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Archives 04-26-2000



Wildcats Win Two, Lose Two
Lady 'Cats Win 3 In District
LA Soccer Team Defeats Boyd Christian 10-0
Men's Softball League Season Underway



Wildcats Win Two, Lose Two
By Dewain E. Peek

Derek Knappenberger takes a good cut fot he Wildcats in the 27-0 win over Celina. (Photo by Dewain E. Peek)



The Livingston Academy Wildcats Baseball Team split last week's play, winning two games and losing two.

The team began the week with a double-header against the Smith County Owls on Tuesday, April 18.

"We split the double-header with Smith County," Wildcats Coach Steve Robbins said.

LA dropped the first game 3-5, handing pitcher Matthan Houser a loss.

"He did a good job,” Coach Robbins said. "We just didn't help him with the bats. It just looked like at any time we would break it open, but we didn't.

"We played pretty well, but we didn't get the hits when we needed them. They threw a left-handed pitcher that kept us off balance a little bit. We popped up a lot."

The second game was a reversal of fortune for the 'Cats, with LA winning 5-1.

"Bryant Harmon pitched and did a really good job,” Coach Robbins said. Shea Stout got the save.

"He got us out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh,” Robbins said.

"We got some big hits early. We got the lead and held on."

Jerran Allen went 2 for 4 in the game, as did James Parsons. Josh Parsons went 2 for 3, and DerekKnappenberger drove in two runs.

The 'Cats hosted Celina on Wednesday, April 19 and overpowered the Bulldogs 27-0.

Eric Johnson threw a no-hitter, allowing only one walk in the game and an LA error allowed a second baserunner late in the game.

"Johnson did just a super job," Coach Robbins said. The 'Cats scored 15 runs in the first inning, capped by a Brandon Smith grand slam.

The Wildcats then hosted the Jackson County Blue Devils on Thursday, April 20. LA lost 3-5. The loss was charged to Jerran Allen.

"Jerran pitched and did an excellent job," Coach Robbins said. "He deserved to win.

"We left a lot of men on base. We made four errors, which is too many.

"The hitting is coming and going. The pitching is good. All week we threw the ball well."

After a scheduled double-header with Upperman on Tuesday, April 25, Livingston Academy will host the York Institute Dragons on Thursday, April 27. The following day, LA will host the DeKalb County Tigers, then LA will host the Cannon County Lions at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The 'Cats will then travel to Woodbury to play Cannon County on Monday, May 1.

Lady 'Cats Win 3 In District

By Dewain E. Peek

Livingston Academy senior Julie Boles has been a clutch hitter for the Lady Wildcats in their recent wins. (OCN file photo by Dewain E. Peek)



The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats improved to 7-1 in District 8-AA with three wins last week, also moving their overall record to 11-1.

The Lady 'Cats opened the week's play with a double-header at Woodbury against the Cannon County Lady Lions on Tuesday, April 18.

Game 1 was a 6-0 win for LA as the Lady ‘Cats made the most of an 11 hit attack. Leadoff hitter Julie Boles went 2 for 4, Melissa Prichard continued her hot hitting with a 2 for 3 day that included 3 runs batted in, power hitting shortstop Letrice Smith went 2 for 3, including a long triple, Brook Thompson contributed 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Lacey White, Stacey Bishop, and Courtney Curtis each singled.

Lady 'Cats Coach Danny McCormick said, "Courtney Curtis delivered another outstanding performance on the mound, striking out three, while allowing only one hit."

Strong pitching and sound defense secured a 3-1 win in game 2, according to Coach McCormick. Though the bats were mostly silent, a few walks and aggressive base running produced enough runs for the victory.

Courtney Curtis closed the Lady Lions down on a pair of hits, according to Coach McCormick.

The Lady Wildcats then traveled to Baxter on Thursday, April 20 to take on the Upperman Lady Bees.

"For the second time this season, we had to go to extra innings to defeat Upperman, " Coach McCormick said. "It was probably to best example of how LA has played all season, with everyone on the team making a contribution for the win. It was indicative of the way we've played all year, very gutty. It's like we're doing it with smoke and mirrors, but every game somebody else steps up."

Melissa Prichard led the hitting attack, going 3 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI. Letrice Smith continued her torrid hitting with a single and a triple, and driving in a run. Sophomore catcher Hannah Stafford raised her team leading batting average to .433 with a 2 for 4 performance.

