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Thursday, August 4. 1966
KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD. KINGS. MOUNTAIN. N. C.
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Teenm Playing Tennessee For Regional Title
By GARY STEWART
Darrell Whetstine Fires Two-Hitter
At Tennessee For 10-0 Win Tuesday
Teeners KM's First State Chairipion
the 1966 Kings’ Mountain TeHer teague all-star
team is the first athletic team from here to ever win a
state championship. . ,
The boys, 13 through 15 years of age, won the title
last week in Greenville, N. C., with a dramatic two-run
homer by Wayne Mullinax in the bottom of the eighth
inning beating Gastonia 6-4 for-the crown.
Kings Mountain pitcher Darrell Whetstine was voted
the tournament’s most valuable player with Mullinax fin-
i.shing a close second, KM shortstop Gene Putnam led his
team in hitting during the three-day tourney, however,
no individual statistics are available yet.
Whetstine, who posted an 0.82 earned run average
while compiling an 0-1 record for Kings Mountain high
school last year as a sophomore won all three of KM s
games at the state tourney. _ ,
In the first game of the affair Whetstine relieved
Rocky Goforth after seven innings and went on to beat
host team Greenville 4-3 in eight innings. Whetstine came
back the next day and beat Gastonia 7-4, the same game
that first baseman Ken Mitchem cracked a long three-run
homer to the opposite field.
Gastonia came back to beat Kings Mountain 4-3 Wed
nesday morning wdth Goforth getting tagged with the
loss despite a four-hit, 10 strikeout performance.
Whetstine came back to claim his third win of the
series Wednesday afternoon. Darrell relieved Mullinax
with none out and the bases loaded in the fourth. He
worked the fourth through the eighth innings giving up
only throe hits and not walking a batter and also chipped
in a single to KM’s hitting attack.
The big right-hander is being counted upon heavily
lo carry much of the-p^itching load for KMHS and Post
155 Legion team come next season. In high school play
last year, Darrell gave up only 15 hits, two earned runs,
walked only five and struck out 11.
This year’s Teener team sports several stars who will
make some of last year’s KMHS and Legion starters
scratch for a starting position next year.
Mullinax and second baseman Mike Smith were both
slarters on last year’s high school team and Mitchem,
Putnam, Joe Cornwell and catcher Clarence Ash are go
ing to show someone they mean business next year.
Connor Good Selection As Legion MVP
I don’t know who was on the Legion Committee that
selected the Post 155 most valuable player, but they
couldn’t have made a better selection than Nelson Con
By Gary stewart
Darrell VV'hetsline fired a two-
hitter at Greenville, Tenn., Tues
day afternoon to set the stage
for the Eastern Regionals
championship game Wednesday
afternoon at Belmont-Abbey Col
Kings Mountain was defeated
54Hjy Tennessee in Momtay’f?
opening igame. Rocky Goforth
went the distance for the locals
and was tagged with the loss al
though he limited the Tennessee
boys to only five hits.
Tuesday’s outcome was 10-0.
The game was called in the bot
tom of the sixth inning because
of the 10-run rule which states
that if, after at least five com
plete innings, one team goes a-
head by as many as 10 runs, the
game is automatically called.
Whetstine had a no-hitter go
ing Tuesday until pitcher Ron
nie Myers led off the third in
ning with an infield single. The
other hit, a double by catcher
Jerry Ricker, came in the fourth
inning and put runners on sec
ond and third.
Mike Smith, Wayne Mullinax
and Eddie Black led KM's eight-
hit attack Tuesday with two hits
each. Mullinax registered three
runs batted in. Catcher Clarence
Ash and Whetstine got the Moun-
ties’ other two hits.
Kings Mountain scored the
winning run in the first inning
with Smith’s single driving .Joe
Cornwell home after CornwclL
struck out but went to second on
a passed ball and a throwing er
ror Iby the Tennessee catcher.
Smith scored KM’s second run
two outs later on a single by
Kings Mountain put the game
out of reach by scoring six runs
in the fifth inning to make the
score 8-0. KM’s fifth inning runs
came on singles by Smith, Black,
Mullinax and Whetstine, two
%vild pitches, a passed ball and
a Tennessee error.
The locals ended the game by
adding two runs in the sixth on
three bases on balls and singles
by Black and Ash.
