The Jackson Sun from Jackson, Tennessee on April 17, 1998 · 21
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The Jackson Sun from Jackson, Tennessee · 21

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J : I ' ' ' ' I PAGE 1C Special coverage of West Tennessee's return to minor-Ieaguo baseball 3jM k:--r. . - i:iyiii.:i.ii yj. , u i .,t ,. .jwy,.. Jl.,L, ,,.,.,,,. ,JL,...I ., : ii in i- run. 1 rin ilrn MmiiiinYm 1, ;i .m,.., , ,. ... ,-r , ., , ., .Tr-ST.""- ''iTT'-"-- " - - .. T vt ' "T i.T?T":'" J??::'.'TT"!a i Victory caps I I fl Pi T" f7 1 f Y" I A ll Ml Yti ffiW ' A gut wrenching 1 ' -1 I I I V i sssw U 1 i; n 1 II I U V J r V A V V must reflect that the mmmmm 111 ' ' heavens smiled upon Jackson. Severe weather cleared out - , a a fiSSSSa. Hit batsman in ninth inning sends Jaxx to 54 victory baseball stadium's inaugural game. i , " ' " .. The minor-leagues had ;,-.,.- ' - - - - - arrived, and it was baseball at , . ' . , V. its best Tied after eight S ' - ' - innings, the Jaxx won, 5-4, in j , " the bottom of the ninth when , " ",,- v ., '. y : Terry Joseph was hit by a I - pitch with the bases loaded. - .' . ' ' I . Most of the sellout crowd ; - - . ' -I ' braved cool temperatures in " - ' " ' the 50s, stayed all three hours j " - , . T, ; " - and four minutes to see the ?. ; " ' - - ' , . f I , ' . ' i pi""""1 w end and were k -' , , I ' surprised by ''' iff a fireworks ! , .- ll-.l display after ' ' , .... '..,: 1 -h -J the game. i ' . - - 'm.; - A& nightfor. " ' - t . I I A,': beginning - , V . with a major w f . i - . t . . . nan wet spot at ' ' .yi, , - 'V- ' ' " onn, shortstop that ,,.J , ' ' MORRIS workers took -Sr t . ' ' more than an 'vV X ' : V ; - ' l-ru hour to repair. But the game , p1 Xt-.IS L s ,'- " started on time, and the field - ' , , - ' ' '. '" : 't , ' looked great. -.r . -; ' . .' . "u ' ' Introductions of persons ?TOv - - 'Xlf " '' - T ' ' ' mainly responsible for the , - "Ov : ' '".' Double-A park's construction , N v S T,Sr. v " '"' " ' began at 6:22 p.m. Then the . I. Kv ViAfVV . ' politicians had their moment. v V V liL -sV"; 'Jt yv - The weather kept the vVjA 2 ' , ' . '.. ; governor away, but Vl - " '''TJ f ' . , , , 1 ! congressmen Ed Bryant and . " - i J l I ' John Tanner made it. A , Y"4Sl 'J ' ' ' i ribbon cutting near the t 1 ".Nt ,ww K " ' f - pitcher's mound was led by ' ,. j w -'-7 Jackson Mayor Charles , V - -'"A ! Farmer. '',:m.' , 4 i ' ,ri The ceremonial first pitch - s' f ! . - was next. Jaxx president , TP . x 4. - ' - David Hersh had kept the . - J X - . ' - - j "pitcher" a secret. Nine special t' ' T " ''" X' - ' l , v ; i guests were introduced, but t V"; -""" " v, - . . , : Farmer got the call. He " . " deserved it. Without his .,v. . persistence since 1990, there V .'4, I ' ' would be no stadium or team. I ' " ,r . - ' , - . - ; Farmer, a lefty, stood in - V I V'r-T!; I ' i V V"" , , , front of the mound and r-$-'" vrnfsw f , , -mi i - - ' " , - ': " ' ' delivered a pitch to Jaxx l -. 1 - , ; player Kyle Farnsworth. It . - t ' was high and wide left from " ' , " , . ' ; the mound, but the 6-foot-4 Jt!-K'. ' v - I c " t , " . Farnsworth made the catch. "; '. ' " " v S 1 I . . . , - ,: "This looks even better than '"s ' &l ' J ' , f I - - I dreamed about," Farmer ,. " " . J " f ; K" 'f' ' i said. "It's more beautiful than 1 , - " . , , f ' ' ' aS ' I any ballpark I've ever seen." ' , '" 1 , J ' . A" V , '".' I Few in the crowd would ' f ' A 1 e ' f v-'V ' ' ' ' . . .-,. r'' argue, especially on the ,,-' i- " t v , .. ' V . ' , i minor-league level. The 'tW - s : v v ?i ' "'' I- " $8-miUionparkisajeweland y I ; v . 1 ,"."'"