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Cats avenge loss to Lions, defeat Owls

Lady Cats defeat Cannon County
LA boys relay team wins, wins, wins
LA Tennis Team takes on FCS, Van Buren

 

Cats avenge loss to Lions, defeat Owls

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Home from Iraq, Mike Ramsey throws out the first pitch to his son, Zach Ramsey, to open the Tuesday, April 12 game against Smith County. The Wildcats defeated the Owls 3-2 in the District 7-AA matchup.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Wildcats avenged an early season district loss last week on the way to notching two District 7-AA wins on the week.

Revenge came on Thursday night, April 14. Cannon County had defeated LA 3-2 on March 28 with a squeeze play. This time, the team scoring 2 runs was the visiting Lions, while the Cats crossed home plate 12 times in an overwhelming victory.

LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said, "We hit the ball like we have the capability of doing. We ended up rapping out 12 hits and 12 runs.

"John Ward got a big 2-run shot in the 4th, which helped propel us to a 4-run fourth inning."

Other hitting stars of the game were Jimmy Davidson, 3 for 4, Andrew Dixon, 2 for 2, Brian Colson, 2 for 3, and Tyler Thrasher, Johnny Cyrus, Shane Livingston, and Cody Sells, who each had a hit.

Cody Sells took care of business on the mound by allowing only 3 hits and striking out 7 Cannon County Lions.

The other District 7-AA win of the week came on Tuesday, April 12 against Smith County when the Cats won 3-2 over the visiting Owls.

Shane Livingston was the winning pitcher, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits while striking out 3 and allowing no walks.

"He did a very good job," Coach Swallows said. "They were a good hitting ballclub."

Though LA had 8 hits, the run production could have been better.

"We ran into a situation where a couple of times we ran ourselves out of innings," Coach Swallows said. "We got thrown out at the plate, got thrown out at third, got thrown out at second. In trying to be aggressive and make things happen, we ended up hurting ourselves. But that was my fault.

"We are going to continue to try to press people a little bit and try to make them make mistakes. In this situation, it just didn't happen. But we were still able to win the ballgame 3-2, even with that.

"We made a couple of errors, but we played pretty solid," he said. "Smith County's a pretty good ballclub, so, we felt good about the fact that we could win that big district game."

Tyler Thrasher went 3 for 3 at the plate, John Ward went 2 for 3, and Dixon, Colson, and Cyrus each had a hit.

The win moved the Cats' District 7-AA record to 5-2.

The Wildcats took another win on the week the following night against White County. LA won 10-7 in the home game, but it could have been a wider margin.

"We had a 6-0 lead," Coach Swallows said, "and they had runners on second and third with 2 outs and hit a ground ball to third. We kicked it, and then they scored 4 times after that. That made it 6-4 and got them back in the game.

"They kept battling to get back in the game."

Tyler Thrasher was the winning pitcher, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits while striking out 5.

John Ward hit another home run, a 3-run shot that again sparked the LA offense.

Brian Colson hit 2 home runs in the game, hitting dingers in the fourth and sixth innings.

Ward, Colson, and Cody Sells all had 3 hits in the game, Chris Nelson had 2, and Shane Livingston, Johnny Cyrus, and Andrew Dixon each had a hit.

"So, we felt pretty good about that game," Coach Swallows said, "and that was on Friday night. Then we turned right around and played Station Camp on Saturday, and because they rescheduled their prom, we ended up having to play early, and we just did not show up.

"I don't know what it was. We actually hit the ball pretty decent.

"We had 11 hits, but we could only get 4 runs out of those 11 hits."

In the 4-13 loss, Shane Livingston was the losing pitcher, giving up 9 hits and 11 runs. Griffin Lee came on in relief and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits.

The game was not a blowout in the early going.

"It was 7-4 going into the sixth," Coach Swallows said. "As poorly as we played, we were still in the game until the sixth. Then the wheels just came off.

"We made 9 errors in the game - everything from routine ground balls between the legs, to dropped pop flies, to not catching fly balls, to throwing balls away. Everything we could do wrong, we did. I want to contribute that to the long week.

"We played five games that week, and it was Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Even though we had chances to get back and stay in there, we couldn't do anything with them.

"It was just a combination of poor judgments and errors," he said. "If we make some plays, it's a different game."

Brian Colson hit another home run, his third in two days. Jimmy Davidson, Andrew Dixon, and Tyler Thrasher each had 2 hits, and John Ward, Cody Sells, Joe Reynolds, and Kurt Gilbert each had a hit.

The Wildcats opened the week's home stand on Monday, April 11 against Grundy County.

"They are a very good Class AA team," Coach Swallows said of the Yellow Jackets. "They were in the state tournament last year.

"They were 13-3 coming into the game. So, they were a real solid club, and they threw their number one pitcher against us. He did a great job; he shut us out 5-0."

