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THE BEST J3V GEORGIA Coach Loren
Tucker (left) and assistants Pat Ellis and
Coleman Leslie (right) gather with the
Georgia champions. Members of the team
include (seated, from left) Marissa McGe-
Perry Ponytails win state, head to Mississippi
By ALLINE KENT
HOltt JOUKNAL STATT
On Aug. 6, If you are driving around Perry
and see a large convoy headed out with cars
and vans painted up, don’t worry, it will be
the Perry Junior League Ponytails All-stars
on their way to luka, Miss.
The team, girls 11-12 years old, won the
Georgia State Tournament this past weekend
and will represent Georgia and the city of
Perry in the Dixie Youth Girls World Series.
Nine states will be represented in the dou
ble elimination tournament, which was held
in Perry last year.
The Ponytails first game is scheduled for
Aug. 7 for the first game of the tournament.
Their opponent will be the Mississippi state
All though it might sound cliche, it was
definitely a combination of hard work, deter
mination and extreme athletic talent which
earned these young ladies the state title,
Without the berieflt Of it
was straight to the state tournament after
team was formed for these young ladies. .
The tournament started or the team July
14 with the Ponytails bombing the team from
Camden County 24-14. Kaitlin Ellis pitched
all six innings of the game.
Leading hitters on the night were Megan
Garner who went 3-4 with 4 RBIs; Tonya
Carrasco 3-5, with 4 RBIs; and Marissa
McGehee 2-4 also with 4 RBl's.
The defense was headed up with great
plays from left fielder Heather Tucker and
catcher Meghan Gamer. Gamer made sever
al good stops at home and got several run
ners out at they attempted to cross the plate,
July 15 the Ponytails suffered their only
loss of the tournament against Taylor Coun
ty going down 15-14 in extra innings. Katie
Beth Yelton pitched a strong game and also
had a strong hitting game that evening going
3-5. Marissa McGehee went 2-5 with a home
run and Heather Morrill went 2-3.
The Ponytails faced a rematch against
Camden County July 16. The Ponytails came
away again big winners with a score of 20-11.
Kaitlin Ellis, with only day’s rest, pitched the
whole game again and went 2-3 at the plate.
McGehee had a triple and double and Brittni
Adkison went 3-5.
Honorable men will honor their contracts
Don Sutton said it on a recent
Atlanta Braves’ broadcast. “Hon
orable men honor contracts",
Sutton said about the news that
major league baseball umpires
have resigned effective Sept. 2.
They have a contract which
extends through the current
baseball season, but have decid
ed to “resign" a month before the
end of the regular season, hoping
to put baseball into enough of a
bind that they will get their way
in recent squabbles.
Understand, umpires are cru
cial to the game. But there are
just 65 or so of them in the major
leagues, so the jobs are extreme
ly hard to come by.
The umpires have been given
some very poor advice by their
head, Richie Phillips. The union
seems to think that by resigning
with more than a month left in
the season, they will have the
upper hand in future negotia
Phillips envisions a reorgani
zation of the group into Umpires,
Inc, which would then hire itself
out to major league baseball. But
Home Journal Photo by Alline Kent
hee, Megan Garner, Brittni Adkison,
Amanda Tucker, Tonya Carrasco, (back)
Heather Tucker, Michelle Harris’ Hather
Morrill, Katie Beth Yelton, Kaitlin Ellis,
Mindy Lawhom and Ashley Gray.
July 17, in the first of two games that were
played that day, the Ponytails beat Taylor
County 24-6. The team really came alive in
the fourth scoring 11 runs in the inning.
Three pitchers combined on the mound:
Yelton, Gamer and Ashley Gray. Heather
Tucker had a single and double and went 3-
5, McGehee had a home run in the fourth
while Ashley Gray went 3-4 with a triple.
Other players from the Ponytails team with
strong bats that morning were Mindy
Lawhorn, 2-4; Michelle Harris, 2-3 and
Heather Morrill 3-3.
