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lllm r ]1 ' July 1, 2009 The Julian News 7 YOU DON'T NEED A DIET. YOU NEED MOMENTUM, 'M With the Weight Watchers Momentum program you'll learn how to stay full longer, so you can lose weight and keep it off. Check out a meeting for FREE* WEIGHT WATCHERS IS COMING TO JULIAN!I Startin June 24 2009: j- Meetings will be held at the Julian Woman's Club House 2607 C Street Julian, CA. 92036 Every Wednesday at 5:30PM! 1 800 379-5757 WeightWatchers.com . il lghtWatchers Sp Dloblng, Sr'b Living, Weigh-in begins 30 minutes prior to meeting time. *A Free meeting visit is available year-round. The Free meeting does not include Program materials. If you decide to join, you will get the first week's Program materials and pay the fees then in effect to join. Available in participating areas only. @2009 Weight Watchers Intemational, Inc., owner of the WEIGHT WATCHERS registered trademark. All rights reServed. ooo America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. -- Adlai Stevenson eeo ,Iqlian PONY Baseball An Eventful Final Weekend Of Baseball 748 Runs, 300 Hamburgers, & Hot Dogs, One Great Season With the west wind rippling the American flag straight and proud, the first sniff of burgers on the barbie hit the Pinto field in the bottom of the fifth. The parking lot at Jess Martin Park was full, but the stomachs of over 300 hungry players, fans, and league officials were not. Andy Andersen calmly loaded a giant gas grill borrowed from the Fire Department with hamburgers and hot dogs, and waited. Soon, the three-across line would stretch 250 feet. Back at the Pinto field, the excitement was almost too much for some fans to handle, as their favorite players came to the plate in clutch situations. The Miner's Diner Sand Gnats had jumped to a 8-2 lead by the end of the third inning, and it looked bad for the Jerky Hut Knights. But Jumbo Tron-replay-worthy defense from Gage Baay, Timo Nelson, and PJ Davis shut down the Gnats for three innings while by Curt Nelson, photos by Cindy Shriver the Knights put up 6 runs, led by a massive Davis' blast all the way to the base of the right center field fence. "That woulda' gone out if it wasn't for that wind," the color commentators along the first baseline fence agreed. Tied at 8, the game went to extra innings. Reece Emblad, Shane Cranfield, Alec Helm, Jeremy Chapin, and Roman Sanders all hit safely in the top of the 7th, giving the Gnats 3 runs and the eventual victory 11-10 in what many of those commentators thought was the best game of the season and a fitting end. Final tally: Sand Gnats 8 games, Knights 4. We can argue who is the bravest man in Julian, but it just might be Mike McFedries, who dons the umpire's blue to render weekly justice from his dusty vantage behind home plate. While coaches and fans who think their eyesight superior to Mike's might argue the occasional call, few could disagree with his opinion on the "best play of the season". Friday night, bottomof the 6th, Omar Hernandez steps up for the Don's Market River Cats in Bronco Division play. The Cats are down 7-5, there's a man on second, and Hernandez connects nicely for what ought to be a bloop single RBI into shallow right field. But Julian News Bull's first baseman Nighteagle Taylor has other ideas. He races back, over, back, over some more, back some more, and it looks like the ball will get just over his head and drop in. But Taylor doesn't quit, jumps, reaches, lays out in mid-air and somehow, behind him and beyond him, spears it, robbing Hernandez of the hit. "It was just great," McFedries said in awe, "the best play of the season." The Bulls won 8-7, lost 16-12 on Saturday, and ended their season-long series with the River Cats 9 and 3. By the time the Mustang Division rivalry between the Poncho Villa's Rattlers and the TLC Plumbing Storm was over, 12 games through the season, the Rattlers had outscored the Storm by one run, 150 to 149, and won the last game by a commanding 15-5. But the Storm grouped their runs better, and took the series 8 games to 4 with one time- called tie. On Saturday, Jed Kron led the Rattlers with threes: he hit 3 for 3, batted 3 singles and scored 3 times, with one of those runs a steal of home. For the season, 748 runners crossed the plate in the three upper Divisions and countless more scored in the Shetland T-Ball Division. Shetlanders like Geronimo Grant & Mariah Gentry of the Mom's Pies Raptors, and Duncan Madison & Jessica McColl of the Red Tail Monitoring Sidewinders, and James Sheppard and Nat Copeland of the Mountain Made Bats learned how to hold the bat, which way to run, and how to congratulate the other team on a game well played. When the season was really over, after the recognition of the sponsors and coaches and umps and the awards and trophies for each player, Commissioner Tom Skibinski beamed with well- deserved pride. Then it was time to eat. "Is that like your personal best world record?" this writer asked Andy Andersen, staring at the huge grill full of dogs and burgers? "Ha," smiled Andersen, "1 used to cook at Rong Branch. This is nothin'!" But is was somethin', it was the delicious end to a fun season in a nice park with hundreds of neighbors and their kids. To steal a tag line from Vee Lumpkins, 'Tm glad I live in Julian!"