Lady Cats endure tough week
Despite many errors, Cats win two games
Lady Cats endure
Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Kaylie Wilson fires a pitch in the Monday, March 27 game against
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Four district losses in four games was the fate of the Livingston
Academy Lady Wildcats last week. But Coach Mike Johnson still has
an optimistic outlook concerning his young team.
"During the week, I did see some improvement in our games,"
The Lady Wildcats opened the week's play at home against York Institute's
Lady Dragons on Monday, March 27.
"York's probably the best team in the district this year,"
Coach Johnson said. "They retained everyone that started last
year. They didn't lose any starters. So, they are a pretty experienced
"They've got two really good pitchers. They're sisters, and
are probably the best pitchers we will see all year.
"And it showed, because we had 21 at-bats and had 12 strikeouts.
We had one walk and one hit, and that was it."
Kaylie Wilson walked for LA, and Liz Hall had the Lady Cats' lone
"We didn't even get a runner to second base," Coach Johnson
said. "We tried."
Jessica Conatser was thrown out attempting to take second base.
"We just couldn't produce anything offensively, so there was
no way we could win the game," Coach Johnson said.
LA lost the District 7-AA contest 0-4.
Kaylie Wilson pitched all 7 innings, striking out 6 and walking
4. York had 10 hits in the game.
The following day, Livingston Academy played host to Smith County's
Owlettes, and lost 3-10.
"We scored all 3 runs in the first two innings," Coach
Johnson said. "We gave up 6 runs in the first two innings.
"We played pretty good defense after the first couple of innings."
Katie Vaughn pitched the full 7 innings. She struck out 6 and walked
6, and hit a batter.
"They've got a really athletic team," Coach Johnson said
of the visiting team. "They play fast-pitch from the ground
up there. They are used to hitting the fast-pitch ball.
"We hit the ball a lot better. We had 13 hits, but we had
10 strikouts. We hit the ball well, but we couldn't produce runs
when we needed to."
Scoring for LA came from Lisa Reeder, Kirstie Dillon, and Kayla
Dillon went 4 for 4, with 3 singles and a double.
"I was real happy with her performance in that game,"
Coach Johnson said.
Kayla Ferrell went 2 for 3, with a single, a double, and a walk;
and Liz Hall went 2 for 4, with 2 singles.
"We played better in that game than we did against York."
The Lady Wildcats hit the road to Smithville on Thursday, March
30 for a double-header against DeKalb County's Lady Tigers.
In the opening 5-inning game, LA fell 0-4.
The opposing pitcher faced 16 LA batters, one more than the minimum
for a 5-inning game.
The game was 0-0 for three innings, then DeKalb scored a run to
take a 1-0 lead into the final inning.
"We were in the game until the very last inning," Coach
Johnson said. "We played well enough to win it for four of
the five innings, but just couldn't muster anything offensively.
"Three of their runs came in the last inning."
LA struck out 6 of the 16 at-bats, and had only 2 hits in the game,
off the bats of Liz Hall and Ashley Mitchell.
"Kaylie Wilson pitched pretty well," Coach Johnson said.
She struck out 3, walked 2, and gave up 5 hits.
"We couldn't score," Coach Johnson said.
The nightcap went to extra innings and a tie-breaker before being
"We played extremely well," Coach Johnson said. "I
kept the same exact lineup, and we played much better."
Neither team scored through the regulation innings, and no one
scored until the seventh inning when LA went up 1-0, but DeKalb
answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to force a tie-break.
"We had a lot of chances in that game to score, but we didn't
score until the seventh inning," Coach Johnson said.
In a tie-breaker, the last person out in the previous inning is
placed on second base.
"So, you've got a runner at second with no outs so you've
got a good chance to score," Coach Johnson said. "When
that happens, you basically go into bunt mode. You bunt her to third
and then try to drive her in.
"We couldn't bunt. We couldn't get a bunt down. We couldn't
move the runner over, but they did."
DeKalb moved their runner over and brought her in to win 2-1.
