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Roller coaster season continues for Cats

Lady Wildcats win two more
LA Girls Tennis Team take wins in two matches
LA Track Team breaks more school records at Crossville

 

Roller coaster season continues for Cats

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Wildcats' roller coaster season continued last week.

LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said, "It was indicative of our season, last week was ‘play okay', ‘play terrible', ‘play great'. Hopefully, Saturday turned us around."

The Wildcats' week started at Monterey on Monday, April 4 with a 16-7 win.

Coach Swallows said, "We hit the ball real well, but we still didn't play good defense. We made 4 errors, and just kept getting ourselves in trouble all the time, even though we were never in danger of losing the game.

"We really should have dominated them because, although they were solid at the first of the year, they've had a couple of people get hurt. But they kept hanging in there, and never did just fold up. That's the mark of a well-coached team."

Shane Livingston was the winning pitcher for LA, giving up 7 runs in 6 innings on 6 hits, while walking 2 batters, hitting 3, and striking out 4.

Offensively, Jimmy Davidson went 3 for 3, John Ward went 3 for 4, and Jon Maynard, Chris Nelson, and Tyler Thrasher all had a hit.

Brian Colson took three for the team, getting hit by a pitch in triplicate.

The following evening, the Cats travelled to Jamestown for a District 7-AA game against York Institute, and fell 4-6 to the home team.

"We probably played as poorly as we've played all year," Coach Swallows said. "We just couldn't get it together."

To add injury to insult, LA pitcher Brian Colson left the game with a shoulder injury after only an inning and two-thirds, having already given up 3 runs in the first inning and 3 more in the second.

"We've got to credit a little of that to York, because they were hitting the ball all over the place," Coach Swallows said. "It was one of those days where everything falls. They did a really good job of putting the ball in play and making us make mistakes. We made 2 errors in the first inning.

"Even at that, we could have overcome that if we could have hit the ball, but we only got 2 hits the whole day, and struck out 12 times. We're not going to beat anybody doing things like that."

Though LA was in striking distance of winning the game, falling only 2 runs short, the team was too busy striking out.

"John Ward hit a single, and Cody Sells hit a 3-run bomb in the sixth to get us to 6-4, then we struck out 5 of the next 6 times up to bat.

"We were just not smart in what we were trying to do. We were needing baserunners, but after his bomb, everybody was trying to hit a home run. We were in a situation where we ought to be trying to get runners on base."

Corrective action was taken.

"We came back and had a little team meeting, and decided we needed to refocus what we were doing in the cages with the hitting and came up with a new practice routine that seemed to work real well, because Saturday we came out swinging the bats real well against DeKalb.

Rains made for an unsavory playing field at LA, so the Saturday, April 9 game was moved to Smithville. The Wildcats defeated the district rival 7-1.

"We went from 2 hits on Tuesday to 11 hits on Saturday against their number 1 pitcher," Coach Swallows said. "They worked really hard Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The coaches threw them a ton of balls, and they got a lot of cuts.

"It was pretty evident that they had a little more confidence at the plate than they did at the first of the week."

Despite an ailing shoulder, Colson had 2 hits, including a 2-run homer in the third inning.

Pitcher Cody Sells, John Ward, and Chris Nelson each had 2 hits, and Jimmy Davidson, Andrew Dixon, and Tyler Thrasher all had a hit.

"The boys seemed to have more confidence in their swings, and they did a whole lot better job with 2 strikes on them. We only struck out 4 times," Coach Swallows said.

Coach Swallows was also proud of his pitcher's performance.

"Cody did a great job on the mound," Coach Swallows said. "He only gave up 2 hits, and one of those was an 0-2 hanging curve ball for a home run, their only run.

"He struck out 6, which is probably his lowest total this year. But also, he only threw 86 pitches in a seven inning game. So, what he was doing was effective.

"He had 5 assists and 1 putout. Any time you've got 6 putouts from the pitcher's mound in a seven inning game, that's not bad at all."

