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Lady '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 pitcher.

"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 hits.

"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 scored her."

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 them."

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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LA Soccer 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.




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