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Grizzly baseball team, still homeless, wins twice

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly baseball team, still without a home field, picked up two road victories to improve to 3.5 on the season.

NCHS defeated Oak Hill 12-4 at Oak Hill on Tuesday evening, April 4; and edged Fayetteville in nine innings on Wednesday evening, April 5, at Fayetteville. A game with Richwood on Friday evening, April 7, was postponed by rain and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m. at Pratt Park in Richwood.

The Grizzlies will play at Westside on Wednesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. and at Clay County on Thursday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m.

With work beginning on the NCHS field this week, it is hoped that the Grizzlies can play on their home field by next week or the following week. NCHS will play home or away against Valley Fayette on Monday, April 17, at 6 p.m.; Herbert Hoover on Tuesday, April 18, at 6 p.m.; and Woodrow Wilson on Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m.

Nicholas County 12
Oak Hill 4

A big seven-run sixth inning keyed the Grizzly victory over the Red Devils.

NCHS grabbed a 3-0 lead with three runs in the top of the third inning. The key hit was a two-run single by Jimmy Pritt that scored Andrew Hughes and Jared Sagraves, both of whom had reached after being hit by a pitch.

Jared Gregory reached earlier after being hit by a pitch earlier in the inning and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Oak Hill answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to knot the game 3-3.

The Grizzlies took a 4-3 lead with a run in the top of the third inning. Tate Mayes singled, advanced on a balk and came home on a single by Jacob Grose.

NCHS made it 5-3 with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Nick Nutter walked and eventually scored on a single by Gregory.

The Red Devils eventually sliced the lead in half to 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning and deadlocked it 5-5 with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Grizzlies exploded with seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to put the game away.

A key hit was a two-run double by Sagraves. Nutter, Mayes and Gregory each singled in a run and the other run came on an Oak Hill error.





Frame, Cowell lead RHS girls to second-place finish

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Richwood’s girls, behind the distance duo of Madison Frame and Caitlin Cowell, placed second in their second meet of the season.

RHS finished with a team score of 64, second to Shady Spring’s 133, in the County Shop Invitational on April 4 at Oak Hill.

Frame won the 800 meters with a time of 2:34.00 and the 1600 meters in 5:44.81.

Cowell finished first in the 3200 meters with a time of 12:56.17 and was third in the 800 meters in 2:38.40.

Frame and Cowell were also part of two relay teams that placed in the meet.

The 4 x 800 relay team, which also included Amelia Bard and Sidney Hacker, finished first with a time of 11:04.18.

The 4 x 400 relay team, which also included Hacker and Beke Nikolai, was second in 4:49.02.

Kinley Miller placed third in the shot put with an effort of 28 feet, 5.5 inches. Teammate Amanda Starcher was fifth at 27-7.5.

Starcher was also fifth in the discus with a throw of 78 feet, 7 inches.

Jocee Miller just missed placing in the 100-meter hurdles, finished seventh in 19.33.
Hacker was also seventh in the 400 meters in 1:10.03.




Richwood scores walk-off win over Greenbrier West

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

Joey Underwood’s split-second decision ended up paying dividends for the Richwood Lumberjack baseball team.

The Richwood coach elected not to gamble on the bases with his team trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and he was rewarded when Ethan Spencer delivered a two-out, two-run single to give the Lumberjacks a 2-1 victory over Greenbrier West last Wednesday evening, April 5, at Pratt Park.

Dalton Myers drew a one-out walk in the seventh to represent the tying run. Underwood then called on Addison Hughes to pinch-hit, and the senior responded with a double to right-center.

Myers, who had to make sure Hughes’ drive wasn’t caught, reached third about the same time Greenbrier West second baseman Chandler Crist was taking the relay throw in short right.

As the throw came in, Underwood held Myers at third and Hughes easily made it to second.

“My heart said send him (Myers), but my head said it might not be a good idea,” Underwood said. “It’s one of those things where you look terrible if you lose, but great if you win.”

After Tyler Cornwell struck out for the second out, Spencer hit a sharp grounder between third base and shortstop and into left field, driving in both Myers and Hughes for the walk-off win.

“We got it done there in the last inning,” Underwood said after his team evened its record at 3-3.

