- Congratulations, Oakland Oaks: 2018 regular-season champions
- Congratulations, Cumberland Orioles: 2018 Playoff champions
- Cumberland Orioles: Maryland Semi-Pro State Champions!
Cumberland Orioles win state championship
The Cumberland Orioles are not only the PenMar-WV League playoff champions, they are the Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball State Champions.
Chris Wilson's 2-run single in the sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie, and Joe Glass tossed a two-hitter as the Orioles beat the Maryland Dodgers of the Susquehanna League 3-1 in the tournament championship game Saturday night at Memorial Field at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.
Wilson, who had three of the Orioles five hits, was selected the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
The O's had beaten the defending state champion Brunswick Orioles of the Blue Ridge League 3-1 in the semifinals behind a complete game by Cameron Bratton.
The Orioles, who won $2,018 for winning the 2018 state title, are the second PenMar-WV League team to win the tournament. The Tri-State Titans won it in 2002 and 2009.
Cumberland Orioles win league championship
The Cumberland Orioles, riding a pair of strong pitching performances from Cameron Bratton and Trenton Eirich, swept the regular-season champion Oakland Oaks to win the best-of-three championship series and a berth in the Maryland Semi-Pro State Championship Tournament.
The O's (20-8) beat the Oaks 1-0 in the opening game of the series and 3-1 in the clincher, and will represent the PenMar-WV League in the state tournament on Aug. 18 at the Hot Stove Complex in Cumberland.
In the series opener, Bratton took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, and was just an out away from the no-hitter when Matt Jeffery singled for Oakland.
Ryan Valentine tossed a gem for Oakland and allowed only three singles and one run. The game's only run came in the third when Roy Jefferys singled and scored on a single by Hunter Jenkins.
In the second game, Eirich scattered six hits and allowed only a fifth-inning run. He was staked to a quick lead, as the Orioles scored all three of their runs in the first inning.
Cody Jefferys hit a two-run double in the top of the first inning and scored on an error for the quick 3-0 lead.
Valentine singled and scored on a single by Anthony Gavin for defending playoff champion Oakland (22-4).
Jeffery wins Triple Crown
Oakland's Matt Jeffery won the PenMar-WV League's Triple Crown, leading the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in and the Oaks to the regular-season championship.
Jeffery had a .520 batting average, with 25 hits in 48 at-bats, hit two home runs and had 19 RBIs.
Jeffery also led the league in hits (25), runs (30), triples (2) and tied for the league lead in doubles (6). He was tied for third in stolen bases (6).
2018 League Leaders -- Final
|Batting average (Top 15 - At least 25 at-bats)|
|Matt Jeffery, Oakland||48||25||.520|
|Ryan Valentine, Oakland||50||23||.460|
|Alex Banko, Oakland||40||17||.425|
|Jason Ashby, Oakland||32||13||.406|
|Caleb Hare, Tri-State||36||14||.388|
|Seth Wright, Oakland||36||14||.388|
|Hunter Jenkins, Cumberland||51||19||.372|
|Anthony Gavin, Oakland||36||13||.361|
|Alex Beiler, Oakland||57||21||.368|
|Nick Corwell, Tri-State||36||12||.333|
|Jake Van Meter, Cumberland||27||9||.333|
|Chris Wilson, Cumberland||37||12||.324|
|Brooks Carr, Oakland||28||9||.321|
|Corey Helbig, Oakland||33||10||.303|
|Matt Jeffery, Oakland||30|
|Alex Beiler, Oakland||28|
|Ryan Valentine, Oakland||16|
|Alex Banko, Oakland||15|
|Anthony Gavin, Oakland||12|
|Matt Jeffery, Oakland||6|
|Seth Wright, Oakland||6|
|Jason Ashby, Oakland||6|
|Gage Shaffer, Cumberland||4|
|Ryan Valentine, Oakland||4|
|Matt Jeffery, Oakland||2|
|Alex Banko, Oakland||1|
|Ryan Colaw, Petersburg||1|
|Anthony Gavin, Oakland||1|
|Cody Jefferys, Cumberland||1|
|Seth Wright, Oakland||
|Matt Jeffery, Oakland||2|
|Alex Banko, Oakland||1|
|Brooks Carr, Oakland||1|
|Anthony Gavin, Oakland||1|
|Jordan Nicewarner, Tri-State||1|
|Runs Batted In|
|Matt Jeffery, Oakland||19|
|Anthony Gavin, Oakland||17|
|Alex Banko, Oakland||16|
|Ryan Valentine, Oakland||14|
|Brooks Carr, Oakland||12|
|Alex Banko, Oakland||11|
|Alex Beiler, Oakland||11|
|Hunter Jenkins, Cumberland||6|
|Matt Jeffery, Oakland||6|
|Anthony Gavin, Oakland||5|
|Sam Aloi, Oakland||4|
|Ryan Valentine, Oakland||4|
|Nathan King, Oakland||4|
|Wade McGee, Cumberland||3|
|Brian Powell, Tri-State||3|
|Earned run average (At least 15 innings pitched)||IP||H||ER||BB||SO||ERA|
|Ryan Valentine, Oakland||20||11||2||13||26||0.70|
|Wade McGee, Cumberland||28 2/3||16||4||14||25||0.98|
|Trenton Eirich, Cumberland||15 2/3||15||4||2||12||1.78|
|Brian Powell, Tri-State||19||21||5||1||14||1.84|
|Nathan King, Oakland||30||18||10||16||30||2.33|
|Cameron Bratton, Cumberland||19||18||8||7||23||2.94|
|Sam Aloi, Oakland||30||33||14||8||23||3.26|
|Ty Wickline, Oakland||15||20||7||4||14||3.26|
|Caleb Hare, Tri-State||15 1/3||16||8||10||14||3.65|
|Strikeouts (at least 15 innings pitched)||IP||SO||Per Game|
|Ryan Valentine, Oakland||20||26||9.10|
|Cameron Bratton, Cumberland||19||23||8.47|
|Korey Reed, Petersburg||19||19||7.00|
|Nathan King, Oakland||30||30||7.00|
|Josh Stemaier, Tri-State||16 2/3||16||6.73|
|Statistics include all regular-season games|
League dedicates season in memory of Harry T. ''Henskie'' Ritchey
The PenMar-WV League regretfully announces today that longtime league vice president and former Hyndman player, team treasurer and business manager Harry T. ''Henskie'' Ritchey, passed away on his 101st birthday, Saturday, May 12, 2018.
Ritchey, who marked his 100th birthday a year ago with a town get-together and party in Hyndman, Pennsylvania, served as the league''s vice president from 1977 to 2000. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned to Hyndman and became the town''s postmaster, a role he greatly enjoyed. Well known and loved by the town's residents, he quickly earned the nickname of "Mr. Hyndman."
Henskie was a fixture in this small PenMar community for decades, a popular, affable figure who lived up to the well-earned moniker of "Mr. Hyndman." Henskie loved Hyndman, and Hyndman loved Henskie. He was a gentleman and a community leader who truly never met a stranger, greeted all he met with a smile and always had a kind, courteous, encouraging word to share.
His attendance at Hyndman home games was a treat to fans and players alike. The moral and verbal support, humor, upbeat and positive attitude, and his famous call for, and passing of, the hat for contributions are legendary, just as Henskie was, and remains.
With condolences to the Ritchey family and the town of Hyndman, and in appreciation for the time and work and dedication to the league over so many years, the PenMar-WV League respectfully dedicates the 2018 season in memory of Harry T. "Henskie'' Ritchey, "Mr. Hyndman."
Oakland, Cumberland in finals rematch
The Oakland Oaks and Cumberland Orioles, who finished 1-2 in the regular season, won their semifinal playoff series and will meet in a league championship rematch.
The best-of-three finals begins Saturday, Aug. 11, with a 1 p.m. game at the Hot Stove Complex. Oakland will host the second game, and third if necessary, on Sunday, Aug. 12, at Garrett College. Sunday's first game begins at 1 p.m.
