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Wednesday, November 12
The Randolph-Henry H.S. "Statesmen" Baseball Team.

Virginia State 2002 and 2005 Group A Baseball Champions

2001, 2002 and 2005 Region B Champions and James River District Champs.

We welcome you to this website

This site will be maintained by former Head Coach Billy Catron as a tribute to his teams he coached from 1996-2008.
Direct emails to RHBaseball@ccps.k12.va.us or billycat18@hotmail.com


New!!! Archived articles from the past now appear on this page highlighting some key moments of R-H Baseball Successes. My personal Favorites I hope you remember them!!!! Coach C.


Saturday, June 21
Coach Catron Named Assistant Coach at Hampden Sydney College

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Coach Billy Catron recently resigned as Head Coach of the Statesmen to pursue a new job opportunity as an assistant coach at nearby Hampden Sydney College. Catron had served in some capacity at R-H for over 25 years. (3 years at CMS, 5 years as JV coach, 4 years as Varsity assistant and 13 years as Head Coach).

In his time as Head Coach, the Statesmen won 199 games, three Region B championships and 2 Virginia State Group A Championships. He coached in 3 VHSCA Allstar games including games that featured current MLB players Justin Verlander, Ryan Zimmerman and Brian Bocock. During his time at R-H 5 Players from R-H were selected to the Same all star game. (Kevin Hancock, Daniel McCraw, Zach Adams, Tyler Napier and Derek Adams)

More than 20 R-H  players have moved on to play college baseball and two are now high School coaches themselves.  He was selected Va. Group A COY in 2002 and 2005

Catron designed and consulted on construction of the current Baseball dugouts as well as the current location and construction of the batting cage.

He will continue to teach Biology and Anatomy at R-HHS but will assume a role at H-SC in the fall baseball season working with hitters, infield play and player recuitment.

As of November 12, No replacement for Coach Catron has been selected.



Statesmen Field
Thursday, October 14
Bankston Field at Randolph-Henry


Friday, March 14
Statesmen win Milestone 600th Ball Game

With tonight's win at Bluestone, The Randolph-Henry Baseball team has won 600 baseball games sine 1968. In that year, a fully intergrated R-H began its "modern" era. The number of games won from 1940 to 1968 is unknown but without a doubt adds considerably to the overall total for R-H. The three Coaches during that period  have been Dick Bankston (250 wins), Donnie Reebals (164 wins) and Billy Catron (186 wins). The overal record during the time period is 600 wins-169 losses and 4 ties!

Congratulations to all of the Statesmen Baseball Alumni that have contributed to this impressive number of wins over time!



Tuesday, May 23
Statesmen Conclude Successful 18-4 Season

The 2006 Statesmen Season came to a close at Altavista in the first round of the Region B Baseball tournament. R-H had previously finished 2nd to Goochland in both the regular season and District tourney. Thre Statemsen finished with a record of 18 wins and 4 losses. (three of the losses came to Goochland)
Altavista defeated R-H by the score of 6-5 in an exciting contest that ended the Statesmen's season.

Post Season Honors continue to fall to the 2006 team as several individuals received awards at the Region B meetings and R-H Sports Banquet held on June 5. They include
Region B First team Player Derek Adams
Region B Second Team Players Tyler Napier and Justin Ferrell
Region B Honorable Mention Sam Catron

Team Awards
2006 Batting Title Sam Catron .568
Defensive MVP Justin Ferrell
Offensive MVP Tyler Napier
Best All Around Derek Adams

Best of Luck to the 2006 Seniors who will move on to participate in many school activities next year. Tyler Napier will attend Hampden Sydney College and play baseball next year and Sam Catron will attend Ferrum College next year and play baseball also. Jacob Lipscomb (SVCC), Daniel Hill (Va. Tech) and Randy Humphrey will be missed by the R-H Coaching staff as well. Good Luck to all five of the 2006 Seniors!!!!!


Statesmen Defeat Chatham to Claim Region B Crown

R-H defeated host Chatham by the score of 4-2 on Monday night. Senior Eddie Pyle belted two solo homers and Soph. Matthew Haskins added another in this very close and exciting game. Tyler Napier used only 77 pitches to in his complete game as winning pitcher.
The Statesmen advance to the State Quarter finals agains Middlesex Tuesday night at R-H.


