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Archives 05-07-2003



LA Wildcats win two heading into tourney
LA Tennis falters in district play

Lady Cats take three softball wins to close season
LA track and fielders prepare for tourney
Cal Ripken
Babe Ruth League plays through week
K&J Inc. leads in county Men's Softball League


LA Wildcats win two heading into tourney


The Livingston Academy Wildcats baseball team closed the regular season with a District 7-AA win over Jackson County's Blue Devils on Tuesday, April 29.

Brian Colson had another no-hitter in the works until the bottom of the seventh inning, with two out, when a series of events led to a run for the Gainesboro team.

LA Wildcats Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said, "The last inning, he hit a guy. He went to second on a passed ball."

A couple of errors were committed and the runner came home.

"We just made a mental mistake and cost him," Coach Swallows said. Colson took it all in stride, according to Coach Swallows, who said his pitcher was happy to come away with a win.

Colson finished with a one-hitter, and LA winning 6-1. He struck out 6 in the win.

The game was played without LA seniors, who were living it up in Florida on their senior trip.

"It was a little preview of what we've got to look forward to next year, and I thought we did a good job," Coach Swallows said.

"We played well.

"We got some timely hits. Cody King hit a monster home run.

"We played pretty solid defense, again with young guys. We had a couple of guys who got a chance to start for the first time, and they did a good job. Shane Livingston and John Ward, both started their first game of the year, and played well.

Except for some freshmen, every player on the current roster has seen playing time this year.

"I was pleased we were able to do that," Coach Swallows said.

The win closed regular season district play for LA with an 11-1 record in 7-AA.

The Cats played a tune-up game on Friday, May 2 against McCallie School, a private school from Chattanooga.

Coach Swallows didn't want his team sitting dormant awaiting this week's District 7-AA Tournament at Wildcat Field.

"It also gave the seniors a chance to get back into the swing of things," he said. Though LA took a 3-6 loss, Coach Swallows was impressed with the way the team played.

"I thought we played really, really well against a very good club," he said.

"We hit the ball pretty well against them.

"Our pitching was pretty solid. Our defense made a couple of mistakes, but yet, if we can play the way we played on Friday night, we've got a chance to win this thing."

The Cats were scheduled to start their part of the tournament on Monday night against Cannon County, but the game was pushed back because of rain.

On the other side of the bracket, a much-improved Upperman High School Bees team will open tournament play at Wildcat Field by taking on the rock-solid Tigers of DeKalb County.


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LA Tennis falters in district play


Livingston Academy was scheduled to enter the final stage of the regular season on Thursday, April 24 in matches against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, but were unable thanks to a rainstorm in the Mt. Juliet area.

Without a date available in the tennis calendar before the district tournaments, the matches were canceled.

On Friday, May 2, Livingston finally closed out the regular season in a home set against Cannon County.

"All I can say is that the girls won and the boys lost," LA Tennis Coach Rick Moles said, verbally constructing a microcosm of the entire season.

Moving onward and upward, the Lady Cats cruised into the district tournament with first round opponent DeKalb County locked into their sights. The girls swarmed the defenseless Tigers, blasting the non-ferocious felines in a 4-0 victory.

The LA boys took to the court against Celina in a hotly-contested first round clash. Both teams fought tooth and nail throughout the match, but the Bulldogs proved to be top dog, devouring the Cats in the final set, winning 4-3.

"It could have gone either way," Moles said of the district tourney loss. "We had a couple games that went right down to the wire, and they could have actually won their first round of the district tournaments. But as it turned out, the boys lost. But I'm really proud of them, they all played well."

With an invitation to the second round in hand, the girls faced Mt. Juliet. With their previous opportunity for Lady Bear domination washing out, LA failed to contend with the powerful Mt. Juliet girls, losing 4-1.

"Their girls came to play and ours didn't," Moles said.

Coach Moles was disappointed with the girls' loss, but believed that all was not lost.

"I would like to have seen the girls team go on to the district finals; they should have. They should have beaten Mt. Juliet. But, you know, it's high school tennis. Some days you're on, and some days you're off."

Selected Wildcats looked to continue their tournament run in the individuals competition, which was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 6.



