Friday, September 13, 2019

Only in Jamesport: Runaway Horse Interrupts Game

North Harrison softball coach Brandon Craig recounted how a game in Jamesport, where Tri-County plays, was once held up by a runaway horse in the late 1990’s, when he was coaching at Gilman City. His boys softball team was playing Tri-County, and the field at the time had no fences, even for the outfield. Suddenly, a runaway horse came charging through right field, stopping the game as his rightfielder started chasing after it. Finally, four Amish boys came chasing after the animal and managed to corral it.

Now, the field has towering fences to keep any more runaway horses from interrupting games.

Jayliegh Robins Hits for the Cycle; Shamrocks Win 45th Straight Conference Game

North Harrison won their 45th straight conference game, beating their chief rival 15-4 as Jayliegh Robins hit for the cycle over Tri-County. The Shamrocks erupted for six in the second and five in the fourth to get the win.

The Mustangs were ready to play and threw out Robins stealing after she had gotten a scratch hit in the first inning. #4 got an opposite field hit in the first inning to lead off and later came around to score on a wild pitch to make it 1-0. Third baseman Ashlynn Gilpatrick caught a line drive from #28 and doubled a runner off third to prevent any further damage.

But then North Harrison erupted in the second as Rainey Fordyce hit a single to center. Kami Gibson hit a pop fly that dropped in shallow left, and Rainey had to scramble to second to beat the force play. But when she got there, the floodgates opened in the inning. Hunter Stevens laid down a bunt down the third base line and beat it out, making it to second as the blue shirts threw it away and two runs came home to score.

Trendi Johnson struck out and Camden Castleberry popped out, but Jayliegh Robins hit a screamer to left. The left fielder tried for a catch and missed, and she made it to third for a triple as Stevens scored. Carly Rinehart singled her home, and then Emma Craig hit a towering shot that landed just short of the wall in left, 277 feet away. She flew around the bases for a home run, leaving North Harrison up 6-1.

Tri-County threatened to score in the second, getting runners on first and second with one out. But North Harrison turned their second double play in as many innings, as Carly Rinehart took #35’s grounder, tagged the runner on first going by, and threw to first for the double play.

North Harrison pitcher Emma Craig began fighting the strike zone in the third, walking the first two batters. Ashlynn Gilpatrick came on in relief and struck the first batter out, but the next one hit a gap double to left center to score two to cut it to 6-3. #28 nearly had extra bases, but her screamer down the left field line was just foul before she popped out to Robins behind the plate.

There was another heartstopping moment when Emma Craig, now at shortstop, and leftfielder Camden Castleberry went in pursuit of a fly ball in shallow left. There was an epic collision between the two, but somehow, Castleberry caught it and hung on. She was bound and determined not to allow a repeat of two nights before, when a similar play saw a ball drop in and squirt away, opened the floodgates for Lathrop.

Camden Castleberry grounded out, but then the floodgates opened as Jayliegh Robins doubled and Carly Rinehart tripled over the left fielder’s head to bring one run across. Emma Craig came up, the Mustangs shaded her to left, and she ripped one to center field for a double – since they were shading her to left, what would have been a routine out turned into a gap double that scored Carly. Ashlynn Gilpatrick singled down the right field line and then it was Kami Gibson’s turn to go deep, crashing one off the left field wall as Kylie Pottorff (running for Gilpatrick) was hanging onto her helmet all the way around the bases as the padding fell out.

In the fifth, Camden Castleberry beat out a slow roller to short and then Jayliegh Robins hit one to the 287 sign in center and flew around the bases. She tried to score to complete the cycle, but was thrown out; the run scored to make it 12-3.

At that point, North Harrison began subbing freely, as there was no JV game. With one out, two Mustangs got on board with singles, but Jayliegh Robins had two great heads-up plays to prevent more damage than there was. First, #12 hit a slow rolled that looked foul, but rolled into fair territory. Robins alertly picked up the carom and tagged her out. #28 beat out third baseman Kenna Slaughter’s throw to first to bring in a run, but then was thrown out stealing by Jayliegh, with freshman shortstop Trendi Johnson landing on the runner to stop her from getting to the bag. It was similar to the play catcher Brandy Rivet made on North Nodaway’s Ashley Thompson two years ago when she tagged her out trying to score.

With two outs, Kiley Pottorff walked and Camden Castleberry was hit by a pitch. Jayliegh Robins, who had hit it opposite field most of the day, hit it down the right field line all the way to the wall. This time, she successfully circled the bases to complete the cycle and get her fifth hit of the night to make it 15-4.