Region B Champs
Tuesday, June 14
Statesmen Win 2nd State Championship!!!! Beat Chatham 6-3

June 13, 2005
Randolph-Henry Rallies To Claim Group A Title
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Bob Alvis
Special to VirginiaPreps.com   
VirginiaPreps.com's Baseball Prospect Database & Commitments: Database
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RADFORD: Baseball is normally not a momentum sport. However, at the Dedmon Center Complex on Saturday, all the jubilation and energy was blown from third base dugout and went to the first base dugout with one swing of the bat.

The ball was also blown out to left field as well.

Napier has the big hit for the Statesmen
With the bases loaded in the Top of the 7th, what appeared to be a fly ball became much more in a hurry as the ball continued to drift over the left-center field fence. That grand slam put Randolph Henry ahead of Chatham by the score 6-3.

"It was about chest high right down the middle. It looked big, so I just had to swing at it," said Tyler Napier, who for at least a day, became the most revered figure in Charlotte Court House.

Randolph Henry (22-5) won their 2nd State Championship in the decade (their first was when they defeated J.J. Kelly 7-3, in 2002) and defeated the Chatham Cavaliers (21-7) for the 2nd time in less then a week. This time though the prize was a little bigger then Monday night when the Statesmen won the Region B title in Chatham by the score of 4-2.

"Not only did we want to play in this championship game but they (Chatham) wanted to play us way more. We just beat them on Monday in a very close, exciting ball game. They had a chance to beat Gate City and extract a little revenge for them for last year's semifinal loss. They certainly wanted to have us. I didn't have to go for any scouting reports that I didn't know anything about. I've seen them play six times in the past two years," commented Catron.



Keith Yancey
However, early on it appeared Chatham, who was making their 2nd straight appearance in the State Final 4, might take the title back to Chatham. Cavaliers starting pitcher Wesley Francis led off the game with a double. Quinton Jones, who came into run for Francis, scored on Jacob Waller's bunt back to the mound. Justin Ferrell, Randolph Henry's starting pitcher, sailed a throw over Napier's head at first. Napier, who leaped to catch the ball, collided with Waller and Jones easily scored giving Chatham a 1-0 lead. Ferrell however would settle down and retire Chatham 4-5-6 hitters to get out of the inning.


In the Top of the 2nd, it appeared Randolph Henry might be able to knot the game at one but Waller's defense prevented that. Statesmen catcher, Sam Catron, lined one that would have gotten into the gap in left-center but Waller had a leaping catch at short and threw back to Drew Gurkin at 1st to double up Napier. Francis, who was working starting his 2nd game in a week and appearing in his third, was digging deep and struck out 3 straight Statesmen batters to end the 2nd and start the 3rd.

Chatham would strike again in the 3rd. Francis led off the inning with a single. Francis would be lifted for his courtesy runner, Jones. Joes would steal 2nd and reach 3rd on an error. Waller's groundout advanced Jones to the plate giving Chatham a 2-0 lead.

Francis once again came through with the bat in the 5th. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Francis singled to center, scoring DH Sterling Rigney and gave Chatham a 3-0 lead. A 3-0 lead would normally seem insurmountable with Francis on the hill.

The Statesmen apparently didn't get that memo.

Randolph Henry made Francis work in a 30 pitch, 7 batter fifth inning. Two runs would score in the Top 5, and neither one driven in by hits. One run scored off a passed ball, the other run would score off a walk with the bases loaded.

Francis wasn't the only pitcher laboring.

"About the 4th or 5th inning, I thought I was done. I was just trying to keep us in it. I knew three runs weren't going to beat us," said Statesmen hurler Ferrell.

Chatham's offense was not providing any extra insurance as the Cavaliers went 1-2-3 in the 5th and 6tt.

"We didn't get very selective. I think we thought we had the bull by the horns, you got to play seven innings in baseball," said Cavaliers skipper, Ronnie Haymore

Chatham had a 3-2 lead headed into the top of the 7th and had a gassed Francis on the hill. Justin Ferrell led off the inning with a single but was forced out at 2nd when the next batter Jacob Lipscomb grounded to John Tappan at 2nd who forced Ferrell at 2nd with an assist to the shortstop, Waller. Francis was able to strikeout Eddie Pyle looking and that put Chatham one out away from its first Group A State title since 1987.

Derek Adams singled keeping hope alive for Randolph Henry, and then Francis hit Rob Clowdis on a 2-2 count loading the bases for Napier. Francis would never see Napier as Haymore stride to the mound and replaced Francis with Gurkin.

Haymore said, "I'd probably went to Waller if it had went to extra innings but I thought maybe Drew would get us one out. But, he got behind. I knew the kid hit fastballs, but we had to go at him. You can't walk the winning run in."

With Napier coming up, the dugout was on pins and needles.

"Tension got pretty high in there. Everybody got pretty stressed out," said Ferrell

The wheels were turning in Billy Catron's mind for some instruction to Napier.

"When he (Napier) came up with bases loaded, I said 'We got a new guy coming into the game, it may not be a bad idea to take a pitch or two. He took the first pitch. I said he may not get too many swings left at it, so I took it off (the take sign). Then he took a cut. I said if you are going to swing, swing hard. It was well hit; the wind was drifting that way. We hit several balls that went long that way. It stayed up and up and up,"

"It just let the air out of us. We had an opportunity early to put them away and we didn't. Anytime you leave a ball club in a ball game, anything can happen. They deserve it, they played harder, and they got the hits when they needed it. They got a good program," said Haymore.

Cavaliers 3rd baseman, Josh Gregory was in shock.

"My heart stopped. I couldn't believe it."

Chatham's catcher Brandon Towler said there wasn't a lot he could say to Gurkin.

"I went out there and said don't worry about it. It was one bad pitch. There wasn't much you could say," said Towler.

Towler also added on the compliments about his battery mate, Francis.

"The whole year we played off heart and he just stepped it up another notch. He knew he had to get it done and he stepped it up. Then he just ran out of gas. He pitched so much the last few weeks, he just ran out of gas."

Greogry also said, he and the team could not have asked for more from their southpaw ace, Francis.

"He gave it all he had. When we came into the 7th inning, they had 8-9-1 coming up for them and we knew we had to get outs. They loaded the bases up and got the home run. It just didn't happen for us today."

Chatham assistant coach/pitching coach, Whitt Farr echoed the sentiment on what Francis brought to the team.

"He gave us everything he had. We have kind of ridden him the whole year. He's been our workhorse and carried us the whole year, on the mound and also at the plate. He gave us everything he had and at the end just ran out of gas. We couldn't have asked for nothing else out of him. That goes for the whole team, especially the seniors."

"I told them going in before we played, that it was their last game and it way my last game. We have had a good program and had done a good job. I told them hold your head up high, win, lose or draw. It doesn't make the hurt go away anymore. "You gotta hold them (tears) back. Yea, it hurt but I am an adult. They look up to me for that. It was tough to sit there but it ain't the first time I have sat and watched seniors cry. That's part of coaching. You gotta take the good with the bad," commented Haymore.



Justin Ferrell
"It's (State Playoffs) an experience everybody would love to have. You are going to feel bad on the way home. You are going to feel bad when you get home. When you get up tomorrow, it's a different day," Gregroy said.

Randolph Henry backstop, Sam Catron said the state finals ended with the two most tired teams on the field.

"I don't know how they (VHSL) did it but they figured out to take the two most tired teams. The ones that had the least sleep and all that stuff, we had four games this week and we were all tired. I think half of it was heart. Justin Ferrell told me in the last inning, he had nothing left but he was living."

Farr, who has had some minor league baseball playing experience, said this loss is tougher to take as a coach then player.

"It's just a tough loss. It's tougher as a coach then it is a player. I hate it for them (team) and for him (Haymore) because it his last year here. We had the talent to win it. We didn't get it done and that's the way life is sometime. They need to learn from this, it'll make them stronger and they'll get better."

Randolph Henry, who was 5-5, went through an identity change according to the younger Catron.

"We were 5-5. We sat back one day in practice and we thought about it and looked hard. Something about us changed. We went back from a team that sits around and played on ability to a team that clapped, screamed and hollered for the entire game. We did this for the past 17 games and we have been living."

Not only was this the last game for five Randolph Henry Seniors and seven Chatham seniors but also the last game for Chatham's skipper, Haymore. His team showered him with compliments

"He's been like a father to me. He's always been there for me, he's a good guy to be around," said Gregory.

"He's the best coach I have had. He's a good man. He'll do anything in the world for you. He's the best coach I have ever played for. You couldn't play for a better guy," added Towler.

Haymore reciprocated comments right back to his players

"Every high school baseball team doesn't do this (reach the State Playoffs three straight years). This is a good bunch of kids. They have been with me for four years and I'd give them the shirt off my back. They fought for everything that was in them today. They did not quit. These kids are not quitters."

Haymore did add this final though on his future plans and tenure at Chatham.

"I'm going to hit the golf course. It was a good run. I have enjoyed the fourteen years over there (Chatham). I have no regrets and I have had a bunch of good kids."

WRITER'S NOTE
Bottom line, one of the best high school baseball games I have seen. Everyone at Radford University's Dedmon Center complex got their moneys worth. For me, it has been an absolute privilege to cover Coach Haymore for the past two years for my show (Talking High School Sports) and the past couple of weeks for Virginia Preps. He has always been accommodating to me and for that I'm very grateful. The same goes for his kids, always very polite and respectful and as you can see. They talked in happiness and sadness. Randolph Henry High School and the Charlotte Court House community should feel privileged as well to have such a fine man as their head coach with Billy Catron. He now has two State Championships as a coach and one as a player (with Liberty in 1977, where ironically they beat Randolph Henry 3-2.) I look forward to keeping in touch and featuring both of these schools, teams and coaches in the future on "Talking High School Sports" and maybe some work for Virginia Preps. Finally, thanks to Virginia Preps and Jim Greer for the responsibility they issued to me for the past few weeks with my writings. I, along with them share the passion for promoting high school sports.

RH 000 020 4 6 10 2
Chatham 101 100 0 3 6 0


R HENRY AB R H RBI
Pyle 3B 4 0 0 0
Adams RF 3 0 0 0
B Hackney PR 0 1 0 0
Clowdis 2B 2 1 0 1
Napier 1B 4 1 3 4
Catron C 3 0 1 0
Yancey SS 3 0 0 0
Haskins LF 3 0 1 0
Ferrell P 4 1 2 0
Lipscomb DH 3 2 2 0

LOB: 5
HR: Napier (7th, 2 out, 3 on)

CHATHAM AB R H RBI
Francis P-1B 4 0 3 1
Q Jones CR 0 2 0 0
Waller SS 3 0 1 0
Gurkin 1B-P 4 0 0 0
Gregory 3B 2 0 1 0
Richardson RF 3 0 0 0
Towler C 3 0 1 0
Yates CR 0 1 0 0
Rigney DH 3 0 0 0
Kirks LF 2 0 0 0
Tappan 2B 3 0 0 0

LOB: 6
2B: Francis

PITCHING

R HENRY
IP H R ER BB SO
Ferrell-W 7 6 3 2 1 2

CHATHAM IP H R ER BB SO
Francis-L 6.2 8 5 5 2 7
Gurkin .1 2 1 1 0 0

HBP: Clowdis (by Francis)

Bob Alvis Host of "Talking High School Sports" heard every Saturday at 11 AM on AM 1000-WKDE. EMail: TalkingHSSports@yahoo.com IM: Yahoo and AOL: TalkingHSSportshttp://www.kdcountry.com/sports.html













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Friday, June 14
Richmond Times-Dispatch Article "State Champs"

Statesmen celebrate title
Championship the first for Randolph-Henry

BY AARON HARLAN
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER Jun 14, 2002
The faces playing in the game were already familiar, but Randolph-Henry's baseball team sat in the stands and watched a game that was anything but.
After losing last year in the Group A semifinals, Statesmen head coach Billy Catron suggested that his team stay an extra day in Salem and watch the final between John Battle and J.J. Kelly. While Battle would go on to win its second consecutive state title and Kelly could console itself with eight previous championships, the folks from tiny Randolph-Henry had never won a championship. In any sport.
   "I know all of the old timers in this town were constantly reminding us of that," Catron said.
   Saturday, that changed when the Statesmen won the state title, defeating Kelly, 7-4, one day after knocking off Battle in the semifinals.
   After watching last year's title game from the from the stands, Randolph-Henry claimed the unfamiliar trophy from a pair of very familiar opponents.
"Last year, they soaked it all in," Catron said. "Those guys were listening, watching and learning. I didn't have to tell them that we wanted to be playing there next year."
   Catron lost seven seniors from last year's squad but still returned a number of key starters. Right-handed pitcher Zach Adams posted a 10-0 record, struck out 109 and walked just 19. At the plate, Daniel McCraw, a four-year starter with a .462 career average and 116 RBI, iced his season with first-team all-state honors.
   The best award, though, came as a result of the championship game. The Statesmen were deadlocked with Kelly, 2-2, in the sixth inning. Led by Cam St John's RBI double, Randolph-Henry busted out for five runs in the frame.
   Adams finished things off with his eighth complete game of the season, delighting the 500 people from Charlotte County that had made the 3½-hour drive to Radford.
   "We really played well once we got to the semifinals," Catron said. "At that point, one bad inning and your season is over.
    "But with the experience that our underclassmen got, being there a year earlier, they did just a fantastic job holding things together."
Contact Aaron Harlan at
    aharlan@timesdispatch.com


Sunday, June 9
R-H Sinks Battle HS Then JJ Kelly To Win State Championship

In what will go down as one of the greatest moments in the 63 year history of Randolph-Henry Athletics, the Varsity Baseball team won the Virginia Group A State Championship in Baseball on Saturday June 8.
On Friday, R-H second baseman Barrett Laine singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to beat 2 time defending state champ John Battle HS of Bristol by the score of 4-3. Daniel McCraw pitched a complete game and 1B Cam St John had 2 hits and 3 RBI.
   On Championship Saturday, the Statesmen, behind the six hit pitching performance of Zach Adams, defeated JJ Kelly HS (Wise Co) to win it's first ever team state championship. The Statesmen pounded out 14 hits during the game and scored five runs with 2 outs in the sixth inning to break the game open. Daniel McCraw, Brandon Osbeck and Cam St. John each had 3 hits for R-H. Randolph-Henry finished the season with 23 wins and 3 losses.
    On behalf of the R-H coaching staff, we would like to thank the hundreds of loyal Statesmen supporters that traveled to Radford to cheer on the team. Your enthusiasm was a tremendous boost to our run at the championship. Same goes for the other long road games this season---Franklin County, Strasburg, Wilson Memorial and the home contest with Essex on Tuesday. Parents, Former Players, Fans and Family all can truly claim a piece of the "great prize" won by our guys this season.

                      Coach Billy Catron


Wednesday, June 5
Statesmen Defeat Essex, Advance to Final Four

   Zach Adams limited Essex to a bloop single and an infield hit and Adam Eggleston blasted his fourth homer in as many games to lead the Statesmen to a 3-1 victory over visiting Essex.
   The winning run was scored after Derrick Canada singles, stole second base, advanced to third on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch. The Statesmen added and insurance run in the sixth inning on a throwing error.
   The Statesmen now advance to Radford University to play John Battle HS for Bristol. Battle is the defending State champion and was a 4-0 winner over Haysi.




R-H Beats Strasburg in Region B Semis

Senior Zach Adams held Strasburg to one hit and the Statesmen pounded the Rams pitchers for 11 to topple the once beaten champs of the Bull Run District. Adams was in complete control throughout the game and only in the sixth inning did the Rams muster a score.
The Statesmen were led offensively by Derrick Canada and Adam Eggleston who each had two hits and 3 RBI. Adams helped his own cause with a pair of hits and 2 RBI. Osbeck, McCraw, Laine, Mann and Duffey also had hits for the Statesmen now 19-3. R-H plays tonight in the Region B Championship game at Wilson Memorial, a 11-3 winner over Chatham. .


   
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