close successful baseball season
Cats place runner-up in soccer regional
County Girls Softball League play underway
K&J Inc. holds lead in Men's Softball League
Copeland holds lead in Babe
Cats close successful
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Senior Todd Rose batted .402 on the 2003 season, with 6 home runs,
and stole 15 bases. He was named All-District.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats' baseball season came to an abrupt
end Monday, May 12 in the region semifinals, ending a very successful
season for the team.
The 11-0 loss to Greenbrier gave the Cats a 21-11-1 overall record
for the 2003 season.
LA Wildcats Coach Pat Swallows said of Greenbrier, "We ran
into a very good ballclub. They were solid up and down the lineup.
"They threw a kid that threw hard, and we hadn't seen a kid
throw that hard since White County. So, we had a hard time catching
up with him.
"They got some breaks and we didn't. We made some mistakes
that cost us.
"We had a great year, but we would certainly have liked to
have played better the last game."
Looking back at the season, Coach Swallows said, "I'm real
proud of the way they kept battling all year long, and we had our
ups and downs.
"In review of the season, I couldn't ask for any better kids.
They did everything that we asked of them, and more. They worked
hard. We played some really good people.
"I guess everyone measures 20-win seasons as the benchmark,"
"We accomplished that. "We accomplished winning the regular
season district championship, a goal that we set for ourselves.
We accomplished winning the district tournament championship.
"And of course, we wanted to continue, but, as I told them,
unless you win the state championship, you always end the year with
Though still a solid team, the Wildcats will have to fill the shoes
of three departing seniors who provided measurable leadership on
the field – Kyle Copeland, Todd Rose, and Michael Poston.
"We had three seniors who are going to be really hard to replace.
They just led us all year long in everything that we did, with home
runs, and wins on the mound, and defense, and stolen bases.
"All of our awards are pretty much going to go to the seniors
because of the year that they had."
On the mound, Copeland posted a 9-1 record with a 1.80 earned run
average and 81 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched. He also hit .423.
Those stats were good for garnering the District 7-AA Most Valuable
Rose batted .402 on the season, with 6 home runs, and stole 15
Poston batted .374 while driving in 25 runs and hitting 6 home
runs. He also won a couple of games on the mound.
The two were named to the All-District Team, as were teammates
Cody King, a junior, and sophomores Cody Sells and Brian Colson.
Looking to next year, Coach Swallows believes the team will still
be a contender.
"We've got a solid pitching staff coming back, and a starting
catcher,” he said. "We are returning six starters.
"I'm very optimistic about how we will do next year."
One of the standout surprises of the 2003 season was the aforementioned
catcher, sophomore Chris Nelson.
"We had a lot of people who improved from the start of the
year to the end of the year," Coach Swallows said, "but
I honestly think Chris is one of the better ones. He just did a
great job behind the plate.
"We struggled early in the year with a lot of passed balls.
He stepped in and did just a great job blocking the ball, framing
"In the tournament game against Cannon, he threw out four
in that one game."
In summary, Coach Swallows said, "We've got a chance to continue
to be good."
He has good reason to be confident in this team. The Cats were
11-2 at Wildcat Field this year, and played so well their coach
was named District 7-AA Coach of the Year in his first year back
at the helm of the Big Blue machine.
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Cats place runner-up in
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Cody Boles clears the ball out for Livingston Academy.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats finished the soccer season as runners-up
in Region 5 tournament play last week, playing the first of its
tourney games at home last Thursday, May 15 against Davidson Academy
for the Region 5 title.
The competing teams were very well matched, according to Livingston
Coach Ethan King.
"We matched up well with them; both teams were about equally
"It was a very close game," he said, "it was tied
0-0 at halftime."
A tie-breaking goal incident came as a result of a foul committed
just outside the 18 about 20 minutes into the second half. Unfortunately
for the LA faithful, the foul was committed by the Wildcats.
"They (Davidson Academy) served it, crossed it over, and got
a head on it," said the coach, "which set it into the
"During the game, momentum would kind of switch from one team
to the other. They would possess the ball for a while, and we would
do the same. They were just fortunate enough to get the ball in."
