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Area roundup: Henry County All-Stars win PONY title
Sunday, July 24, 2011
A 13-14-year-old all-star team from the Henry County Parks and Recreation League rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday to defeat Reidsville 3-2 in the championship game of the East Zone Pony South Region Section Tournament at J.C. Park in Reidsville, N.C.
The victory marked the second straight year that Henry County has won the tournament title, earning the players a berth in the South Regional Zone Pony Tournament in Davidson, N.C.
"From what everybody is telling me, it's the first time we've ever gone back-to-back as pony sectional champions," said head coach Scott Gauldin. "It's the best team I've ever had, and I've been doing it" for a long, long time.
Trailing 2-0 entering the sixth inning, Matt Tuggle once again got his team started, this time with a double off the top of the centerfield fence.
It was Tuggle's home run in the first game of the tournament, with Henry County trailing 6-0, that ignited the team, Gauldin said.
Dontae Hampton smacked an RBI single, scoring Tuggle, to make it 2-1. D.J. Pritchett then entered the game as a pinch runner for Hampton, promptly stealing second and third before scoring on a single by Hylton Dalton to tie the contest.
Brandon Turner then entered the game as a pinch runner for Dalton and also stole second and third, then scored when Cole Helms hit into a fielder's choice at third base.
Starting pitcher Adrian Spears struck out 12 over six innings and faced the first batter of the seventh, issuing a walk. Trevor Martin then came to the mound, striking out three batters in nine pitches to seal the win.
It was the second straight game that Martin had fanned the final three batters with a total of nine pitches.
With the tourney title, Henry County will play in the South Regional event beginning at 8 p.m. Monday. The double-elimination tournament will feature six other teams from locations such as Virginia Beach, Richmond, Tidewater, Chesterfield and Davidson, N.C., according to Gauldin.
If Henry County were to win this tournament, the team would travel to play in the world series in Rhode Island against a field that will feature teams from across the globe.
Fitzgibbons named pre-season all-American
Former Martinsville High School standout John Fitzgibbons, a rising senior offensive lineman at Washington and Lee, was named a first-team 2011 Preseason All-American by the website D3Football.com.
Fitzgibbons was one of two guards and 26 players overall named to the first team.
A team captain for the Washington and Lee's 2011 campaign, Fitzgibbons has started all 31 games over his first three seasons at guard, tackle or center. Last season, he earned first team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference and first team all-state honors while helping the Generals' offense, which averaged 438.8 yards and 35.3 points per game. W&L set an ODAC record for rushing yards in a season (3,955) and broke the school's season-scoring record with 388 points.
Fitzgibbons blocked for three running backs who earned all-conference honors while the team averaged 6.1 yards per carry and ranked fifth in Division III in rushing yards per game (359.6).
Fitzgibbons is the second W&L player to earn preseason All-America accolades this summer, joining junior defensive back Jake Pelton (Charlottesville/Monticello). Pelton was a first team selection by The Sporting News, which also ranked the Generals 19th in its preseason Division III poll.
Washington and Lee completed the 2010 season with an 8-3 overall record. The Generals went 6-0 in ODAC play, claiming the conference title and appearing in the NCAA Division III playoffs for the second time in five seasons.
Smith wins first in softball throw at state meet
Kevon Smith, the 9-year-old son of Kevin and Angela Smith, took first place in the softball throw at the Hershey Track and Field's Virginia State Meet on June 25 at Monticello High School in Charlottesville.
Smith's throw of 155 feet, 2 inches was nearly 10 feet longer than the second-place finisher.
The rising fourth grader at John Redd Elementary will compete in the national meet on Aug. 4-7 in Hershey, Pa.
Virginia Storm beat Rampage 25-8
The Virginia Storm knocked off the Rowan County Rampage 25-8 Tuesday night to improve their record to 2-1 on the season.
Quarterback Kenny Perry threw for three touchdowns in the win, and the Storm defense recorded three safeties in the game.
Stephon Jennings caught two touchdowns, and DeMarco Trent hauled in the other.
The Storm will next play against the Catawba Hornets in North Carolina on July 30.