KM jumped to a 1-0 load in
the first inning Monday with
Putnam driving Cornwell home
with a single after Cornwell
Mike Side Invades Columbia With
Outstanding Hitting And Pitching
(Editor’s Note: The folloxo-
ing news feature appeared re
cently in the Columbia^ S. C.,
Record and describes the re
cent diamond exploits of Mike
Sisk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray
Sisk. Mr. Sisk, noiv assistant
p\a,pager of South Carolina
&tdte Parks, for several years
was manager of the nearby
Kings Mountain State Park.)
The people of South Carolina
have withstood many invasions
from- the north. Nothing in their
heritage, not Sherman’s march,
not the burning of Atlanta, not
even the carpetbagger govern
ment after the war could have
j)repared citizens of Columbia for
the “invasion from the north” by
young Mike Sisk. r
Mike, the son of Mr. and Mrs
Ray Sisk, formerly of Kini^s
Mountain, is a twelve-year-old
Dixie Youth baseball player with
talent and abilities far beyond
Playing with the Todd*Moore
Sporting Goods team in the
\pdgewood League, the strongest
(League in Columbia, Mike re-
Pee Wee Football
All boys interested in playing
pee wee football are urged lo
meet at the Deal Street Swim
ming Pool this afternoon at 4 p.
In order to be eligible to play
under pee wee rules, a boy must
weigh between 65 and 95 pounds.
Jim Littlejohn will coach this
walked and was sacrificed
second by Glenn Perkins.
Tennessee came back in the
second to take a 2-1 lead but sin
gles by. Goforth, Cornwell and
Smith, along with a base on
balls and a wild pitch gave KM
a 3-2 lead in the third.
Tennessee went back ahead, 4-
Sr-in the fourfh.with pitcher JimiL
my Gillen cracking a tvyo-run,
double after Goforth served up •
walks to Rex Bishop and Bugs !
The locals tied the score in the!
fifth with Perkins scoring on a
wild pitch after cracking a dou
ble and taking third ..when the '
Tennessee second baseman boot
ed the throw-in fro.r. the outfield.
Tennessee scored the winning ;
run in the fifth with Jimmy Fill
er’s double driving home Plvil
Smith who reached base on a
Putnam led KM’s hitting at-
t.ack Monday with a 2-for.4 iier-
formance while Filler was Ten-
nessee’.s top gun with a <ioiible i
and two singles in three trips to
the plate. j
Teener League |
Kings Mountain AB R H BI
Cornwell, cf 3 2 10
Perkins, rf 1110
Boll, ph 0 0 0 0
Smith, 2b 4 0 11
Putnam, ss 4 0
Mullinax, 3b 2 0
Carroll, If 4 0
Ash, c 30
Mitchem, lb 2 0
Goforth, p 3 1
Connor became the second shortstop in as many sea
sons to win the MVP Award last Thursday night at the
annual post-season banquet honoring the local players,
their parents and local Legion officials.
Connor is not a power hitter but without his timely
hitting Post 155 could not have played .500 ball this past wrote'every pitching Vnd hit-
season. Nelson led the team in hitting with a .404 batting ting rw>rd available to him.
average, one of the top marks in Area IV for a regular He batted .802 for the 20-game
player, ' regular season in which his team
Nelson collected a total of 38 hits in 94 trips to theiw^s unbeaten. He drove in ^ of-
plate this season, led the team in doubles with five andj^^^^^^ RBI’s and blasted 12 home
tied for the lead in triples with one. He finished second statistics are
m runs scored with-20, had 12 runs batted in and fourL^^ impressive until an addi-
The little shortstop hit safely in all but one game Of
the ’66 season and was also very valuable to the team
with his fielding.
Previously, only two infielders had been awarded the
Post M\T Award. Last year the award went to shortstop
Richard Gold and first baseman Jim Leigh won the trophy
in 1962. Connor represents the first lefthand batter to wip
the award since outfielder Mickey Bell took it in 1963.
Qualifying Runs Held For Dixie "400"
Qualifying was in full swing at the Atlanta Interna-, . * , *
tional Raceway today as NASCAR speedsters time-trialed IrSie fenreand
for starting positions in the rugged Dixie 400 Sunday. Sad to Tettfe SS 'X o?
Starting time for the race, which carries a $83,260
posted purse, is 1 p.m. The starting field, which will in
clude practically all of the nation's top stock car race
drivers, will be limited to the 44 fastest cfirs as determined
in the lime trials, which will continue through Saturday.
