Cats take first
round win against Jackson County
Lady Cats finish
3rd in season
Rachel Barlow moves on in tournament
LA track teams set new personal bests
Cats take first round
win against Jackson County
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
On senior night, the Wildcats' three seniors reverence the United
States flag. Chad Moody, #17, Cody King #19, and Lance Holland #7
were honored before Friday's game.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Livingston Academy closed out the regular baseball season and opened
tournament play last week, winning both games played.
The Wildcats played their last game of the regular season Tuesday
evening, May 4 at Jamestown against York Institute. LA defeated
the Dragons 17-3.
LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said, "We had them 17-0 with
2 out in the fifth. With two outs, we hit a guy, walked a guy, and
gave up a 3-run shot. But, we played extremely well, and they have
the last two games now."
Brian Colson was the winning pitcher, striking out 9 while giving
up 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk.
Offensively, Cody King went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, and drove
in 5 runs. Cody Sells went 3 for 3 with a home run, and drove in
3 runs. Johnny Cyrus hit a home run and drove in 4 runs. Colson
helped his own cause by hitting his 11th home run of the season,
and he had 3 RBIs in the game.
"We had 12 hits and 17 runs," Coach Swallows said. "It
was good to finish the regular season 11-1 and as co-champs. We
are 11-1 for the second year in a row."
Livingston Academy hosted Jackson County in the first round of
the District 8-AA Tournament on Friday, May 7. The Wildcats defeated
the Blue Devils 7-1.
"That was a game where we had to win to get into double-elimination,"
Coach Swallows said. "Jackson County played pretty well against
us. They were loose and relaxed, and didn't have anything to lose.
Their kid threw a pretty good ballgame."
Jackson County scratched out a run on 2 hits against LA's Cody
Sells in the first inning.
Johnny Cyrus scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first,
then led off the third inning with a home run to put LA ahead 2-1.
Cody King tripled, and was driven in by a double by Brian Colson.
The Cats never looked back.
After a jittery first inning, LA's ace settled in and struck out
11 Blue Devils, allowing only 3 hits in the game. His season record
improved to 6-3 with a 1.69 earned run average. He has struck out
100 batters in 58 innings.
The game was closed out by Brian Colson.
"Brian has really come on," Coach Swallows said. "He
didn't get to throw as much and do as much because he was in basketball,
then he hurt his ankle and he was down for awhile. He's just now
coming along, but at a great time.
"He's got pretty hot with his bat, with his team-leading 11
home runs. If he can continue to throw the way he's thrown the last
two times out, he'll be a big asset to us."
Coach Swallows also mentioned that the team has a third pitcher
"Tyler Livingston's throwing pretty well," he said. "He's
5 and 3 as well.
"We've got three pitchers that any given day can shut people
down and give us a chance to swing the bats."
The bats were alive against Jackson County. Johnny Cyrus was on
base all 4 times he went up to bat. He hit a home run and 2 doubles,
and reached base on an error.
"And he was sick," Coach Swallows said.
The team's three seniors shared the outfield together for the game
and each contributed with the bat. Cody King went 2 for 3, hitting
2 triples, and Chad Moody and Lance Holland each had a hit.
"For senior night, that was great for all of them to get in.
We started all three of them, and then all three of them got a hit,"
Coach Swallows said.
Also contributing offensively were Brian Colson with a double and
Andrew Dixon with a hit.
Coach Swallows was concerned about the team's hitting at the beginning
of the year, but is now pleased with the offensive output.
"They've just worked really, really hard and done a great
job with the bats," he said.
The Wildcats were scheduled to face York Institute on Monday, May
10 in the second round of the District 7-AA Tournament, played at
Lady Cats finish
3rd in season
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The goal was set to be better than last year, and the Livingston
Academy Lady Wildcats attained that goal this season by finishing
3rd in District 7-AA for the regular season.
LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "We are pretty happy
with how our season went. We finished above .500 in the regular
season, 18-16 overall. We were 7-5 in the district, also an improvement
over last year.
"We would have liked to have won more games, obviously, finished
1st or 2nd in the district, but they are pretty happy that we have
improved from last year to this year.
"It was our goal to get in the top three. We would have liked
to have been 1st or 2nd, but we did get in the top three."
