Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 9, 2013

Princeton begins defense of Class AAA title

By BRIAN WOODSON
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Sectional baseball at Bowen Field isn’t the only action that has been delayed by rainy weather over the last three days.

Princeton, Mount View, River View and Montcalm are all hoping to finally get started if the weather will cooperate today.

Princeton will begin defense of its Class AAA state championship by hosting Greenbrier East in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.

The Tigers, who defeated Greenbrier East to win the sectional title in two of the last three seasons, beat the Spartans 6-2 in their only meeting early this year.

The second meeting was, not surprisingly, rained out.

If the teams split tonight, a single deciding game is slated on Friday in Fairlea.

Mount View will be a busy place on Thursday, with the Golden Knights hosting a sectional doubleheader with River View beginning at 4 p.m.

A third ‘if necessary’ game will be played at Mount View on Friday.

These clubs split during the season, with the Knights winning 6-2 and the Raiders victorious 12-1.

Montcalm, in the midst of what may be its best season in school history, will finally get on the field today against Meadow Bridge at Greenbrier West High School.

 The winner will face the home team in a second game tonight.

Montcalm has defeated the Wildcats 18-12, 16-1 and 4-3, and lost to the Cavaliers 24-4.

The tournament could run into Saturday if the fifth game is necessary.

•Region III softball will also be played today at two local sites.

James Monroe will visit Mount View, while Montcalm will host Fayetteville, with the clubs looking to advance to the regional finals next week.

James Monroe (21-5), which continued its long run of sectional championships last week, hasn’t played the Golden Knights this season. Mount View had won two games all year before sweeping River View to claim the sectional crown.

Montcalm will have to figure out a way to beat Fayetteville, which has defeated the Generals twice this season, 11-0 and 18-4.

•In regular season action on the Virginia side of the state line, Richlands is slated to host Tazewell at 5 p.m., while Bland County will host MED leader Grayson County.

Richlands will meet Abingdon in girls soccer with the winner becoming the favorite to claim the Southwest District title.

The Lady Blues’ softball team will also be in action, hosting Virginia High.

—Contact Brian Woodson

bwoodson@bdtonline.com