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Chapter 4 in Jamestown-Grafton baseball rivalry is for a state final berth

Chapter 4 in Jamestown-Grafton baseball rivalry is for a state final berth

Matt Lewellen has been to the baseball state semifinals three times with Grafton, one as a player and two as a coach. Jamestown reached that stage just two years ago.

Neither Bay Rivers District program has played for a state championship, but one will do so for sure on Saturday at Salem Memorial Stadium. The reason is that Grafton (22-2) meets Jamestown (18-5) in the Class 4 semifinals at 10 a.m. Friday at Kiwanis Field in Salem.

Kiwanis, a Depression-era park that opened during Herbert Hoover’s final year (1932) as president, conjures memories for Lewellen. He was the second baseman for the 2000 Clippers, who played there in the state semis.

His head coach was Bob...

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