The 3rd place seeding in this week's district tournament was set
with a win over Jackson County's Lady Blue Devils on Tuesday, May
4. LA won 7-1 with Ashley Howard pitching a complete game. She struck
out 6 and gave up a single run on 6 hits.
"She pitched a pretty good game," Coach Johnson said.
The Lady Cats' offense was also impressive.
"We had 12 hits total," Coach Johnson said.
Ashley Howard went 2 for 4, Whitney Walker went 2 for 4, and Stasha
Babb went 2 for 3.
Stasha Babb scored 2 runs, and Aspen Allen, Casey Emerton, Sarah
Maynord, Andrea Borden, and Lisa Reeder each scored a run.
"We scored 4 runs on 6 hits in the sixth inning," Coach
Johnson said. "Every now and then, in the last couple of innings,
we get a big inning and stretch the lead out if we can. That's happened
a lot to us this year.
"We knew going in that if we won that game that we were guaranteed
third in our district. So that's what we did. We took care of business
and did what we were supposed to do."
The Lady Cats finished the regular season's district play on Thursday,
May 6 in a double-header at Smithville.
LA lost the first game to DeKalb County 0-3.
Ashley Howard pitched the five innings and gave up 8 hits and 3
"They only scored in one inning, the third inning," Coach
Johnson said. "We only had 3 hits, 2 in the first inning and
1 in the last inning."
Ashley Howard, Casey Emerton, and Sarah Maynord were the only baserunners
The Lady Cats lost the second game 2-8.
Tara Taylor took the loss, giving up 17 hits and 8 runs.
"They were hitting it where we weren't," Coach Johnson
said. "We didn't have that many errors."
DeKalb's Lady Tigers poured it on with 6 runs in the second inning.
"That one inning just broke it open," Coach Johnson said.
Despite the loss, he was encouraged that his team's offense woke
"We did better in this game," he said. "It was the
same pitcher for them. We hit much better. We had 9 hits in the
game, and produced 2 runs."
Ashley Howard went 2 for 3, and Jessica McDonald hit a triple.
Aspen Allen, Casey Emerton, Whitney Walker, Andrea Borden, and Stasha
Babb all had a hit.
"A lot of them got on base, but we couldn't bunt it when we
needed to bunt them over to get the runners in scoring position,
and got caught stealing once," Coach Johnson said. "They
could have just quit, gave up there at the end. But they battled
back at the end, and kept hitting the ball, and finally scored a
couple of runs."
Smith County is the top seed in this week's District 7-AA Tournament,
played at Jackson County High School. DeKalb County is the 2nd seed.
The Lady Wildcats, the 3rd seed, were scheduled to begin tournament
play on Monday night against 6th seed Cannon County. The district
champion and runner-up will advance to the regional level, with
the champion hosting a game and the runner-up travelling to play.
Rachel Barlow moves
on in tournament
By MICHAEL SMITH, OCN staff
Livingston Academy girls tennis team lost to Cannon County in the
Dana Ledbetter lost after a tough match of 6-2, 6-3, and Wrenda
Curd also lost 6-4, 6-1. Ronance Jackson (6-2, 3-6, 6-1) and Bridgette
Ledbetter (4-6, 6-3, 6-1) lost, but didn't fall easily.
Rachel Barlow had the only win of the day for LA with a 6-4 victory
against a Cannon County player with a record of 16-1.
LA track teams set
new personal bests
BY MICHAEL SMITH OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats track & field teams played Cookeville,
Crossville, Clarkrange, and Clay County on Thursday, May 6.
Heather Burchett once again took 1st in discus and placed 2nd in
shotput for the girls team, getting her personal best discus throw
at 85 feet: 6.5 inches.
Alison West and Melody Allen also achieved their personal best
in the long jump competition with West jumping 12 feet, 8 inches,
and Allen jumping 12 feet, 9 inches. Unfortunately for LA, neither
girl placed. West also achieved her personal best in the 200 with
30.9 seconds, but once again did not place.
The boys team showed well this week. Kalihib Lander jumped well
in the long jump, placing 3rd with 18 feet, 10 inches. Mike Jones
placed 3rd in the 100 meter with 11.9 seconds.
The LA track & field team will continue to practice before heading
to the sectionals at David Lipscomb on May 17-18. The running events
will take place Monday, May 17, and the field events will take place
Tuesday, May 18.
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