“This is a gutsy team. Everybody has a role. That’s what we talk about. Everybody did their job tonight. Addison came in as a pinch-hitter and delivered, and Ethan got the big hit to win it.”

The hits by Hughes and Spencer, who pinch-hit in the sixth and stayed in the game, were their first of the young season.

Cornwell also had a pinch-hit double in the sixth and stayed in the game.




Lady Jacks sweep Pocahontas

County, lose at Shady Spring

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

In a week that included rain, sunshine and snow, the Richwood Lady Jack softball team managed to play three games and had three others postponed.

Richwood’s Katie Mullins rounds second base during the first game of the Lady Jacks’ double-header against Pocahontas County.

The Lady Jacks swept a doubleheader from Pocahontas County, 12-0 and 13-2, on April 4 at Pratt Park before losing on the road to a strong Shady Spring team, 10-2, on April 5.

A home game against Gilmer County on April 3, a road game at Midland Trail on April 6 and a home game with Greenbrier West on April 7 were postponed due to inclement weather.

Richwood will play a doubleheader at Greenbrier West on April 21 to include the postponed game.

The Lady Jacks were scheduled to host Braxton County on April 11. Following a game at Fayetteville on April 12, they were to host Summers County on April 13 and Valley Fayette in a doubleheader on April 15.

Next week, Richwood will play at Nicholas County on April 17 and host Midland Trail on April 18 before traveling to Meadow Bridge for a doubleheader on April 19, visiting Summers County on April 20 and going on the road for the doubleheader at Greenbrier West on April 21.

Last week’s games left the Lady Jacks with a 7-2 record.

Richwood 12-13
Pocahontas County 0-2

Katie Mullins and Kaysee Amick drove in two runs each in the opener, which was called after two-and-a-half innings on the 10-run rule.

Krista Merrill, Tierra Mullins and Caitlin Miller had one RBI apiece.

The Lady Jacks sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs in the first inning.

Katie Mullins singled in two runs, Tierra Mullins drove in a run on a groundout, Miller singled in another run and Amick doubled in two more runs.

Richwood scored four runs on Pocahontas County errors in the inning.

The Lady Jacks added two more runs in the second. Katie Mullins tripled and scored on a Merrill groundout. Hayley McMillion then singled off the third-base bag, went to second on a bunt single by Tierra Mullins and scored on an error.

Kora Younts pitched the first two innings for Richwood, allowing one hit and striking out five of the seven batters she faced. McKinzy Gardner retired the Lady Warriors in order in the third, striking out one.

Katie Mullins finished with two hits, a single and triple. Amick had a double while McMillion, Tierra Mullins and Miller had one hit apiece.

Kayla Sharp had the only hit for Pocahontas County, a single to center in the second.

In the nightcap, Richwood coach Bill Little used his backup players almost exclusively.




NCHS softball team drops pair of games

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly softball team fell to 0-4-1 on the season with two losses last week.

NCHS fell 8-6 to Independence at Coal City on Tuesday evening, April 4, and lost 5-4 at home to Lewis County on Wednesday evening, April 5. The game was played at Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park due to the ongoing demolition of Summersville Middle School near the NCHS softball field.

A home game on Wednesday evening, April 6, against Liberty Raleigh and games against Westside and Wyoming East at Westside on Friday evening, April 7, were rained out.

NCHS will host Clay County on Wednesday, April 12, at 5 p.m.; host Princeton on Thursday, April 13, at 4 p.m.; host James Monroe and Summers County on Saturday, April 15, at 12 p.m.; host Richwood on Monday, April 17, at 5 p.m.; and play at Braxton County on Wednesday, April 19, at Braxton County.

Independence 8
Nicholas County 6

A three-run sixth inning rallied Independence past the Lady Grizzlies.

NCHS took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the first inning. A key hit was a two-run single by Hannah Overbaugh. Olivia Stear singled in a run and the other run was scored on a bases-loaded walk.

The Lady Grizzlies made it 6-0 with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Kate Belmont doubled and scored on a groundout by Sydney Lycans. Overbaugh walked and scored on a single by Alexis Nicholas.

Independence pushed two runs across in the bottom of the third inning to cut the lead to 6-2.

The Lady Patriots added three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull to within 6-5.