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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, March 27, 2014 Sports Features Banner Shining with Lady Wvtsps Former Castlewood softballer Taylor Banner : had another sparkling week in the circle leading the Lady Wasps to a pair of wins. She also came on in the 7th inning to get a save. Banner earned a 3-0 victory, pitching a com- plete game shutout while striking out 6 vs. Division 2 Ohio Valley. She took the save in a 4-3 win against D-II Ursuline coming in to get the final out. Banner closed her week pitching 6 innings allowing just two hits and striking out two in a. 9-1 win over Eureka College. Union Spoils Devils Opener Bears junior Tommy Fleen0r got his first varsity win ,7-0, pitching 5 strong innings, striking out 7 with two walks. Fleenor also ffad a hit and scored a run. Castlewood&apos;s Dakota Grizzel took the loss going the distance fanning 10 allowing 6 hits. Union got three hits by Will Hubbard ,Ethan Villiard, and Hunter Neece in the top of the first. Neece's single driving Villiard. Grizzel held the Bears without a hit through the next three innings, but in the fourth, a pair of walks, a stolen base, and two errors led to two more runs for Union and a 3-0 lead. Fleenor carried a no-hit- ter into the bottom of the inning but with two out Ian McCoy singled and Matt Smith followed with a hit. With runners now at second and third Fleenor got his Bears out of trouble striking out Darrell Hileman. Hunter Neece stepped to the bump to relieve Fleenor in the bottom of the sixth. The Devils best chance to score came two outs later, Cody Amburgey walked McCoy followed with a single, Smith fol- lowed with his second hit of the night but courtesy runner Chandler McClayman was tagged out at second ending the threat. Union tacked on 4 runs in the top of the seventh with hits from Fleenor, Tanner Hall, and Braxton Bishop. Bishop and Matt Ashley getting a RBI each in the inning. Neece struck out the side allowing 1 base on balls in the bottom of the 7th inning to close the win for Union (2-0). The Devils (0-1) travel to Clintwood Friday March 28th. Scoring: CHS - 0 runs, 4 hits, 2 errors. Matt Smith 2-2, Ian McCoy 2-3. UHS - 7 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors Will Hubbard 1-4 (2 RBI), Ethan Villiard 1-2(2 rnns,3 steals), Tanner Hall 1-1(2 runs, 3 steals). Pitching: Fleenor W (1- 0) 7k's 2 hits 2 bb's; Neece lsv (5k's, 2 hits) Grizze! L (0-1) 10k's 6 hits 8 bb's. Lady Devils Open with Win Castlewood got a combo no-hitter from starter Kelsey Fields and Emily Higgins in relief, in the Devils 11-1 win over I the Grundy Golden Wave. Fields bashed a two run double as one of her three hits on the day. Eight dif- ferent Lady Devils gath- ered hits for Castlewood. Lady Bears get past Castlewood Union outlasted the Lady Devils in Friday's 15- 11 non conference contest. Tabitha Baker had two hits for the lady Bears. Kacie Jessee paced Castlewood with three RBI. UMPIRE CLINIC ... A sure sign of the season is illustrated on the diamond. Dave Osborne leads an Umpire Clinic for the Clinch River Little League baseball/softball volunteer umpires Saturday at Ma Whitenack Park. Farm storage loan expanded The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest fmancing to producers. The enhanced program includes 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and veg- etable producers, and makes it easier for farmers and ranchers around the country to finance the equipment they need to grow and expand. This is part of a broader effort to help small and mid- sized farmers and ranchers, as announced today by Agriculture Secretary Tom V'dsack. Producers with small and mid-sized operations, and specialty crop fruit and veg- etable growers, now have access to needed capital for a variety of supplies including sorting .bins, wash stations and other food safety-related equipment. A new more flexible altemative is also provided for determining loans up to $100,000 can be secured by only a promis- sory note. 1The Farm Storage and Facility Loan program has helped American farmers and ranchers to f'mance on- farm storage for almost 13 years3 said Farm Service Agency Administrator (FSA), Juan M. Garcia. lWe anticipate these changes will increase the number of indi- viduals who qualify for these loans and help them access new market opportu- nities.i The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grams, oilseeds, peanuts,-pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and veg- etables. Qualified acilities include grain bins, hay barns and cold storage facilities for fruits and vegetables. Other new changes to the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program will allow FSA State Committees to subordinate Commodity Credit Corporationfs lien position. These changes to the pro- gram were issued via an offi- cial notice to state and coun- ty Farm Service Agency offices and are effective immediately. More than 33,000 loans have been issued for on- farm storage, increasing grain storage capacity by 900 million bushels since May 2000. More information about tools and resources available to small.jmd mld-sized farm- ers will be rolled out in the coming months, including information about access to capital, risk management, food safety, and locating market opportunities on USDA's Small and Mid- Sized Farmer Resources webpage. Receive 10 Free Shade Trees by Joining the Arbor Day lTt)undation . National Arbor Day is Friday, April 25 this year, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to cele- brate the annual tree-plant- ifig holiday. 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