Oakland (22-3) beat Petersburg in their semifinal series, 2-1. The Oaks won the deciding game, 9-0, with Ryan Valentine and Ty Wickline combining on a two-hitter.
Cumberland (18-8) swept Tri-State in their semifinal series. Trenton Eirich tossed a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win in the opening game, and Cameron Bratton tossed a six-hitter in a 3-1 win in game two.
The Oaks and Orioles will face each other for the third straight year. The Oaks won last year's best-of-three finals 2-1, and swept the O's in 2016. Over the last three years, Oakland is 61-11 and Cumberland 58-23 in league play.
Nightengale drafted by Oakland Athletics
Bryce Nightengale, a right-handed pitcher who played for the Tri-State Titans and Cumberland Orioles in the PenMar-WV League, was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 16th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Nightengale was drafted after his junior season at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and was among the Atlantic 10 Conference's top pitchers in several categories. Please visit http://www.times-news.com/sports/local_sports/a-s-draft-nightengale/article_a26b096c-6795-5b82-9e43-a01cb75e095e.html for a draft day story that was featured in the Cumberland Times-News.
Good luck Bryce!
President's Message 2018
We want to pay tribute to the late former Pen Mar WV vice president Harry "Henskie" Ritchey. Henskie was a league official for thirteen years under presidents Tack Clark and John Culp. He passed away this June on his 101st birthday and was an icon in Hyndman, Pennsylvania. Known as "Mr. Hyndman," he did not miss games in Hyndman or league meetings in Cumberland. He was also a longtime treasurer for the Hyndman Merchants, one of the league's original teams.
The league wants to thank past officers Craig Bosley and Matt Wright. Craig continues as the manager of Oakland and Matt as a player for Cumbrerland.
We also want to recognize this year's officials. Joining me are first vice president Dr. Joe Litten and second vice president Gary Bennett. Joe played for and later coached the Cumberland team in the late 1980s. Gary was a past president and started the Tri-State Titans. Treasurer Ed Wildesen played for Oakland for many years and coached the Garrett County American Legion team before becoming the Garrett College head coach. League secretary Ally Litten worked for the Morgantown Black Bears minor league team. Mike Mathews played and later coached at Hyndman and is league statistician and is responsible for league publicity with assistance from Ally. She is also the yearbook chairman.
New managers this year are Josh Harper and Mark Tennant joining Ryan Colaw at Petersburg. Shane Corwell, Nate Wigger, Brian Powell and Josh Logsdon are the new coaches for the Tri-State Titans. Ben Russell, Cody Jefferys and Dave Rinehart return with the Cumberland Orioles and Jim Dickel with Mt. Savage Old Germans. Brian "Bull" Lenhart returns with Bosley to run the Oakland Oaks.
The league has renewed its All-Star Game rivalry this year with the Fayette County (Pa.) Baseball League. The game will be played Friday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Garrett College. Some of our teams will play exhibition games this year against Brunswick, Boonsboro and Martinsburg. This year's league fundraiser was a Cash and Gun Bash in lieu of the golf tournament. Teams will also be selling yearbook ads to help raise money.
Good luck to all managers and teams in our 70th year.
- Terry Helbig
Brian Powell inducted into Semi-Pro Hall of Fame
Brian Powell of the Tri-State Titans, a former MVP of the Maryland State Semi-Pro State Tournament, was recently inducted into the National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in Evansville, Indiana.
A former high school standout at Allegany who was All-Region at Allegany College of Maryland and all-conference at Shepherd University, Powell, 37, has a 157-19 pitching record while playing for the Titans of the PenMar-WV League, the Brunswick Orioles of the Blue Ridge League, and the Susquehanna Assault of the Susquehanna League.
