The 55th annual Charleston Public Courts tennis tournament will miss a chance at an epic rematch on Saturday.
James Kent, the top-seeded player in the men’s open singles division, will not go on to defend his 2013 title after falling to seventh-seeded Ryan Massinople 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 Thursday evening at Schoenbaum Tennis Courts in Kanawha City, erasing a shot at a replay of last year’s final between Kent and No. 2 seed Patrick Walker.
Kent has won a record eight men’s open singles titles, two more than Walker (6), who defeated fourth-seeded Chris Pratt 6-1, 6-1 Thursday. Walker took down Kent in 2006 and 2009, while Kent was victorious in last year’s final.
Massinople and Walker will square off in Saturday’s final at Schoenbaum.
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West Virginia’s JaCoby Jones committed a fielding error in the bottom of the ninth inning to allow Hagerstown’s James Yezzo to score the winning run as the Suns posted a 3-2 victory Thursday at Municpial Stadium in Hagerstown, Md.
Sam Johns (1-0) earned the win for Hagerstown (18-10), allowing just one hit over two innings of scoreless relief. Isaac Sanchez (0-2) was tabbed with the loss for the Power (13-15), giving up one run on two hits in 1/3 of an inning.
John Wooten went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs for Hagerstown, while Danny Collins had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run for West Virginia.
The Power return home tonight for a four-game series with Rome beginning at 7:05 p.m.
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YOUTH FOOTBALL: Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants will hold his annual football camp Saturday at Oakes Field in South Charleston.
Former West Virginia University players Major Harris, Robert Walker, Rasheed Marshall, John Pennington and Rick Sherrod will attend. Plants is a former WVU player as well.
The camp will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and is free and open to children of all ages. People are also encouraged to attend if only to get autographs.
GOLF: HYCAT: W.VA. STATE SPORTS: WVU SPORTS: The West Virginia University women’s tennis team is well represented on the 2014 ITA All-Academic team, with three Mountaineers earning scholar-athlete accolades. Individual honors went to Ikettesh Chahal, Irina Toidze and Oana Manole.