Originally created 05/20/05

Odds and Ends



OAKFIELD, N.Y. - Katie Brownell is in a Little League all her own.

The 11-year-old - the only girl playing in the Oakfield-Alabama Little League program - pitched a perfect game Saturday for her Dodgers. She struck out all 18 batters she faced in the six-inning, 11-0 victory over the Yankees.

Oakfield-Alabama officials said they can't remember anybody ever throwing a perfect game in this western New York league between Buffalo and Rochester.

In two games on the mound, Katie has struck out 32 of 33 batters. And she's hitting.714 through the team's first three games.

"She's been pitching for three years, but she really came on and excelled this year," said team manager Jeff Sage.

Katie was almost pulled out of Saturday's game until the scorekeeper reminded her coach she had a no-hitter going. Katie then kept mowing down the opposition and when the last batter was fanned, the crowd erupted.

"Everybody congratulated me," she said.

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HOLLISTON, Mass. (AP) - It's aged whiskey all right - nearly 200 years. But it's nothing you would want to drink.

Workers restoring a chimney in an old house found what they believe to be a 193-year-old bottle of whiskey on a hidden shelf just above the fireplace.

Chuck Clapham, owner of Masonry Restoration, believes the masonry crew probably left the half-full bottle behind when they built the chimney nearly two centuries ago.

The label was tattered, but Clapham's son, Michael, could still make out a date on it: 1812. A broken cork was lodged in the top, and dark liquid sloshed around inside.

It's not the first time Clapham has found stuff buried behind walls. He says he has recovered wedding rings, silver coins and even shoes.

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SHINNSTON, W.Va. (AP) - A 1,500-pound camel picked an unfortunate place to take a breather.

A woman called for help on her cell phone Wednesday after a camel sat on top of her while she was painting a fence.

Firefighters and the camel's owner helped move the animal off the woman, who was having trouble breathing, ambulance driver Brent Hicks said.

"There is no protocol on something like this," he said.

The names of the woman and the camel's owner were not released.

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EMERADO, N.D. (AP) - On the day that the horse Giacomo was pulling off a 50-1 upset at the Kentucky Derby, an Angus cow was overcoming greater odds on a farm east of here.

The cow, known simply as No. 5, delivered triplets.

North Dakota State University extension beef specialist Greg Lardy said the odds of triplet calves are about 1 in 105,000, based on figures from breed records.

Owner John Draxton said he saw a couple of calves in the corner of his pasture during an early afternoon check on Derby Day, May 7.

"I never expected twins, so I figured I'd come back when the mom finished cleaning them. Then I came back and there were three," he said. "I figured that couldn't be right."