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By Terry Pluto and Terry Pluto,AKRON BEACON-JOURNAL | October 1, 1996
CLEVELAND -- Peoria.You hear that word and what do you think?Cows. Chickens. Hayrides. Rural Illinois and 4-H clubs."Everybody just assumes that I'm a big country boy," said Jim Thome, who is Peoria's most famous citizen these days.Aren't you? "I grew up in the inner city," Thome said.You look hard at the Cleveland Indians third baseman. The inner city? In Peoria? You didn't know that Peoria had enough neighborhoods to start dividing up the city. Besides, didn't Thome grow up milking cows and shucking corn?
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | June 15, 2008
Like many fathers, Robert Wilson wanted to find the best venue for teaching his son Brandon how to be the best man he could grow up to be. One day while playing with his son, the answer came to him. "Brandon was only 20 months old when he swung a golf club for the first time," said Wilson, 47. "But he hit the ball. By the time he was 30 months old, Brandon went to the driving range and hit the ball in the air every time. I thought maybe there was something to this." With Wilson's passion for golf, and Brandon's talent, a golf course seemed the natural place where Robert Wilson could teach the youngster not only golf, but life's lessons.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | August 21, 1996
Reuben Posner's family had been back only 12 hours from a monthlong trip to Israel, but he had no intentions of giving in to jet lag.Reuben had a softball game to play. "I missed a few games, but I'm back," said Reuben, sounding at age 12 like a pro just off the injured list. "It's fun."Reuben is among 68 youths who have become obsessed with softball this summer in an informal, twice-a-week gathering behind Wellwood International School on Smith Avenue in Pikesville, launched by Debi Holzman -- also known as "the commish."
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By Andrew Wagner and Andrew Wagner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 2008
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. -- For nearly six weeks this season, Johns Hopkins shortstop Jonas Fester sat on the bench while recovering from a torn medial collateral knee ligament. And after collecting just two hits in his first 13 at-bats in the NCAA Division III baseball championship series, the former All-American finally found his swing. The senior had five hits in six trips -- including a walk-off single in the ninth inning -- as the Blue Jays beat Wisconsin-Whitewater, 12-11, in an elimination game yesterday at Fox Cities Stadium.
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May 17, 2000
In our last edition, we asked you what song the bat boy plays before Mr. LaRue hits his home run, as described in the book "The Bat Boy & His Violin." Prarthana Vasudevan, a fourth-grader at Waterloo Elementary, answered, "Reginald played the song 'Swan Lake' before Mr. LaRue hit the ball out of the park."
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By Michael Richman and Michael Richman,Contributing Writer | May 23, 1993
North Carroll's softball team took the Class 2A, Region I championship in machine-like fashion.Yesterday against host and No. 7 Glenelg, the Panthers banged out 20 hits in a decisive 19-7 victory.Unlike the Panthers' 2-1 win over the Gladiators three weeks ago, in which they had three hits, nine batters connected this time. Junior Jenny Baker led the way with a 4-for-4 performance. Sophomores Jill Ballard and Jen Rongione each had three hits, and four batters hit twice.The win qualifies North Carroll (13-6)
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer | May 1, 1993
The Bowie Baysox have relied mostly on fine pitching to keep them near the top of the Eastern League standings this spring.The Baysox, who entered last night's game hitting a mediocre .250 and had yet to score more than six runs, finally broke out the heavy lumber. They collected 18 hits, including three home runs -- both season highs -- and pounded their way to a 10-6 victory against the Canton-Akron Indians before 2,083 at Memorial Stadium.The Baysox (14-6) picked a good night to produce some offensive firepower.
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By Michael Richman and Michael Richman,Contributing Writer | May 23, 1993
North Carroll's softball team took the Class 2A, Region I championship in machine-like fashion.Yesterday against host and No. 7 Glenelg, the Panthers banged out 20 hits in a decisive 19-7 victory.Unlike the Panthers' 2-1 win over the Gladiators three weeks ago, during which they had three hits, nine batters connected this time. Junior Jenny Baker led the offense with a 4-for-4 performance. Sophomores Jill Ballard and Jen Rongione totaled three hits apiece, and four batters hit twice.The win qualifies North Carroll (13-6)
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April 13, 2000
Quote: "Whenever I get a hit, I think it's kind of lucky. I knew I had only one chance I hit the ball and it went in a really good place." -- Colorado pitcher Masato Yoshii, who hit a two-run single in a winning cause yesterday. It's a fact: In the Rockies-Reds game in Denver, neither team hit a homer, only the 18th time that has happened in Coors Field's six-year history. Who's hot: Colorado's Todd Helton has hit safely in all nine games this season. Who's not: The Braves are 1-9 in their last 10 games at Wrigley Field, and have lost 12 of their last 14 with the Cubs.