LA managed 4 hits in the game, with Andrew Dixon going 2 for 2, and Brian Colson and Johnny Cyrus accounting for the other 2.

"We had 10 strikeouts," Coach Swallows said of the lack of hitting. "We had runners on second and third one time with nobody out, we had the bases loaded one time with one out, and didn't score either time. We had our chances, but just didn't get the big hit when we needed it."

LA's pitcher, Tyler Thrasher, gave up 5 runs on 10 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2.

"Tyler threw a really good ballgame," Coach Swallows said. "It was 2-0 going into the seventh. We made a couple of mistakes in the 7th that let them get 3.

"He had never gone seven full innings before, and he was getting tired. But we had games scheduled all week, so it was a situation where he had to take one for the team. But he did a good job."

Despite the seventh inning miscues, the team's defensive play was also a positive in the game.

"We had some great defensive plays throughout the night," Coach Swallows said. "We didn't make that many mistakes. That night, they were just better than us."

The team's overall record stood at 9-9 after the week's play.

After hosting Upperman in a District 7-AA game on Monday, April 18, the Wildcats will say goodbye to the seniors for the week. The remaining Cats were scheduled to take on Clinton County, KY, on Tuesday, April 19, then the junior varsity will play in the Livingston Academy Junior Varsity Tournament on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23. LA will take on Jackson County at 7 p.m. on Friday, then will play Cannon County at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and York at 4 p.m.

The seniors will return next week in time to travel to Gainesboro for a district game against Jackson County on Tuesday, April 26.

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Lady Cats defeat Cannon County

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
A 2-hit shutout opened last week's play for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats softball team.

Ashley Howard pitched LA to a 6-0 victory against Cannon County on Monday, April 11, striking out 7 Lady Lions along the way. The shutout was her second of the season.

LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "It was a pretty dominating performance on the mound."

Howard also scored a run in the win, along with teammates Stasha Babb, Andrea Borden, Lisa Reeder, Tara Taylor, and Ashley McDonald.

"A lot of people got on base and scored runs for us," Coach Johnson said. "We didn't hit as well as we could. We scored enough to win and played pretty well. We played well defensively."

The win moved LA's record to 3-1 in District 7-AA.

The following day's scheduled game against DeKalb County was rained out.

The team's next action came in the Plateau Invitational at Crossville on Friday, April 15.

The Lady Cats faced Battle Ground Academy in their first game, and won 3-0.

"It was the first time we've ever won a game in the Plateau Invitational," a pleased Coach Johnson said.

Tara Taylor was the winning pitcher, throwing another 2-hitter. She struck out 5 batters.

"We had two back-to-back great pitching performances, and two good defensive performances," Coach Johnson said.

The Lady Cats' runs were scored by Brittany McDonald, Andrea Borden, and Lisa Reeder.

"We had time limits in these games, so it was only 6 innings," Coach Johnson said. "We did what we needed to do to win the game, but we should have scored more runs. We just didn't make good contact."

LA took on Seymour next, and lost 1-2.

LA pitcher Ashley Howard gave up a home run and the other Seymour run was scored on an error in the five-inning game. Howard again allowed only 2 hits in the game.

"That was the first home run hit against us this year," Coach Johnson said. "Besides that, she pitched fine."

Kirstie Dillon was driven in by Ashley Howard for LA's only run.

"We just couldn't hit the ball that well," Coach Johnson said. "Seymour is really good, probably one of the most athletic teams we've played all year. They were just big and strong and didn't make many mistakes in the field.

"We put the bat on the ball some, but couldn't hit it past them. We couldn't hit it where they weren't. They had really fast outfielders and just caught everything that came close to them.

"We played well in it. We had a chance to win it the whole time. We just couldn't make it happen."

The next morning, the Lady Cats took on Marion County and lost a heart-breaking tie-breaker.

"It was 0-0 at the end of the time limit," Coach Johnson said.

The game went into the international tie-breaker, wherein a runner is placed at second base to start the inning.

"As the visiting team, we were up first," Coach Johnson said. "We bunted her to third, and then we had 2 strikeouts. We couldn't put the bat on the ball at all. The girl was left stranded on third base.

"When Marion County came up to bat, their girl on second was bunted to third. Then they bunted it right back again, and I thought everybody in the stadium knew what was going to happen. I even gave the signal to make sure to go home with it. And the girl fielded the ball and turned around and threw it to first. That was the end of the game.

"That was a hard way to lose the game, but we had plenty of chances in regulation to win the game," he said. "We left six runners on base. Once, we had the bases loaded with one out. We couldn't bring a run in.

"We just missed our chances. Of 24 at-bats, 8 girls struck out, so that was a third of our batters struck out; and you just can't score any runs when you aren't touching the bat to the ball.

"We just couldn't produce any runs.

"Tara Taylor pitched well enough to win," Coach Johnson said, "and should have won that game. She gave up one hit in regulation."