!, 1 will only get better with time. ' . ' ; ; v iirr... j t t " ' " , , - , , . ,1 ' Sure, there were a few - ' i y I " " " ' ' . ' wrinkles. The players had to '" ''yZr'H """", ' ' . I - ' V ' "" stand way too long on the fJtlTf - - . I :? f "' ' - . t ' ' . - -" - ' v K- : - V field during introductions. The i ftZZ' J f 1 V ' !t V - ' - 1 numbers under hits and - r7 "" . . , - s " ' " , , ' ,..'-' 1 errors on the new scoreboard f ( J Ij . - - 7"""' .--'. ' 'i ' . ' ''' - i did not light up. And the lines t - f J'l ' " : , -- ..." . ; ' j for the main concession stand li v" , ' - " " x ' " ' - - . I behind home plate often kept : -T5 " ,-."V-'A ; ' ' JV ' " ; fans waiting an hour for food. II v . .J. . t ; '- ' ' - "'-Jr' . - ' . - , '" " v. ; I "But the window at the main ! , r;-t- , . Jv : souvenir store withstood its jUlf - r- . 1 , -'t 2 V - " " - j j first foul ball, and the fans got " ' " , T 'A Vk" ' -. C v 1 the stadium's first wave H-Tr . -:3r1' - , . A, . - ' :. , i j started in the third inning, 'V - x'TSC. ,55S?i2!d tT Z r " ! moving from right field to left - L- - . , - ',V i.? - S'.- v-:,- - 1 " -S;'J"-vT , I field - -.rr - -X. -"- Bo Porter t It was fun. It was exciting. w Z Z '" - ! It was a night to remembe 'j.t tTrtli . - ! "'ffi'" fo. L. , , iU. -. . f- , - hekenta -1 "My 10b is to make this a - - - ' s, - ' , -- , . . ,1 ' ' . 5rl? ; wrTrr .vmn . " ' - '' . , - . w v-7 , . , , ninth-inning learning experience ana ' v .,, , , .;t, , wTTVw , rn., i: ,f!:u imnmvpnn it " Hprsh said ' - -v.,1 5l - rally alive with ; i unprove on it, Hersn saia. ,iri,, , , ; : : - x.wx . Wl . J a base hit. "We're talking about a day helen coMErvrhe Jackson sun where we dodged tornadoes, . "isSJnsL patien. Team wins home ooener mmx 4 4 i with us while we learn with a t I Who: Jacksonville at Diamond Jaxx. . . . , A I new park, well reach a BY ROSS W. REILY with the bases loaded to drive When: Today, 7:05 p.m. Pnngles Park s first ; polished finish. This is a work The Jackson Sun in Ramon Valette in the bot- . wj Starters: The pitchers for tonight will be Brian McNichol for ,ami,y of ,ans 2C in process, but it has a chance Plunk! tom of the ninth as the Jaxx ,zr?h J the Jaxx and David Melendez for the Suns. Mystery Fan sinks teeth I to be a masterpiece." . . completed a 5-4 come-from- ' McNichol (1-1, 1.80 ERA) comes into the game having won intowork,2C - Considering all the wnat a beautarul sound to behind victory over the Suns. ' f -- his last outing against the Mobile BayBears, 1 2-6. Fan snags memorable t adversity, Thursday's opener diamond Jaxx fans and out- J Melendez enters the game with a 0-0 record and a 1 .80 ERA souvenir, 2C ! was a masterpiece - one of newer l erry Joseph in front of Taking the pitch is some- ' I in one start. He has thrown five innings, allowing six hits and Thief hits Diamond Jaxx ! hundreds more to come. a standing-room-only crowd of thing Joseph is used to. The one earned run while walking one and striking out five. clubhouse, 11 C Dan Morris is The Sun's E5 , e J11,!11111"81 iame at left fielder from Harvey, La., v : . J Banner watch: The National Anthem will be performed by Jaxx feel right at sports editor. He can be Pnngles Park Thursday. has taken five balls for the " v "'J Holly Gaines of Jackson. home, 11 C reached at 425-9636 or Joseph took a 1-1 pitch in team and his so to speak MCMiChoi F'eld of Dreams team: Players from the f3cdgers of Lexington Game report, 11C ! 1-800-269-0488. the left shoulder from Jack- Mt in turned out to (Tenn ) Wl11 be introduced with the Jaxx's starters before the Fans face long sonville reliever Willis Roberts Please see JAXX, 11C 9Radio: WNWS-FM 101.5 and WWEZ-FM 97.5. "" 12C V

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