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Tigers Won Optimist Club's Little League Title in 1973
The Florida Best Ball tournament at the American Legion Golf Course was won by the five-man team of Mike Wyatt, Don Jackson, Bill Brewer, Doug Johnson and David Catron, who had a team score of 29. Second place went to Ted Stillman, Dean Williams, Virgil Welsh, Bob Watson and Clark. Third place went to Brent Magee, Kenny Cain, Bob Roland, Dan Gorman and Scott Rising. Fourth place was taken by Buddy Rose, Kevin Roland, Bill Wyatt, Ab Moore and Don Moore.
The Hamilton’s Disposal women’s softball team, after finishing the regular in last place in the standings, pulled off a trio of upsets to advance to the championship game of the winner’s bracket in the women’s softball league tournament.
Hamilton’s upset Wyatt’s Carpeting 13-11, after trailing 9-2. Debbie Smith provided the game’s big blast when her triple scored Ginger Gorman and Sandy Rumple with the tying and eventual winning runs.
Smitty’s Beasts overcame an early deficit and rallied to defeat Williams’ Heating and Cooling, 8-7. Diane Zinkan drove home Jenny Borror for the winning run. Esther Plank and Julie Queener had reached base and scored on a double by Borror that started the rally.
Todd Cordle baffled hitters with a darting curve ball and drove in three runs with a home run and a single to lead Kennard to an 11-6 win over Carthage in the championship game of the Knightstown Pony League Tournament. Cordle worked 3 2/3 innings, striking out eight batters. David Baker had three hits and five RBIs for Kennard.
The Knightstown Red little league all-starts advanced to the finals of the district tournament by defeating Blue River and Middletown. Mike Hooker and Rodney Littleton pitched in the two games, and both fired shutouts. Littleton went the distance against the Middletown all-stars, allowing just two hits and striking out eight in a 7-0 win. Hooker beat Blue River 4-0, giving up two hits and fanning seven.
The Knightstown all-stars then played the Knightstown Black team, and the Red won easily, 19-5. Littleton had three hits and scored three runs. Bob Hamblin and Brett South each singled twice, while Chris Bundy drove in three runs.
Tony Schaeffer, Ty Bridges and Aaron Stevens each singled for the Black all-stars.
The heavy equipment is on site at the lake in Sunset Park, which was drained recently. Town Works Manager Arnold Butler said the lake will be dredged out before it is refilled, and the end result will be a much deeper lake. The state has agreed to restock the lake, from which several large bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish were removed when the lake was drained. Those fish were taken to Westwood Lake in New Castle.
Elizabeth Adams captured the women’s singles championship of the Citizen’s National Bank Tennis Classic last week by defeating Janet Anderson in the final round, 6-3, 6-4. Adams is the wife of Dr. Elliott Adams. She defeated Bobbi Jo Brown to reach the finals, while Anderson beat Carol Steurer to reach the finals.
In men’s singles, Gary Snider tripped Wayne Allen in a semifinal match (6-3, 6-4) and Kevin Roland beat Elliott Adams 6-3, 6-3. That sets up the final showdown between Roland, who is the current top singles player for Knightstown High School, and Snider a former top-seeded KHS tennis player.
After finishing runners-up last year, the little league Tigers won the tournament title and completed an 18-1 season by defeating the Braves 11-3 in the championship game. The Tigers are coached by Buddy Rose, Glenn Cupp and Jerry Livingston. The Tigers’ lone loss during the season was a 13-10 setback to the Braves.
Jeff Magee held the Braves to three runs on seven hits. The Tigers banged out 11 hits, including three doubles by Brett Posey and two hits apiece by Tim Hamilton and Art Rose.
The Braves’ trip to the finals was a spectacular one. They edged the Giants Saturday, 10-9 when they entered the bottom of the last inning trailing 9-6. With two outs and the bases loaded, Andy Johnson blasted a grand slam home run deep over the centerfield fence to win the game for the Braves and coach Larry Barnes.
Tigers team members who had at least one hit in the final game included Brent Hall, Jeff Magee, Art Rose, Brett Posey, Tim Hamilton, Jim Stacy, Randy Hall, Tom Jordan and Greg Clark.
Eric Barnes, Steve Bearhope and Johnson combined for the seven Braves hits.
The Braves advanced in the tournament by defeating the Yankees 14-4. Mark Carroll pitched a four-hitter. Kirk McCord had two singles, Mark Buckley had two triples and Ricky Hahn had two singles. Scott Pearcy, Jeff Stearns, Wes Hooker and Mark Councellor all had hits for the Yankees.
The Tigers and Braves met early in the double-elimination tournament, and the Tigers sent the Braves into the loser’s bracket with a 9-1 win. Magee allowed just two singles, and both came off of the bat of Barnes. Jim Stacy had a triple and single, scoring three times for the Tigers.
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