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Ricky Gross Triple Led Phillies to '83 Little League Crown
Shari Alexander gave up just three hits in two complete games of pitching, leading the Raiders to a sweep over the Sluggers in the girls major league softball championship. Alexander pitched the Raiders to a 12-1 win Friday night, and then following rain delays of two days, came back Monday night to pitch her team to a 14-2 win in the finale.
Lura Howard, Amanda Westerfeld, Tonya Hughes and Jolinda Coon were the hitting stars for the Raiders. Kerry Grandison, Julia Peggs and Gwen Hamblin all had two hits apiece in the final for the Sluggers.
Bobby Hamblin hit two homes runs and a double, driving in five runners and leading the Knightstown little league all-star team to an 11-7 win over Richmond. The Knightstown boys then completed a sweep of the double-header by beating Richmond again in the second game, 8-7.
Rodney Littleton, Steve Walker, Chris Bundy and Brett South all had multiple hits in the two games as the Knightstown stars warmed up for the eight-team tournament this weekend at the Optimist Club diamonds. South had games of 4-for-4 and 2-for-3.
Ricky Gross slammed a triple to right-centerfield, scoring Matt Kooker and Chris Campbell with the winning runs, as the Phillies held off the Yankees 7-5 to win the minor league championship last week.
Mike Hooker pitched a four-hitter and struck out 13 batters, leading the Sox to a 13-2 pouncing of the Reds in the boys major league championship last week.
The Sox, who had finished atop the regular season standings during the regular season, had lost to the Reds in the first round of the playoffs, 8-7. The Sox battled back through the loser’s bracket, defeating the Cubs 11-4, the Braves 15-5 and the Tigers 10-9. They then had to beat the Reds twice, and did so by convincing margins of 21-9 and 13-2. The Sox are coached by Clyde South.
The Sox blew the championship game open with a seven-run fourth inning. Brett South, who was 2-for-4 with five RBIs in the final game, cleared the bases with a double that scored John Cavaletto, Brent Mason and Jeff Haase.
Knightstown Little league all-stars this year have been announced. For the National League, the team consists of Mike Hooker, Chris Roberts, Willie Jones, Rudy Cox, Brian Lane, Tommy Smith, Doug Hardeman, Gary Baker, Scott Roberts, Ty Hunt, Randy Gosser, Jeff Irwin, John Cavaletto and Alan Vorgo.
The American League all-stars are Brett South, Chris Bundy, Bobby Hamblin, Brent Mason, Adam Barton, Tom Welsh, Tony Schaeffer, Todd Jones, Aaron Stevens, Curt Durnil, Kent Gwin, Ty Bridges, Eric Cook and Doug Arthur.
Phil Snodgrass, a Kennard native, has been hired as head basketball coach at Greensburg High School. Chosen from approximately 60 applicants, Snodgrass had coached at Liberty since 1969 and four seven more years a Short High and Union County High Schools.
Snodgrass earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball and track while attending Kennard High School. He earned three varsity baseball letters at Ball State University. His basketball team in 1973 lost just one game all season long, to Connersville in the sectional.
The Sluggers won the girls softball championship, defeating the Jets, who were the three-time defending champions of the major league title. Terri Williams, Angel Voris, Kim Roland, Teresa Phelps, Teresa Wright, Kim Phelps and Michelle Voris starred for the Sluggers.
The Jets lost in the championship for the first time ever. The defending champions had won the title in 1973, ’74 and ’75, but were denied in a major upset. Kim Grandison, Debra Hill, Allison Queener, Janet Downey and Janet Jackson all had two hits for the Jets, who had seen a 66-game winning streak end earlier this season.
The Cheetahs defeated the Lions 11-3 to win the girls minor league softball championship last weekend. Coached Anna and Caley Wyatt praised their team’s defense, which allowed just five total runs in four tourney games. The Lions, coached by David Phelps Sr., lost just one game during the season and were the tournament favorite.
Trudy Hamilton head three hits for the Cheetas, while Diane Zinkan, Cara Peggs and Marjorie Small each had two hits. Beth Johnson belted a home run for the Lions, and Kelly Phelps, Traci Walls and Dawn McRoberts each had two hits.
Members of the Tigers girls softball team this year included Teresa Couch, Janelle Vogel, Jenny Swincher, Terri Gosser, Corey Walker, Robin Gregory, Dawn Lansinger, Sandy Sullivan, Rhonda Elliott and Judy Pugh. The team is coached by Ada Couch.
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