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Archives 04-12-2000



'Cats Win Two Of Three
Lady 'Cats Start With Three Wins
LA Players Receive Recognition


'Cats Win Two In District

By Dewain E. Peek

All eyes are on LA senior Chris Everley as a Homestead pitch comes toward the plate in Wednesday's 8-7 win over the visiting Florida team. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)


Two out of three ain't bad, or so the Meatloaf song goes. The Livingston Academy Wildcats won two out of three games played last week, upping their season record to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in District 8-AA.

After rainouts early last week, the 'Cats hosted Homestead, FL, on Wednesday, April 5. The LA bats struck early and struck often with Matthan Houser leading off with a home run. James Parsons was the powerhouse of the offense, hitting three homers in the game. Jerran Allen hit a key home run also.

The Wildcats scored 8 runs on 9 hits, and needed every run to defeat Homestead 8-7, capping the game with great defense to get the last out at first base with the tying run heading for home.

Wildcats Coach Steve Robbins said, "Overall, we played our best defensive game this year.

Shea Stout was credited with the win for LA, with Bryant Harmon receiving a well-deserved save.

"That was a big win," Coach Robbins said. "It helped us mentally."

Of Homestead's team, Coach Robbins said, "They were the best fielding crew that we've seen in quite a while.”

The following day, the Wildcats traveled to play Harriman. Livingston took the lead early and never looked back, defeating the host team 10-3.

Jerran Allen hit another home run, and Bryant Harmon went to 2-0 pitching with the win.

Coach Robbins said, "Bryant did a good job of keeping them off balance. We got some timely hits and played pretty good defense."

Then the 'Cats traveled to Smithville on Friday, April 7 to face district foe DeKalb County.

An first inning Tigers grand slam put the 'Cats in a catch-up position where they stayed throughout the game, ultimately losing 4-10. LA got 7 hits, but missed chances to capitalize on them. Errors also cost the 'Cats, 6 are usually too many to overcome.

Eric Johnson took the loss for LA.

"I was disappointed in Friday," Coach Robbins said. We left a bunch of men on.

"We played a little lethargic. We couldn't get the hits strung together. We'd get a couple of hits, then we couldn't drive them in.

"Our pitching wasn't as sharp as we'd have liked for it to be. We just couldn't get going."

The win pushed DeKalb County to 4-0 in District 8-AA and 11-1 overall.

"They've got a good team," Coach Robbins said. "Them and Upperman look like the teams to beat."

After traveling to Sparta to play the White County Warriors on Monday, April 10, the ‘Cats are scheduled to travel to Baxter to play Upperman in a district contest at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 13. The following day, LA will host the Celina Bulldogs in a 6 p.m. game.

Livingston Academy will host Kingston on Monday, April 17 at 6 p.m., then will host a double-header against district rival Smith County on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 4:30 p.m.




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Lady 'Cats Start With Three Wins
By Dewain E. Peek

Jamie Boles was instrumental in the Lady ‘Cats opening win against York Institute. (OCN file photo by Dewain E. Peek)


Three wins in a row greeted the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats as they started the 2000 high school softball season.

"We did great. We did really well,” Lady ‘Cats Coach Danny McCormick said. Rainouts marred the early week schedule, then the Lady Wildcats traveled to Jamestown on Thursday, April 6 to take on the York Institute Lady Dragons in a District 8-AA contest.

"We played extremely well. It was one of the best games we've played," Coach McCormick said.

"We beat them 11-0. Courtney (Curtis) struck out 15, allowing only a single in the game.

"Jamie Boles just crushed one over the left field fence for a solo home run. Then Letrice Smith opened up the next inning with a long, deep home run to right center field. We had maybe 10 base hits total.

"No errors, made every play in the field that we needed to make.

"The best part was that we executed well. That's something we hadn't been doing but we're doing right now. Bunt and run, hit and run, everything that I asked them to do, they did."

Along with the heroics of Jamie Boles and Letrice Smith, senior Julie Boles contributed 3 hits, including a double and 2 singles, while sophomore catcher Hannah Stafford added 2 hits, including an RBI double.

The following evening, the Lady 'Cats traveled to play a double-header against Clinton County, KY.

"We really played well again," Coach McCormick said. "Executed perfectly. We bunted the ball, drove them crazy bunting the ball. We got timely hits.

"Courtney in the two games struck out 18."

Curtis struck out 12 in the first game, allowing only 2 singles, then struck out 6 in the second game, allowing only 2 hits.

LA won both games, the first 6-0, the second 7-0.

In the first game, Hannah Stafford went 3 for 3, Letrice Smith was 3 for 4, and Brook Thompson went 3 for 3.

In the second game, Hannah Stafford, Letrice Smith, and Melissa Prichard each had 2 hits.

Courtney Curtis and the Lady Wildcats defense had given up no runs through the first three games of the season.

Now the Lady Wildcats charge into the thick of their district play. After hosting district opponent Jackson County on Monday, April 10, and district foe Upperman on Tuesday, April 11, the Lady ‘Cats travel to Carthage on Wednesday, April 12 to take on the Smith County Owlettes in another district game, followed the next day by a district double-header at Woodbury against the Cannon County Lady Lions. The Lady Wildcats will then travel to Smithville for a district game on Monday, April 17 to take on the DeKalb County Lady Tigers.

"After this week we may be leading the district or we may be way behind," Coach McCormick said.

"If we play like we're playing right now, that's just all I can ask. Win or lose, I'll take the way we're playing right now.

"Defensively we look smooth. Offensively, we're not big hitters, but so far we've made the best of every opportunities we've had. Letrice Smith is just killing the ball. Right now she's hitting everything hard. Hannah Stafford is hitting the ball consistently."


LA Players Receive Recognition

Three Livingston Academy basketball players were recently honored with selection to the Herald-Citizen All-Upper Cumberland Team.

Lady Wildcats senior Andrea Brown was named the Player of the Year. Teammate Jenna Baltimore was also named the All-Upper Cumberland Girls First Team.

LA's Stephanie Sullivan was given Honorable Mention.

LA Wildcats senior Jerran Allen was named to the Herald-Citizen All-Upper Cumberland Boys Second Team.

LA's David Stockton and Andy Allred both received Honorable Mention.

Andrea Brown has also been selected to play in the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association (TACA) East-West game as a representative on the East team. Teammates on the East team will be Jackson County's Heather Davidson and Cookeville's Kristen Klemm. The game is scheduled for June 30 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.

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