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Area Roundup: PHCC sweeps doubleheader
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Patrick Henry Community College pitcher Jason Turner delivers a pitch Saturday during the Patriots’ doubleheader against Southeastern Community College at Hooker Field in Martinsville. (Photo contributed by Kenny Webster)

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Back-to-back wins are nice, but back-to-back walk-off wins are more exciting.

And that’s exactly what Patrick Henry Community College’s baseball team did with a double-header against Southeastern Community College on Saturday in Martinsville.

The Patriots will go for the sweep at noon today at Hooker Field.

Former Bassett standout Will Hylton was 4-for-5 at the plate with a homer in the first game and supplied the walk-off base hit for the 5-4 win. Chaz Tanner went 2-for-3 with two doubles in the game. On the mound, Jason Turner threw a complete game, striking out 10, walking three and giving up two earned runs. PHCC won that game 2-1.

Mike Sluja pitched a complete game in the second game of the day. Sluja gave up one run, though it was unearned. Patrick Love hit the walk-off single to win the game.



Tunstall 8

Dan River 0

The Tunstall Trojans boys soccer team improved to 2-0 this season with an 8-0 shutout victory over visiting Dan River on Friday evening.

Noel Rodriguez started the scoring, and a big night for him, on a cross from Bryson Fields at the 16-minute mark. Just three minutes later, goalkeeper Junior Lara’s long punt found his younger brother, Oscar Lara, who bodied the ball ahead and outraced the defense for the 2-0 lead.

Hunter Sollenberger earned the assist with a sliding tap just in front of the charging Dan River keeper that found Austin Canavan at the right post for the short pop in and 3-0 lead at 29-minute mark. Oscar Lara then registered his second goal off of Nick Eckstein’s long pass from midfield that landed over the Wildcats’ defensive line. Berkley Toufas picked up an assist of his own just before the half when he followed a defensive stop with a quick lead pass to Rodriguez who logged his second goal and a 5-0 halftime lead.

Fields began the second half scoring for Tunstall when he followed a rebound off the Dan River keeper with a shot to the lower right corner. Jordan Sollenberger then picked up the assist on a corner kick that Rodriguez headed in for his hat trick. Rodriguez wasn’t finished, however, as he cleaned up Eckstein’s long free kick with his fourth goal on the night, outracing the Dan River defender and capping the scoring at 8-0.

The Trojan defense protected the goal and kept the pressure off keeper Junior Lara who earned the shutout. Eckstein had 21 defensive stops. Stuart Crouch contributed 13 of his own while T.J. High, Josh Fowlkes, and Hunter Sollenberger each added seven. Berkley Toufas and Hunter Sollenberger each contributed eight 50-50 ball wins, Eckstein had six and Jordan Sollenberger five.

The Trojans are off until Friday when they travel to George Washington. ___________________________________________________________________________


Martinsville beats

Halifax County 6-3

The wind and cold temperatures made things difficult on Martinsville High School’s girls tennis team on Wednesday as it traveled to South Boston to play Halifax County High School.

But the Bulldogs didn’t let it get to them, ultimately defeating HCHS 6-3.


SINGLES (best 2 out of 3 sets)

No. 1 — Violet Mazurek (MHS) def. Mandria Brandon (HHS) 6 -0, 6 - 4

No. 2 — Samantha Easley (MHS) def. Baylee Snead (HHS) 6 - 3, 6 - 4

No. 3 — Virginia Crabtree (MHS) def. Alyssa Kents (HHS) 6 - 1, 6 - 1

No. 4 — Jamie Crews (HHS) def. Ashleigh Buck (MHS) 6 - 3, 6 - 3

No. 5 — Kate Dietrich (MHS) def. Elexis Ward (HHS) 6 - 1, 6 - 1

No. 6 — Vicki Easley (MMS) def. Marilyn Fisher (HHS) 6 - 0, 6 - 0 (exhibition)

DOUBLES (8 Game pro set)

No. 1 — Easley/ Crabtree (MHS) def. Brandon/Snead (HHS) 8 - 6

No. 2 — Mazurek/Buck (MHS) def. Keats/Ward (HHS) 8 - 0

No. 3 — Dietrich/Easley (MHS/MMS) def. Crews/Katlyn Meadows (HHS) 8 - 5 (exhibition)

FINAL SCORE — Martinsville 6, Halifax 3


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