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 Jon Easton’s Home Run Ended 1973 Pitchers’ Duel


Knightstown’s Brian Jones, Eastern Hancock’s Paul Kramer and Tri High’s Mark Abrams were all named to the All-Big Blue River Conference baseball team last week.

Jim Perry Sr., Doug Johnson and Debbie Ratliff were among the individual winners in Monday night’s mixed, open league golf tournament played at the American Legion Golf Course north of Knightstown. Couples playing the tournament included Bob and Juanita Messick, Bob and Betty Newkirk, Jim and Tammy Perry, Jimmy and Debbie Perry, Bill and Debbie Ratliff, Bill and Beth Wyatt, Charlie and Connie Caudill, Bill and Sally Brown, Doug and Suzie Johnson, Cliff and Jewell Keihn, Kenny and Peggy Schweizer, Max and Evelyn Ellis and Jim and Judy Browning.


Jim Thomas pitched a seven-hitter to lead the Knightstown Panther summer baseball team to 10-6 victory over New Palestine. The Panthers are 2-3 on the summer season, losing three games – all by one run.

The Panthers had previously lost to Triton Central when J.B. Vogle locked up in a pitcher’s duel before the Tigers prevailed, 3-2.

The Panthers then defeated Rushville 1-0 when Jon Easton slammed a solo home run in the sixth inning against Rushville pitching ace Mark Simmermon. Simmermon had thrown nothing but goose eggs to the Panthers through five innings, allowing only singles to Jay Tweedy and Darl Nigh. But Easton’s blast easily cleared the left field fence, and Vogle and Thomas made the run stand up with two-hit pitching.

Brent Magee won the feature event at the Little 50 bicycle race, held at the high school during Jubilee Days Thursday night. The event featured a dangerous crash involving youngster Jeff Firestone, who was slightly injured and bleeding, but immediately got back on his bike and finished the race, finishing fourth. Trent Pitcher was second and Bryan Magee third.

Brent Magee won a new bicycle and received a kiss from Jubilee Days queen Shirley Steurer. The pace bike was ridden by 1972 winner Kevin Schmidt.

In the first race of the evening, a two-lapper for boys age eight-and-under, Randy Black beat Billy Garris by three seconds. Jeff Wilkerson was a close third and Steve Richardson finished fourth. The five-lap race for boys ages 9-12 was captured by Randy Hall. Steve Wilkerson was second and Scott Jarvis came in third. Julie Queener won the girls race, followed by Sharon Grimm and Sally Roell.

Queener also received a new bike, while Black was awarded a new baseball glove and Hall won a fishing pole. Indiana Pacer all-star Billy Keller presented the prizes to the winners.

Members of the Sox little league team this year include Greg Hastings, Ricky Nation, Ronnie Harpold, John Gross, Jay Henry, Scott Wells, David Walls, Steve Brock, Andy Loy, Richard Walker and Bobbie Cooper. Hugh Grandison is the coach and he is assisted by Bill Henry.

The Tigers little league team includes Jamie Hamilton, Mike Goble, Tim Hamilton, Brent Hall, Greg Clark, Jimmy Stacy, Art Rose, Randy Hall, Ray Brown, Doug Colip and Brett Posey. The Tigers are coached by Buddy Rose and Glenn Cupp.

The Carthage Cubs little league squad includes Kent Sullivan, Grant Wilfong, Mark White, David Smith, Daryl Carter, Howard Shields, Monty Van Horn, Brett Wilfong, Greg Fitch, Chris Sparks and Warren Henderson. The Cubs are coached by Lee Sanford, Ralph Henderson Jr., and Lynn Wilfong.

So far this season in little league, the Tigers and the Braves are both off to 6-1 starts. Andy Johnson, Jack Tague and John Peters have all thrown no-hitters. Johnson and Tague faced each other and both three no-hitters, but Johnson’s Braves beat Tague’s Sox 2-1.

Randy Dalton of the Kennard Astros hit a grand slam to give his little league team a 4-2 record.

In Pony League baseball action, the first-place Miller’s Dairy team stole 12 bases and took advantage of every opportunity in a 9-8 win over Ernie’s Market. Jay Taylor was the winning pitcher, while Jeff Brown, Kevin Whitfield, Bill Windsor and Chris Voris had two hits apiece. Jimmy Wright had two doubles for Ernie’s, while Duane Carroll and Kirk Hochstedler were the losing pitchers. Miller’s Dairy picked up another win with a 23-4 victory over Eastern Hancock. Terry Hampton was the winning pitcher.

Danners lost to Tri High 16-5 when starting pitcher Buddy Hardwood got little help from his teammates. Hardwood allowed just four hits, but Danners committed 11 errors in the game. One of those hits was a home run by Tri High’s Barry Welsh.


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