Read the full story, published in the Cumberland Times-News, by clicking on this link: http://www.times-news.com/sports/local_sports/brian-powell-inducted-into-semi-pro-baseball-hall-of-fame/article_6b9bb9fb-8dc0-5d72-b1b0-17617bdc527b.html
Championship series goes the distance: Oakland repeats
Brooks Carr, who belted a grand slam in the opening game, hit a two-run shot in the final one to help send Oakland to a 4-2 win over Cumberland and give the Oaks the league playoff championship for the second year in a row.
Oakland won the first game of the best-of-three series 8-6. Cumberland took game two on a three-hitter by Cody Ellsworth 7-0, and the Oaks took game three, 4-2, getting the final out with Cumberland having the tying run at second base.
Game 1: Oakland 8-6
Carr's grand slam came during a five-run third inning, and two-run single by Alex Beiler in the sixth boosted the Oakland lead to 8-0.
The Orioles stormed back, with Ben Russell hitting a two-run single in a four-run seventh, and Hunter Jenkins adding an RBI single in the eighth to cut the score to 8-6.
Nathan King to the win, allowing one earned run and eight hits over eight innings. He struck out six. Oakland reliever Jeff Wong struck out three in the ninth for a save. Dan Strietbeck allowed seven hits and fanned seven for Cumberland.
Game 2: Cumberland 7-0
Ellsworth silenced the Oakland bats, allowing only three singles while striking out seven in a seven-inning complete game win.
Ellsworth and Dylan Wilson hit two singles, with Wilson driving in two runs, for Cumberland. Matt Wright and Brent Parrish hit doubles.
Game 3: Oakland 4-2
Carr knocked in three of Oakland's four runs, and his RBI single in the fourth helped stake the Oaks to a 2-0 lead.
After Ellsworth's RBI single in the fifth cut the margin to 2-1, Carr belted a two-run homer in the sixth to increase the Oakland lead to 4-1.
Ellsworth, who had four hits on the day, hit another RBI single in the seventh to make it 4-2, and the O's had runners on second and third when Ryan Valentine got a fly out for the final out of the game, and series.
Cody Jefferys doubled and Hunter Jenkins singled twice for Cumberland.
It was the second league championship in as many seasons for Oakland, which had swept Cumberland in the 2016 series after winning the regular season flag as well. This year, Cumberland won the regular season and Oakland was runner-up.
Oakland (19-6) and Cumberland (23-6) played nine times this year. Cumberland won five times and Oakland four.
PLAY BALL! 2018 Season Begins Saturday
The PenMar-WV League begins its 70th consecutive season of operation on Saturday with a pair of doubleheaders that include the defending regular-season champion Cumberland Orioles and the two-time defending playoff champion Oakland Oaks.
Saturday's 1 p.m. season openers have the Orioles playing the Mt. Savage Old Germans at Holler Field at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, and the Oaks taking on Potomac Valley at Petersburg. The Tri-State Titans have a bye and will open their season on Sunday.
In Sunday's doubleheaders, Potomac Valley plays Tri-State at Allegany College and Mt. Savage plays Oakland at Garrett College.
Last year, Cumberland won the regular season with a 20-4 record and finished 23-6 overall. Oakland finished second in the regular season with a 15-5 record and was 19-6 overall. The two teams played nine times last year, with Cumberland winning five times and Oakland four.
Terry Helbig is the president of the wooden bat league, which is the second oldest in Maryland.
League results, standings and league leaders will be featured on our web site and updated weekly.
Oakland wins playoff championship
The Oakland Oaks defeated the Cumberland Orioles, 5-3 and 10-2, to sweep the PenMar-WV League''s best-of-three championship series.
Oakland, also the regular season champion, finished the year with a 20-2 overall record and qualified to participate in the Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball State Tournament, which will be held Aug. 27 at the Hot Stove Complex in Cumberland. The Orioles, runners-up during the regular season, finished 17-11.
After the 5-3 win in Game 1, the Oaks scored seven times in the first inning of Game 2. James Bolander hit a three-run double in the big inning and finished with two doubles and four RBIs. Cody Humberson doubled and singled, Alex Banko had a single and two RBIs and Fraser Brown added a double and scored three times.
