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It took Ian Whitman most of the summer to round into his old pitching self. But now that he has, he has the look of a hurler who could lead a club to a championship.

On Saturday night at Earl Wenger Memorial Field in Fredericksburg, Whitman looked like – well, like Whitman – in pitching Post 915 to a 2-1, nine-inning triumph over Annville, in F-burg’s opener of the double-elimination Lebanon County American Legion baseball league’s postseason. Whitman had a job to do, and didn’t mind if he had to work a little overtime to get it done.

Whitman needed all of 120 pitches to go all nine innings, finish what he started and pick up the win. Battery-mate and catcher Chase Dubendorf made a winner out of Whitman with his two-out hit to right field in the bottom of the second extra frame.

Credit-UnionWhitman, who has been eased back into the Fredericksburg rotation after not pitching in the spring, fanned eight and walked one. The stocky right-hander surrendered only four Annville hits.

The win was regular-season champion Fredericksburg’s tenth straight overall and lifted it to 14-2 on the summer. It also set up a showdown with Campbelltown in the undefeated game of the Lebanon County American Legion League’s playoff format.

РJeff Falk 

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