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Summersville Middle School opens new softball field

Summersville Middle School Lady Bears eighth grade softball players recognized on Thursday evening, May 13, prior to the doubleheader versus South Harrison.

The Summersville Middle School Bears softball team began play at its new softball field on Thursday evening, May 13, with the first game of a doubleheader against South Harrison in Central West Virginia Athletic Conference action.

The new field is located on the former location of Summersville Middle School behind Nicholas County High School.

The new field has been developed and constructed primarily through the efforts of Summersville Middle School head softball coach Robbie Brown, assistant coach Mike Rapp and several parent volunteers.

The Nicholas County Board of Education provided the concrete padding for the bleachers they installed. The board hopes to purchase lights for the new field.

The field, fencing and backstop were all completed by the coaches and parent volunteers. They plan to install team dugouts in the future.

The highlight of the opening of the new field came with the throwing of the first pitch by Anna Brown, a member of the first ever Summersville Middle School Lady Bears softball team several years ago. She was a standout player for both SMS and Nicholas County High School.


 

 

 

 

NCHS baseball team goes 1-2 in sectionals

The Nicholas County High School Grizzly baseball team lost two of three games in the Class AA Region 3 Section 1 Tournament played June 1-4 to finish the season 14-10 overall.

NCHS, seeded No. 3 in the four-team double elimination tournament, lost 16-6 to No. 2-seeded and Class AA state-ranked No. 7 Shady Spring on Tuesday, June 1, at Shady Spring; blanked No. 4-seeded Liberty Raleigh 14-0 on a no-hitter by J.P. Girod in the losers bracket on Wednesday, June 2; and was eliminated with a 5-2 loss to Shady Spring on Thursday, June 3.

Semifinal round

Shady Spring 16 Nicholas County 6

A big six-run sixth inning by Shady Spring broke open what was otherwise a fairly close contest that was halted after six innings by the 10-run mercy rule.

Shady Spring took a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning.

The winners made it 4-0 with three runs in the bottom of the third inning.

NCHS deadlocked the score 4-4 with with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. The key hit was a run-scoring single by Garrett Kesterson. Two runs were scored on errors and the other run came in on a bases-loaded walk.

The Tigers matched the Grizzlies with 4 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to go up 8-4.

Shady Spring extended the lead to 10-4 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Nicholas County came back with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 10-6. Kendall Giles singled in a run and the other run came on a bases-loaded walk.

The Tigers erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to complete the scoring.

Hitting well were Giles 2 for 3 and Garrett Kesterson 2 for4.

Rylee Nicholas was the winning pitcher going four innings with 6 base hits given up and 3 strikeouts. Andrew Triplett pitched 1 1/3 innings with four hits given up and no strikeouts.


 

 

 

 

RHS’s Amick signs to play basketball at Bluefield State

Photos courtesy of Joel Amick

Front Left to Right: Stacy Amick, Trinity Amick and Jay Amick

Back Left to Right: Andrew Gilson and Scott Williams

Richwood High School graduate Trinity Amick signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Bluefield State College. Trinity signed her NLI on Tuesday June 1, 2021, at Richwood High School. Present for her signing were her parents, Jay and Stacy Amick, her brother, Joel Amick, RHS Principal Scott Williams, RHS Vice Principal Andrew Gilson, RHS Athletic Director JB Miller and RHS Teacher Alyiah Amick.

Trinity will report to Bluefield State College on Aug. 6 to start her nursing program courses, with basketball practices to start the following week.


 

 

 

 

Neal pitches no-hitter in Softball Sectionals

The Nicholas County High School Lady Grizzly softball team lost 2 of 3 games in the Class AA Region 3 Section 2 tournament played June 1-3.

NCHS, seeded No. 3 in the four-team double elimination tournament, was blanked 8-0 in six innings by No. 2 seeded Shady Spring on Tuesday, June 1, at Shady Spring; defeated No. 4 seeded Liberty Raleigh 12-0 at home in the loser’s bracket on Wednesday, June 2; and was eliminated with a 9-2 loss to Shady Spring in the loser’s bracket on Thursday, June 3, at Shady Spring.

Nicholas County finished the season 10-14 -1 overall.

All-Tournament Team

Senior center fielder Gabby Smith and sophomore pitcher Skylar Nash were selected to the sectional All-Tournament Team for the Lady Grizzlies.

Semifinal round

Shady Spring 8 Nicholas County 0

A big five-run sixth inning by the Lady Tigers broke open what had been an otherwise fairly close game in the contest that was halted after six innings by the eight-run mercy rule.

Shady Spring took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.

The Lady Tigers also scored single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to go ahead 3-0.

The winners completed the scoring when they erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Skylar Nash was the losing pitcher giving up 4 base hits with 8 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Olivia Jeckering had the lone base hit of the game for NCHS, a lead-off single in the top of the third inning.

NCHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
SSHS 0 1 0 1 1 5 - 8