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Lady Cats take three softball wins to close season

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Livingston Academy's Ashley Howard digs for first base as teammate Stasha Babb rounds third in Wednesday's nail-biting win over the Lady Bees of Upperman High School.



One, two, three strikes, you're out is the way it is at the old ball game, but it was one, two, three wins and a number 4 seed in the upcoming District 7-AA softball tournament the Livingston Academy softball team won this past week.

Although playing without their two seniors for the first two games of last week's series, the girls proved to be victorious.

The barrage of awesomeness began last Tuesday, April 29, when the Lady Cats traveled to Jackson County to take on the Lady Blue Devils.

In the first inning, LA couldn't really get the balls flying offensively and scored no runs to Jackson County's one run. The Blue Devils also scored a run in the second inning, but it was all good because the Livingston sluggers brought 2 around the bases in inning number 2.

LA outscored Jackson County 1-0 in the third inning, and 3-0 in the fourth inning, batting themselves to a 6-2 lead going into the fifth inning. LA didn't do anything offensively for the rest of the game, but they didn't need to, as Jackson County only managed to cough up 2 more runs in the game, thereby giving LA the 6-4 victory.

Scoring runs for Livingston were Aspen Allen, Stasha Babb, Andrea Borden, Sarah Maynord, Lisa Reeder, and Kristie Dillon.

Lady Cats Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "It was pretty close throughout. They stayed right with us. But we played well together as a team and scored enough runs to pull out a victory."

The next day, Wednesday, April 30, the Lady Cats came home to take on the Bees of Upperman High School. LA was ahead 1-0 after the first inning, but their offense went stagnant and the Bees started buzzing, scoring 5 runs over the course of the second, third, and fourth innings.

LA's bats woke up and smelled the field in the fifth, however, as LA scored 5 runs to Upperman's 1, tying the score at 6 apiece going into the sixth inning. The sixth inning was offensively quiet for both teams, but it was LA's Kristie Dillon in the seventh driving in Ashley Howard for the game-winning run and the 7-6 victory.

Scoring runs for LA were Aspen Allen, with 2, and Stasha Babb, Sarah Maynord, Ashley Howard, Lisa Reeder, and Casey Emerton with a run apiece.

Coach Johnson said, "I'm really proud that we came from behind the way we did. The girls played really hard and never gave up. The win solidified our fourth place standing in the district."

The following night, LA's seniors were back for their final home game. Being senior night, LA 12th graders Ashley Johnson and Althea Allred were recognized for their years of service to the school's softball program. The game was played against the Bulldogs of Celina.

The first inning split between the teams, 1-1. After that, except for one run scored in the fourth by Celina, LA dominated to the extreme, scoring 11 more runs. They scored 1 in the second inning, 3 in the third, 4 in the fifth, and 3 in the sixth. LA took the victory, 12-2.

Coach Johnson said, "Our seniors hadn't played ball in a week, as they were gone on senior trip, but they both came back and contributed. I'm glad to see their last home game go out as a win."

As the opening games of the District 7-AA softball tournament in Smithville slated for Monday, May 5 were moved back due to recent severe weather activity, the Lady Cats will play on Tuesday, May 6 at 4 p.m. against Cannon County. The teams split the season series with Cannon County, 1-1. If the girls win, they will play the following day at 5:30 p.m. If they happen to lose the game, they will next play Thursday, May 8, at 4 p.m.





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LA track and fielders prepare for tourney


The LA Wildcats track and field team is set to compete in the district tournament at Nashville's David Lipscomb High School next week.

Set to compete for the Cats are Crystal Kinnaird, who will do her thing in the 100-meter dash on Monday, May 12, and the long-jump the following day, Casey Ledbetter, who will run the 2-mile on Monday, and Chris Looper, an 800-meter competitor on Monday.

The top eight qualifiers from Monday's track events will go on to compete in Thursday's district final. The top two finishers from those events will move on to the state tournament in Memphis.



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Cal Ripken


Cal Ripken 9-10 League play continues

Family Dentistry remains the top team in Overton County's Cal Ripken 9-10 year-old League. Game scores are as follows:

Thursday, April 24
Family Dentistry 23, First National Bank 4

M.J. Lockhart and Chance Clark had 3 hits each for Family Dentistry.