Robins completed her work in the sixth, when one of the Tri-County runners wandered too far off first. North Harrison was planning to do a pickoff play, but the runner took off for second and Robins gunned her down to end the game.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sheridan Birthdays & Anniversaries

October Birthdays
1 – Laverne Farrell; 2 – Emmylynn Allee, Ivalee Johnson; 3 – Robin Davidson, Teresa Winemiller, Weston Hill; 4 – Austin Whipple, Ruth Allen, Nikki Hamblin; 5 – Genee Haun, Jason Swaney;  7 – Derry DeMott; 8 – Jane Hawk, Mary Scott, Tyler Steinman, Chase Thummel, Lori Titus; 9 – Lee Cossins, Cindy Fisher, Lisa Ross; 10 – Donitta Auten; 11 – Andrew Davidson; 12 – Tyler New; 13 – Tobyn Gladman, Mackenzie Morrow, Berkley Davidson; 17 – Betty Fletchall; 19 – Robin Andrews, Bill Fleetwood, Joan Force; 20 – Luca Wall, Chandra Hopkins, Delaney Davidson, Sharon Miller, Sharon Rawlings, Matt Holaday; 22 – Dorilla Hawk; 23 – Willa Allee; 24 – Geneveive Walker, Gary Constant, Tonya Hann, Virginia Robinson, Phyllis Wiley; 25 – Nancy Lewis, Danielle Parman, Christie Green; 26 – Jennifer Crabtree; 27 – Bobbie Allen; 28 – Ida Smyser, Robert Morrow; 29 – Rachel Jones; 31 – Kipton Thummel, Lennox Wagers.

October Anniversaries
2 – Norman & Darlene Runyon, Daryl & Cindy Owens, Duane & Jana Finch; 3 – Clayton & Sarah Scott; 4 – Jack & Patty Fisher; 5 – David & Kathy Cottrell, Charlie & Lisa Ross; 10 – Nick & Brenda Abplanalp; 11 – John & Karee Titus; 14 – Luke & Megan Coffelt; 15 – Martin & Elaine Jones; 21 – Wes & Sarah McCord; 31 – David & Tracey Johnson.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tiger Softball Beats Maryville for First Time Ever; Spiers Drives In 6

We thought it was a misprint when we first saw the score – Worth County had beaten Maryville 12-3, getting their first-ever win against the Spoofhounds. Every other game Worth County had played against Maryville was one-sided in the Spoofhounds’ favor, most either of the ten-run or fifteen-run variety. Maryville had shown promise in their first game, playing Lathrop tough before falling.

It looked like more of the same last Monday against Maryville, as the Spoofhounds batted first. Regular pitcher Ali Brown was out (flu) and Braidy Hunt walked two batters and the Hounds jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

But then Worth County fought back as Merrideth Spiers hit a towering drive that cleared the left field fence, her second home run in three games, to tie it right back up at 3-3. All of a sudden, Worth County realized they could play ball with Maryville and Hunt settled down and gave up no more runs.

Meanwhile, Worth County broke the tie in the third to go up 5-3, and added three in the fifth and four in the sixth to break open the game.

The two seniors, Anna Gladstone and Merrideth Spiers, put on a clinic, with Spiers driving in six runs and going 4 for 4. Anna also went 4 for 4 with a double. Megan Cassavaugh was 2 for 2 and walked and was hit by a pitch. Hailey Adwell was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI, while Jill Hardy was 2 for 4 with a double.

The Junior Varsity also beat Maryville, winning 6-4.

Brooklyn Richardson Fans Six as Junior High Beats Stanberry

Brooklyn Richardson struck out six Bulldogs as Worth County’s junior high came away with a 3-1 win over Stanberry Tuesday to start a three game sweep of the Bulldogs. She started off wildly and Stanberry got a 1-0 lead. But when Worth County got out of the inning with no further damage done, she settled down and pitched well, consistently keeping the ball down and keeping it in the infield.

Worth County came back to score two in the first and added another in the third when Lanie Cousatte singled in a run. Autumn Cousatte tagged out two Stanberry runners trying to score on passed balls, while first baseman Zee Anna Gladstone had a catch.

In addition to Lanie Cousatte, Autumn Cousatte and Abbi Brown had hits for the Tigers.

