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The Union High School baseball team had a late season start this year due to practice count issues and overall bad weather. The team started their 2018 season in a game against the East Hardy High School Cougars last week in Baker.
While being the first time on the field this year for the Tigers, the event was the ninth game of the season for the Cougars.
The game was a rough match-up for the Tigers, who ultimately lost 22-2.
The Tigers have had to cancel four games prior to the match-up against East Hardy.
Early in the season, the team had games against Morgantown Christian, Moorefield High School, Paw Paw High School and Pendleton County High School.
The team has also struggled to get outside for practice, with coach Joe Harvey Jr., explaining that the game against the Cougars was the first time the boys have actually been on a baseball field this season.
The team has two upcoming games this week, weather pending.
The first is a match-up against Tucker County tonight at home and another against Turkeyfoot on Friday.
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On April 10, the Petersburg High School Vikings tennis teams held their annual senior night event to recognize their senior players.
This season’s team has five seniors: Calei Reel, Jacob Halterman, Michael Philbrick, Chance Jackson and Kayla Jenkins.
The teams faced off against the Keyser High School Golden Tornadoes. The Lady Vikings ultimately lost the match, 6-1 and the boys won their match 7-0.
In the girls’ singles matches, Calei Reel lost to her opponent 8-2, Hailey Jenkins won 8-4, Deia Black lost 8-0 and Jaden Corbin lost 8-4.
In girls’ doubles, Reel and Jenkins lost 8-2, Black and Corbin lost 8-0 and Kayla Jenkins and Devin Vance lost 8-4.
For the boys singles, Avery Goldizen won his match 8-2, Jackson won his match 8-0, Jacob Armentrout won 8-3 and Halterman won 8-5.
In doubles, Goldizen and Armentrout won 8-4, Jackson and Halterman won 8-4 and Philbrick and Caleb Fabri won 9-7. A few days later on April 12, the lady Vikings matched up again Frankfort High School, ultimately losing both matches 7-0.
In the first set of singles, Reel lost 8-2, H. Jenkins lost 8-2, Corbin lost 8-3 and Black lost 8-0.
In doubles, Reel and Jenkins lost 8-2, Corbin and Black lost 8-1 and K. Jenkins and Vance lost 8-5.
In the second set of, Reel lost 8-1, H. Jenkins lost 8-1, Corbin lost 8-2 and Black lost 8-4.
Reel and H. Jenkins lost 8-5, Corbin and Black lost 8-4 and K. Jenkins and Vance lost 8-3.
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The Grant County Little League program hosted their opening day ceremony, Saturday bringing together 34 young baseball, softball and T-ball teams, dozens of coaches, officials and sponsors to give a sunny start to their season. The ceremony was scheduled originally for April 7, but was canceled due to the cold weather.
During the ceremony, all of the teams and players took the field and two ceremonial first pitches were thrown.
Special guests Bob Smith and Jim Sindledecker threw the first baseball and softball pitches.
Teams in the league this year are: Builder’s Center, Petersburg Elementary, Grant County Bank, Shop N’ Save, Grant County Mulch, Mike’s Auto, Tri-County Collision, Petersburg Fire Company, 7-11, Berg’s Insurance, Judy’s Drug Store, Yokum’s, Terry’s Shop, Image Express, VFW, A.L.L. Construction, Summit Community Bank, Sheetz, A&S, LTA, Glotfelty Enterprises, Pendleton Community Bank, Hott Insurance, Cookman’s Insurance, D&T Builders, McDonalds, Heritage Hearing, Dorcas Ruritans, Smoke Hole Resort, D. Kimble, Greer Lime, V&W, Country Charm Photography, Lions Club and Central Tie.