Kecoughtan has bad luck, weird streak with injuries

Wade Boggs once sprained his back putting on a pair of cowboy boots. Nolan Ryan missed a start after he was bitten by a coyote, Sammy Sosa sneezed so hard it gave him back spasms, and John Smoltz burned his chest while ironing a shirt — which he was wearing at the time.

Baseball has seen some weird injuries over the years. Kecoughtan had its share in this preseason alone.

Catcher Tim Moore sprained his knee when his cleats got caught while he was shagging fly balls. Second baseman Josh Wallis managed to break a bone in his throwing hand while catching a fly ball. And outfielder/pitcher Perry Barber broke a bone in his foot while trying to jump a Coke can on a skateboard.

All before Tuesday's season opener.

"If you break your foot or sprain your knee, you want to say it was because you were blocking the plate on a bang-bang play or making some spectacular play," Warriors coach Chad Ochsenfeld said. "You don't want to say skateboarding or my cleats got caught in the grass while I was picking up baseballs."

Those were the strangest injures, but not the only ones. Right fielder Tony Leite crashed head-first into the fence and sustained a concussion. Utility man Grant Gurley pulled his groin.

Kecoughtan wasn't at full strength for the opener. But behind Nate Matheson's five shutout innings and five RBI from Kippy Holbrooks, the Warriors won 9-2.

Championship aftermath

Hampton's Group AAA basketball championship was Walter Brower's third in 30 years as head coach. And to outsiders, at least, it was the most unlikely.

But the Crabbers won the old-fashioned way: Discipline on offense, tenacity on defense, and a poised team-first approach throughout.

"This might be the best defensive group I've had," Brower said. "Undersized, but with a whole lot of heart. We played great defense. I mean, great defense."

Alumni notes

Gloucester graduate Kristie Hoeffer, now at Seminole State College, was named the Florida College System Activities Association Softball Player of the Week after batting .818 (9-for-11) with three home runs and nine RBI in three games. For the season, Hoeffer is hitting .431 with a team-leading 50 hits. …

Brandon Vick (Warwick) and Aaron Myers (Denbigh) have combined for three of Longwood's 10 wins this spring. Vick is 2-0 in three starts (five total appearances) with a 2.45 ERA. Myers is 1-0 in 10 outings (all in relief) with a 4.50 ERA.

Menchville grad Jharel Cotton has been lights out at East Carolina, where he's 3-0 in four starts with a 2.53 ERA.


Menchville will be going into this spring with different soccer coaches for boys and girls. The boys team will be headed by Michael Stark; the girls will be coached by Dennis Zollicoffer.

Stark replaces Dan Liebler, whose teams went 53-20-13 and made two appearances in the Eastern Region tournament. Zollicoffer takes over for Dave Giunti, who had been the Monarchs' coach since 1998.

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