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Remember when? Local teams fare well in multiple all-star events

Remember when? Local teams fare well in multiple all-star events
Remember when takes a look back at the local stories from the files of The Messenger that took place 1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
30 Years Ago
July 18 — The Union City 13-year-old Babe Ruth League All-Stars brought home first place from the District 16 Tournament. Team members were Dale Woodward, Joe Garrigan, Tim James, Delmont Newbern, Brent Burton, Randy Wroten, Kevin Wade, Rick Richards, Bubba Hollis, Rob Cursey, Tracy Bruff, Jeff Jones, Blaine Cultra, Rick Matheny and Aaron Dearmitt. Gordon Bruff served as the team’s bat boy.
July 20 — Seven-Up drubbed Moose 14-2 in Ken-Tenn Softball League action. The Bottlers were led by Mike Rauchle, who went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a home run. Meanwhile, Steve Russell slapped a pair of hits during the victory. Paul Jenkins was the winning pitcher. For Moose, Jerry Ray McCullough was charged with the loss with both Kevin Moore and Jerry Kendall good for a double. Jimmy Armstrong had a pair of safeties during the defeat.
20 Years Ago
July 19 — The Obion County All-Stars earned the Area 2 Little League Championship after an 11-2 triumph over Paris. OC was led by Chad Hepler and Steven Darnall, who both homered. Meanwhile, Chad Harris, Allen Younger and Shawn Barr each offered doubles during the one-sided triumph. Jay Farrar was the winning pitcher for the locals.
July 22 — Petty Chevrolet embarrassed the Obion River Rats in a 16-2 beating in women’s softball action. Melanie Baker homered for the victors with Michelle Stewart and Patty Barnard offering a triple and a double, respectively. For the Rats, Tammy Parnell legged out a triple with Kim Eaves good for a double.
10 Years Ago
July 17 — Greenfield Engineering Inc. won both the regular season and postseason championship in the Obion County Girls’ Coach Pitch Softball League. Members of the championship team were Hillary Isbell, Glennese Patterson, McCall Graves, Laykon Butler, Lauren Roberson, Meredith Jones, Katherine Parker, Bethany Butler, Allyson Taylor, Maria Lones, Autumn Victory and Amber Victory.
July 22 — Williams’ Sausage gained the postseason crown in the Obion County Girls’ Softball League 10-and-under age group. Members of the squad were Danielle Grumm, Courtney Barnett, Brittany Norton, Darla Dunn, Emily McGee, Emily Williams, Chelsea Sharpe, Autumn Faught, Whitney Williams, Molly Ledbetter, Megen Haskins, Rachel Dyer, Kristen Norton and Chelsea Crittendon.
5 Years Ago
July 21 — The Union City Lady Roadrunners made easy work of Dresden’s Elks Lodge in Martin Women’s Softball League action. Melissa Spears keyed the UC effort with four hits and five runs batted in. Meanwhile, Vnasha Brown had three hits including a home run. Michelle Caldwell drove in a trio on a pair of hits.
July 22 — Obion County Central High School girls’ basketball coach Spencer Hoffman was suspended 10 days as a result of an unspecified violation of school system policy. Hoffman led the Lady Rebels during the 2002-03 season to a 26-7 record in a district that sent two teams (Westview and Gibson County) to the TSSAA Class AA State Tournament. Three of the Lady Rebels’ losses came during postseason tournaments.
1 Year Ago
July 19 — The Union City Greyhounds reclaimed first place in the Kitty League standings after a 7-3 winner over Fulton. UC was led by Zach Hudson at the dish. Hudson finished the triumph 2-for-4. Meanwhile, on the hill, J.B. McDonald was splendid as he hurled seven innings with three runs (one earned) allowed and seven strikeouts.
July 23 — Obion County Central hired a new softball coach although he was a familiar face to locals. Tommy Victory was named as the team’s next skipper and also as an assistant coach at the high school. Victory, a 1973 Obion Central graduate, was the Rebels’ baseball coach from 1983-92. During his time as the OC baseball figurehead, he accumulated an 163-120-2 record.
Published in The Messenger 7.16.08

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