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RHS baseball team picks up first victory

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Mark O’Dell knew it would be only a matter of time before his Richwood High School baseball team broke into the victory column.

It came on Monday, March 31, when the Lumberjacks, who were winless last year, defeated Midland Trail 11-3 at Pratt Park.

Richwood nearly made it two in a row on Wednesday, April 2, at Tygarts Valley, but the host Bulldogs rallied for an 8-7 victory in nine innings. RHS then lost 14-2 to Fayetteville on Thursday, April 3, at Pratt Park to fall to 1-3 on the season.

A scheduled home game against Summers County on Friday, April 4, was canceled due to wet grounds.

Richwood jumped on Midland Trail early, scoring six runs in the first inning. The Lumberjacks added single runs in the third and fourth innings, two more in the fifth and one in the sixth.

“It was a total team effort to get the win,” O’Dell said. “This will definitely help our confidence. Our (roster) numbers are up this year, and that’s helping. It allows us to do more things.”

Ben Beaver was the winning pitcher, striking out 11 batters in five innings. Phoenix Evans struck out three more batters in the final two innings.

Caleb Louden reached base five times, collecting two hits and drawing three walks. He also stole two bases.

Brad Gwinn and Craig Nicholas each had two hits and two RBIs. Logan Cox also drove in two runs with a hit and sacrifice fly.

Evans walked three times and drove in a run, and Mikey Adkins had a hit and an RBI.

Robert Gower had two walks and scored two runs. Beaver had a hit and a walk.

 

 

 

NCHS girls track team 1st, boys

2nd in Independence meet

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly girls and boys track teams finished in first and second place respectively in the Independence Invitational held on Friday evening, April 4, at Coal City.

Girls’ results
The Lady Grizzlies racked up 149 points in their first place finish out of 14 teams. No other girls scores were available.

Aidan Payton took three first places and Serena Mullens won two events to provide 50 of the team’s points.

Payton won the 800-meter run, the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run.

Mullens took first in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.

Other first places were recorded by Elizabeth Messer in the 100-meter high hurdles, the 4 x 200-meter relay team, the 4 x 100-meter relay team and the shuttle hurdle relay team.

Individual results for the NCHS girls were as follows:
100-meter dash: 1. Serena Mullens, 13.17 seconds; 3. Arianna Crawford, 13.81 seconds.

100-meter high hurdles: 1. Elizabeth Messer, 16.24 seconds; 2. Crawford, 17.53 seconds; 4. Maria Stear, 18.02 seconds.

4 x 200-meter relay: 1. Nicholas County, 1 minute, 57.45 seconds.

1600-meter run: 1. Aidan Payton, 5 minutes, 59 seconds; 2. Madison Kelbaugh, 6 minutes, 41 seconds.

4 x 100-meter relay: 1. Nicholas County, 54.36 seconds.

800-meter run: 1. Payton, 2 minutes, 43.74 seconds.

200-meter dash: 1. Mullens, 27.94; 3. Taylor Board, 30.44.

 

 

 

NCHS Baseball Team records three victories

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly baseball team recorded three victories last week to improve to 3-2 on the season.

The Grizzlies won 9-7 over Oak Hill on Tuesday, April 1, at Oak Hill; won 13-3 in five innings over Webster County at home on Wednesday, April 2; and won 6-2 over Clay County at home in a rain-shortened game on Thursday evening, April 3, at home.

NCHS player Jimmy Pritt stops a hit ball and prepares to try and throw the runner out at first base.


If the Grizzlies won their opening game earlier in the week in the Coppinger Tournament at Bluefield, there was a possibility their second round game would be on Wednesday, April 9, at 5 p.m. against the winner of Fayetteville versus Richlands, Va.; earlier in the week with the finals of the tournament to be played on Saturday, April 12.
NCHS will host highly-ranked Wyoming East on Friday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m.; and host Oak Hill on Monday, April 14, at 5 p.m. NCHS will play Wyoming East at 12 p.m. and Summers County at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, in the Fayetteville Wooden Bat Tournament at Fayetteville.

Nicholas County 9
Oak Hill 7

Three runs in the top of the seventh inning rallied the Grizzlies to the win over the Red Devils.

NCHS took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the first inning. Wil Mayes had a two-run double to highlight the inning. Payton Nowak doubled in a run, and Josh Gregory had a run-scoring single.

Oak Hill sliced the lead in half with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning and took a 6-4 lead with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

NCHS answered with two runs in the top of the fifth inning to deadlock the score 6-6. A groundout by Jimmy Pritt brought in Matt Dodrill who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. Tate Mayes reached on a error to bring in Tyler Sagraves who had earlier doubled.

The home team went ahead 7-6 with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

NCHS came back with three runs in the top of the seventh inning to win the game. Jared Price and Jacob Grose each had a run-scoring single in the frame, and the other run came when Nowak reached on an error.

 

 

 

Lady Grizzlies lose two of three

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly softball team lost two of their first three games last week.

NCHS runner Amanda King heads to third base as Richwood’s Katie Mullins stops a ground ball behind her.

NCHS was demolished 16-0 by Class AA highly-ranked Herbert Hoover on Tuesday, April 1, at Falling Rock; won 9-1 over Richwood at home on Wednesday, April 2, and lost 5-1 to Greenbrier East at Fairlea on Thursday, April 3. They also lost two of three games in a tournament at Chapmanville on Friday evening, April 4, and Saturday, April 5. Scores and statistics from the tournament will be included in next week’s edition.

NCHS will play at Liberty Raleigh on Thursday, April 10; host Greenbrier West on Friday, April 11; and play at James Monroe on Wednesday, April 16.

Herbert Hoover 16
Nicholas County 0

A big 11-run second inning powered the strong Lady Huskies to the dominating win which was halted after three innings by the 15-run rule.

The home team took a 5-0 lead with five runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Herbert Hoover erupted for 11 runs in the bottom of the second inning to complete the scoring.

Amanda King had a double in the top of the second inning for the only base hit of the game for the Lady Grizzlies.

Losing pitcher Kaitlyn Hanshaw gave up 14 base hits in three innings.