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Mike Mathews - Sports

April 11, 2009

Laffey vs. Adenhart: A battle to the finish, a game for the ages

May 13, 2003


Twenty years from now, half of the city will claim to have been at Allegany yesterday afternoon and will be telling the other half about the best pitched high school baseball game they ever saw.

So, let’s settle this thing right now, before it gets started. Half of the city wasn’t there. But the several hundred who were there, many standing two and three deep along Sedgwick Street, saw perhaps the most dominating pitching performances in a single game in Maryland high playoff history.

Allegany’s Aaron Laffey and Williamsport’s Nick Adenhart combined for 33 strikeouts and two walks. And despite the great number of strikeouts, Laffey (19 strikeouts) threw only 102 pitches, and Adenhart (14 strikeouts) threw only 82.

Both are now 6-1. Laffey, a senior who has yet to allow an earned run this season, fanned 10 of the first 11 batters he faced. Adenhart, who had a 1.37 ERA entering the game, whiffed 12 of the final 14 he faced.

The only run scored was unearned.

From every angle, it quickly became a game to watch, savor, and admire.

“It’s the best game I’ve ever worked,’’ said home plate umpire Jim Holler, who has been umpiring for more than 25 years. “I’ve worked games with good pitchers before, but not with two ... never with two of the caliber of those two. They were incredible. And you hate to see a kid lose with a no-hitter. But that’s baseball ... it’s just one of those things.

“I really enjoyed working the game. It’s a game I won’t forget, and in a few years both of those boys will be making some big-time money.”

Laffey is expected to be taken early in this year’s amateur draft. Adenhart was ranked the top junior prospect in the nation earlier this year by Baseball America magazine.

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