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 Action Heats Up in Optimist Little League Play


May 9, 2007 - The National Road BP Pirates picked up a couple of wins last week in boys minor league baseball action in the Optimist Club program at Sunset Park. The Pirates stopped the State Farm Insurance Athletics 10-9, and also defeated the Knightstown American Legion Cubs 12-7.

Against the Athletics, Connor Brockman had four hits and Jarrett Weidner had four hits and two runs scored to lead the winners. Lane Parker went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Vivian Goodpaster, Robert Huckeby and Logan Whitaker all had three hits and scored a run.

Brock Harding and Justin Madren had two hits apiece, while Dane Corbett and Zach Brown also had one hit. Goodpaster, Whitaker and Parker had extra-base hits in the game with doubles.

The Pirates dedicated the win to teammate Seth Emerson, who missed the game due to a loss in the family. There were no game results from the Athletics.


The Pirates used great defensive plays from Logan Whitaker, who had six put-outs, and Jarrett Weidner, who had four assists, in their 12-7 victory over the Cubs. Robert Huckeby also had three hits, while Whitaker and Weidner both slapped doubles.

Vivian Goodpaster, Whitaker, Weidner, Seth Emerson and Brock Harding all had two hits for the winners.

Justin Madren, Dane Corbett, Zach Brown, Bryan Newby and Lane Parker all had one hit for the Pirates, who improved their record to 2-1 on the season. There were no individual results from the Cubs team.


The True Communications Red Sox out-slugged the FarmWorld Tigers in a well-played boys Minor League baseball game at the Optimist Club Diamonds last Wednesday.

The Red Sox pounded out 18 hits in their 11-7 victory. The Tigers battled back however, and came up with 14 hits themselves.

The Sox nearly got the cycle from Dakota Locker, who doubled, tripled and slammed a home run on his way to a 3-for-3 day. He also had three RBI and scored two runs. Jacob Bearhope also had a great game with a home run, three hits and two RBI.

Lucas Haase also had three hits and scored twice for the winners. Tyler Littleton, Kaleb Buchanan and Riley Ruble slapped two hits apiece, while Tyler Helderbrand, Cory Speicher and Jack Smith all hit safely and drove in a run. Littleton and Speicher hit a double and triple respectively. Mason Carmichael and Zach Evans both added an RBI for the Red Sox, 1-1 on the season after that game. The Sox are coached by Jon McDonald.

The Tigers had exploded for an early lead by scoring six runs on seven hits in the opening inning. They continued to hit the ball well, but usually right at a defensive player.

Adam Bundy had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, including a triple in the contest. Layne Dudley, Jared Waterman, Marcus Couch and Travis Issacs all had two base hits for the Tigers, while Eli Blower had a double with two RBI.

William Harwood and Tucker Personett also hit safely for Coach David Blower’s Tigers.


Kaden Gabbard turned in a double play and key defensive plays by Quadere Noe, Rufus Noe and Drake Peggs catapulted the Myra Wills Massage Therapy Reds to a 12-2 victory over the State Farm Insurance Athletics.

Gabbard not only turned in that double play, but also had two hits and a run scored. Spencer Mattix had three hits and scored three times, while Drake Peggs also hit safely three times and plated two runs for the winners.

Quadere Noe, Jared Mills, Rufus Noe and Chance Morgan all had two hits for the Reds. Alex Fields, Gerald Noe, Noah Stone, William Noe and Isiah Mitchell also hit safely for the Reds.

No game results were reported for the Athletics.


Alex Fields, Drake Peggs, Spencer Mattix and Kaden Gabbard all slapped three hits to lead the Myra Wills Massage Therapy Reds to a 16-9 victory over the Knightstown American Legion Cubs.

Quadere Noe, Jared Mills and Rufus Noe had two hits apiece, while Jacob Rush, Noah Stone and William Noe all hit safely and scored. Chance Morgan also had a hit for the winners, who had 22 hits in the game.

Fields and Peggs each scored three runs in the game, while Mattix and Gabbard plated two apiece.

There were no individual results available from the Cubs team.




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