Morrill made a game-ending unassisted
double play in the fifth inning.
Later that day, the Ponytails once again
faced Taylor County. 16-7 McGehee pitched
all six innings. Adkison went 2-4 with a home
run and Amanda Tucker went 3-4 with a
With the bases loaded, a strong throw from
left center fielder Mindy Lawhorn to second
baseman Yelton stopped a potential run
Not only did the girls win the State title but
also were given the Sportsmanship award.
Head Coach Loren Tucker said that part of
that award, selected by both umpires during
the tournament Athletic Directors from par
ticipating cities, was due to the fans and the
Tucker is assisted by coaches Pat Ellis
and Coleman Leslie.
“The award we were given for sportsman
ship is based on sportsmanship on the field
and in the stands,” Tucker said after the
tournament. “We really want our fans to
know how much the team appreciates them.”
Tucker thanked the volunteers who helped
with gate admission and preparation of field.
"Our volunteers helped our team in many
ways so that our parents didn’t have to. This
allowed our parents to watch games.”
The Ponytails will have 2 weeks of practice
before leaving for the World Series in Missis
sippi. Expenses incurred are the responsibil
ity of the team so donations are needed.
If a business or individual is interested in
sponsoring the Georgia State Champion
team, they can call Tucker at 987- 6490 or
“We are very excited about going,” said
Tucker. “We will do our best to represent the
city of Perry and the state of Georgia well”.
the union would govern itself.
Baseball, on the other hand,
wants to have the umpires under
the Jurisdiction of Sandy Alver
son, a league vice-president.
The umpires have objected to
being told by baseball to modify
their strike zones, in other
words, interpret the strike zone
as it’s spelled out in the rules.
Most ball-and-strike umpires
had a strike zone that wasn't
even close. Moreover, their strike
zones differed dramatically from
umpire to umpire. It was next to
impossible for pitchers or hitters
to know what to expect.
Calling balls and strikes
according to the rules shouldn't
Wed., July 21, 1999
be too much to ask, should it?
The umpires thought so. All sea
son, they have had short fuses
when it comes to ejections. And it
all goes back to the Roberto Alo
mar spitting incident, the penal
ty for which the umpires were
very displeased. But then, so was
the general public.
In that incident, sympathy was
with the umpires. But I fail to
generate any sympathy for them
and their threatened resignation
before their contract expires. By
resigning, though, they will each
receive a severance package of
something like $400,000.
The umpires were further infu
riated recently when Tom Haitian
was suspended for bumping a
player. Shouldn’t he have been?
When a player bumps an
umpire, it’s automatic. The arro
gance of Phillips has carried over
to many of the umpires such as
Angel Hernandez and a few oth
ers who apparently have placed
themselves above the game they
Richie Phillips is at the root of
it all. He envisions coercing the
GISA prep all star games on
tap this week at Macon fields
Br PHIL CLARK
Local sports fans should
remember this week’s Geor
gia Independent School
Association all-star games
in basketball and football
since eight former Westfield
stars have been named to
the various teams.
The squads are divided
Into South and North, with
the best senior players from
all classifications compris
ing the teams.
For the South girls. West
field's Laura Posey will be
playing her final high
school basketball game,
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THE WINNERS With their trophies
are members of the Perry Junior League
7-8 year old all stars. They are [front,
from left) Perry Kiser, Taylor Crook, Clint
Mixon, Thomas Arrington, Sam Kinnas,
Junior League 7-8 year-olds finish fifth in state
By ALLINE KENT
Horn JOUKKAL BTAfT
It might not have been as
far as they wanted to go.
but the Perry Jr. League 7-
8 year old All-Stars went
much farther than most.
The All-Stars earned both a
district title and came in
fifth in Georgia during last
weekend state tournament.
The tournament started
off for the Perry team with a
loss to Loganville. The All-
Stars led the game 5-0
Girls softball team wins District 6 title
SrtClAI. TO THE Home JOUttWAI
fhe berry Recreation Department girls'
11 and 12 year old All-Star team won the
Georgia Recreation Park Asssociation Dis
trict 6 softball champions, with an 11 to 10
victory over the Washington County All-
Joe Hendrix is the coach for the team.
