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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, June 16, 2016 Eastside's Austin Smallwood takes his lead at 3rd base in Friday's state semifinal game vs Rappahannock. Rappahannock holds off Spartans Eastside loaded the bases with three hits in the bottom of the seventh inning but Raiders' pitcher Devin Sisson worked out of the jam, and Rappahannock moved to the championship game with a. 4-2 win over the Spartans. "If you would have told me in March that we'd be playing in the state semifi- nal, with Smallwood on the mound, with the tying runs on base, and Harness and Bledsoe coming up with Sione behind them, we'd t~ike that any day of the week, said Eastside head coach Chris Clay. I think we gave ourselves a chance at the end after we got punched in the mouth early. That was encourag- ing to see, we kinda have a knack for making it inter- esting and we did that at the end so I'm really proud of our guys." Austin Smallwood got Rappahannock lead off man Romeo Jackson on a groundout to second for the first out of the game played Friday at Radford University. Ryan Martin followed Jackson and was hit by a pitch, and Sisson walked giving the Raiders runners at first and second. "We knew Smallwood was good and he was everything as iadvertised, stated Rappahannock head coach Jim Bieger, we were able to get some runners on then I(aleb (Self) did what ,Kaleb does. He hit the ball really hard and that got us going." Self ripped a dou- ble into left field scoring !two for the Raiders. Self then came around to score b'n a Brayden Clark base hit glvmg Rappahannock a 3,0 lead with .the Spartans coming to bat. Kody :Bledsoe fired up Spartans beating out an infield hit to 'lead off the bottom of the i second for Eastside. J.D. Slone forced an error by the Raiders third baseman, and Eastside had runners at first and secon, Dakota Moore notched the first rbi 'for the Spartans when his sacrifice bunt was thrown away by Sisson scoring Bledsoe. Ketron followed with a bunt single driving in Slone, and the score was 3-2 after two innings. i"Eastside is a well coached iball club, said Bieger, :they're scrappy and they obviously have a game plan to play "small ball" and they did and they gave us fits. We were ready for flit, that's how they beat Fort Chiswell and they gave us lilts." Smallwood and Sisson Eastside's Drew Richards at bat in Friday's final four game. turned back threats in the fourth inning then cruised through the fifth and sixth frames. Jackson, kept of base in three at bats, led off the seventh with a walk for the Raiders. With one out, Sisson gave himself a key insurance run Stroking a single to deep center field that scored Jackson for a 4- 2 Rappahannock lead. In the home seventh Logan Austin led the rally for Eastside driving a base hit up the middle. Smallwood followed sending a hard grounder to Self short. The flip to second forced Austin out at second. Drew Richards kept the inning going with a liner to left. Cole Harness backed him up loading the bases with a hard shot down the line at third. "Sisson was lights out through six innings, said Bieger, they hit two balls out of the infield before the seventh and couldn't square him up. We had our number 1 guy out there and we had confi- dence in him." Sisson fin- ished the job with the strikeout for the 4-2 win. "It's a baseball game, said' Clay, and life's too short to pout for days or weeks. We put it in per- spective right now. We're 17-8 and that's a fantastic season, maybe the best in school history. We don't have anything to hang our head over, Rappahannock was a better baseball team. I'm not ring chasing, said Clay, I'm trying to get these guys to play well, to play hard and be the best baseball team they can be, so I think check, check, check, we did all those things. Now, next year, would we like to be better? Absolutely, but we're just thrilled and proud of our team. The Spartans lose seniors J.D. Slone and Logan Austin but return 14 players from this years team for the 2017 season. Self was 1-2 with a two rbi double for the Raiders and Sisson had an rbi sin- gle and struck out 10 in the win. Bledsoe had a 1-4 after- noon with a hit and a run scored in the second inning for Eastside. Moore (sac bunt) and' Ketron (1-2) each had a rbi for the Spartans. RHS RHE 442 EHS R H E 261 (W) Sisson Smallwood (L) Hale conquers competition at Lonesome Pine Raceway by Chase Brashears Defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car champion Wayne Hale dominated Saturday night at Lonesome Pine Raceway, winning both 35- lap feature. In both features, Hale worked his way around Kres VanDyke to take the win following