Marshall Cannon had 3 hits and Justin Savage had 2 hits for FNB.

American Bank & Trust 12, Upper Cumberland Sports 11

UC Sports took on AB&T in a wild game. AB&T took a commanding lead in the early going; however, UC Sports would not quit and mounted a gallant comeback, only to fall a run short at 11-12.

UC Sports was led by Johnathan Melton with an inside the park home run. AB&T was led in hitting by Paxton Eldridge, and he was also the winning pitcher.


Monday, April 28
Family Dentistry 11, American Bank & Trust 11

Undefeated Family Dentistry took an 11-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth only to see AB&T rally for 7 unanswered runs to tie the score at 11-11. The game ended in a tie because of the time limit rule.

Family Dentistry was led by Chance Clark with 3 hits and 4 runs scored.

Brandon Anderson scored 3 runs for AB&T.

Livingston Regional Hospital 10, First National Bank 9

LRH was led by Colby Reeder with 3 hits.

Marshall Cannon had 2 hits for FNB.


Saturday, May 3
American Bank & Trust 11, Livingston Regional Hospital 4

AB&T broke the game open with 5 runs in the top of the sixth inning.

AB&T had 2 hits each from Paxton Eldridge, Shaun Hale, and Ethan Taylor.

LRH was led with 2 hits each from Jim Officer and C.J. Ramsey.

Cal Ripken
9-10 League
Standings W L T
Family Dentistry 5 0 1
LRH 3 2 0
American Bank & Trust 2 2 2
First National Bank 1 4 0
UC Sports 0 3 1


Swallows keeps lead in Cal Ripken 11-12
Swallows Insurance kept the lead in Overton County's Cal Ripken 11-12 year-old league standings last week.

Game scores for recent games are as follows:

Friday, April 25
First National 8, ENE 5
The game was called in the top of the fourth inning with 30 minutes left.

Monday, April 28
Walthall 9, ENE 7
Union Bank 2, FNB 2
The game was tied in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Tuesday, April 29
Swallows Insurance 11, Walthall Trucking 2
Kendall Melton hit a home run for Swallows.
First National Bank 9, Union Bank 0
Lee Gatts hit 2 home runs for FNB, and Cody Stafford hit a home run for FNB.

Friday, May 2
Swallows 13, ENE 0
Livingston Limestone 2, Walthall Trucking 1

Saturday, May 3
First National Bank 5, Swallows Insurance 2
Cody Stafford hit a home run for FNB.
Union Bank 8, Livingston Limestone 7

Cal Ripken
10-11 League Standings
W L Inc.
Swallows Insurance 6 1
Livingston Limestone 4 2
First National Bank 3 1 2
Union Bank 1 3 1
Walthall Trucking 1 4
ENE 4 1



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Babe Ruth League plays through week

Byrdstown Medical Center scored eight times in the first inning on the way to a 13-8 win over Copeland Trucking in Overton County Babe Ruth League action Monday, April 28. Jamie Vaughn hit the season's first home run. In the nightcap, American Bank & Trust opened their season with a 5-3 win over Mark White Tire, despite a big night at the plate by Zack Ramsey.

Raleigh Thompson doubled and tripled to lead the way for American Bank & Trust.

On Tuesday, April 29, Tyler Sells and Brian Scott shut down the Union Bank & Trust bats as Livingston Family Dentistry opened their season with a 6-1 win.

In the second game of the night, nine different players scored as Mark White Tire defeated Dale Hollow Power Sports 13-1.

Union Bank outlasted American Bank & Trust 7-6 in Friday night's opening game. Josh Carwile struck out the side in the sixth inning to save the win for Union Bank.

Livingston Family Dentistry's bats were hot in the second game, as they beat Byrdstown Medical Center 14-2. Levi Holt led the offensive surge, scoring three times and stroking a pair of doubles.

In the first game of Saturday, May 3, Copeland Trucking edged Livingston Family Dentistry 5-1 behind Daniel Elder's complete game. Matt Lee and Cody Winton each had two doubles and scored twice for Copeland Trucking.

Josh Coffman had three hits and scored twice to lead American Bank & Trust past Byrdstown Medical Center 10-3 in Saturday's other game.



