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Area roundup: PHCC softball goes for district title, spot in World Series
Also: Carlisle boys, girls tennis advances to finals of conference tournaments

Friday, May 11, 2012

By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -

Fresh off the program’s first Region X Tournament title, Patrick Henry Community College’s softball team will try to take another step forward beginning with two home games today.

The Lady Patriots (34-19 overall) will face Illinois Central College (32-23 overall) beginning at 1 p.m. in the District P Tournament on the PHCC campus. A second game between the teams is scheduled for 3 p.m. at PHCC, and if neither team earns a sweep, the decisive winner-take-all contest will be held Saturday at Patrick Henry.

With the schools separated by more than 750 miles, PHCC head coach Kathleen Brown hasn’t had the luxury of scouting the Lady Cougars in person.

“We don’t know a lot about them,” said Brown. “We do know that they have five pitchers, and they all have about equal innings. I heard they weren’t overpowering by any means, but they do a good job of mixing in the change-up. They don’t have a lot of power, but they have a lot of fast players who get on base and steal a lot of bases. So we have to stay on our toes defensively.”

ICC competes in Region XXIV, which awards an automatic Word Series berth to its tournament champion. The Cougars lost 8-3 in the regional title game to Parkland College on May 5, and thus were forced to play in today’s games.

The winner of this weekend’s three-game district tournament will also earn a spot in the upcoming World Series, which will take place late this month in Clinton, Miss.

Unlike ICC, the Patriots have relied on one starting pitcher most of the season. Rachel Hawks (25-15 overall) threw every inning of PHCC’s four Region X Tournament games.

She is expected to be on the mound — and stay there — this weekend against the Cougars.

“If Rachel comes out and pitches as well as she did last week, then we should have a great chance,” said Brown. “But we definitely need to do everything right in order to have success. We need to play solidly in the field, and when we get to the plate, we have to hit early and we often.”

PHCC also has Region X Player of the Year Carly Schmidt, whose 14 home runs rank her 20th nationally among all Division II players.

Another potential advantage for Patrick Henry lies in its home-field advantage, because the Cougars aren’t expected to have much in the way of crowd support.

“It’s really good that the tournament is at home, because they’ve been traveling two days just to get here to play,” said Brown. “It would be a huge advantage if we could get a lot of supporters out and have a lot of folks cheering for the Patriots.”

BOYSTENNIS

Carlisle 5

E. Mennonite 4

Carlisle’s boys tennis team did just enough to advance to Saturday’s Virginia Independent Conference championship match, edging Eastern Mennonite 5-4 Thursday in a semifinal showdown.

Senior Peter Daniel’s 11-9 win in singles gave the Chiefs a 4-2 advantage following the singles portion of the match.

Fellow senior Luke Beavers then came back strong after his singles defeat to serve out for the win in doubles play with partner Kevin McCallum, who won his No. 4 singles match 10-7. The tandem won 8-6 to send Carlisle to the conference title match against Covenant.

The Chiefs improved to 7-2 overall.

Singles

Mac Dobbins (C) def. Caleb Shrockhurst, 10-6

Peter Daniel (C) def. Tyler Long, 11-9

Michael Poynter (EM) def. Alex Wang, 10-7

Kevin McCallum (C) def. Madison Maye, 10-7

Mitchell Hamlet (C) def. Andry Stutzman, 10-6

Jake Wagner (EM) def. Luke Beavers, 10-6

Doubles

Poynter/Long (EM) def. Dobbins/Wang, 8-3

Shrockhurst/Maye (EM) def. Daniel/Hamlet, 8-2

McCallum/Beavers (C) def. Stutzman/Wagner, 8-6

GIRLSTENNIS

Carlisle 7

VES 2

The Carlisle girls tennis team swept the doubles portion of their VIC semifinal match with VES on Thursday to advance to the Blue Ridge Conference tournament final.

Robbi Jensen, Emily Thomas, Margie Feng and India Inman had singles wins for the Chiefs (7-2).

Jensen and Thomas are now both 7-2 on the season in their singles matches.

SINGLES

No. 1 ROBBI JENSEN (CS) def. ELLA JANVIER (VES) 8-5

No. 2 EMILY THOMAS (CS) def. JENNA PIERCE (VES) 8-4

No. 3 COURTNEY RENTZ (VES) def. KATIE RYAN SNYDER (CS) 8-8, 9-7 TIEBREAKER

No. 4 MAGGIE LUCCI (VES) def. McKAY ULLSTEIN (CS) 8-5

No. 5 MARGIE FENG (CS) def. SARA DUBOSE (VES) 8-3

No. 6 INDIA INMAN (CS) def. KATIE NYLUND (CS) 8-3

DOUBLES

No. 1 JENSEN/SNYDER (CS) def. JANVIER/PIERCE (VES) 8-1

No. 2 THOMAS/ULLSTEIN (CS) def. RENTZ/LUCCI (VES) 8-4

No. 3 FENG/INMAN (CS) def. McWANE/NYLUND (VES) 8-3

Basketball charity

event in Martinsville

A charity basketball game featuring alumni from Carver, Drewry Mason, Laurel Park, Martinsville and other Piedmont-area high schools will take place Saturday at Martinsville Middle School.

The game will benefit the Stand Up, Be Heard foundation, which raises awareness about bullying and seeks to prevent it. The organization also looks to help pay registration fees for sports leagues for children and their families who cannot afford them.

The event will have a dunk contest, and tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, and those five and under can enter for free. The men’s game is currently scheduled 7 p.m. at Martinsville Middle School.

Players from Martinsville include the “legendary” Kevin Beamer, Tony Beamer and James Hunt; representing Laurel Park will be Jason Niblett and Odell Hodge; members from Carver are Tim Penn, Tracy Hairston, Rick Hairston, Keith Lipscomb and Wesley Spencer; and Drewry Mason alumni are Greg Hayes and Gary Strickland.

For more information, contact Wesley Spencer at 276-734-4765.

 

 
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