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Archives 04-14-2004





Cats add two district wins, remain undefeated in 7-AA
Lady Cats mow down competition in 3 wins
Girls and boys tennis teams improve at LA

Track shows promise in young season


Cats add two district wins, remain undefeated in 7-AA

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Livingston Academy's Tyler Thrasher slides into third base as his teammate, Cody Sells, races to first base during Thursday's come from behind win over York Institute.

Despite a lousy weekend, Livingston Academy bolstered its standing in District 7-AA last week with a high-scoring win over Jackson County and a "gut-check" win over York Institute to move to 5-0 in district play.

The Wildcats travelled to Gainesboro on Tuesday, April 6 to start the week's district run against Jackson County's Blue Devils. Tyler Smith was a one-man wrecking crew, winning on the mound and going 5 for 5 at bat.

"He had a great day," LA Wildcats Coach Pat Swallows said.

The Devils mounted a threat in the third inning, with LA leading 6-3, when they loaded the bases and had no outs. Smith deflated the Jackson County team's hopes by striking out the side.

Brian Colson also provided some firepower in the game with a home run.

Livingston Academy hosted York Institute's Dragons on Thursday, April 8.

The Dragons jumped on LA pitcher Cody Sells for 4 runs in the first inning.

Sells' ailing ankle may have contributed to his getting off on the wrong foot.

"Cody had hurt his ankle the day before," Coach Swallows said. "We were afraid that he wasn't even going to get to throw."

After that first half-inning of play, Coach Swallows talked to his team, and the team members resolved to reverse their fortune.

Sells went to work on the mound, throwing harder and more accurately.

"He ended up throwing a great game the rest of the time," Coach Swallows said. "He came back and struck out 13, and gave up only 1 run the rest of the game."

At bat, Sells and the rest of the Cats scratched and clawed until Andrew Dixon drove in their first 2 runs. LA continued to fight back with runs until Jimmy Davidson capped off the comeback with a 2-run double with 2 out in the sixth inning to put the Wildcats ahead for good at 6-5.

"That was a big, big, big win for us," Coach Swallows said. "That put us 5-0 in the district.

"It really showed a lot of character. We made a lot of big plays.

"We made a couple of big defensive plays. We had a couple of 2-out hits that ended up scoring runs to get us back in the game.

"It showed a lot of determination on our part, to come back and battle and to decide that York wasn't going to beat us on our own home field," he said.

"That showed a little bit of what Cody Sells is made of, too."

The win gave Sells a 3-1 record on the young season.

"Then, we probably played the worst weekend of ball we've played in the White County Tournament," Coach Swallows said.

Livingston took on Red Boiling Springs in the first game of the tournament on Friday, April 9.

"We ended up making 9 errors, giving up 12 unearned runs, and getting beat 14-6 in a game we had led 6-2," Coach Swallows said, "and just absolutely looked terrible. Not taking anything away from Red Boiling they were scrappy, hit the ball, and made every routine play; and we didn't make any of them. We just looked terrible."

Lance Holland took the loss for LA, after facing only three batters in the game.

The only bright spot of the tournament for the Wildcats was their next game of the day, against Oliver Springs.

The game started off rocky for the Cats. Oliver Springs plated 5 runs in the first inning.

"We finally settled down and started playing the way we are capable of playing and ended up beating them 13-10," Coach Swallows said.

The Wildcats smashed 12 hits in the win.

"We had 27 hits that day and ended up being 1-1," Coach Swallows said.

Cody King got the win.

The following day, Livingston took on the host team.

"On Saturday, we played Sparta and we were back down again," Coach Swallows said. "We were just like roller coasters.

"They played really well against us. They've got a good ballclub."

The Warriors defeated the Cats 15-1 in 5 innings. Brian Colson was tagged with the loss. The Wildcats were scheduled to play York's Dragons later in the day, much later in the day, but both teams agreed the game wouldn't be worth the wait and called it a day.