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By ROCH KUBATKO and ROCH KUBATKO,Sun Reporter | May 13, 2007
Hitting -- The guy's a spray hitter. He can hit the ball to all fields, which makes him tough to defense. He plays a lot of small ball - bunts, hit-and-run. He does a lot of the little things to help a team. You could make a comparison to Bill Ripken. Weaknesses -- He's not a big tools guy. He's not a runner. He doesn't steal a lot of bases. He doesn't hit for power. Future -- He's a guy who, every year, they'll try to replace him and he's just always going to keep his job. He's a good player.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter | May 25, 2008
There was a lot of red in the stands at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen last night to watch Patapsco in its first appearance in a state baseball final, but the Patriots' fans were left to watch a bitter loss. Senior right-hander Mike Boyden struck out 14 and allowed just four hits as La Plata of Charles County won the Class 3A state championship, 8-2, over Patapsco. Facing Boyden's excellent pitching, Patapsco did not help itself by committing six errors. Down 5-0, Patapsco got to Boyden in the bottom of the sixth for two runs on Vinnie Tiburzi's fielder's choice and a single by Rob Wilson, but Boyden weathered the situation by recording his 10th and 11th strikeouts to end the inning.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter | May 18, 2008
It figured that Marriotts Ridge would win on a missed sign, the way its luck was going yesterday. The host Mustangs scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 3-2 victory over Calvert of Prince Frederick to win the Class 2A South regional final. Marriotts Ridge fell behind, 2-1, on some bad luck (Calvert scored on a pop-fly double and a bad-hop single), but that luck changed in the Mustangs' last at-bat. Calvert left-hander Brandon Crigger had three-hit the Mustangs through six innings, but he was out of innings (state rule)
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By Glenn Graham | April 23, 2008
Talk to Oakland Mills senior pitcher-first baseman Jeff Randolph for a few minutes about baseball, and it comes as no surprise that he first began playing T-ball when he was 5. Randolph, a captain and the team's No. 1 starter on the mound, loves the game and knows it well. In his fourth season starting on varsity, he's hitting .371 with eight RBIs and is 2-1 with one save and a 1.12 ERA. Along with baseball, Randolph was the starting center on the Scorpions' basketball team last winter and has been in the school's ROTC program for four years.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 23, 2008
The Orioles committed an error yesterday before they took the field for warm-ups. The lineup card posted outside the coaches office listed Jay Payton and Scott Moore at first base, with no right fielder. Payton was supposed to have the number 9 beside his name instead of a 3. He hasn't played first since his Triple-A days, when he spent half a season there while recovering from his second "Tommy John" surgery. Payton had a little fun with the miscue, asking utility man Mike Costanzo if he had an extra first baseman's mitt.
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By CAL RIPKEN JR | October 28, 2007
DEAR CAL -- What is the best way to teach young players to switch-hit? Jeff Nelson, Annapolis DEAR JEFF -- The best way to learn to hit in general is through practice. The drills we use in our instructional programs help develop the building blocks that are necessary to establish the mechanics needed to hit live pitching. Those drills must be performed consistently from both sides of the plate before having a player attempt to switch-hit against live pitching. It can be counterproductive to have a player switch to his or her opposite side during batting practice or against live pitching if he or she hasn't worked on developing the swing first through drill work.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER | September 28, 2007
Jeremy Guthrie could have packed his belongings and returned to his Las Vegas home, his body aching and his pride a little bruised. The 2007 season brought enough personal achievements to satisfy most rookie pitchers, even as it threatened to end sooner than the schedule dictated. There wasn't much reason for Guthrie to keep pushing himself as the Orioles tried to avoid last place, except he wanted to take the ball one more time before letting go. A strained oblique kept Guthrie off the mound for nearly three weeks, but he fought through the pain until the muscle healed, convinced manager Dave Trembley that he shouldn't be shut down and gave the Orioles five innings last night, along with some much-needed stability for their rotation, in an 8-5 victory over Toronto at Camden Yards.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 23, 2008
The Orioles committed an error yesterday before they took the field for warm-ups. The lineup card posted outside the coaches office listed Jay Payton and Scott Moore at first base, with no right fielder. Payton was supposed to have the number 9 beside his name instead of a 3. He hasn't played first since his Triple-A days, when he spent half a season there while recovering from his second "Tommy John" surgery. Payton had a little fun with the miscue, asking utility man Mike Costanzo if he had an extra first baseman's mitt.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter | March 31, 2007
Broadneck took an unbeaten record into Gambrills yesterday to play No. 6 Arundel in baseball. The Bruins left humbled after the host Wildcats dealt them a 16-1 defeat in five innings. Arundel senior Shawn Pleffner overpowered the Bruins in his first start, and the Broadneck pitchers walked 10, including six in an 11-run third inning. Eight of the 10 batters who walked went on to score. Pleffner also had three hits and four RBIs, and shortstop Tyler Hibbs had three hits and three RBIs.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter | July 27, 2007
FREDERICK -- With one swing last night, Miguel Tejada pronounced himself ready to return to the middle of the Orioles' lineup. In his second and last rehabilitation game, Tejada went 2-for-2 with a bases-empty home run and a walk in Single-A Frederick's game against the Winston-Salem Warthogs. Next up are the New York Yankees. Tejada, who said he felt no discomfort in his left wrist that cost him more than a month on the disabled list and his consecutive-games streak, will be starting at shortstop when the Orioles begin a series tonight with their American League East rivals at Camden Yards.
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By Glenn Graham and Glenn Graham,Sun reporter | May 18, 2007
While a promising pitching career is just beginning, a stellar coaching career came to an end yesterday at Randazzo Park. Broadneck freshman Kourtney Salvarola threw a four-hitter against No. 8 Glen Burnie and went 3-for-3 at the plate, including a two-run homer, as the No. 2 Bruins advanced to the Class 4A East championship game with a 4-0 semifinal win over the Gophers, whose coach, Bob Broccolino, stepped down after 21 seasons. The Bruins (19-2) will take on Anne Arundel County rival Chesapeake (20-3)
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