The errors didn't come back to bite the Cats this time.

"Even though we made three mistakes, we made two of those late, and none of them hurt us," Coach Swallows said. "It was a big, big district win for us. Of course, any time we beat DeKalb we're tickled."

The win moved the Cats to 3-2 in District 7-AA, and 6-7 overall.

The Livingston Academy JV squad defeated Macon County's junior varsity in a double-header on Sunday, April 10. LA won the first game 7-0, then followed with an 11-5 win.

"They did a really good job," Coach Swallows said.

After hosting Grundy County on Monday, April 11 and Smith County the following evening, Livingston Academy will host Trousdale County at 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 13, Cannon County at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, White County at 6 p.m. Friday, April 15, and Station Camp at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Livingston Academy will begin next week by hosting Upperman at 6 p.m. Monday, April 18 and Clinton County, KY, at 5 p.m. the following day.

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Lady Wildcats win two more

file photo by Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Livingston Academy senior Brittany McDonald went 3 for 4 and scored 2 runs in the Tuesday, April 5 game against Upperman High School's Lady Bees.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats increased their win total to 11 with 2 home victories last week.

The Lady Cats opened the week against Clinton County, KY, on Monday, April 4. LA defeated the Albany team 3-1.

Ashley Howard was the winning pitcher, giving up 6 hits. The first batter she faced tripled then later scored the only run for Albany.

LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "That was the only time they threatened, the whole game."

Jessica Lee, Lisa Reeder, and Ashley McDonald scored runs for LA.

Stasha Babb kept a hot bat, going 2 for 3. Jessica McDonald also went 2 for 3.

LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "We should have had more hits and scored more runs. We had a week off and this was our first game since that more than a week layoff.

"I think we were a little rusty. It took us a little while to get back in the swing of things.

"We won the game, that's the main thing," he said. "We played pretty well in that game. I was happy with the outcome."

The following day, Livingston Academy hosted Upperman, and won 12-2 in a run-rule shortened game.

"We had a lot of hits in that game and scored a lot of runs," Coach Johnson said. "Some girls had an awesome day."

Stasha Babb went 4 for 4 and scored 3 runs, Jessica Lee went 3 for 4 and scored 2 runs, Brittany McDonald went 3 for 4 and scored 2 runs, Jessica McDonald went 1 for 2, had 2 walks, and scored 2 runs, and Andrea Borden and Lisa Reeder both went 2 for 2.

"I think we got some of the rust off from the day before," Coach Johnson said. "We hit the ball better and played a little better defense."

On the mound, Tara Taylor allowed only 3 hits.

"She struck out 5 batters and did an outstanding job against them," Coach Johnson said.

The 2 runs scored after a ball tipped off the right fielder's glove and went to the fence. As the hitter ran toward third, the throw in to third base went over the third baseman's head, and the second run scored.

"Besides that one mental lapse of missing the ball and then having a bad throw, it was pretty much a perfect game," Coach Johnson said.

The win pushed the Lady Cats' overall record to 11-5, and the District 7-AA record to 2-1.

"We could come out in the top part of the district this year," Coach Johnson said. "The districts are at home, so we're looking forward to having a good ending stretch run of the season here."

Having two senior pitchers has been a bonus for this year's team.

"It's great," Coach Johnson said. "It's awesome to have two different pitchers who you don't have to worry about at all, just throw them in there and let them go. Play one one day, and play the other one the next, let them have plenty of rest and not overwork them. It's a luxury."

After a game against Cannon County on Monday, April 11, and at DeKalb County on Tuesday, April 12, the Lady Cats are scheduled to play in the Plateau Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, then will travel to Jamestown on Monday, April 18 to play York Institute in a district game.

"Our next home game is not until May 5, so we have quite a stretch where we're not at home," Coach Johnson said. "If we can win some road games, we'll be sitting pretty in the district."

