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112 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 13 - June 19, 2003 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Post 28 'Legion of Doom' shuts down Milford 12-0 By Dave Frederick Ninety percent of success in life may be just show- ing up, but that other l0 percent will send you home early when battling American Legion Post 28 out of Oak Orchard. The boys of summer took it out fast and hard against Milford June l0 putting up five runs in the first inning powered by a Dan Cleary two-run homer and following that with a three-run "dinger" by Andy Chunn in the second inning. The game was called after Milford's bat in the top of the fifth with the score 12-0 because the 10-run mercy rule was in ef- fect. "We have some good people," said Scott Shockley, who the night before had played in Veterans Stadium for Team Delaware. "We play 30 games before tour- naments and all the guys show up. The summer is for baseball. " Cape's Ryan Reed, Scott Shockley, Chase Korne- mann and Andy Chunn all played at Veterans Stadi- um on Monday night as Team Delaware lost to South Jersey 9-8. During the dying summer of Veterans Stadium these young men can always brag that they took the field. "We should have won up there," Shockley said. "The no-bunt rule was off in the last two innings and that's how we lost." Post 28 is stacked with pitching depth and All- State and All-Conference players and, according to manager Mearl Layton Jr., is a talented group of ath- letes who have been a long time coming but have fi- nally arrived. Justin Collins, a hard-throwing right-hander who can drop in the curve on any count, went the distance recording six strikeouts while giving up only one hit. Collins was a starting pitcher for Sussex Central this spring, hanging a defeat on Caesar Rodney and start- ing for the Golden Knights in the state tournament. "I play Legion and travel ball and my pitching just keeps getting stronger," Collins said. "I just love this Legion team and we're all good friends. Morgan Ellis plays second base for Post 28, and after a year at Washington College is transferring to Wesley. "The Washington College program for baseball is just awful," Morgan said. "I want to be a ball player and a college student." Dan Cleary completed a successful year at Cecil County Community College where he was third on the team in home runs and RBIs and batted over .400. Cecil County is a high level junior college baseball team completing the season with a 30-17 record. Cleary remains a "sleeper in center" and could be a Division I recruit. Members of Post 28 include the Cape connection of Dan Cleary, Morgan Ellis, Ryan Reed, Chase Ko- rnemann, Andy Chunn and Scott Shockley. Sussex Central players are Justin Collins, Matt Schlitter and Jared Lineweaver. Indian River is rep- resented by Russell Hooper, Justin Hoban, Chris White and Thomas Spencer. Kyle Spencer is from Delaware Tech, while Ricker Adkins and James David represent the Sussex Tech Ravens. Post 28 next plays at home on Saturday, June 21, in a doubleheader against the Delvets at Indian River High School. Game time is high noon. The team will travel to Newark Saturday, June 14, for a single game, and then to Salisbury, Md. Sunday, June 15, to tangle with Post 64. Dan Cook photo Post 28 pitcher Justin Collins shut down Milford 12-0 June 10 to remain undefeated in American Legion baseball. Just give them a dollar and you will get a frog in your pgcket DOUBLE RECESSIVE - I am too old, too fat, too white and too gray, but at least I have a remov- able tooth. The freaks were out last Friday afternoon sporting their early summer tans and new bodies crafted by months of self- discipline on a variety of diets, most commonly the Atkins, but also Sugar Busters and Body for Life. I would like to write that I'm happy for all those people, but honestly, I don't really care as long as they refrain from puffing up about their successes by scor- ing off of me. I was explaining to a substitute teacher how the Delaware State Police crisis team learned the con- cept of entropy from reading my column. Entropy is the theory that all systems including nature will eventually break down. My' listener interjected, "All they have to do is look at you." And then there are really fat guys who say things like "All us fat guys have bad backs or you go out in public and are mistaken for other fat guys," and then the per- son says, "Oh, I'm sorry," which is an insult to you and the fat guy look alike who isn't even there be- cause his elastic waist shorts are PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick still in the dryer. I am my paternal grandfather Franklin Frederick who through the 'medium of deviled eggs, cheeseburgers and vanilla pud- ding has managed to reincarnate himself through recessive genetics inside the cargo vessel that sails under the banner of Fredman. We dock where the big boats float and when you see us coming small craft warnings are always flying! FATHER'S DAY - Forty freak- ing years ago - I'm no Abe Lin- ,' coin, the car or the man - my fa- ther died at the age of 41 from a particularly virulent case of mul- tiple sclerosis. He qualified as a disabled veteran having defended the United States of America dur- ing World War II while stationed along the coast of Seattle, Wash. This Flag Day, June 14, Susan and I will honor his memory with a picnic lunch of Italian hoagies, peanut butter Tandy Kakes and a six pack of Schmidt's beer. I found the only piece of my fa- ther's writing 12 years ago in an old bread box and he writes just like me, which is why Army secu- rity had him under constant sur- veillance. Don't none of you all out there forget to honor your daddys this Sunday whether he is here or long gone. On second thought, if daddy is an absent, non-child-support-paying-chump, then just make lunch for your mother. TYKES AND BIKES - Three treking neighborhood entrepre- neurs found me at home last Sun- day and asked if I would hype their quest to raise money for a new tube and tire, not to mention a pump for nine-year-old Cassie Sizemore who is a student of Dave Frederick photo The trio of Abby, Beau and Cassie presented me with a folded paper frog in ex- change for the publicity. Shay Eli's in the third grade at Shields Elementary School. Beau Fibelkorn, a third-grader in Judi Hammond's class at Shields, was the spokesperson and explained that they were selling origami to raise money. "It started in China," Beau said. "It's folding paper into art." The trio of Beau and Cassie, both nine, and Abby Sizemore, age six, presented me with a fold- ed paper frog in exchange for the publicity. Abby, who has Patti Hocker for a teacher, almost blew the deal when she said, "My dad's pump is plenty good on tires." She looked at the two older kids and said, "Why can't you just put some duct tape around it." Kids are Kool so if you en- counter these Koo Koo Krazy and Konfused Little Irascibles, just give them a dollar and you will have a lump in your throat and frog in your pocket and be happy to be anywhere. DART TOURNAMENT - Jim- my Broadhurst, a.k.a. "The Primo Linguino" from his clown diving and cooking days at the Lewes Yacht Club, ran into me on the docks of Irish Eyes last Friday as I was tying up my fishing boat until some guy screamed, "Get away from my boat!" and then I remem. bered that I don't own a boat. Jimmy told me that "Cape Gazette" photographer Eric Sumpton was sent to cover the league dart championships but be- came confused when he Couldn't find any buses. "Once we got him straightened out that it wasn't about public transportation he did a good job and seemed like areal nice kid," Jimmy said, "I asked him if he knew Fredman and he said, 'Not really, I just hear he works for Continued on page 118