Carl Fairfax and Craig Smith are assistant
The girls will go to the state tournament
in Vidalia on July 30 and 31. Players are
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while on the boys’ side,
Brian Hartley and Robert
Causey have been named
to the squad.
Billy Sellers, the West
field girls' coach last year, is
serving as a South assis
In football, Ronnie Jones
of Westfield heads up the
South squad, assisted by
Jamey Watson. Jones will
take along five of his out
standing seniors from last
year’s team including quar
terback Trevor Jones, full
back Jared Shell and line
men Chad Ekey, Matthew
Lee and Robbie Heaton.
going into the final inning.
“We started to have prob
lmes with our pitching,"
explained head coach Ken
Davis, “and then had a bad
call at first that sent us into
The Perry All-Stars beat
Fayette 3-1 July 18 in the
first game of a double head
er but lost to Collins Hill in
the next game in a game
that coaches say could
have gone either way.
“We really played good
minor league umpires into his
dispute, thinking by doing so. he
can control the profession. I’ll
say this, if I were a minor league
umpire, working my fanny off for
years in the minors for an oppor
tunity to make it to the big time,
I’d think a long time about letting
Richie Phillips throw it all away
There are only about 65 jobs in
the majors, and many umpires
stay on the Job for 20 years or
more, so it isn’t like there are
hundreds of new faces every
year. Yes, I’d think long and hard
before I listened to Richie
Phillips, who lets his enormous
ego get into the way of reason.
To resign before the end of the
season is the most absurd ges
ture I’ve seen. They can’t strike,
since they have a no-strike
clause in what’s left of their con
Major league baseball should
just go ahead and accept the res
ignations and go in another
direction. There are many
umpires apt there, good ones,
who would be willing to work for
The basketball games
will be played July 22 at
First Presbyterian Day
School, with the girls game
starting at 6:30, with the
boys game to follow.
The football game is
scheduled for July 23. with
an 8 p.m. kickoff. The
game will also be played at
Fans should be warned
that there is considerable
going on at FPD. and the
most convenient parking
for all games will be in the
football parking area
behind the gymnasium.
Nicholas Kinsley, (second row) Clint Kirk,
Jordan Stephens, Casey Young, Dustin
Sanders, Chad Roughton, Brooks Moody,
Adam Davis and (back) coaches Trey
Moody, Ken Davis and Perry Kiser.
enough to win that one,
said Davis. “It might have
been different if we could
have had some more hits.
We did struggle with pitch
ing some, but our kids don’t
pitch during regular season
and alot of these teams do.
But through out it all, we
never gave up. We were in it
trying the whole time."
“We had good competi
tion and a good time. We
just came up a little short
of our goal," he said.
The Perry girls will play in the
state tourney in Vidalia July 30-31.
Leslee Hendrix, Lori Calloway, Erica
Fluellen, Ann Buckholtz, Ashley Lane, Ash
ley Langston, Ashley Fairfax, Dameka Har
ris, Rashoda Cheatham, Latosha Sparrow,
Kristin Schratt, Stacey Askew and Mandy
major league baseball. The best
advice I could give them is tear
the resignations up, tell Richie
Phillips good-bye, and stay on
Honorable men honor con
tracts. Sutton’s words, taken
from a newspaper editorial he’d
read while in Boston for the All-
Star game, ring very true. There
are way too many whiners out
there who are perfectly willing to
break a contract at the drop of a
Right here at home, Atlanta
Falcons’ running back Jamal
Anderson is a prime example.
Refusing to attend mandatory
camp, and threatening to sit out
the season if his demands aren't
met, Anderson has blatantly dis
honored his contract.
One running back does not a
team make. The Falcons should
wave bye-bye to Anderson.
Maybe he can get a job with
Richie Phillips, if both egos could
fit into the same room.