Because of the peculiarities of tournament play from the region
level upwards, the Cats were not eliminated from playing further
up the ladder just yet. The boys in blue loaded up and traveled
to face Region 6 champions Franklin Road Academy on Saturday, May
Coach King said of the fearsome footy foes from Franklin, "They
were, at the time, ranked number four in the state.
"They are the best team by far we have seen this year."
The Livingston troops were not about to let that scare them off
the field, though. They had come to put up a fight.
Try as they might, the Cats had the wind knocked out of their
collective sail after 80 minutes of play, and would go home with
a 4-0 loss.
Coach King sounded enthusiastic about the atmosphere of the game,
"It was a good experience for us. We got to play in a stadium
"It was a good experience for our young players; everybody
got a chance to get in and see what it was like. So, even though
we lost, it was good for us."
The Wildcats finished the season with an impressive record of 14-3-2.
"I'm very pleased, overall, with how we did this year. I've
enjoyed it thoroughly and appreciate all the fans who came out and
supported us. It's always nice to have parents and people in the
community come out and support the team."
Among the season's standout players was junior goalkeeper Drew
Randolph, who had "an outstanding season," to quote the
He went on to say Randolph saved his best game of the season for
last, at FRA.
"They probably had the most powerful shots that we've seen
all year, but Drew did a good job handling the ball."
Coach King said sophomore strikers Jacob Pennington and Westley
Burnett had "an exceptional year, getting a little stronger,
a little faster, and having more success."
Coach King prospected that next year the defense will need the
most work, with four of five starting defensemen graduating this
The offensive end of things is quite a different story, though,
with the returning Pennington, Burnett, Ruanto, and Brady probably
leading the charge.
"Ruanto will be dangerous if he learns to run as fast with
the ball as he does without it," King said. "It's been
his first year out, and he's got all the potential to be a great
player. He's learned so much, but he's still a little bit behind.
"Hopefully, this summer he'll come along, and by next spring,
he'll be ready to go."
That said, the Cats will not take the summer to just laze around.
They will hold a camp in July with the Nashville Metrostars, a team
comprised of several college-level players, to improve upon their
skills as a whole.
The Cats will also hold a summer camp for players in grades 5 and
8, to help them work at becoming more familiar with the game or
improve upon skills they already have.
But that's in the future. Meanwhile, the team can rest.
"We have two goals," the coach said. "The first
goal is to have fun. The second is to win some games. But we don't
want to sacrifice the first goal to reach the second one.
"I think we accomplished the first one. And we won a couple
of games, so we're happy."
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K&J Inc. holds lead
in Men's Softball League
K&J Inc. holds the lead in Overton County Men's Softball League
after last week's play. Game scores for last week are as follows:
Wednesday, May 14
Pug's Tanks 20, Miller Lite 10
Pug's Tanks – Josh Parsons 3 for 4 with a home run, Matt Jolley
3 for 4 with a home run, James Parsons 3 for 4, Keith Parker 3 for
4, Mark "Tanker" Lee 2 for 2, and Steve Thompson hit a
Miller Lite – Todd Radford 2 for 3 with a home run, Barry Webb
2 for 3 with a home run, Brad Carr 2 for 2, Chris Everly 2 for 3,
and Jade McDonald 2 for 3.
K&J Inc. 20, Huckeby Construction 17
K&J Inc. – Scott Hughes 5 for 5 with a home run, Chris Story 5 for
5 with 2 home runs, Jerran Allen hit 2 home runs, and Jason Trent
hit a home run.
Huckeby Construction – Ladell Medley 5 for 5 with 4 home runs,
Mark Neely 3 for 4 with a home run, Andy Parsons hit a home run,
and Greg Parsons hit a home run.
T.K.M. Construction 15, Livingston Label 11
T.K.M. Construciton – James Baxter 3 for 3, Thad Huff 2 for 3, Tracy
Story 2 for 3, and Nathaniel Meadows 2 for 3.
