Wildcats win two heading into tourney
LA Tennis falters in district play
Lady Cats take three softball wins to close
LA track and fielders prepare for tourney
Babe Ruth League plays through week
K&J Inc. leads in county Men's Softball League
LA Wildcats win two heading
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
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
"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
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
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
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,
"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,
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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.
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
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
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
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
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
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
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
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 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
Family Dentistry was led by Chance Clark with 3 hits and 4 runs
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
LRH was led with 2 hits each from Jim Officer and C.J. Ramsey.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Livingston Labeling – Brandon Mullins 2 for 2, and Wayne 2 for
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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