"The Red Sox, Braves, Reds, Pirates, Royals, Padres, they've all been there once or twice, some three times this year," Spring Valley Coach Jim Hensley said. "The guy from the Red Sox has seen him three times. Somebody at Huntington said they had him at 93 (miles per hour)."
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EVERY DAY isn't Christmas for Nitro Coach Steve Pritchard, after all.
The Wildcats have won six consecutive Class AAA Region 4 championships - an unprecedented success rate in one of the state's strongest regions.
However, their streak is in jeopardy this season, as the Wildcats (15-10) - entering the final two weeks of the regular season - have lost six of their last eight games.
Pritchard explains his team's struggles in one quote.
"We're like the land of misfit toys. Everybody wants to be a dentist," he said.
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ST. ALBANS MIGHT have to go the rest of the season without its best player.
Joey Dodrill, who had recently recovered from arm soreness and was getting back into the rotation on the mound, suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday's 10-4 victory over Independence.
Dodrill is batting .367 with 19 RBI for the Red Dragons (17-8). His bat will be missed, but St. Albans has done without his arm most of the season.
In just 14 innings, he had a 2-1 record with 22 strikeouts, eight walks and a 1.00 ERA.
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THE INJURY bug also has hit George Washington, which won't be able to use one of its leading hitters - Clayton Anderson - in the field.
Anderson has a torn labrum and will be limited to designated hitter duties. Anderson is batting .405 with 13 doubles, two home runs and a team-leading 29 RBI for the Patriots.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.