The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

April 27, 2012

Patriots to host 6th Jeff Treadway Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament

COAL CITY —

The 6th annual Jeff Treadway Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament will get under way at Goddard Field tonight at Independence High School in Coal City.

Summers County will face Nicholas County at 4:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. matchup between Independence and Greenbrier West.

The consolation game is set for noon Saturday. The championship will be determined at 2 p.m.

Despite two days of heavy rain, tournament director and Independence coach Joe Goddard hopes to have his namesake field ready for play.

“When I left (Thursday) evening, we had some wet spots, but it was in fairly good shape,” he said. “But it’s been coming storm after storm through there.

“A lot depends on how early it moves out and how early the sun comes out.”

Nicholas County replaces Oak Hill in the tournament. The Red Devils are playing Saturday in the semifinals of the Coppinger Tournament in Bluefield.

Host Independence is 7-8 and will take on Greenbrier West, also 7-8, for the first time this season.

Nicholas County (10-10) and Summers County (0-17) also have not played each other this year.

The tournament honors former Independence standout Jeff Treadway, who died in a convenience store explosion in Ghent two years ago. Treadway led Independence to the state tournament in 2003, his senior year.

Treadway was a four-year starter for the Patriots.

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