Anna Gladstone Gives Tigers Walkoff Win; Tigers Erase 13 Years of Futility Against Stanberry

Worth County erased over three decades of futility against three teams in four days, capped with Tuesday’s 4-3 walkoff win over Stanberry. It was the second career walkoff hit by Anna Gladstone; she previously had a walkoff hit off Grace Schottel and King City in 2017 at the King City Tournament.

Against Gallatin Saturday, Worth County erased 14 years of futility against the Bulldogs with a 13-7 consolation win. Against Maryville, Worth County beat the Spoofhounds for the first time ever after previous games had been 10 and 15 run rule mismatches in Maryville’s favor. Against Stanberry, Worth County erased 13 years of futility; their last win against Stanberry was in 2006, when they beat Stanberry 4-2 in a conference game.

It looked like a long day for Worth County at first, when a dropped fly ball allowed Sydney Mattson to reach and third baseman Merrideth Spiers’ throwing error allowed Ellie Ellis to reach second to put Stanberry up 1-0 just two batters into the game. But then all of a sudden, Worth County prevented any further damage. Riley McQueen grounded out to Jill Hardy at short to advance Ellis to third with one out, but Lexi Craig popped out to first baseman Anna Gladstone for the second out. Sadie Runde tried to catch Worth County napping with a bunt in the air, but pitcher Ali Brown alertly snagged it and threw her out at first.

All of a sudden, after Worth County got out of the inning with only one run across for Stanberry, they realized they could play softball with them. That was similar to Monday night’s game, when Worth County fell behind 3-0 in the first, tied it up behind Merrideth Spiers’ home run, and suddenly realized they could play softball with Maryville, going on to win 12-3.

The game moved quickly, with both pitchers throwing strikes, both teams putting the ball in play, but hitting it right at people. Stanberry threatened to add to their lead in the third and fourth, but came up short. In the third, Sydney Mattson got a scratch hit off Ali Brown’s glove on the mound with one out, Ellie Ellis moved her over with a sac bunt, but Riley McQueen flied out to Morgan Beagle in left to end the inning. The wind was blowing in from the east, so everything had to be manufactured Monday.

With two out in the fourth, Stanberry threatened again as Ashley Peterson hit a shot off Merrideth Spiers’ glove into left, and Morgan Beagle made a rare miscue when her errant cutoff throw allowed Peterson to go to second. But Beagle atoned for her mistake the next play when Morgan Wallace singled to her in left. Beagle came up firing, and threw a strike to Megan Cassavaugh at the plate, and Peterson was out by a mile.

Worth County finally got the run back in the fourth when Hailey Adwell drew an eight pitch walk off Sidney Mattson after fouling off some pitches. Anna Gladstone struck out, but Megan Cassavaugh walked. Merrideth Spiers walked, but Adwell stole third and came home on an errant throw from the catcher to tie it up.

Stanberry seemingly put the game away in the sixth when Lexi Craig doubled with one out and Sadie Runde’s single got past Aivry Griffin in right and she flew all the way around to third as a run scored. Ashley Peterson laid down a perfect bunt, Megan Cassavaugh threw her out at first, but Worth County had no play at the plate as the fleet-footed Runde scored to make it 3-1.

But then Ali Brown hit a shot off Mattson’s glove to get a scratch hit to start the Worth County sixth. Sometimes, coaches have sixth senses about who will step up big, and Aivry Griffin came up big off the bench when she laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line bobbled by Runde at third as everybody was safe. Anna Gladstone hit it hard, but right at the shortstop, who forced Brown at third, but Megan Cassavaugh singled to load the bases.

Once again, Aivry Griffin came through as she came flying home on a wild pitch, and then Merrideth Spiers, who drove in six runs the night before, was intentionally walked. But EmiLee Brown hit it hard to short; Stanberry had no play at the plate as Anna Gladstone was on third, and they took the force at third as Worth County tied it up at 3-3.

Morgan Beagle led off the Tiger seventh; she had kept the Tigers in the game with her glove with three catches and an outfield assist, and she came up big with her legs as she beat out a slow roller to second to start the seventh. Braidy Hunt moved her over to second on a sac bunt, and Ali Brown got her second scratch hit and Worth County’s third in the last two innings as she beat out a slow roller between the mound, first, and second to put runners on first and third. Aivry Griffin struck out, but then Anna Gladstone turned on a change and crushed it into left field for a walkoff win; had play continued, she would have stretched it into a double.

The Junior Varsity won 3-0 as Taylor Sanders tossed a shutout over three innings. Aivry Griffin’s RBI double scored a run in the first, and the Tigers manufactured another when Megan Cassavaugh successfully stole third and came home on an errant throw in the third. Maddie Runde singled in a third run.

