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Messenger Sports Briefs for June 22

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 22

SF native Hutchens
aces hole at Hickman

The golfing gods smiled on Kenneth Hutchens late last week at the Hickman Country Club.
The 75-year-old South Fulton native recorded the rarest of feats and all golfer’s dreams with a hole-in-one on hole No. 8.
Hutchens used an 8-iron for his memorable shot to cover the 100-yard distance of the hole with the ball then reportedly taking two hops and sinking into the cup.
Witnessing the shot were Jim Mercer and Gene Gurien.

Ex-Greyhound Hayes
signs with Cincinnati

McKenzie product and former Union City Greyhound Drew Hayes signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
Hayes, the team’s 11th-round selection in this year’s Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, told The Messenger that he is being sent to the Reds’ Rookie League affiliate — the Billings (Mont.) Mustangs of the Pioneer League.
The Mustangs, who play what is known as a short Class A season in Minor League Baseball circles, began their campaign on Monday night.
This spring, Hayes compiled a 6-0 record with a 3.91 earned run average and 49 strikeouts in 53 innings of mostly relief work during his senior season at Vanderbilt.

Vernons tuning in
with stake in CWS

The ongoing College Baseball World Series is of particular interest to one Union City family.
The Larry Vernon household, which served as a host family in the 2000 13-year-old Babe Ruth Southeast Regional Tournament held in Graham Park, is closely monitoring the efforts of South Carolina’s Brady Thomas.
Thomas stayed with the Vernons as part of the Anderson (S.C) squad 10 years ago, but now is a designated hitter for the Gamecocks.
He went 2-for-4 in USC’s opening round game Saturday, and is hitting .328 with eight home runs and 28 RBI for the season. Thomas leads the Gamecocks in slugging percentage with a .639.

Haywood grad Taylor
coming home to UTM

Haywood softball standout Leah Taylor said going to Tennessee and playing for the Lady Vols was something she always wanted to do.
But being over 300 miles away from her family and home in Brownsville was too much.
Taylor, who signed with UT out of high school and saw extensive action this season as a pinch runner, has decided to transfer to UT Martin and play for head coach Donley Canary and the Skyhawks.
Taylor was a four-time selection to the All-District 14AA team and a three-time choice to the All-District 14AA All-Tournament squad. Taylor helped guide Haywood to the ‘06 TSSAA State softball tournament.
This spring, Taylor helped UT advance to the Women’s College World Series.  Taylor saw action in 42 games. She hit .333 and scored 13 runs.

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