seventh and scored on a two-out infield single by Shoemaker with what proved to be a big insurance run that made it 4-1. Tyler Anders, who knocked in all three Hedgesville runs, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh before Shaffer came on to get a pop up and a strikeout to end the game.

Shoemaker got the win, allowing seven hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

On Saturday, Shaffer smashed four home runs and knocked in 11 runs, powering Frankfort to a 16-4, 8-0 sweep of Lincoln.

Shaffer ended the day 5 for 7 and scored five runs. The Falcons outhit the Cougars (6-14) 20-8 in the two games.

In the first game, Shaffer went 3 for 4, with all three hits being round-trippers, scored four runs and knocked in eight in a game shortened to six innings. He hit a grand slam in the second inning, a solo shot in the fourth and a three-run blast in the sixth.

The first four batters in the Frankfort order — Cole Smith, Jenkins, Popluhar and Shaffer — feasted on Lincoln pitching, combining to go 9 for 13 with two doubles, three homers, 12 runs and 14 RBIs.

Smith doubled, singled and scored twice, Jenkins singled twice, scored three runs and knocked in two, and Popluhar doubled, singled, scored three runs and drove in four.

The Falcons took control with a six-run second inning, highlighted by a three-run homer by Shaffer, and led 11-2 in the fifth inning. Jenkins got the win, allowing two hits and two earned runs in five innings. He walked two and struck out four.

In the second game, Shaffer went 2 for 3 with a run scored and three RBIs for the Falcons, who were up 4-0 after three innings and 8-0 after a four-run fourth.

Jenkins had two singles, two runs scored and an RBI, Trent Hamilton doubled and Popluhar added a single and an RBI.

Ross Conley got the win, scattering four hits over five shutout innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Frankfort plays a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Berkeley Springs today.

No. 1 Allegany     11

Southern     2


OAKLAND — Allegany’s Trenton Eirich had three hits and three RBIs while striking out six Southern batters as the Campers clinched the Appalachian Mountain Athletic Confercence championship.

 The top-ranked Campers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead when the Rams scored the first run in the bottom of the second inning.

Leading 4-1 after the third, Allegany scored seven unanswered runs over the next three innings — adding three in the fourth, one in the fifth and three more in the sixth inning.

Already trailing 11-1, Southern added its final run in the bottom of the sixth.

Allegany (17-1, 11-1 AMAC) totaled 12 hits with Eirich’s two doubles and single leading the way. Colton Sivic and Brady Hillegas each added a single and a double with Civic driving in three RBIs and Hillegas one.

Matt Oleksik and Bryce Nightengale each contributed a double and one RBI for the Campers with Wade McGee adding a double.

Keith Chapman had three hits and two runs scored to lead Southern (7-10-1, 5-5-1 AMAC).

Allegany, who will receive a first round playoff bye, visits Musselman on Wednesday at 7 p.m. while Southern hosts Tucker County today at 4:30 p.m.

Fort Hill     7

Bishop Walsh     0


CUMBERLAND — Fort Hill’s Brandon Reed pitched a complete-game four hitter, striking out 10 in the Sentinels win over Bishop Walsh Monday evening.

In a scoreless game through three innings, Tanner Brode got the scoring started with an RBI single in the fourth inning to give Fort Hill a 1-0 lead. The Sentinels would add two more in the fifth and finish things off with four more in the sixth and final inning.

Reed also got it done at the plate, driving in two runs on a single to extend the lead.

Chris King and Devin Erichson each had RBI doubles while Sidney Carroll, along with Brode, finished with two hits in addition to an RBI each.

Bishop Walsh (4-13, 0-10 AMAC) was led by Dylan Wilson’s two singles and Austin Murray with a double.

The Sentinels lost to Hedgesville 8-3 on Saturday.

Fort Hill (6-10, 4-6 AMAC)  will host Keyser on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Pendleton    17

Union    0


MOUNT STORM, W.Va. — Pendleton County pounded out 17 hits and scored 17 runs Monday afternoon to collect a shutout win over Union that improved the Wildcats to 18-7.

After scoring two runs in the top of the first inning, Pendleton poured out eight more in the second, three in the third and four more in the fourth to post 17. The duo of Logan Cooper and Callum McGrath limited the Tigers to four scattered hits. They combined to strike out eight batters.

Jessie Lambert led the Cats at the plate with a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Thadd Wright drove in a run with a triple and a single, and Logan Cooper hit a double and a single to go with four stolen bases. Luke Cooper and Tom Heavener had two singles each with Heavener driving in two runs.

Travis Murphy had two of Union’s four hits with a pair of singles. He also stole three bases.

Pendleton is at home when it plays Petersburg at 4:30 on Wednesday. Union (1-12) plays a 4 p.m. doubleheader at East Hardy today.

Junior Varsity

Southern 3, Allegany 2


OAKLAND — Bryson Bittinger held Allegany to three hits and struck out six in Southern’s win over Allegany Monday afternoon.

John Wagner and Bernie Sislo drove in a run each with a single and Ryan Roszell added the third RBI.

Allegany was led at the plate by Carson Imes with a double and a single.

The Rams (10-5) will play today at Tucker.

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