hard-fought battles between the two. VanDyke qualified on the pole position for the first Late Model Stock fea- ture and quickly took the lead when the green flag was displayed. The races first caution would wave as the field had completed only the first lap for debris on the back straightaway. Back under green flag conditions, VanDyke would regain the lead over Hale. 12 laps later, Hale would 'pull to the inside of VanDyke as the two began to battle for first place. Hale would complete the pass on lap 13. On lap 14, the second caution of the race would be displayed due to emer- gency crews having to respond to an issue outside of the racetrack. Back under green, the field would only make it into the first turn before an accident between Jamie Harrison, Steve Deskins and Danny Casteel would send cars sliding up the racetrack and one car spin- ning around. The second attempt to get lap 14 back underway would go much smoother, with Hale retaking the lead at the exit of turn two. For the remaining half of the race, Hale would set the pace and take his first win of the season. After winning the first feature and rolling a one on the invert dice, Hale would start the second 35-lap event from the pole. Hale and VanDyke would battle for the lead on the start, with VanDyke rocketing to the lead on the first circuit. Hale would begin to battle back and even make contact with VanDyke, sending VanDyke sliding down the track and allowing Hale to take the lead on lap four. The remainder of the race would go caution free as Hale picked up his sec- ond win of the night over Greg Bohannon and VanDyke. "It feels really good to be back at Lonesome Pine and pick up two wins in a row tonight," said Hale after his second victory of the night. "The car was pretty good tonight, but we need to do a little more tweaking. It was pretty much on a rail." Hale, who also compet- ed on Friday night at Kingsport (Tennessee) Speedway, commented on pulling double duty over the weekend. "We've had a great weekend between Kingsport and LPR" exclaimed the 2015 Late Model Stock Car champi- on. "We finished second last night and picked up two wins tonight. "A special thanks to my crew and the fans for their support." Elby Harrison and Rob Austin made up the front row for the 30-lap Modified Street race. At the drop of the green flag, Austin would pull to the lead over Harrison. A spin in turn one on lap three would slow the field for the first time. On the restart, Harrison would pull into the lead over Austin. The race's second and final caution would wave on lap 23 when Emma Stiltner became loose and spun at the exit of turn four. Set for the restart, Harrison would again take over the top spot and lead the remaining lap on .his way to Victory Lane. John Ketron was on point for 25 laps of Pure 4 racing, with Jackie Jackson .on the outside pole. On the second circuit, Ketron would clear Jackson to officially take over the first position. Ketron would lead flag- to-flag for his second win of the season. Rocky Yates held off David Brown to claim the night's Mod 4 division vic- tory. The win was Yates' second of the weekend, having won at Kingsport Speedway the night before. Doug Austin took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the Pure Street division race. Austin would lead all five laps to take his first win of the sea- son. Blaine Harrison picked up his first win of the sea- son in the 10-lap Bandelero feature. June 11, 2016 Results Late Model Stock Car Race No. 1 (35 laps): 1. #19 Wayne Hale 2. #15 Kres VanDyke, 3. #55 Phil Harris 4. #1 Dalton Hopkins 5. #76 Jamie Harrison 6. #29 Mark Meade 7. #41 Danny Casteel 8. #14 Steve Deskins 9. #17 Greg Bohannon Jr. Late Model Stock Car Race No. 2 (35 laps): 1. #19 Wayne Hale 2. #17 Greg Bohannon Jr. 3. #15 Kres VanDyke 4. #55 Phil Harris 5. #1 Dalton Hopkins 6. #14 Steve Deskins 7. #76 Jamie Harrison 8. #29 Mark Meade 9. #41 Danny Casteel Modified Street (30 laps): 1. #7 Elby Harrison 2. #25 Rob Austin 3. #5 Joe Evans 4. #22 Emma Stiltner DNS. #15 Matthew Eades Pure 4 (25 laps): 1. #27 John Ketron 2. #17 Jackie Jackson 3. #28 Jason Ketron 4. #94 Chris Neeley 5. #47 William Hale 6. #99 Bucky Smith 7. #4 Kevin Damell 8. #15 Larry Stapleton 9. #33 Bruce Crumbley DNS. #33 John McClanahan Mod 4 (25 laps): 1. #3 Rocky Yates 2. #13 David Brown 3. #16 Freddie Taylor Jr. 4. #8 Jason Yates 5. #2 Kevin Canter 6. #9 HersheU Robinette 7. #22 Brian Hunt 8. #20 Chris Coleman Pure Street (20 laps): 1. #18 Doug Austin 2. #99 Marty Tunnell 3. #11 Jamie Meadows 4. #22 Emma Stiltner Bandeleros (10 laps): 1. #7 Blaine Harrison 2. #17 , Shelby Bohannon Subscribe to the Times! 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