16 YEARS AGO
APRIL 22, 1999
Hillcrest High School lost their final baseball game of the season, 8-4, to Opp on Fri., April 16.
Alvis Griffin started and pitched four innings and gave up five runs on six hits (three of these home runs), three walks and two strikeouts. Keith Kent pitched three innings, gave up three runs on five hits and zero walks and three strikeouts.
Scoring for Hillcrest were Josh Merrills with one run, one hit and two stolen bases; Kenny Riley, one run on one hit and two stolen bases; J.R. Watkins, one run on two hits and one RBI; Josh Salter, two stolen bases, courtesy runner for J.R. Watkins; Keith Kent, one run on two hits and one RBI; Mario Taylor was the courtesy runner for Keith Kent; Kelvin Fluker, two hits and one RBI.
Evergreen Little League will hold its opening day ceremonies this Sat., April 24, at 10 a.m. at Evergreen City Park.
The Hillcrest Lady Jags softball team swept a doubleheader from J.U. Blacksher in Evergreen on Mon., April 19. The Lady Jags won the first game, 19-15, and completed the sweep with an 8-4 victory.
In the first game, Sabrina Baxter led the Lady Jags with four hits. In the second game, the Lady Jags played a solid defensive game holding the Lady Bulldogs to just four runs.
(Other players on Hillcrest’s team that year included Latres Likely, Tonya Jackson, Natalie Darden and Shanika Evans. Keith Lett was Hillcrest’s head coach, and Donnie Lee was assistant coach.)
31 YEARS AGO
APRIL 25, 1985
Evergreen Little League’s 1985 Baseball Jamboree will begin with opening ceremonies this Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Municipal Park. An introduction of teams, players and special guests will be followed by exhibition games by the Little League, Minor League and T-Ball.
Soft drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and various other snacks will be on sale. The official season will begin Monday night at 6 p.m. with games every Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Everyone is invited to come out and support our youth.
Darrin Bradley of Evergreen High School recently signed an athletic grant-in-aid scholarship with Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. Coach Dero Wise played a big role in getting the college scouts to come to Evergreen and look at Darrin. He is the son of Miss Jeanette Bradley of Evergreen. Darrin, a six-foot, three-inch senior guard, led the EHS basketball team to a 22-5 record this past season.
Michael Cook killed his first turkey last Tuesday morning. Dewan Salter called up the gobbler for Michael. The Tom weighed 18 pounds, had 1-1/8 inch spurs and a 10-inch beard.
Jeff Carrier killed his first turkey last Tuesday morning. Big brother Ed helps Jeff hold the big Tom. The gobbler weighed 15-1/4 pounds, had 7/8-inch spurs and a 10-1/4 inch beard.
46 YEARS AGO
APRIL 23, 1970
Tommy Davis, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Davis, Rt. 2, Evergreen, says this turkey hunting is not as hard as some folks would make you think. Tommy bagged this 12-pound gobbler Monday afternoon and it was his second this spring. His first one was a sure enough big one, weighing 19 pounds. Tommy is in the eighth grade at Lyeffion High School and this is the first season he has hunted turkeys.
Christian Athlete’s Rally: The Evergreen United Methodist Church will be participating in the Greater Montgomery Fellowship for Christian Athlete’s Rally by having Jerry Leachman, a member of the University of Alabama football team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, speak at the 11 o’clock worship service.
61 YEARS AGO
APRIL 28, 1955
Mixonville Outpoints Lyeffion 19-10 Sunday: Mixonville, of the Conecuh Amateur Baseball League, outpointed Lyeffion by 19-10 in a high scoring contest Sun., April 24, at Mixonville. The victors got off to an early start by scoring seven runs in the first inning off Lyeffion right-hander Gene Davis and continued to score freely throughout the game.
Mixonville’s big righthander, Charlie Roberts, turned in a marvelous piece of pitching until the eighth when he had to be relieved by southpaw Lavail Robinson. Roberts struck out 11 batters and allowed only five hits during his pitching stint. Stuckey, Mixon, Lane and H. Pugh led the batting for Mixonville.
Lyeffion’s big inning came in the eighth when they scored seven runs on four walks and four errors committed by Mixonville.
Square Dance – Saturday Night, April 30, 1955 – Music by Uncle Charlie and Conecuh Play Boys At Evergreen Recreation Center (Old Armory) – Sponsored by Jr. Chamber of Commerce – Admission 75 cents.
Square Dance – Saturday Night, April 30, 1955 at Lyeffion School – Admission 75 cents – 8 p.m. – Sponsored by Quarterback Club.
Castleberry Swimming Pool Will Open Soon: The water is expected to be turned on, and the Castleberry swimming pool will soon be open to the public, A.T. Weaver, Castleberry town clerk, said today. Folks down this way are proud of their swimming pool, for not every town this size has such a civic asset, he said.
The pool is of concrete construction, with a concrete bottom at the deep end, and is paved at the shallow end with smooth round pebbles. It is about 40 feet wide, and about 110 feet long.
City officials are at present negotiating for the use of a tract of land to be used as a park. This area will be developed into a picnic area and playground. The town clerk closed his remarks with “we’re on the move in Castleberry!”
Attention Boy Scouts: Have Just Received a Shipment of Official Cub and Boy Scout Items: Handbooks, Neckerchief Slides, Neckerchiefs, Canteens, Knives, Collapsible Cups, Flashlights, Cook Kits, Hats, Trousers and Shirts, Socks, Belts, First Aid Kits – Millsap’s Inc.
76 YEARS AGO
APRIL 25, 1940
Brewton Team Rallies After Several Losses: Tallassee won the opening game played here by a score of 4-3, but Miller supporters were well pleased with the type of playing displayed. Knatzer pitched a steady game and the Brewton club rallied in the ninth inning to score one run and put the tying run on base. Saturday night, the Millers lost a badly played 14-7 game in Tallassee. The team didn’t get back to Brewton until four o’clock Sunday morning and put up a sorry exhibition as they handed Andalusia a 14-3 game. Gore, pitching for the Rams, struck out 11 Brewton batters. The Millers were charged with seven errors.
After this game, Manager Yaryan and team officials announced that they would present a changing array of new faces, or put a hustling, scraping ball club on the field, even if they had to get optioned players. They gave emphasis to this statement by releasing two players Monday and signing a new pitcher and outfielder.
The team then went out and won a 9-1 victory over Troy behind knuckle ball pitcher Bill Israel. Bill deserved a shutout in this game as he scattered seven Trojan singles, but infield errors presented Troy with one run.
Through the first four games, the fielding and batting of Gilbert Leatherwood, local first baseman, has been outstanding. During the first four games, he secured 10 hits, including a homer and two doubles, out of 16 times at bat for an average of .625.
Al Schacht, Clown Prince of Baseball and sometimes self-styled Baseball’s Goodwill Ambassador, is booked to appear in Brewton on Sunday afternoon, May 5, before a game with Tallassee. Schacht, billed as Public Laughmaker No. 1 and also Baseball’s Greatest Drawing Card, has broken more than 150 attendance records in the last three years. During his third season as a traveling baseball clown, last year, Schacht traveled 50,000 miles, showing in 111 cities and towns, from Coast to Coast, in 40 leagues, adding over a half-million paid admissions to the minor league attendance for 1939.