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NOTEBOOK Cardinals uncover mount option


NOTEBOOK Cardinals uncover mount option
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Forbes Road's Baseball team entered the season with several question marks, including who was going to pitch when returning starter Justin Hann wasn't on the mound?

In a 5-2 win over Shalom Christian on Monday, the Cardinals may have found a viable option in little-used senior Jerry Berkstresser.

Berkstresser tossed a three-hitter against the Flames, allowing just four walks and 16 strikeouts. His only other appearance this season came in relief and Berkstresser threw just five innings in 2008.

"He throws kind of sidearm and we never know what kind of control he's going to have," Forbes Road coach Randy Gelvin said. "He's pitched that way from Little League and we haven't used him much. I figured we'd give him a try. We are searching for anyone to throw right now."

STRIKING PROBLEM: Most of the Fannett-Metal Baseball team returned from a group that has gone 33-10 over the last two seasons.

So naturally, expectations were high for the Tigers despite the loss of top pitcher Nick McCalamont.

However, Fannett-Metal pitchers haven't done the one thing a pitcher needs to do to be successful -- throw strikes. Through the first four games, the Tigers are just 2-2 and have issued 43 walks.

On Monday, F-M gave up 16 walks in a 10-9 loss to Everett, a team the Tigers had beaten the last four meetings. One option on the mound for Fannett-Metal, Josh O'Donnell, broke his hand in the season opener and another pitcher, Chase McCurdy, was out with a stomach ailment for the game against the Warriors.

FOREIGN AFFAIR: Last Thursday, the Mercersburg Academy golf team hosted the Swifts Team, a group of carefully selected, outstanding golfers from the United Kingdom, to play a match at Whitetail Golf Resort.

The Swifts have been coming to the United States since 1966 for three weeks every other year to play numerous schools and club teams at some of the best courses in the south and mid-Atlantic regions.

The program is sponsored and organized by Blair Academy, one of Mercersburg's league competitiors in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League.

As for the match, the Swifts prevailed 374 to 436, with Findlay Ingram from Bradfield School, England, winning medalist honors with an even-par 72. Four other players shot in the 70s.

For the Blue Storm, Caroline Lovette (from the men's tees) led the way with an 81 and Billy Abrams (82) and Harrison Brink (83) were close behind.

SATURDAY WARRIORS: Chambersburg's Baseball team has quite a run of Saturday games scheduled. The Trojans were to open the season March 28 against Governor Mifflin, but that game was postponed. Last Saturday, Chambersburg defeated Susquehannock 11-0.

This Saturday, the Trojans host Altoona in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m., with a ceremony before the games to honor three past PIAA championship teams.

They play at State College on April 18 and host Gov. Mifflin in a makeup April 25 at 1 p.m.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 10, 2009

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