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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 of note.

"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 Smithville.

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 runs.

"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 for LA.

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 up.

"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 District Tournament.

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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