IN THURSDAY'S EXTRA, SETH EMERSON WAS THE WRITER OF THE AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL CAPSULES ON PAGE 10. (PUBLISHED 06/20/99)
Purcellville No. 293
Coach: Larry Burk.
Last year's record: Team folded halfway through the season.
Local players to watch: P-1B Tim Anderson (Loudoun County), P-3B Brendan Burk (Loudoun County), P-3B J.R. Cramer (Loudoun Valley), P-2B David Groy (Loudoun County) and C Steven Todd (Loudoun Valley).
Data: Larry Burk thinks he has a good, young team, consisting of just two 18-year-olds. Anderson, a rising senior, has been the team's strongest hitter so far. ... The team's pitching rotation isn't deep, although Burk has three solid starters with good control but not overpowering fastballs in Anderson, Brendan Burk and Cramer. ... The team will play its home games at Fireman's Field in Purcellville.
Warrenton No. 72
Coach: Chip Childs.
Last year's record: 12-10.
Local players to watch: 2B Jeff Bailey (Fauquier), C Tye Wintersteen (Liberty), 3B Justin Mathias (Liberty), RF-P Matt Childress (Liberty), P Derrick Rawlings (Fauquier) and P Stephen Shipe (Liberty).
Data: Childs said he has about 14 players he would feel comfortable starting. ... The team has started 4-1, winning three games in the last inning. ... Rawlings should be an interesting player to watch, as he gets a chance to pitch more than he did at Fauquier. ... Bailey has been the team's best hitter early on and has batted either third or cleanup in the order.
Sterling No. 150
Coach: John Murphy.
Last year's record: 18-12.
Local players to watch: P Chris Null (Broad Run), P Chris Davis (Park View), C Dan Gitzen (Potomac Falls), RF Mike Valcour (Park View), 2B Tim Murphy (Potomac Falls) and SS Robbie Bouman (Potomac Falls).
Data: Sterling will have deep pitching to choose from during the season. ... Murphy and Bouman turned 17 double plays this spring for Potomac Falls. ... Valcour, the team's cleanup hitter, had three home runs in Sterling's first four games. ... First baseman Jeff McDonald, a rising junior at Park View, had one home run and three doubles in the first four games.
Loudoun No. 34
Coach: Carl Watkins.
Last year's record: 16-4.
Local players to watch: 2B Ryan McQueen (Loudoun Valley), CF-P Trip Wilhelm (Loudoun Valley), P-SS Mike Geaneas (Loudoun County), LF-P Keith Ancowitz (Broad Run), P-IF-OF Tony Watkins (Maryland-Baltimore County).
Data: Wilhelm, who is headed to James Madison University as a walk-on, has a 3.38 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 16 innings, plus a .444 average, one home run and six stolen bases. ... Tony Watkins has a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings and is leading the team with a .485 batting average. ... Geaneas, headed to Western Maryland in the fall, has a .336 batting average and one home run.
The traveling team will play a 46-game schedule, in addition to trips to Ohio and St. Louis later in the summer. The Mudcats feature 14 local players, most notably P-IF Brendan Burk, a recent graduate of Loudoun County; C-P Joe Pozda, who's now playing at Hampden-Sydney and whose father is the team's coach; and CF Steve Polacheck, who attends Episcopal but lives in Loudoun County. Players from Broad Run include IF-P Ben Slitor and IF-OF Chris Macomber; players from Loudoun County include Burk, P-1B Tim Anderson, C-OF Donny Crowe, 3B-P John Fauver and OF-1B Pat Blair; players from Notre Dame Academy include OF-P Ricky Greene, P-IF David Blevins and 1B Nat Elliott; while C-OF Wyatt Toregas (Park View) and 1B Steve Dulin (Loudoun Valley) are the lone players from their respective schools.
Brad Bauder, who graduated from Broad Run and is headed to Virginia Tech in the fall, will play right field for the Eagles and bat second for this traveling team. The Eagles went 37-15 and advanced to the national World Series for traveling teams last season.
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Dan Street, a 1998 graduate of Loudoun Valley now playing at University of Virginia, will play for the Arlington Senators in the all-wood bat league.
CAPTION: Tony Watkins plays for Loudoun No. 34 American Legion team, has a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings as well as a .485 batting average.