Ross Conley allowed only five hits and struck out seven in a complete game win.
Brent Parrish belted a solo home run Chris Wilson had an RBI single for Cumberland.
Susquehanna edges Oakland, wins state title in extra innings
Joey Harbach tripled home Timmy Heller with one out in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Susquehanna Assault to a 7-5 victory over the Hagerstown Braves in the 2016 Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball State Championship Game at Memorial Field in Cumberland.
Harbach was later named the game's Most Valuable Player and the Assault, from the Susquehanna League, won its fifth consecutive state title.
Harbach's triple broke a 5-5 tie. Gilbert Peralta's fielder's choice plated Harbach with an insurance run.
The Braves, of the West Short Twilight League, forced the first extra-inning game in state championship history with a two-out RBI single in the ninth before Assault reliever and winning pitcher Jake Ferrante came on to get the third out with runners on the corners.
Hagerstown led 4-0 after two innings before Susquehanna began its assault. Peralto's three-run homer in the seventh put Susquehanna up 5-4.
Semifinal: Susquehanna 2, Oakland 1
Steve Cooke fired a two-hitter and struck out 14, while Heller broke a 1-1 tie with an RBi single in the seventh inning to lift the Assault over Oakland of the PenMar-WV League.
K.J. Hockaday reached on an infield single in the fourth, moved to third on a double by Peralta, and stole home for the first run. Oakland's Corey Helbig hit a two-out double that scored Fraser Brown and tied it 1-1 in teh top of the seventh.
Nathan King scattered eight hits and struck out eight in absorbing the loss.
Cooke, after the complete-game win in the first game, started the championship game as well, working the first 7 2-3 innings.
Congratulations, Lawrence Nesselrodt, a PenMar-WV alumnus
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- Congratulations to Lawrence Nesselrodt, a longtime PenMar-WV League player and coach with the Oakland Oaks, and now the head coach at West Virginia Tech, which set a school record for wins in 2016, going 40-16.
Nesselrodt, also former head coach at Garrett College and Davis & Elkins, got career coaching victory No. 500 this season. He is a former player and a graduate of both Garrett and Davis & Elkins, and a member of the Davis & Elkins Hall of Fame.
Also a former Shenandoah Valley League Coach of the Year, Nesselrodt has had seven former players reach the big leagues and three have played in the MLB All-Star Game, including Houston pitcher Will Harris, whose strikeout with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game helped preserve the American League's 4-2 win.
Nesselrodt was recently featured in a story in the Cumberland Times-News. You can find that story on the Times-News web site at www.times-news.com/sports/local_sports/nesselrodt-tunes-in-sees-a-familiar-all-star/article_b505d5ae-48ae-11e6-a4c2-f365ef66ae50.html
Cumberland wins regular-season title
Hunter Jenkins' walk-off single in the first game and a 10-hit attack in the second helped send the Cumberland Orioles to a 2-1, 6-2 sweep of Oakland on the final day of the regular season, giving the Orioles the regular season crown.
In the first game, tied 1-1, Cameron Bratton led off the Orioles seventh with a single, moved to second on a walk and scored on the game-winning single by Jenkins.
Roy Jefferys put Cumberland up 1-0 with an RBI single in the second inning. Oakland's Matt Jeffrey tied it with a home run in the sixth.
Corey Helbig went 3 for 3 with two doubles for Oakland.
Cody Ellsworth went the distance for the win with a six-hitter. Ryan Valentine absorbed the loss, allowing six hits in 6 2/3 and striking out eight.
In the second game, Jenkins, Cole Smith, Chris Wilson and Roy Jeffreys hit two singles and Cody Ellsworth had a single and two RBIs for the O's. Both teams had 10 hits, all singles. Helbig, Alex Beiler, Matt Jeffrey, and Ryan Valentine had two singles for Oakland.
Trenton Eirich walked one and struck out two in a complete-game win.
Cumberland finished 20-4 and will be the top seed in the postseason. Defending playoff champion Oakland went 15-5.