Chaney routs Mayo, 18-4, to win Legion state title

August 11, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

HAGERSTOWN -- The Mayo Post 226 Wildcats were hoping to play a doubleheader yesterday at Hagerstown Municipal Stadium.

Trailing Chaney Enterprises by a game heading into the final round of the double-elimination American Legion state tournament, the Wildcats needed to beat the Charles County-based squad twice if they were to earn their fifth state crown in seven years.

Chaney Enterprises made sure there wouldn't be a nightcap as it jumped out to an 11-0 lead after five innings en route to an 18-4 victory over the defending state champs from Anne Arundel County.

The win gave Chaney -- a team cmade up mostly of players from Thomas Stone, LaPlata and Lackey high schools -- an undefeated tournament record and a berth in the regionals, scheduled Aug. 19-24 in Colonial Heights, Va.

A victory in Colonial Heights would put Chaney in the American Legion nationals Aug. 26-30 in Boyertown, Pa.

"They clobbered us. We just couldn't stop them," said Mayo coach Bernie Walter. "We had a late night [Tuesday] and playing in an early game today may have been a factor. Whatever it was, we didn't handle it very well."

Chaney, which handed Mayo its first loss of the tournament on Monday to remain the only unbeaten team, scattered 17 hits in the championship game. Wade Rolocut scored half of Mayo's runs and Jeff Hedrick and Ryan Scott scored the other two.

The Wildcats (47-8) advanced to the finals by defeating F. Scott Key Legion Post 11, 4-1, Monday as Hedrick (shortstop) and second baseman Ryan Wood combined for 15 assists.

After watching Friday's games get washed out by rain, the Wildcats finally opened the tournament on Saturday with a 5-4 victory over host Williamsport. Mike Bussey (Old Mill) pitched a complete game for Mayo, scattering seven hits and striking out seven.

A four-run eighth inning on Sunday helped Mayo to a 7-0 win over Cambridge. Hedrick went 3-for-5 with two runs and right fielder Wade Rolocut was 3-for-4 with one RBI.

Mayo ace Brandon Agamennone, who suffered the loss in the championship game after giving up seven hits and seven runs in three innings, had lasted eight innings in the win over Williamsport, striking out 10 and yielding four hits.

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