Looking back … Westview’s Butler is MVP of inaugural Weakley baseball event

Looking back … Westview’s Butler is MVP of inaugural Weakley baseball event

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 12:00 pm

The Weakley County Press takes a look back at the top sports stories of this week from one, five, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
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30 Years Ago
April 14, 1983 — The inaugural Weakley County Baseball Tournament got under way at Harmon Field in Martin with Gleason hammering Palmersville 34-4. Curtis Jones got the win for the Bulldogs with David Dunning getting a triple, a double and a pair of singles. Wayne Robbins had three hits, and Tony Glissom had four stolen bases for Gleason. Chris Olds took the loss.
April 19, 1983 — Dresden won the first-ever Weakley County Baseball Tournament, beating Westview twice in back-to-back games — 12-9 in the first game and 8-2 in the second. Chris Butler of Westview was named the tournament MVP. Jeff Bradberry, Mike Riggs, Ted Archie, Billy Greer, Kevin Snyder and Kevin Baker of Dresden were named to the all-tournament team. Dennis Adams, Scott Boulding, Clay Pickard and Doug Sims of Westview also made the team. Rodney Garner and Ricky of Gleason were named to the team, as was Bee Taylor of Sharon.
20 Years Ago
April 15, 1993 — Gleason won its fourth game in a row following a doubleheader sweep of Sharon. The Bulldogs beat the Eagles 3-1 and 19-13. Bart Belew got the only hit for the Bulldogs in the first game. Sharon third baseman David Horn cracked three home runs, including a grand slam for the Eagles in the nightcap. Jackie Horton got the win in relief in the nightcap.
April 20, 1993 — Dresden senior basketball player Jennifer Reddick signed her letter of intent to play her college basketball at Freed-Hardeman University. Reddick scored a career 1,352 points for the Lady Lions. She was a three-year all-district and regional performer, and two-time honorable mention all-stater.
10 Years Ago
April 15, 2003 — Union City and Gleason had a slugfest on the softball field with UC coming out on top 33-30 in the high-scoring affair. The Lady Bulldogs banged out 27 hits with Katie Spain going 7-for-7. Spain hit for the cycle, including an inside the park grand slam. A late rally by Gleason fell shot when Jennifer Sanders grounded out to end the game that lasted 2 hours, 43 minutes.
April 17, 2003 — Greenfield got a big 12-2 non-district win over West Carroll with a pair of three-run homers. Tyler Porter ripped a three-run shot in the fifth inning and Justin Lyles also smacked a three-run blast in the fifth inning. Porter had five RBIs for the game while Andrew Clements was 2-for-2 with three runs.
5 Years Ago
April 15, 2008 — Gleason Lady Bulldog Riley Auvenshine was named to the North squad in the annual Golden Circle All-Star Classic at Liberty High School in Jackson. Westview Charger Marcus Easley was named to the boys’ North team for his 3-point shooting ability.
April 17, 2008 — Westview took over first place in the District 13AA softball standings with a 7-2 win over Gibson County. Kelly Gaston went 2-for-4 with two runs scored with Sam Giersler also going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Shanna Chappell got the win with just four hits allowed, two walks and she struck out eight batters.
1 Year Ago
April 12, 2012 — Gleason beat Greenfield on the softball field behind an inside the park three-run homer by Deena Graham. She beat out the relay from leftfielder Ashley Tucker to third baseman Allison Williams then to Rachel Willis behind the plate for the score. Graham also had a two-run triple in the game. Calay Smith picked up her second win of the season for Gleason. Alison Williams scored the only run for the Lady ’Jackets while Melissa Williams took the loss in the circle and went 1-for-3 at the plate.
April 17, 2012 — Dresden football standouts Gatlin Hatchel and Eric VanDyke both signed their letters of intent to play their college football at the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. Both players were instrumental in the Lions’ first ever appearance in the state championship game where the Lions finished as runners-up in Class 2A. Hatchel finished his senior season with 1,693 passing yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 1,412 yards and 19 yard TDs. VanDyke had 125 tackles, 12 for a loss and one sack, in his senior season.

Published in The WCP 4.18.13

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