Livingston Label – Brandon Mullins 3 for 4, and Mike Mullins 2
Medlin Motor Sports 21, Jaycees 11
Medlin Motor Sports – Phil Hastings 3 for 4, Al Hastings 2 for 3,
David Jackson 2 for 3 with a home run, and Scott Stowe 2 for 3.
Jaycees – Scotty Cole 2 for 2, Leon Harris 2 for 2, Josh Coffman
2 for 3, and J.J. Jones 2 for 3.
Thursday, May 15
All games rained out.
Home Run Leaders
Ladell Medley, Huckeby 7
Derek Boles, Jaycees 5
Matt Jolley, Pug's Tanks 4
Perry Kingery, Berkline 4
Gerald Clark, K&J 3
Jason Trent, K&J 3
Chris Story, K&J 3
James Parsons, Pug's Tanks 3
Josh Parsons, Pug's Tanks 3
Larry Watson, Anderson 3
Brooks Cherry, TKM 3
Bobby McDougal, Byrd. DQ 3
Men's League Standings W L
K & J Inc. 4 0
Pug's Tanks 3 0
Anderson Exp. Mkt. 2 1
T.K.M. Construction 2 1
Huckeby Construction 2 2
Medlin Motor Sports 2 2
Berkline 2 2
Byrdstown Dairy Queen 1 2
Jaycees 1 3
Livingston Label 1 4
Miller Lite 0 3
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Copeland holds lead
in Babe Ruth
Copeland holds lead in Babe Ruth
Copeland Trucking held onto the lead in Overton County Babe Ruth
last week with a 5-0 Tuesday night win over an improving Dale Hollow
Power Sports team.
The week's play began on a cool Monday night when the Livingston
Family Dentistry bats were hot, as they scored in every inning to
beat Dale Hollow Power Sports 17-1.
Copeland Trucking improved to 4-1 with a win over Mark White Tire.
Jacob Brown hit a long grand slam home run to give Mark White Tire
a 5-4 lead, but Copeland Trucking came back to win by a final score
On Tuesday night, Byrdstown Medical Center defeated Union Bank
& Trust 7-3.
Rain won again on Saturday, washing out all games.
Babe Ruth League Standings W L
GB Copeland Trucking 5 1
Family Dentistry 3 1 1
American Bank & Trust 2 1 1.5
Union Bank & Trust 2 2 2
Byrdstown Med. Ctr. 2 3 2.5
Mark White Tire 1 3 3
Dale Holl. Pow. Spt. 0 4 4
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Swallows keeps lead in Cal Ripken 11-12 Swallows Insurance continued
to lead in Overton County's Cal Ripken 11-12 year-old league standings
Game scores for recent games are as follows:
Monday, May 12
First National 6, ENE 2
Union Bank 9, Walthall Trucking 3
Tuesday, May 13
Walthall Trucking won 6-0 over First National who forfeited.
Union Bank 12, ENE 2
Friday, May 16
First National 3, Livingston Limestone 0
Swallows 6, Walthall Trucking 1
Cal Ripken 11-12
League Standings W L Inc.
Swallows Insurance 8 1
First National Bank 6 2 1 Livingston Limestone 5 3
Union Bank 4 4 1
Walthall Trucking 2 7 ENE 0 8
Family Dentistry holds leads in Cal Ripken 9-10
Family Dentistry remains the top team in Overton County's Cal
Ripken 9-10 year-old League. Game scores are as follows:
Tuesday, May 13
Livingston Regional Hospital 13, First National Bank 10
LRH broke the game open in the first inning with 7 runs. J.W. Lee
Family Dentistry 18, American Bank & Trust 9
Livingston Family Dentistry remained undefeated with the win.
Friday, May 16
AB&T 16, FNB 11
AB&T was led by Brandon Anderson who had 3 hits.
LRH 15, UC Sports 6
Jim Officer, Justin Timmons, and Colby Reeder each scored 3 runs
Cal Ripken 9-10 League Standings W L T
Family Dentistry 6 0 2
LRH 5 3 1
American Bank & Trust 3 4 2
First National Bank 3 6
UC Sports 1 5 1
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