The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

June 6, 2014

Patriot Country out in full force to support team’s run at a state title



It’s the culmination of a season of hard work, practicing in the rain and cold, and putting the ghosts of last season’s disappointments to bed.

For some, it’s the payoff of four long years of hard work, and for others it’s just the beginning of what they hope will become a lasting legacy of Independence lore.

It’s seven innings of America’s Pastime, that will look to add a second baseball championship to the Independence trophy case, and put the “Small city on a big hill” back on the West Virginia high school sports map, alerting the rest of the state that Independence is just as much a baseball school as it is a wrestling one.

When nine Patriots step onto the diamond tonight against nine Indians from Bridgeport, they’ll do so with many small communities behind them. They’ll look to cement their own legacies and add their names to the list of Independence baseball heroes of the past.

One day generations will look up to names like Atkins, Sexton, McGinnis, Muovich and Huffman in the way they’ve looked up to names like Cuthbert, Justice, Treadway and Gambrell. And that’s what happens in a small community, rich with pride and family.

There are many faces and names that make up those communities, but there is one that binds them all.


— E-mail: jrollins and follow on Twitter at @JDanielRollins.

Text Only
High School Sports
Saints Training Camp
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage