ved supporting Toledo Rockets baseball, where his son Cory played college ball. After retirement, he loved spending weekends at his lake house on Cedar Creek Lake, where he and his son Rob could fish off the dock. He enjoyed golf, doing crossword puzzles, playing bridge and visiting with all of his fellow Hershey retirees, friends and neighbors. John loved to be with people and will be missed by all who called him “friend”! John is survived by his wife, Judy Tate and his two sons, Cory Edward Tate and Robby Douglas Tate. He is also survived by his father, Joe Burke Tate, Sr. and two brothers, Joe Burke Tate, Jr. and his wife Mary and James Henry Tate and his wife Sheri and one nephew, Joe B. Tate III and A niece, Julie Thompson. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Powers Memorial Baptist Church, Hopewell, VA at 11 a.m. Feel free to come at 10:30 for viewing.ż0aż0aż0a Patricia Leigh Jones (Tricia), 52 yrs, a long time resident of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and formerly of Hopewell, Va passed away on March 13, 2014. Born and raised in Hopewell, Tricia was a daughter of the Late David E. and Ruth Yates Jones. She graduated from Hopewell High School and is a former employee of ICI Americas. Patricia is survived by her brother, Doug (Anna), and Nephew Tyler, of Atlanta. Also by her aunts, Rachel Eggleston, of Hopewell, and Dixie Myers Of Prince George, her cousins Marty Hertick , Tim Heretick kay Eure, Keith Eggleston and Kenny Eggleston all of Prince George, Eddie Collins of South Carolina and Steven Collins of Minnesota. Tricia loved the clear blue ocean, the sand and the beach, for those reason she made St. Croiz her home for many years. We will miss her dearly. Her long time beloved rescued pet, Norman, will miss their trips to the beach too.ż0aż0aż0aClifford Lee Garten, 58, of Hopewell passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014. He is preceded in death by his mother, Virginia “Jenny” Liptrap Garten. Clifford retired from Honeywell after 25 plus years of service. He enjoyed fishing, collecting pellet guns, and especially spending time with his family and friends. Clifford is survived by his children, Morgan Garten, Ryan Garten, Justin Blaha, Stephanie Stables; father, Eddie M. Garten; sister, Terri McHale; uncle, Wayne Liptrap and his wife Nancy; nephew, Derek McHale; and great nephew, Sean Jordaans. A memorial service will be held 1pm on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Hopewell chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in his honor. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.ż0aż0aż0aElizabeth Mae McDaniel, 62 of Waverly passed away on Friday March 28, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents, William E. and Mildred Aultman Lewis. Elizabeth had been an active member of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1974. She is survived by her husband, Joseph B. McDaniel Jr.; children, Michelle D. Van Sciver and her husband, Thomas, William McDaniel, Teresa R. Perkinson and her husband, Joe; grandchildren, Victoria A. Dempsey, Robert D. Dempsey, Whitney D. Dempsey; great-granddaughter, Veronica Skye; sisters, Sherry L. Lowe and her husband, Jack, Tracy L. Leary and her husband, Ben; aunts, Helen Goode and her husband, David, Ettie Bell Petree, Lillian Emerson; numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends. The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday April 2, 2014 at the Hopewell Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service. A memorial service will be held 3pm on Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 13301 Harrowgate Road Chester, VA 23831. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Jehovah’s Witnesses 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.ż0aż0aż0a H. Dailey Warren, 67, born June 7, 1946, formerly of Hopewell, VA died March 25 after a brief illness.ż0a He was a graduate of Hopewell High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He has resided in Atlanta, GA 45 years, where he retired from The World of Coca Cola Museum.ż0a Proceded in death by his parents Velma and Jimmy Sacra, Hubert Warren and brother Skipper Sacra. Survived by brother David Warren, sisters Sandy Hughes and Carol Perreault and long-time partner Bill Lane of Atlanta, and many nieces and nephews.ĦautoĦautoĦ28Ħdaisy002.jpgĦtate_002.jpgĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2Ħ41ĦpmĦ2ĦĦ1ĦĦĦdaisy002.jpgĦtate_002.jpgĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ126Ħ126ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ164Ħ126ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2014040210241ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ 6418Ħ1396486759Ħ2Ħ1396544520Ħ2Ħ4Ħ2Ħ2014ĦThomas Dale Falls To MatoacaĦ***image1:center*** Tommy Barron struggled in his start against the Warriors. Ħ***image1:left***CHESTER — The Thomas Dale boys varsity baseball team gave up five runs early in the first inning of their season opener against Matoaca, a quick deficit that stifled any offensive momentum in the Knights' 9-2 loss on Tuesday evening.ż0a ż0a"They jumped on us early and it's hard to kind of fight out of that hole, especially that first game, we had a little first game jitters," said Thomas Dale head coach Chris Marshall.ż0a ż0aBut that's not to say that Thomas Dale didn't have their chances for retaliation, finishing two innings with bases loaded, and several others with men on base, solid preparatory work with a failure to capitalize.ż0a ż0a"We left some guys out there and that's why I'm mainly disappointed [with the outcome]. I think we left 11 or 12 guys on. We gave up a ton, so that might not have mattered, but that can change the whole complexion of the game if we can put some runs on the board early," Marshall said.ż0a ż0aThe third inning showed some scoring promise for the Knights when junior Nathan Eaton grounded a single, stole two bases off of a Matoaca error and then sprinted home for the team's first run when three Warriors failed to catch a centerfield fly ball.ż0a ż0aSenior Collin Fleischer, whose centerfield hit allowed Eaton to score, made it to second base off of the play which soon turned into bases loaded for Thomas Dale.ż0a ż0aWith two outs, Blake Hartman took the bat, but was struck out by Matoaca's winning pitcher Craig Johnson and the inning was over.ż0a ż0aThomas Dale had another chance to grab some runs in the sixth inning, although at this point they were down by six runs, when Taylor Trueheart, Michael Domowicz and Brian Goodwyn had the bases loaded.ż0a ż0aBut this opportunity was taken away when Phil Van Keuren pitched two consecutive strikeouts to close the inning.ż0a ż0aJohnson gave up one run in the three innings he pitched for the Warriors, compared to losing pitcher Tommy Barron who gave up six runs in the five innings he pitched for Thomas Dale.ż0a ż0a"I give [Matoaca] credit. They got the job done, and they got timely hits when they needed them, and we didn't," Marshall said.ż0a ż0aThe job Marshall is speaking of was accomplished through offensive streaks, where eight of Matoaca's nine runs were scored in just two of the seven innings. Six Warriors earned runs in the win, led by Jake Bailey with three runs and an RBI and Rick Spiers with two runs and an RBI.ż0a ż0aEaton scored both runs for the Knights, and both Fleischer and Barron had an RBI in the loss.ż0a ż0aThomas Dale made it to the regional tournament last year, however Marshall has greater expectations this year from a veteran team, and he said that to fulfill this, hits need to come from up and down the batting order, rather than just at the top.ż0a ż0a"If we want to be great, and we want to be elite and we want to play with Cosby, James River, etc., we've got to score five or six runs a game. 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Ħ***image1:left***COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Coming into Tuesday night’s game against Petersburg the Colonials needed a jump start. The team had lost a couple close games in which they had had late leads, and consequently were two games below .500 at 2-4. A little bit of luck and some timely hitting, and they could just as easily be 4-2, but last inning losses to Fluvanna in extra innings and Monacan in the bottom of the seventh put them behind the eight ball in the standings.ż0aż0aAgainst the Crimson Wave, the team got the confidence builder they needed with a 19-0 victory. More than anything else, the team needed to get their bats working and create some timely hitting. That’s just what they got Tuesday, opening the game with a five-run inning and then collecting additional runs in every other inning, 3, 4, 5, and 2 in the second through fifth innings, respectively.ż0aż0a“It is a confidence builder; I just hope we use it. We had a good game against Collegiate, but then we sort of shot ourselves in the foot against Prince George. But this time we have a practice day before we host Dinwiddie Thursday,” Colonials Coach Chris Martin said.ż0aż0aFor the most part, he said, the team has good pitching. Amber Harris, returning to the mound after three years due to a series of shoulder problems, seems to be getting stronger in every outing, and Ashley Schoot, the old reliable senior gun slinger, give the Colonials a solid one-two punch in the circle.ż0aż0aHarris, who hadn’t pitched an inning since eighth grade, has continued a solid climb back into her old form. As a middle school pitcher, she was nearly untouchable. But the varsity game is different and the quality of play is a bit stiffer. Still, Martin said you can see her building confidence every outing and once she settles in she will be hard to handle for opposing batters. Against Petersburg, Harris held the team down through three innings, striking out the side in the second inning on 12 pitches.ż0aż0a“We probably don’t have enough time to go through all the stuff she has had going on. She hasn’t pitched since her 8th grade year. I have to be more patient with her because I just want her to throw strikes. To me it’s just amazing that she can even do it (pitch). I believe once she finds that release point she will be tough. Ashley Schoot is pitching well, too. It’s a luxury to have two good pitchers,” Martin said.ż0aż0aHarris and Schoot combined for a one-hitter against the Crimson Wave. Martin expects the pitching to get better, and hopes that the batting will pick up in the tougher games ahead. Their 17-hit attack against Petersburg may turn out to be just the kind of lift the team needs, he said.ż0aż0a“As long as we continue to hit the ball, we’ll be all right,’ he said. “Everybody got to play tonight, but we o