After a scheduled district game against DeKalb County at Smithville on Tuesday, April 13, the Cats will host Upperman's Bees on Thursday, April 15. A rescheduled district game against the Smith County Owls at Carthage will be played Friday, April 16.

"We've got three big district games this week," Coach Swallows said.

Then, Livingston Academy will host Cannon County's Lions on Tuesday, April 20 in another District 7-AA contest.


Lady Cats mow down competition in 3 wins

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Brittany McDonald scoops the ball thrown from pitcher Ashley Howard and steps on second base before throwing to first baseman Whitney Walker for the team's first groundball fielding double-play of the season.

Notching two district wins and winning their first home game of the season, the Lady Wildcats softball team placed a winning week in the books.

The Livingston Academy squad opened the week at Baxter in a District 7-AA game against the Lady Bees of Upperman.

LA went ahead 1-0 early, but Upperman responded by taking the lead 2-1. The Lady Cats took back the lead at 3-2, but the Lady Bees struck back to lead 4-3.

Lady Cats Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "At the end of six it was 5-4. It went back-and-forth, back-and-forth. And then in the seventh inning, we scored 3 runs to their none and won the game.

"It was close throughout the whole game; it was very much in doubt until the last inning."

Ashley Howard was the winning pitcher in the 8-4 victory. She pitched 5 innings, and struck out 4 batters, walked 2, and gave up 7 hits and 4 runs.

Tara Taylor pitched the last 2 innings in relief of Howard and struck out 2, gave up 3 hits, and allowed no walks or runs.

Aspen Allen, Andrea Borden, and Whitney Walker each went 3 for 4 in the game.

Borden scored 2 runs, and Allen, Walker, Howard, Casey Emerton, Sarah Maynord, and Lisa Reeder each scored a run.

The next game was dj vu all over again. The Lady Cats defeated Jackson County 8-4.

The teams locked horns and were tied at 4 at the end of seven innings in Gainesboro before LA broke through with 4 runs in the eighth inning.

"It looked bad for a little while," Coach Johnson said. "They were leading 3-0 at one point.

"The girls surprised me. They came back and played hard and won the game. We came alive and scored runs when we had to.

"That made us 3-1 in the district, and put us in a good position in the district," he said. The extended road trip throughout the first part of the season did not sink the Lady Cats. LA thrived on the road and finished the road run with a 9-5 overall record.

"That's a great road record," Coach Johnson said.

Ashley Howard started the game and pitched 5 innings. She had allowed 7 hits and 4 runs while striking out a batter and walking a batter in her 5 innings pitched.

Tara Taylor pitched the last three innings and was the winning pitcher. She struck out 3 and allowed no hits, no walks, and no runs.

Livingston Academy had 19 hits in the game. The offensive attack was led by Ashley Howard, who went 3 for 4, and Aspen Allen, who went 3 for 5.

Allen, Reeder, and Tiffany Pennington each scored 2 runs, and Howard and Borden each scored a run.

"Two of our main starters were gone on a trip to Washington, D.C.," Coach Johnson said. "Some girls got to step in and fill their shoes and did a real good job. Tiffany Pennington, Kirstie Dillon, and Brittany McDonald, all three stepped in and played well on Thursday and Friday."

Livingston Academy hosted Red Boiling Springs in the Lady Wildcats' first home game of the year on Friday, April 9. LA made short work of the visiting team, winning 10-0 in six innings.

Ashley Howard shut out the RBS Lady Wildcats while striking out 3 and allowing 5 hits.

Kirstie Dillon hit an inside-the-park home run in the game.

"That was just amazing that she could get around the bases that quick," Coach Johnson said.

"We had 15 hits in this game," he said. "It was probably our best game of the year.

"This was a team that beat us earlier this year, beat us 9-5 at their place. This is the first time in five attempts in two years that we have beat them, so we were happy to beat them as well as we did, to play a really good game and shut them out. And I was real proud of our girls.

"It gave us our 10th win of the season," he said, "which ties what we did last year."

The game's hit parade was led by Emerton, Walker, Reeder, and Brittany McDonald who each went 2 for 3.