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K&J Inc. leads in county Men's Softball League

K&J Inc. leads in Overton County Men's Softball League after last week's play.

Game scores for last week are as follows:

Wednesday, April 30

Byrdstown Dairy Queen 17, Livingston Labeling 2

Byrdstown Dairy Queen – Chris Pryor 3 for 3, Lonnie Reeder 3 for 3, Chuck Cooper 3 for 3, and Bobby McDougal 2 for 3 with a home run.

Livingston Labeling – Brandon Mullins 2 for 2, and Wayne 2 for 2.

Berkline 16, Jaycees 15

Berkline – Kelly Taylor 3 for 3, Donnie Hall 3 for 3, and Perry Kingery 2 for 3 with a home run.

Jaycees – Derrick Boles 3 for 3 with a home run, and Leon Harris 3 for 3.

Pug's Tanks 21, T.K.M. Construction 13

Pug's Tanks – Josh Parsons 4 for 4 with a home run, Jonathan Cummings 4 for 4, James Parsons 3 for 3 with a home run, Tony Coffee 3 for 3 with a home run, and Matt Jolley 3 for 4 with 2 home runs.

T.K.M. Construction – Brooks Cherry 3 for 4 with a home run, Brent Burchett hit a home run, and Brett Burchett hit a home run.

Huckeby Construction 15, Medlin Motor Sports 5

Huckeby Construction – Terry Kingery 3 for 4 with a home run, Waylon Ledbetter 3 for 4, Allen Lewis 2 for 2, Laddel Medley 2 for 3 with a home run, and Mark Neely 2 for 3 with a home run.

Medlin Motor Sports – Keith Miller 1 for 1.

Thursday, May 1

K&J Inc. 12, Anderson Express Market 8

K&J Inc. – Mike Hall 3 for 3, Gerald Clark 2 for 3 with 2 home runs, Billy Witt 2 for 3, Jerran Allen 2 for 3, and Elliott Poston 2 for 3.

Anderson Express Market – Jerry Arms 3 for 3, Kelly Spivey 2 for 3 with a home run, Larry Watson 2 for 3 with a home run, Derek Anderson 2 for 3 with a home run, Gary Watson 2 for 3 with a home run, and Joey Eads hit a home run.

Medlin Motor Sports 20, Miller Lite 11

Medlin Motor Sports – Phil Hastings 3 for 3, David Jackson 3 for 4, Jeff Hammock 3 for 4, and Keith Miller hit a home run.

Miller Lite – David Ledbetter 2 for 2, Jade McDonald 2 for 3 with a home run, Chris Farmer 2 for 3, Jeremy McDonald 2 for 3, and Chris Everly 2 for 3.

Pug's Tanks 24, Huckeby Construction 16

Pug's Tanks – Steve Thompson 4 for 5 with a home run, John Brooks 3 for 3, Josh Parsons 3 for 4 with a home run, James Parsons hit 2 home runs, and Matt Jolley hit a home run.

Huckeby Construction – Laddel Medley 3 for 3 with a home run, Mickey Huckeby 2 for 2, Waylon Ledbetter hit 2 home runs, and Tracey Welch hit a home run.

Livingston Labeling 22, Berkline 20

Livingston Labeling – Joey Copeland 5 for 5, Steve Smith 3 for 4, Wayne Sells 3 for 5, Brandon Mullins 3 for 5, and Cecil Myers 3 for 5.

Berkline – Perry Kingery 4 for 4 with a home run, Jason Phipps 3 for 4, Jacob Cummings 3 for 4, and Jeff Garrett hit a home run.

Home Run Leaders
Derrick Boles, Jaycees 5
Perry Kingery, Berkline 4
Larry Watson, Anderson 3
Matt Jolley, Pug's Tanks 3
James Parsons, Pug's Tanks 3
Laddel Medley, Huckeby 3

Men's League Standings
W L K & J Inc. 3 0
Pug's Tanks 2 0
Anderson Exp. Mkt. 2 1
Huckeby Construction 2 1
Berkline 2 2
T.K.M. Construction 1 1
Jaycees 1 2
Medlin Motor Sports 1 2
Byrdstown Dairy Queen 1 2
Livingston Labeling 1 3
Miller Lite 0 2




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