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 Biehls Ruined Henderson's No-Hit Bid in 1983


Youth baseball and softball tournaments are swinging into high gear. In Pony League tourney action, Kennard knocked off Charlottesville 9-1 behind a 17-strike out performance by Kennard ace Chad Henderson. Henderson didn’t walk anyone and allowed just two hits, both singles by Mike and Chris Biehl.

Carthage got a good pitching performance out of Gary Duff to defeat the Knightstown Merchants team, 14-4. Brian Chapple singled, doubled and scored three runs for Carthage, while Steve Fox and Billy Jones each doubled and scored two runs.

Kennard defeated Spiceland 13-4 in the tourney. Wade Stewart had four hits and scored four times for the winners.

The Leopards took the early advantage in the best-of-three girls minor league softball tourney championship, defeating the Bobcats 17-5. Julie Estridge singled three times and drove in four runs. Dana Davis, Tiffany Armstrong and Amy Kinnaman added two hits apiece for the winners.

Heather Patterson tripled twice, Michelle and Shannon Rose each added two doubles and Andrea May tripled for the Cougars in a win that helped them get to the semifinals.

Melissa Chapple and Kerri Grandison led the Hornets and Sluggers, respectively, to first round victories in the girls major softball league tournament. Chapple doubled, tripled and drove in four runs. Sisters Rhonda and Tracy Barton each doubled two times for the Hornets. Cindy Gamble Kelly Chapple also had two hits for the Hornets, while Traci Tutrow drove in two runs.

Gwen Hamblin doubled, Teresa Boling tripled, Kerri Grandison and Teresa Hughes had two singles and the Sluggers rallied for five runs in the last inning to pull out a 9-8 win over the Tigers. Katricia Brittain, Lora Ledford and Ticy Cox all doubled for the Tigers, who suffered their third straight one-run loss.


The little league Carthage Cubs closed out the regular season with a 22-9 win over the Cardinals. Leading the hit parade for Coach Lee Stanford’s squad was Monty Van Horn, who smashed a triple and two singles. Brett Wilfong added a triple and a single, while brother Grant Wilfong added two singles.

The Carthage Mets exploded for 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 23-12 win over the White Sox. Keith Leisure hit a grand slam home run, while Jeff Kline was the winning pitcher.

The Braves wrapped up the little league title in the National League by defeating the Kennard Astros 15-5. Andy Johnson allowed just one hit, a double by Randy Dalton. The Braves had 12 hits, led by three singles and two doubles by Steve Bearhope, who has hit safely in nine straight at-bats. Kirk McCord, Ricky Hahn and Eric Barnes all had doubles for the Braves, now 10-3 on the season.

The Citizens National Bank Tennis Classic first round is underway at the KHS tennis courts. Early matches included Robert Burrows over Jeff Roland 6-0, 6-0; John Mayhill over Joe White 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Mike Hiner over Chris Alexander 6-3, 6-2; and Wayne Allen over Richard Brown 6-0, 6-1. In doubles action, Doug Wright and Randy Youse defeated Jeff Roland and Jim Wright 6-3, 6-2. In women’s singles, Carol Steurer defeated Knoblitt.

The Yankees little league team includes J.D. Moore, David Martin, Mark Councellor, Brian Ratliff, Curtis Couch, Jeff Stearns, Ray Sharp, Wesley Hooker, Kenny Stearns, Mark Wright, Scott Pearcy and Eddie Fairchild. The team is coached by Steve Welsh and Verle Pearcy.

Members of the Cheetahs girls softball team include Dawn McRoberts, Marian Carrow, Amy Rose, Beth Greenwalt, Teresa Hall, Tammy Whitfield, Tina Carrow, Renee Reynolds, Terri Greenwalt and Jana Richmond. The team is coached by Juanda Rose.

The Carthage Panthers girls softball team consists of Rhonda Miller, Lori Alexancxer, Rena Miller, Charity Shields, Jennifer Wilfong, Judy Smith, Tammy Jo Smith, Debbie Nigh, Roxanne Miller, Trina Dyer and Cindy Smith. The team is coached by Sally Smith and Jack Grizzell.


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