and a little pitching helped one softball
go from no wins at the local level to a
shot at the ultimate win.
East has already won some big games, winning
times last week to claim the District 11, 9-10
old softball championship. The title earned the
a trip to the state tournament this weekend in
players who didn’t win a game as eight-year
won four straight games when it mattered most
the opener they defeated Clinch Valley, 10-0, in a
called after four innings. In the first of two
with Honaker, Buchanan East won, 8-1.
the final two contests, the Buchanan County squad
Richlands, 10-7, and, in the finals, defeated
again, this time by a 5-3 count.
we started they were a bunch of eight-year
says Jimmy “Sugar Bear” Childress, a longtime
coach in the county who coaches Buchanan East
with Russell Kelly. “I gave up (another) team to
coach them and the first two years we didn’t win
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