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Gwen jones was probably one of the best defendve catchers in ou
and was a consistant hitter.
Coach Foster gives last minute instructions before game time
Bobby Whitley led the team defensively.
Page 118 text:
Phillip Coe was voted All Divisional at his third base position.
Billy Nolen hit .333 for the year and gave strong
performances off the bench.
IN I972 LEBANON EXPERIENCED ANOTHER GREAT SEASOIN
Q24-Qj, UNDER TIIE LEADERSHIP OF COACH BRENT FOSTER. IT
WAS QUITE EVIDENT AFTER THE FIRST SERIES OF GAMES
LEBANON WAS GOING TO BE DOAIINANT IN TIIE MIDSTATE
BASEBALL SCENE. TIIE BLUE DEVILS WON THEIR FIRST SIX
GAMES BEFORE FALLING I-0 TO BGA ON AN UNEARNED RUN
ALSO THE BASEBALLERS WON TIIE NITI TOURNAMENT WITH
VERY IIVIPRESSIVE VICTORIE OVER IIIGI-ILY REGARDED COOKE-
VILLE AND LEWISBURG. COMING OFF THE BGA LOSS, THEY
TIIEN EMBARKED UPON A FIFTEEN GAME WINNING STREAK
LEADING UP TO THE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT. COACII FOSTER'S
DIANIONDERS THEN DEFEATED TIIE TIGERS OF LAFAYETTE
AND TIIE CAVALIERS OF COOKEVILLE EOR THEIR SECOND
CONSECUTIVE DISTRICT CHANIPIONSHIP. I,EBANON'S FIRST AND
ONLY OPPONENT OF TIIE REGIONAL TOURNAMENT WAS LEWIS-
BURG, WIIONI TIIEY IIAD DEI+'EATED EARLIER IN THE MTIT, ON
THIS DAY. IIOWEVER IT WAS ALL LEWISBURG AS TIIEY ROUTED
THE BLUE DEVILS BY A SCORE OF I0-0.
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Hin. .. , 5
Gary Cozart led the team in hitting with a .468 average and 10-I rvcord.
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MANNING THE INFIELD DEFENSIVELY WAS KIP PUR-
YEAR AT FIRST BASE. BOBBY WIIITLEY AT SECOND,
.IIMMY BRADSIIAW AT SHORT AND PIIILLIP COE AT
TIIIRD BASE. GWEN ,IONES WAS GIVEN THE ASSIGN-
MENT OF FIELDING THE PITCIIERS FROM IIIS
CATGI'IER'S POSITION. THE STRONG POINT OF TIIIS
TEANI WAS TIIAT TIIE SAME NINE PLAYERS DID NOT
IIAVE TO PLAY CONSTANTLY FOR THE TEAM TO WIN.
VARIOUS CIIANGES COULD BE AND WERE MADE, AND
DID NOT AT ALL CHANGE TIIE TEAM7S POTENTIAL.
PROOF OF TIIIS WAS BILLY NOLEN AND RANDY IN-
GRAM WIIO WERE NOT STARTERS. BUT FILLED IN AT
OUTFIELD AND SHORTSTOP EXCEPTIONALLY WELL,
BOTII IIITTING OVER .300. TIIE CORPS OF OUTFIELDERS
CONSISTED OF CLIFTON OLDIIAM IN LEFT, RANDY
VANATTA IN CENTER, AND GARY MAC FOSTER IN
RIGIIT. TIIESE CORPS OF PLAYERS PLUS SOME SUB-
STITUTES PLAYED GREAT DEFENSE ALL YEAR. SOME
OF TIIIS YEAR'S PITCIIERS WERE KIP PURYEAR Q9-IJ,
BOBBY WIIITLEY Q3-Oj AND GARY COZART U0-lj. GARY
COZART PITCHED A PERFECT GAME AGAINST CASTLE
HEIGHTS. LEBANON WON THAT GAME I I-0.
Clifton Oldham, Kip I'ury0zu', Bobby Whitley, Gary Cozart, and Randy Vanatta mad
the All NITIT Team.
Jones connects on hit against Cookeville.
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Clifton Oldham was one of the
hitter on the team.
top performers and the pow
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