The trials, each consisting of four laps around the fast
1! ..-mile track, began Wednesday.
For drivers not winning starting positions in the time
trials, a 20-lap qualifying race will be held Saturday after
noon at 4:30 to fill out the starting field.
Infield gates will open at 6 a.m. on Sunday and the i eluding one perfect gHme.
grandstand gates will opj3n at 7 o'clock. Fans are advised j in his last 48 inlnings pitohetl.
to geLan early st&rt to avoid a repeat of the unprecedent
ed traffic congestion caused by the record number of fans
headed for the Atlanta 500 last March.
The posted purse for Sunday's long grind — 267 laps
tional fact is ‘brought to light.
■Edgewood League doesn’t play
their games in a regulation Dixie
Youth Park with a 189-foot home
run fence, but has to play in a
softball park with a 240-foot
barrier. Prior to young Sisk’s
exploits, there had only been
three fair balls hit out of the
park during games. Sisk hit six
during the regular seoson and
would have had several more
homers inside-the-park but the
the longest singles and doubles
ever witnessed in youth play.
He was walked intentionally
50 times in 20 games, twice with
the bases loaded, but as a pitch
er he was even <mo.re impressive.
He posted a 12-0 pitching rec
ord with an E.R.A. of less than
0.30. He struck out 140 batters
in 64 innings pitched and threw
eight no-hitters in 11 starts in
yobng Mike allowed no hits and
Thp Edgewood League All-Star
team, 1^ by Sisk, marched
through the seven league City
mound the high-banked track — is $63,260, with $12,800 Tourmment without a loss and
going to the winner. Second plac ewill pay $6,520, third
$3,405 and so on down to at least $350 for the last-place
captured the Carl Asbill Trophy,
emblematic of the Columbia area
youth baseball championship.
Mike pitched and won two
games, as limited (by the ndes
and was even, more devastating
at the plate.
About 50 race cars are crowding the bustling garage
area as mechanics labor without let-up to bring them to
Iheir peak speed before race day. Virtually all of NAS-
CAR’s ace speedsters will compete in Sunday’s 267.1ap:f ^at 18 time® in
event. : All-Star competition ,aiid
Among early entries were Curtis Turner, who will stroked three homers, one dou-
clrive the Smokey Yunick Chevelle he raced so handsome-;ble. a fly to center and was
Iv at Daytona: Paul Goldsmith, winner of the recent Vol- walked intentionally 13 times,
ilnteer 500 at Bristol: former Grand National champion Mike is described by his coach.
Richard Petty: Sam McQuagg, last year’s Ropkie of thej Bill Sim^^on. ^-State bas-
Year, who zo^ed to a smashing victory in this year's
Firecracker 400 at Daytona: David Pearson, current, has unUmlte^ a-
Grand National point leader: James Hylton, the rookie wjjjty and coot^inatimi. but the
driver who’s amazing the race crowd by pressing Pearson'most impressive thlrag about
for the 1966 championship; the Allison brothers, Bob, Mike is his attltuhe. He huMles
former national champ, and Donnie of Modified racing! better than any player I’ve ever
fame; Bobby Johns, the Miami veteran; the Bakers, father! been around in giw eport pnd
Buck and son Buddy; Friday Hassler of Chattanooga,If
Paschal a d other certified charters. I could ever experience.”
- Fords predominate among the entries, with 12 so far. i i——::—
” MOST VALUABLE PLAYER — Nelson Connor (left) poses with Post 155 Legion Coach Bob Hiusey
after he was named the ninth Post 155 most vol loble player at the annual post-season banquet
Thursday night. Connor's .404 batting average, one of the best in Area IV. earned him the
i Nelson Connor Wins Legion
; Most ValuablePlayer Award
i Awarded Trophy
^ At Annual Fete
Itriplo and four stolen bases. f Connor earned two letters at
1 Connor follows up Richard I .fings M-juntain high school this
Gold as the only shortstops to* past jeai, one in baseball and
Shortstop Nelson Connor
came tlie ninth Post 155 most
E—Kinser, Scott, Putnam, Mulli
nax, Ash. LOB—KM 6. Tenn. 4. j \ i.iua’.'lc plaja'i' at the annual
2B—Perkins, Filler, Gillen. SB— l.ogioii b;.seball banquet
I Smith, Kinser. SAC —'rPerkin.s^ _day jii ;!u.
Pitching; IP H R ER BB SO Connor, whoso hitting
Goforth tn 6 5 5 3 3 jq 1,5-11 season
Gillen (w) 6Li 7 4 3 5 '”
ever win the Post .155 award,
i Richard won the award last year
I after leading Post 155 to the
j semi-finals of tlie Area IV play-
loffs with a .479 batting average.
! Jim Leigh, winner of the
I award in 1962 and who now
Thurs- ^°^^*’’ other
lei' to ever win the troph.i
one in basketball. In baseball
ho was the team’s leading hit
ter with a .314 batting average
and in basketball he finished
second in scoring.
Coach Hussey and Athletic
Officer Carl Wilson reviewed the
assistant: season for guests ^ Thursday
infielc- i night before Wilson adjourned
V. ' the meeting.
0 0 0 0
TEENER MVP — Pictured
above is Darrell Whetstine,
the ace pitcher of the Kings
Mountedn Teener League all-
star team, who last week won
the State Teener ToiQnoment
most valuable player owopd
after leading KM to the N. C.
Darrell Whetstine, who posted
four victories against no defeats
in district and state Teener
League playoffs last week, won
the state Teener League Tourna-
melnt most valuable player a-
ward following the three - day
tourney in Greenville, N. C.
Whetstine, who was the win
ning pitcher in the champion
ship game against Gastonia
Wednesday afternoon, edged
teammate Wayne Mullinax for
Mullinax, who played third
base and pitched for the locals,
hit a two-run homer in the bot
tom of the eighth inning Wed-j
nesday to give KM a 6-4 win.
In tho title game Wednesday,!
Whetstine pitched a total of five
Innings and gave up only three
hits and one run. The big right
hander came in when Ga.stonia
loaded the bases off Mullinax j
in the top of the fourth. '
Whetstine was a member of!
the Kings Mountain high school
team this past season. For the,
Mounties Darrell worked mostly I
in relief and compiled an 0-1
season record but had th^ best
earned run average on the team,
Kings Mountain AB R
'Cornwell, cf 3 2
Smith, 2b 2 2
Black, If 3 1
I Putnam, ss 3 2
Mullinax, 3b 2 2
Howard, rf 2 0
Ash, c* 3 1
Mitchem, lb 3 0
I Whetstine, p 2 0
I Scott, 2b
I Gillen, If
j Justice, rf
‘ i year, wa.s pre.'^cnled the tropliy;
■* i by Post 155 Coach Bob Hussey.
I American Legion players, their!
gj'parent.s and other guests attend-
3 2 0 0
2 2 2 1 Connor, an all-conference so-
3 12 1 ' lection for Kings Mountain high |
3 2 0 0 school this past sea.son, posted
2 2 2 3 -404 batting average this yean
2 0 0 0 lead the local Post to a fifth,
3 112 place finish in the 121e'am Areaj
3 0 0 0 IV Legion standings.
2 0 1 1; The smooth-fielding shortstop
— — — — collected 38 liiis in 04 limes at
23 10 8 8 1*^1. scored 20 run.s, had 12 runs
! batted in, fi\e doubies, one
22 0 2 0
"Tenn. 7. DP—Put-!'
nam. Smith & Mitchem. 2B —
Ricker. SB — Putnam 2, Mulli
nax, Cornwell. SAC — Black.
Pitching: IP H R ER BB SO
Whetstine (w) 6 2 0 0 3 1
Myers (1) 3 2. -2 0 4 3
Bishop 1 3 5 5 2 1
Smith 1% 3 3 2 4 3
Meter receipts for the week
ending Wednesday at noon
totaled $229.70,^ including $132.-
80 from on-street meters, $23.15
from off-street meters and
$73.75 from fines, according to
report of Mrs. Grace C. Wolfe,
of ' Fairview Lodge 339
AF&AM will be held Monday
night at 7:30 p.m. at Masonic
Dodges come next with seven, and there are six each of, flag-stand for every race held thus far at Atlanta Inter-1
Chevelle, .Plymouth, and'Chevrolet. Among the Mercjiry na,tiohal Raceway,
drivers will be Johnny Wynn of Detroit, Rhd Nell Castles
of Charlotte will pilot an Olds.
Starter wij^ be Ernie Moore, Who has been on the
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