'Cats Win Three Of Four
LA Soccer Team Wins Two More
Lady 'Cats Win Three Of Four
By Dewain E. Peek
Livingston Academy's Cory Parson slides safely into third base
as Lady Wildcats Coach Danny McCormick emphatically signals. The
Lady ‘Cats won the game 5-1 against the Jackson County Lady Blue
Devils. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)
A much improved Jackson County Lady Blue Devils softball team proved
a tough test for the Lady Wildcats on Monday, April 10, but Livingston
Academy prevailed 5-1.
According to Lady Wildcats Coach Danny McCoin, Living-ston made
the most of four hits allowed by a tough Jackson County left-handed
"Cory Parsons connected for a long triple and was chased home
by Stacy Bishop's perfect sacrifice bunt, to set up one score,"
he said. "Then, in the sixth inning, Julie Boles and Hannah
Stafford had a double and a single and scored easily on Letrice
Smith's single up the middle.
"We're getting hits when we need them," he said. "We're
not overpowering people, but it seems we're getting some timely
"Our pitching and defense have just been great."
Courtney Curtis allowed only four hits, striking out 8. Curtis
was helped in the sixth inning by an over-the-shoulder catch by
second baseman Julie Boles, to kill a Jackson County rally.
The Lady Wildcats traveled to Carthage on Wednesday, April 12
to take on the Smith County Owlettes in another district game.
"We played a tough Smith County team," McCormick said.
"They were a lot like us. They didn't hit the ball real well,
but we didn't either. We couldn't get two or three runners in a
row to make any difference. "They had a runner on second in
the sixth inning and their cleanup hitter laced one in the gap and
The one run was the difference in the game as the Lady ‘Cats took
their first district loss of the year.
"Courtney Curtis struck out only three Lady Owls, but was
backed up with a good defensive effort,” Coach McCormick said.
Hannah Stafford, Melissa Prichard, and Lauren Linder each hit a
single in the game, the total offense for LA.
The Lady Wildcats made up a rainout from earlier in the week by
hosting the Upperman Lady Bees in yet another district game on Friday,
April 14. Upperman proved to be strong competition.
"We scored three in the bottom of the first, and they came
back and scored three in the top of the third to tie it, and it
stayed that way until the eighth," Coach McCormick said. "Very
appropriately, Julie Boles hit a one-out triple to left field. She
just killed the ball. It went all the way to the fence. Then her
sister, Jamie, hit an infield ball that Julie scored on.
"That's how we beat Upperman."
LA had 9 hits in the game. Melissa Prichard went 3 for 3, and Cory
Parsons hit a triple and a single.
The 4-3 win moved the Lady Wildcats to 4-1 in District 8-AA.
"Courtney pitched a beautiful game," Coach McCormick
said. She struck out 7, allowing only 3 hits, all in the same inning
and leading to Upperman runs.
"We're doing a lot of things right. We're keeping ourselves
in the ballgame, Coach McCormick said. "Through eight games
we have, maybe, four errors.
"We've been executing.
"I've been real pleased with them. We're getting solid play
from Letrice Smith at short. The seniors, I can't say enough about
Melissa Prichard was 3 for 3 against Upperman. She is hitting the
ball very well and playing a tough center field.
"Hannah Stafford has been playing real well. Until the last
game, she was hitting .643. She's just doing a great job for us."
Coach McCormick noted that Letrice Smith is hitting .391, and Melissa
Prichard is hitting .364.
"If you have good seniors, good captains, good leadership,
then you have a good team," he said. "I have the best.
I really do. Julie and Melissa and Courtney are just do a really
good job. They make my job a lot easier.
"That's all part of it, that communication. When you're talking
to each other and they know what the other one's thinking. They
know where to be and they back each other up."
The Lady Wildcats opened this week's play on Monday, April 17 with
a trip to Smithville to take the DeKalb County Lady. According to
Coach McCormick, LA made the most of their 7 hits to down the district
rival 3-1. Hot hitting Hannah Stafford went 2 for 4, power hitter
Letrice Smith had a long double, and Cory Parsons, Julie Boles,
and Courtney Curtis each singled. Jamie Boles added two singles
to round out the attack.
"The Lady 'Cats again sparkled on defense, turning two double
plays to kill DeKalb rallies," Coach McCormick said. Courtney
Curtis scattered 5 hits, while striking out 3 Lady Tigers to get
her eighth win.
The Lady 'Cats still have many district games ahead. After a double-header
at Cannon County on Tuesday, April 18, the Lady ‘Cats are scheduled
to travel to Baxter to take on Upperman again on Thursday, April
20. Then, Livingston Academy will host the York Institute Lady Dragons
in another district game at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 21.
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Team Wins Two More
By Dewain E. Peek
Snow and rain hindered play for the Livingston Academy boys soccer
team lately, but the team won two out of three games played over
the recent stretch of inclement weather.
A change of venue failed to keep the 'Cats from winning
2-0 against the White County Warriors on Thursday, April 13.
LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells explained why the game
was not played on the new field at Livingston Academy saying, "We
had to play on the old field because the new one was so wet. It's
a bog down there."
Scoring for LA against the Sparta team were Joseph
McGill and Peter Beasley.
The Wildcats got in a game at Friendship Christian
on Thursday, April 6 and came home with a 7-0 victory.
Colin Smith scored two goals, Silas Stoddart scored
two goals, Joseph McGill scored two goals, and Anthony Ognibene
scored a goal.
"Anthony hit this shot from mid-field,"
Coach Sells said. "It went up and just curves into the corner
of the net. He did it left-footed.”
Matt O'Brien and Jonathan Beaty shared goalkeeping
duties to shut out Friendship.
"Everybody got to play, which is good,"
Coach Sells said. Before spring break, Livingston played Cookeville
on March 23 and lost 1-4.
"They beat us through passing," Coach Sells
said. "They can really pass the ball.
That's something we didn't do in that game. We were
playing kick ball. We just have to do a better job passing the ball.
I tell them that's how you score goals, making passes, not dribbling,
not shooting the ball down the field every time. Make good passes.
We did much better against Friendship Christian.
"We're really playing well. We just have to pass
the ball a little bit better.
"Our defense is really good. They're solid."
After hosting Boyd Christian on Tuesday, April 18,
the ‘Cats will travel to play Boyd Christian in a game rescheduled
for Thursday, April 20. Livingston Academy will host Scott County
on Monday, April 24, then host Cookeville the following evening
in another rescheduled game.