Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

Can you throw a few innings? Got a spot for you

By Mark Carpenter –

Raisel Iglesias slipped in the shower, injured his back and elbow, and may not be ready for Opening Day.  Scott Feldman has been named the Reds Opening Day starter.
Those two sentences might just sum up the current state of the Queen City’s professional baseball squad five days before the opening of the 2017 season.  An offseason that was mostly one of optimism has begun to sink in the opposite direction as the final week of spring training winds down.
Where did the optimism of a rebuild with a group of young, exciting players go?  Well, there still will be some young, exciting players, they just won’t be anywhere near the pitcher’s mound as five days before the season opener, three-fifths of the teams’ starting rotation is unknown.  That should be a bit scary for Reds fans.  Feldman, who was signed in the offseason and has a 71-77 career record, seems to be the Opening Day starter by default, with lefty Brandon Finnegan and his 7+ spring training ERA holding the second spot, and then?  The ageless Bronson Arroyo will likely get a spot, though the team says he isn’t ready yet.  He might need to get ready real fast.
Will we ever see Homer Bailey on the mound again, and will Anthony DeSclafani pitch at all in 2017?  Too many questions and too many mysteries.  So here are some names that may have the opportunity to crack the Reds’ starting rotation-Tim Adleman, Rookie Davis, Amir Garrett, Cody Reed, Sal Romano, Robert Stephenson, Nick Travieso.  Are any of those names causing you to put your money away for playoff tickets?  We have seen some of them at the big league level-Stephenson and Adleman so-so, Reed not so good, unless he can skip the first inning.   Get your arm loose folks, they may need you to throw a few innings.
A few months ago it seemed as if the Reds’ “rebuild” had some merit and was moving in the right direction, but this now decimated pitching staff has fans starting at the possibility of that 100-loss season that many national pundits have predicted.  Let us pray that we will all be surprised, pleasantly when their finally is a pitching staff in place, though that may be about August.
The starting nine has some issues too, beginning with the still questionable status of catcher Devin Mesoraco.  Will he or won’t he play?  No one in Reds Land seems to have that answer.  Joey Votto is hitting at the Mendoza line in spring training, which most will say means nothing, but ask Pete Rose when a hitter needed to be sharpening his skills for Opening Day.
I already miss Brandon Phillips, but Jose Peraza will be a capable replacement (hopefully) while the trade rumors surrounding Zach Cozart continue to swirl.  There are just too many uncertainties around this team this close to the season opener.
Of course, there will be enough bobbleheads and Friday night fireworks to keep the seats at Great American Ballpark full, plus a schedule that sees the Yankees, Indians, Cubs, and Red Sox with hometown favorite Andre Benintendi visiting the Queen City this summer.  The hope of the Reds’ brass is that fans will overlook the team’s record and focus on coming to the ballpark for a family evening of fun.  How does that grab you?  Not quite the feeling we had when heading to the ol’ ballyard in the 70’s.
No matter what, baseball begins on Sunday night and that is never a bad thing.  Take your fast-paced football, basketball, or hockey games, but there is something to be said about just sitting back with no clock and enjoying a few hours at the ball park.  I will be there quite often, to see the Yankees, Indians, Cubs, and Red Sox, and to just enjoy talking baseball with my boy.  So if you are anywhere near Section 135 next Monday, stop by and say hello, and buy me some of that new macaroni and cheese they have.  What’s a ball game without food?
And for Jordan-Let’s go Mets!

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