"But it was the hitting performance of our bench that probably secured the win," Coach McCormick said. Lauren Linder had a pinch-hit single, and was brought home by a pinch-hit double by junior Lacey White.

"This kept us in the ball game until Jamie Boles delivered a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Cory Parsons with what proved to be the winning run in the 8th inning,” Coach McCormick said.

Courtney Curtis struck out 5, but the Lady Bees stung her for 11 hits to keep the pressure on for eight innings.

"We did well," Coach McCormick said. "They're playing real well. I'm real proud of them.

"Letrice Smith has had some errors this year, but she's also got a lot of heart. Against Upperman, I think she had six defensive outs and made some tremendous plays. Upperman could have gone ahead and they hit a line shot and she goes in the hole, from her knee catches the ball, and from her knee throws the girl out.

"It's a great team effort. They've just done it all.

"Jamie Boles is struggling a little bit at the plate right now, but she had a key bunt that basically drove in the winning run. I put her in the leadoff spot and she doing a good job there.

"Melissa Prichard, I cannot say enough about her. This kid is hitting like crazy.

"Cory Parsons who plays first base for us is just unbelievable. So many times they throw that ball and she stretches out and makes the play. She makes our infielders look so good. They know they don't have to be perfect, that Cory's going to bail them out of trouble sometimes.

"Hannah Stafford has absolutely no errors. She does a good job receiving Courtney. She's hitting over .400 as a sophomore. This kid is a natural hitter, a natural player.

"Courtney Curtis, I can't say enough about her. She's given up maybe eight walks all year, and has struck out over 60 hitters. She's doing a really good job.

"Every kid in this lineup is doing well."

The Lady Wildcats are scheduled to host the Smith County Owlettes at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. Livingston Academy is scheduled to host the DeKalb County Lady Tigers on Monday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m.

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LA Soccer Team Defeats Boyd Christian 10-0
By Dewain E. Peek

LA Soccer Team Defeats Boyd Christian 10-0 By Dewain E. Peek The Livingston Academy Wildcats boys soccer team cruised past district opponent Boyd Christian at home on Tuesday, April 18.

Sophomore Colin Smith was the major scorer for LA with 5 goals scored in the game. Freshman Cody Boles scored 2 goals, and senior Peter Beasley, sophomore Joseph McGill, and sophomore Matt O'Brien each scored a goal.

LA goalkeepers Matt O'Brien and Jonathan Beaty shared time to blank the district foe.

The ‘Cats soccer team will travel to play Mt. Juliet Christian on Thursday, April 27, then travel to Jamestown to take on the York Institute Dragons on Monday, May 1.

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Men's Softball League Season Underway

Overton County Men's Softball League opened play last week. Game scores are as follows:

Wednesday, April 19
West End Sports 20, D & R Paving 8
West End Sports - Roger Ledbetter 3 for 4, Barry Henry 2 for 2, Scott Barlow home run, Mark Meadows home run, Steve Boles home run.
D & R Paving - Jason Vaughn 3 for 3 with a home run, Ray Lee 3 for 3.

Huckeby Construction 14, Witt's 10
Huckeby Const. - Andy Parsons 3 for 4, Chris Story 3 for 4 with a home run, Kenny Tayes 3 for 5 with a home run.
Witt's - Shane Nivens 3 for 4 with a home run, Rat Westmoreland 3 for 4 with a home run, Barry Roach 3 for 4.

Lynn's Footwear 23, Highways Inc. 12
Lynn's - John Reagan 5 for 5, Steve Arms 4 for 4 with a home run, Johnny Painter 4 for 5, Eric Mitchell home run, Jeff Flowers home run. Highways - Chris Hunter 3 for 4 with a home run, Ken Gore 3 for 4, Tator Tayes home run.

Thursday, April 20
Lynn's Footwear 25, D & R Paving 12
Lynn's - Jeff Flowers 4 for 4, Johnny Painter 4 for 5, Eric Mitchell home run, John Reagan home run, James Robbins home run.
D & R Paving - Scott Stowe 3 for 3, Ray Lee 3 for 3, Josh Coffman 3 for 4 with a home run, Brian Everett home run, Billy Phipps home run.

Witt's vs. Crossville Ford rained out West End vs. Highways rained out


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