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Bulldogs’ ‘team effort’ gets win
Thursday, March 14, 2013
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
The Martinsville baseball team showed some early season adversity and a combined pitching effort to pull out an 8-5 win Wednesday against Altavista at Hooker Field.
Riggs Jordan pitched three plus innings to pick up the win after his offense staked him to a 6-1 lead after the first inning. However, Altavista roared back with a four-run fourth inning to pull to within one at 6-5. Mike Smith then came on in relief and tossed shut-out ball to record the save. The Martinsville offense again provided some breathing room with a pair of runs in the fifth.
“It was a team effort,” Martinsville coach Will Freeland said. “They handled adversity as well as I’ve seen in my five years of coaching.
“We just showed so much heart and continuous effort.”
Jordan and Smith each picked up RBI singles. Taylor Chitwood, Tanner Whitehead and Quintez Hamlet also picked up singles and RBIs for the Bulldog (1-1) offense.
Tony Stewart will appear
in Speedway’s Fan Zone
Three-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart will appear in the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone the morning of the STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Stewart, the 2002, 2005, and 2011 Sprint Cup champion, has three Martinsville Speedway victories. His last win at the famed half-mile oval came came in the fall of 2011, a victory that helped him capture the Sprint Cup title that year.
“Tony’s a great fit for our fan zone,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “He loves Martinsville Speedway, he loves short-track racing. I think the fans will be in for a treat in his question-and-answer session.”
Stewart will participate in an emceed question and answer session.
Tickets for the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone are $99 and include: a hot buffet featuring breakfast and lunch items, four beverage coupons for Pepsi products and wine and beer (patrons 21 and older), and a pre-race Track Pass from 9:15 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.
The $99 price does not include a ticket to the STP Gas Booster 500 on April 7.
The Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone will open at 8 a.m. on April 7 and close at 1 p.m.
Tickets for the STP Gas Booster 500 and the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone may be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
Patrick County 6
Patrick County’s softball team lost 6-5 to Chatham on Wednesday in Chatham.
Whitney Scott pitched six innings with one strikeout, no walks, four hits and five runs — two of which were earned.
The Cougars (1-1) had four players with multi-hit games. Briana Steele led the way going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Patrick County is in action again at 5 p.m. on Friday at home next against Carol County at 5 p.m.
Bassett (JV) 12
Patrick Henry 2
Bassett High School’s junior varsity softball team opened the season with a 12-2 win over Patrick Henry in Roanoke.
Madison L. Martin got the win on the mound, pitching a one-hitter in six innings of work while striking out nine batters.
The Bengals were led offensively by Lauren Wilson, who went 3-for-3 with two singles and a triple. Wilson also had three RBI and scored twice. Taylor Conklin and Kailey Evans each had a triple with two RBI. Kendall Varner went 2-for-2 with four RBI.
The Bengals (1-0) will play again Thursday, March 21 against G.W.-Danville at Stanleytown Elementary School at 4:30 p.m.
Halifax County swept Martinsville 9-0 on Wednesday in boys tennis. The Comets improved to 2-0 on the season and Martinsville droped to 1-1.
The Bulldogs’ lone returner, L.B. Fox, did not play Wednesday and was busy with a school function.
Martinsville will play GW-Danville at home on Monday.
Zatsal Lal def. Tyler Hairston, 8-0
Gannon Griffin def. Chris France, 8-0
Jonathan Thomas def. David Christy, 8-1
Michael Good def. Darrius Simington, 1-8
Roger Smith def. Adam Thurman 8-1
Andrew Hatcher def. Tyshawn Williams 8-0
Forest Nunn-Brad Booth def. Hairston-France, 8-1
Torrence Vass-Ezra Walker def. Christy-Simington, 8-3
Gabe Poole-Malik Pleasant def. Thurman-Williams, 8-2