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Spring River revenge washed out

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Spring River senior softballers were ready to avenge last week's loss, but the rains came and washed out the scheduled games in Jonesboro on July 16.

To reflect on the season, the Sharp County bunch got off to a great start by winning their first 12 games. Their record now is 18-3.

Jonesboro made some big improvements to its team by adding seven power hitters and improving the defense.

Trumann, when short on softballers, will borrow players from the Memphis team, adding to its power and defense.

The hitting for Spring River has been steady. The power hitters -- Dave Keylor, Rick Comer, Pat LaFaye and Joe Bonds -- put a lot of points on the board.

The defense has come up with big plays when needed. Pat LaFaye at short covers a lot of territory and makes the tough plays look easy.

Bill Stuart at third and Charlie Morgan at second are fixtures at these positions.

The addition of Danny Muir, an all-around player, has done a great job at first, second and third base, along with the outfield. The new kid, Scott Sandefur, has learned that muscle pulls can happen in the first season. The outfield is solid -- Rick Comer, Dave Keylor, Joe Bonds, Larry Thompson, Dennis Braka and Tony Clemente -- all have speed and strong arms. "Scrappy" Hillary Mangrum is the catcher. Manager Gary Bacon and Jim Drozd fill in at first base, catching and in the outfield. Pitcher Herb Hess has the ability to knock down drives to the pitchers mound and his reflexes are great.

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