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Weather plays havoc with spring sports


By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor

The opening three weeks of the spring sports season have been anything but good for the Montgomery County athletic teams.
With weather more in line with what you would expect in February instead of late March and early April, there have been more games and matches canceled than those played.

The baseball team, for instance, entered this week with a 3-3 record after playing three games in South Carolina last week, instead of having played 12 games as appear on the schedule.

The softball team was scheduled for its 10th game Monday and did defeat Richmond Model to improve their record to 2-3, just five games less than they had planned at this time.

As it turned out, Spring Break was at a perfect time on the schedule for the MCHS teams.

The tennis teams were idle between March 29 and Tuesday when they were scheduled to host Estill County at Easy Walker Park. They’ll host Harrison County Friday.

The track and field teams missed the Mayor’s Cup Invitational twice because of inclement weather but that event was rescheduled for this past Tuesday at the MCHS track.

Next week the track teams will try and get back to their regular schedule with the middle school teams competing in the Rowan County Middle School Meet and the varsity teams hosting the Tomahawk Challenge at the MCHS Track coming up a week from Saturday.

Of course, with a number of cancellations for many of the schools in the area , there’s a chance that there will be a number of schedule changes in the coming weeks.

Sophomore Taylor Alfrey hit a grand slam home run and freshman Caroline Donithan threw a five-inning complete game as the MCHS softball team rolled to an easy win Monday evening in Richmond.
The Lady Indians took advantage of control problems by the Model pitcher as they drew 10 walks and combined those with nine hits to put 14 runs on the scoreboard.

Alfrey’s home run was the only extra base hit Montgomery County had in the contest.

Senior Cameron Reddix and freshman Avery Conn each had a pair of singles for MCHS with Kristen Stephens, Lexie Donithan, Caroline Donithan and MaKenna White each had a hit in the game.

Donithan struck out six and walked only two in her route-going performance.

Coach Robert McCoy’s club did not commit an error behind Donithan.

The Montgomery County baseball team went 1-2 on their trip to South Carolina.
They lost to Brookland-Cayce, S.C., 12-5. That team has a record of 17-2 so far this season. Montgomery County defeated First Baptist School out of Charleston, 14-7 and then lost to Beaufort, 7-5.