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LA Girls Tennis Team take wins in two matches

By LEAH THOMAS, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Tennis Teams played seven games on Monday, April 4 against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.

The LA girls had 4 wins to MJCA's 3. Leah Thomas had a 9-8 win in the tie break. Lacy Carmack had an 8-1 win. Danielle Ray had an 8-0 win, and Chelsea Sevier had a 9-8 win in the tie break.

In doubles, Lacy Carmack and Brooke Ledbetter had a 9-8 win in the tie break.

The LA boys came up short with only 3 wins out of 7 matches played. Randy Boswell had an 8-6 win, David McDarby had an 8-1 win, and Brad Ledbetter had an 8-6 win.

On Tuesday, April 5, the LA Tennis Teams played DeKalb County.

The LA girls had 6 wins to DeKalb's 1.

In singles, Brooke Ledbetter won 8-4, Amber Carmack won 8-3, Danielle Ray won 8-3, and Leah Thomas won 8-3 win. Lacy Carmack took a 5-8 loss.

In doubles, Amber Carmack and Ray had an 8-4 win, and Lacy Carmack and Ledbetter had an 8-6 win.

The LA boys had 1 win to DeKalb's 3. David Johnson won 8-2.

Coach Scott Cole commented that the girls are gradually getting better, and the boys need to keep improving.

After playing on the road against Friendship Christian Academy on Monday, April 11 and at home against Van Buren County on Tuesday, April 12, LA Tennis will have home matches on Monday, April 18 against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and Tuesday, April 19 against Van Buren County.

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LA Track Team breaks more school records at Crossville

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
More school records fell by the wayside when the Livingston Academy Track & Field Team participated in a meet at Crossville on Tuesday, April 5.

At the meet, LA competed against the host Cumberland County team as well as Cookeville, Walker Valley, Sequatchie County, and Clarkrange.

LA Track Coach Merl Smith was pleased with how the team performed.

"They did fine," he said. "We've got about 20 athletes out now, so that's helping us get a few more points. And we do have some pretty good speed.

"I don't know how well we can compete in the sectionals, but right now we are competing in this area. When you get down to Nashville, it gets tough."

Livingston Academy had many players who placed at the Crossville meet.

Fresh off the disabled list, Heather Burchett placed 1st in the girls discus throw, setting a new school record of 90 feet, 3 inches.

Burchett also placed 2nd in the shot put with a new school record of 31 feet, 3 inches.

Krista Clinard placed 3rd in the long jump, and placed 5th in the 100-meter run.

"Clinard is doing a great job with her long jumping, and her sprinting as well," Coach Smith said.

The LA girls relay teams earned points at the meet.

"Out of 6 teams, our girls 4 by 100 relay team was 4th," Coach Smith said. "Our 4 by 200 relay team was also 4th.

"They scored up to 6th place, since we had 6 teams, so they gave points for 6 places."

In the boys competition, Dustin Looper placed 5th in the discus with a new school record of 83-and-a-half feet. Kalihib Lander placed 3rd in the long jump.

"Kalihib Lander is really doing a great job of long jumping," Coach Smith said.

Lander also placed 3rd in the 200-meter run with a new school record of 24 seconds.

Mike Jones placed 2nd in the 100-meter run.

"He ran a good 100-meter race, and looked fast," Coach Smith said.

Jones placed 6th in the long jump.

Josh Gore placed 4th in the 2-mile run.

The LA boys relay teams also earned points.

The LA 4 by 100 relay team placed 2nd with a new school record of 47 seconds.

"Our 4 by 100 relay team really looked good," Coach Smith said. "They had one bad hand-off that cost us about a second, or we would probably have won that one. We were going against Cookeville. They beat us, but our runner came real close to catching him."

The LA 4 by 200 relay team placed 4th.

After travelling to Upperman High School in Baxter on Tuesday, April 12 to compete against Upperman, York, and Clarkrange, the Livingston Academy Track & Field Team will travel to Cookeville to compete against the host team and Warren County.

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