Tri-Village’s inaugural “Night of Champions” honors baseball, softball teams

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Front Row L-R: Carol White Paul, Misti Werner, Shaun Richards Hyre, Robin Richards Munchel, Teresa Kimmel Pipenger, Dana Richards Stahl, Mel Werner Runner, Dawn George Mikesell, Jackie Ford Lephart and Sandy Baker Osborne. Back Row L-R: Coach Ned Vordermark, Scott Smith, Dan Hicks, Kirk Falknor, Donnie Drew, Gary Cloyd, Kraig Burns, Tim Brinley, Barry Brinley, Tim Bevins

NEW MADISON – Tri-Village Schools has added a special day to honor some of the great teams from the past in a new event called “Night of Champions”.

In their inaugural event, they honored two teams Saturday in between the JV & Varsity boys basketball game vs Troy Christian.  Honored were the 1974 Baseball team and the 1979 Softball team. 

The 1974 Tri-Village baseball team, led by Coach Ned Vordermark, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Regional Finals appearance.  

They finished their season with a 15-10 record overall and a 5-1 record in league play which was good enough for a league championship.   

The team’s brightest moments came at just the right time, during tournament play.   The Patriots advanced into the Regional Finals before losing 6-5 to the eventual State Champions, Middletown Fenwick.   

1974 Baseball Team

Team Members: 

3rd Base – Tim Bevins 

Left Fielder – Barry Brinley 

Shortstop – Tim Brinley 

Pitcher – Kraig Burns 

Center Fielder – Gary Cloyd 

Infielder – Don Drew 

Shortstop – Kirk Falknor 

2nd Base – Dan Hicks 

Infielder – Bruce McFarland 

1st Base – Dale McFarland 

Infielder – Don McGriff 

Outfielder – Rick Moores 

Outfielder – Randy Saylor 

Catcher – Scott Smith 

Coach – Ned Vordermark

The 1979 Tri-Village softball team, led by Coach Richard Sheley, is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its State Final Four appearance.   

They finished their season with a 17-2 record overall while winning a conference championship in the process.  

They eventually advanced to the State Semi-finals, where they were beaten by Portsmouth Clay.   

This team was the team that started what became 3 straight trips to the State Final Four in softball.   

1979 Softball Team

Team Members: 

Outfielder – Sandy Baker 

Pitcher – Mary Bevins 

2nd Base – Deb Deeter 

3rd Base – Jackie Ford 

Catcher & DH – Dawn George 

2nd Base – Teresa Kimmel 

Outfielder – Kelly Rhodes 

1st Base – Dana Richards 

3rd Base – Robin Richards 

Shortstop – Shaun Richards 

Catcher – Mel Werner 

Outfielder – Misti Werner 

Outfielder – Carol White 

Coach – Richard Sheley