Maddie Runde made a catch at third, while Braidy Hunt made a catch at shortstop. Aivry Griffin had a double, while Megan Cassavaugh, Maddie Runde, and Ali Brown had hits as well. Megan Cassavaugh had two stolen bases, while catcher Allison Larison threw a runner out stealing.

Courthouse News for September 11th, 2019

On August 30th, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Lana Robinson (35) of Grant City alleging Careless & Imprudent Driving (Accident) and DWI.

On September 3rd, Gentry County Prosecutor Jessica Jones filed charges against David Cole (55) of Stanberry alleging Stealing (Felony). Bond was set at $10,000, cash only.

On September 3rd, Gentry County Prosecutor Jessica Jones filed charges against Zachary Ellis (35) of King City alleging Failure to Register and Driving While Revoked (2nd or 3rd).

On September 3rd, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Abbey Morin (37) of Grant City alleging No Insurance, Vision Reducing Material on Vehicle, and No Seat Belt.

On September 3rd, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Shawn Baker (27) of Council Bluffs alleging Speeding.

On September 3rd, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Donald Bachman (64) of Deer Creek (OK) alleging Speeding.

On September 3rd, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against John Mancuso (18) of Grant City alleging Vision Reducing Material on Windshield and Minor Attempting to Purchase Tobacco or Vaping Product.

On September 3rd, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Hayden Taylor (21) of Maryville alleging two counts Assault.

On September 4th, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Samuel Walker (18) of Wyaconda (MO in Nodaway County on charges of Minor Visibly Intoxicated and Speeding.

On September 4th, Nodaway County Sheriff’s Deputies and Emergency Services saved a life:
On September 4, 2019, a gentleman contacted the Sheriff’s Office and requested a well-being check of a woman he was performing home repairs for. The woman who had hired him was not answering the door or phone when he arrived to her rural Maryville home as scheduled. Deputy Logan and Deputy Riley went to the residence and saw that her car was home and her mail had not been picked up for several days. Deputies forced their way into the home and found the woman unconscious and in a life-threatening medical emergency. Emergency Medical crews were summoned and the woman was transported to MOSAIC in Maryville.
I commend the gentleman that recognized the need to check on the woman and the actions of Deputy Logan and Deputy Riley. All contributed to save her life. Well done!
Sheriff Randy Strong

On September 4th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Christina Hasselmann (38) alleging Possession of Controlled Substance (Felony). Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

On September 5th, Harrison County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed charges against Tyler Mandl (28) of Liberty alleging Stealing (Felony).

On September 5th, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Josh Stewart (33) of Albany alleging Speeding and No Seat Belt.

On September 5th, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Randy Mills (17) of Maryville, alleging Making a Terroristic Threat (Felony).

On September 5th, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Dustin Rowen (23) of Sheridan alleging No Seat Belt.

On September 5th, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Charles Hunter (28) of Hopkins alleging No Seat Belt.

Harold Rhoads Jr. of Gravity was arrested in the 1600 block of Bent Street in Bedford on September 5, 2019. He was charged with Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor, and is being held at the Taylor County Jail on $2,000 cash bond.

On September 6th, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Perry Holmes (55) of Grant City alleging No Insurance and Displaying Plates Belonging to Another.

On September 6th, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Jason Williamson (28) of Liberty alleging No Insurance.

On September 6th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Bobbie Burgess-West (32) alleging Possession of Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $5,000, with the defendant released on her own recognizance.

Over the last week, multiple Worth County residents have been getting scam calls claiming that there is a problem with their Social Security number and that they have to call immediately. Others have been getting fake IRS calls as well.

Roy Daugherty, 38, of Clearfield was arrested on September 8, 2019 in the 200 block of Jefferson Street in Clearfield. He was charged with Willful Injury and Interference with an Official Act. He is being held in the Taylor County Jail on $5,300 bond.

Kimberly Morrow, 32, of Clearfield was arrested on September 8, 2019 in the 200 block of Jefferson Street in Clearfield. She was charged with Willful Injury and Interference with an Official Act. She is being held in the Adams County Jail on $5,300 bond.

On September 9th, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Daniel Scott (24) of Bethany in Gentry County on a charge of DWI.

On September 9, 2019 Mariellen Malena of Mount Ayr, IA was arrested for driving while revoked after a traffic stop in Mount Ayr. Malena is being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Charges listed are mere allegations. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.