"In all three games, we had 15 hits or more," Coach Johnson said.

Emerton and Walker each scored 2 runs, and Howard, Dillon, Sells, Maynord, Borden, and Reeder each scored a run.

The 3-0 week moved the Lady Cats' overall record to 10-5, and their District 7-AA record to 3-1.

"I knew we were a better team than we were last year, because most of our players were back and had more experience," Coach Johnson said, "but what's really helped us is that we've had Tara Taylor come in."

Taylor gives the coach the flexibility to give Ashley Howard a rest or to relieve her if she's tired or having a tough game.

"We can throw somebody else in there that's almost as good as her, but has a different delivery in the way she pitches," Coach Johnson said.

"And it messes up the other team for a couple of innings, and that's all we need to win the game. That's won us three or four games this year."

The district game scheduled against York Institute on Monday, April 12 was rained out and has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 21. A district home game against DeKalb County scheduled for Tuesday, April 13 was also in doubt at press time.

Livingston Academy will host Clay County High School's Lady Bulldogs on Thursday, April 15, then will play in the Plateau Invitational at Crossville on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17.

The Lady Cats will travel to Byrdstown on Monday, April 19 to play a double-header against Pickett County's Lady Bobcats. Livingston Academy will host district powerhouse Smith County on Tuesday, May 20.

"They are ranked 6th in the state in Class AA," Coach Johnson said of Carthage's Owls.


Girls and boys tennis teams improve at LA

Livingston Academy's tennis teams achieved mixed results at Clay and Cannon counties last week.

Clay County High School visited Livingston Academy on Thursday, April 8.

The LA boys team tied Clay County 3-3 overall.

Daniel Sweeney won 8-4, playing very consistently. Andy Sathern also won 8-2, in a big match.

Daniel Sweeney and David Johnson won their doubles match, 8-3.

The girls team won a 2-1 victory. Dana Ledbetter won 8-0, and dominated her match. Rachel Barlow won her match 8-1 soundly as well.

Cannon County visited the Wildcats courts on Friday, April 9.

The LA girls team played well with a 5-2 win. Wrenda Curd won 8-2, with Rebecca Ramsey winning 8-6, both big wins for the team.

Wrenda Curd and Rachel Barlow also won their doubles match, 8-3.

The LA boys team lost 1-4. Daniel Sweeney and Andy Sathern won their doubles match.

Coach Scott Cole attributed the loss to playing a team with more experience.

He said, "The boys improved from last week where we struggled.

"Overall, the girls are starting to perform how we need to accomplish our goals."

After a scheduled home match against DeKalb County on Tuesday, April 13, Livingston Academy will play at Cumberland County on Friday, April 16.


Track shows promise in young season

Coach Merl Smith's Livings-ton Academy track and field team came away with the season's first victories last week.

The Wildcats faced Macon County, Wilson Central, Friendship Christian, and Clay County on Tuesday, April 6.

Scoring points for the boys team were Mike Jones in the 100 meter, 400 meter, and long jump, Kalihib Lander in the long jump, Chris Looper in the 2 mile and 800 meter, and D.J. Allred in the 400 meter.

The boys team took home 16 points, with Macon County scoring 68, Wilson Central 59, and Friendship Christian with 43.

The girls team made a strong showing as well. Heather Burchett took 1st in shot put and discus, and Melanie Allen took 1st in the 100 and 200 meter.

The girls team finished 3rd overall with 39 points, behind Macon County at 131, and Wilson Central at 78, but above Clay County's 18, and Friendship Christian's 13.

Livingston Academy played Cookeville, Lebanon, and Clay County on Thursday, April 8.

Heather Burchett once again took 1st in shot put and discus.

The boys were also able to churn out more points with Mike Jones taking 1st in the long jump and 2nd in the 100 and 200 meters, and Kalihib Lander taking 2nd in the long jump.

Coach Smith said, "For the people we have, we're doing good, but we can't have good scores because of our lack of number of players."

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