The team then started the single-elimination part of the tournament, where the loser goes home. LA went home after a 1-4 loss to Farragut High School of Knoxville.

"We could not hit that girl for some reason," Coach Johnson said of the Admirals' pitcher. "She wasn't a very overpowering pitcher, but her location was just perfect. She just burned the outside corner. She threw outside pitches constantly, and our girls just couldn't hit them."

Jessica McDonald scored LA's only run.

Ashley Howard took the loss on the mound.

"She pitched okay," Coach Johnson said. "They just scored some runs."

Coach Johnson was pleased with the overall play of his team over the two days.

"We played okay in the tournament," he said. "We weren't overmatched by any means. We could have won three games, if not all four of the games we played.

"We've improved a lot. Seeing teams like Seymour and Farragut will help us in our district games.

"I'm pretty happy in hindsight about the way things turned out. We got to see some good opponents and played well against them. We would have liked to have won some more, but you can't always win them all."

The week's play moved the team's overall record to 13-8.

After travelling to Jamestown to play York Institute in a District 7-AA game on Monday, April 18, the team is taking a senior trip break until Monday, April 25 when the Lady Cats will travel to Cannon County for another district game. LA will travel to play Albany, Kentucky's Clinton County team the following day.

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LA boys relay team wins, wins, wins

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
"We had a pretty good day," Livingston Academy Track & Field Coach Merl Smith said of his team's Thursday, April 14 performance at Upperman High School.

The boys and girls teams took on the host school along with York Institute, Clarkrange, and Clay County.

The LA boys scored triple wins in the relays, winning the 4 by 100, 4 by 200, and the mile relay.

"We had some boys missing, so we tried to put together the best teams that could compete," Coach Smith said.

Making up the winning relay team was Mike Jones, Kalihib Lander, Vincent Woodruff, Chris Looper, Dustin Looper, and Kyle Carter.

"They all got together and ran the three relays," Coach Smith said.

Lander broke the school record in the 200-meter run, with a 23:87, good for 2nd place.

"A boy from Clay County, John Watkins, who comes and runs on his own, is real fast," Coach Smith said. "He usually wins the 100 and the 200 against everybody.

"Kalihib ran a real good race and could have gotten 1st normally, but that boy is quick."

Mike Jones ran 3rd in the 100-meter race, and Vincent Woodruff was 4th in the 100-meter race.

Chris Looper placed 4th in the mile.

Lander broke the school record again, winning the long jump, setting it at 20 feet, 2 inches.

"He won it easily," Coach Smith said.

Mike Jones placed 3rd in the long jump.

Of the girls' efforts, Coach Smith said, "This was the closest the girls have come to winning a meet. It was real, real close with the boys and the girls both."

Heather Burchett won the shot put and set another school record, at 32 feet, 9 inches.

Krista Clinard won the long jump at 14 feet, 1 and 1/2 inches.

The LA girls' 4 by 100 relay team placed 2nd, and the 4 by 200 relay team also placed 2nd.

Anda Whittenburg placed 3rd in the 200-meter run, Clinard placed 2nd in the 100-meter run, and Alison West placed 4th in the 400-meter run.

"We scored more firsts than we have in a while," Coach Smith said. "The boys and girls both got excited because they were winning some races and overtaking people."

The Upperman meet did not include a few of the usual track and field events.

"They did not have hurdles, which we don't have any hurdlers anyway," Coach Smith said, "and they didn't do the discus. They don't have a cage, and it's pretty dangerous if you don't have a cage.

"They didn't do the high jump either."

After taking on Class AAA schools Cookeville and Warren County at Cookeville High School on Tuesday, April 19, the Livingston Academy Track & Field Team will travel to Jamestown on Thursday, April 21 to compete against host York Institute along with Upperman and Clarkrange.

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LA Tennis Team takes on FCS, Van Buren

By LEAH THOMAS, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Tennis Team played Friendship Christian School on Monday, April 11.

The LA girls won 2 games and lost 5. Amber Carmack won 9-7, and Leah Thomas won 8-6.

The boys won no matches, but showed improvement.

The LA Tennis Team hosted Van Buren County on Tuesday, April 12.

The girls won 5-2.

In singles play, Amber Carmack won 8-6, Lacy Carmack won 8-5, Danielle Ray won 8-0, and Ashley Taylor won her first match 8-1.

In girls doubles, Amber Carmack and Danielle Ray won 8-6, and Leah Thomas and Lacy Carmack won 8-3.

The boys won 8-3.

In singles, David Johnson won 8-2, and David McDarby won 8-1.

In doubles, Randy Boswell and Brad Ledbetter won 8-3.

After hosting Mt. Juliet Christian Academy on Monday, April 18, LA will host Clay County on Friday, April 22, then host Friendship Christian School on Monday, April 25 before hitting the road to Cannon County on Tuesday, April 26.

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