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Lady 'Cats Close Out Regular Season
LA Soccer Closes Out Regular Season

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Lady 'Cats Close Out Regular Season
By Dewain E. Peek OCN staff

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

LA's Bethany Greenwood is out at home in a close play against Jackson County last Thursday.

 

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team closed the regular season with two strong performances last week, a win over Cannon County and a loss to Jackson County.

LA defeated Cannon County 5-0 Wednesday, May 2 with a strong pitching performance by freshman pitcher Amanda Dodson. She struck out 6 while allowing just 1 hit, a bloop single. Dodson was backed by an errorless defensive effort by the entire team.

Lady 'Cats Coach Danny McCormick said, "I was real proud of them. I had a few girls step in that had very little experience and they played well. "Every kid on the team had either a hit or a defensive play, no errors. Amanda pitched as well as she has pitched all year. They're kind of coming together."

Offensively, freshman Aspen Allen went 3 for 4, including 2 doubles and a run batted in. Junior Hannah Stafford went 1 for 2 and had a sacrifice bunt, and fellow junior Jamie Boles went 2 for 2 and stole a base.

Cleanup hitter freshman Bethany Greenwood went 1 for 3 and drove in a run. Sophomore Ashley Johnson went 2 for 3 and drove in 2 runs. Freshman Cassandra Cobble went 1 for 2, and fellow sophomore Althea Allred went 1 for 2.

Freshman Sarah Maynord was flawless in the field, and has no errors on the season.

Jackson County visited LA on Thursday, May 3 and defeated the Lady 'Cats 4-0. Although a loss, LA played strong defense and had chances on offense, loading the bases at one point. A great over the shoulder catch by the Lady Blue Devils shortstop killed an LA rally. Every time the Lady 'Cats would seem to have the Lady Blue Devils pitcher on the ropes, a play was made or she would toughen up for a strikeout at a key time.

"If they can put together a few hits at the right time, and we had our chances against Jackson County a couple of times, a hit would have made the difference," Coach McCormick said.

On the mound, Amanda Dodson struck out 3 Jackson County batters and allowed 6 hits.

On offense, Aspen Allen went 2 for 4, and is now hitting .429 for the season. Hannah Stafford went 1 for 3, and is now hitting .314 on the season. Ashley Johnson went 1 for 2, and is now hitting .294.

Jamie Boles is hitting .333 on the season.

Defensively, Althea Allred made play after play at first base.

"She's played well," Coach McCormick said. "There's nothing fancy about it.

"Right down the line, they are blue collar players. They just get the job done. They aren't going to do anything fancy.

"Althea has handled it. She's not fancy but she makes every catch that comes her way. She's made every stop, so far, that's been driven at her. And each kid's doing their job."

Second baseman Bethany Greenwood showed poise on a bobble, pickup and throw to get an out in Thursday's game. Greenwood has no errors so far.

In an earlier game, third baseman Cassandra Cobble showed quick reflexes with a stab of a line drive.

"Cassandra has played a backup role and she's played well," Coach McCormick said.

Also surehanded is Sarah Maynord in left field with no errors so far.

"Hannah Stafford is doing a good job at catching," Coach McCormick said. "Jamie Boles has moved into shortstop and is doing an outstanding job there."

LA wound up in fifth place in the district and were scheduled to play Jackson County again in the opening round of the Class 8-AA District Tournament to be played at Upperman on Monday.

"This is fun for us," Coach McCormick said. "It's a double elimination tournament. You get the right hits at the right time, the ball bounces right in a short tournament like this, if you've got some talent, and we do, there's no telling what can happen.

"Last year we went in 11-1, expected to win and didn't handle pressure very well. This year we go in the extreme opposite. Nobody expects anything, so we're there to muddy the waters. You never know.

"I feel like we have a chance against every team we play. But regardless of whether we win or lose, we're going to come out of this tournament positive, knowing that we can play with them."

 

LA Soccer Closes Out Regular Season
By Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Livingston Academy's Silas Stoddart begins to celebrate after scoring a goal against the visiting York Dragons on Monday, April 30.

 

The Livingston Academy Soccer Team completed the regular season last week with one win, one loss, and one tie. This leaves LA's regular season record standing at 11-2, and 1 tie, their district record 9-1 and 1 tie.

The 'Cats hosted the York Dragons on Monday, April 30. The 'Cats attacked on the offensive end of the field by taking 21 shots on goal, and defeated the dragons 5-1. LA's defense also played well, holding York to only 1 goal and 10 shots on goal.

Scoring goals for the 'Cats, Ricky Schindler had 2 goals, Colin Smith had 2 goals, and Silas Stoddart had a goal. LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "We really played well, especially our defense. They only had 10 shots on goal in the whole game."

The 'Cats then faced Mount Juliet Christian on Tuesday, May 1 in a very important game for the ‘Cats. The winner would walk away as the district champions.

LA and Mount Juliet Christian battled to the finish, but in the end neither team could claim a win. LA tied Mount Juliet Christian 2-2. The tie put Mount Juliet Christian in the first place spot with Livingston Academy in second.

Scoring goals for the 'Cats, Ricky Schindler had a goal, and Colin Smith had a goal. LA took 20 shots on goal.

"This was the best game we have played all year," Coach Rick Sells said. "We executed on offense and defense and just played an overall great game."

The 'Cats then traveled to Cookeville to face the Cavaliers on Thursday, May 3. The ‘Cats were shut out by the Cavaliers by a score of 3-0. LA struggled offensively throughout the game, taking only 6 shots on goal.

"Cookeville is the best team we have played all season," Coach Sells said. "We hardly got the ball down the field on them, but we hustled and did not quit so I am happy with our performance."

The 'Cats were scheduled to face the York Dragons again on Monday, May 7 in the first round of the district tournament.

 

Schedules

Livingston Academy Softball Schedule 2001
*District Tournament May 7 - May 11

Livingston Academy Baseball Schedule 2001
May 5-11 District Tournament TBA
May 14-16 Regional Tournament TBA
May 18 Sectionals TBA May 22-25
State Tournament Engel Stadium TBA

Livingston Academy Men's Soccer Schedule 2001
May 7 Sparta Away 5:00
Coach: Rick Sells, Principal: Gary Ledbetter, Athletic Director: Howard Miller

 

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