"It's a heartbreaking way to lose a game," Coach Johnson
Kaylie Wilson pitched all 8 innings, struck out 1, gave up 2 walks
and 9 hits.
Ashley Mitchell had 2 hits and a run batted in for LA, and Lisa
Reeder had a hit.
"Pitching and catching got a lot better Thursday, and hopefully
it will carry over," Coach Johnson said.
"We're getting better. Maybe we'll break the curse and win
a game before long. We've got six games this week, so we better
do something or we're going to be hurting."
After a trip to Clinton County, KY, for a double-header on Monday,
April 3 and a home game against new district opponent Macon County
on Tuesday, April 4, Livingston Academy will host Cannon County
on Thursday, April 6.
The Lady Wildcats will travel to Monterey on Friday, April 7 to
take on their Lady Wildcats in a double-header, then will open next
week's play with a home game against Clay County on Monday, April
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Despite many errors,
Cats win two games
Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy junior Griffin Lee puts some grunt behind
a pitch in the Tuesday, March 28 home loss to Cannon County.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Living dangerously was the Livingston Academy Wildcats' theme in
last week's baseball games, committing 17 errors in three games
yet winning two of them.
The Cats opened the week's play with a District 7-AA game at Woodbury.
"We still didn't play as well as we're capable of," Coach
Pat Swallows said. "We made 6 errors that let them hang around
"We got 6 hits, and 3 of those were infield bunts.
"We did what we had to do to win. Any time you can make 6
errors and still win a baseball game, you're lucky. But we did the
little things that counted that allowed us to win."
LA won 5-3 behind the pitching of Tyler Thrasher.
"He did a really good job, but his pitch count got up, so
I took him out in the seventh," Coach Swallows said.
Errors had loaded the bases with Cannon County Lions, and brought
their big number four hitter to bat.
"One bomb and we're in trouble," Coach Swallows said.
"I brought Andrew Neff in, and he did a great job in relief."
Neff nailed down a save after issuing an "unintentional/intentional"
walk to Cannon County's big man, then striking out the final two
batters of the game.
Thrasher was the winning pitcher for LA. He struck out 6, walked
2, gave up 3 hits and 3 runs, 1 earned. Of his 98 pitches, 67 were
Offensively, Joe Reynolds went 2 for 3, including a double, drove
in a run, and stole a base.
"He did a really good job of putting the ball on the ground,"
Coach Swallows said.
Andrew Dixon had a hit and drove in a run, Kurt Gilbert drove in
a run, Zach Ramsey had a hit, stole a base, and scored a run, pinch-runner
Clint Durham stole a base and scored a run, and Tyler Thrasher and
Josh Coffman each had a hit.
The following day wasn't as kind to the Cats, though the game started
"We jump on them 4-0, with Clint Durham throwing and really
doing a good job through the first two innings," Coach Swallows
said. "Then in the third, he just lost it.
"He couldn't find his control and ended up walking 4 in a
"Before we could turn around, they had scored 8 runs. Then,
they scored 5 in the fourth off Griffin Lee."
LA lost 6-13.
"We made 7 errors and walked 6," Coach Swallows said.
"Living the way we did on Monday night, making this many mistakes,
but still being able to overcome them, we're not able to do that.
"We've just got to cut the mistakes out."
Clint Durham was the losing pitcher, giving up 2 hits, 5 walks,
and 5 runs, 3 earned.
Griffin Lee came in for an inning and gave up 5 hits, a walk, and
8 runs, 3 earned.
Andrew Neff closed out the game with 4 strong innings, striking
out 2 and giving up 2 hits and no runs.
Offensively, Joe Reynolds went 4 for 4 in stealing bases, had a
hit, and scored 3 runs.
"He's doing a great job in the leadoff spot," Coach Swallows
Andrew Dixon went 2 for 3, including a double, and scored a run,
Tyler Thrasher hit a double, drove in a run, and scored a run, Zach
Ramsey drove in 2 runs, Kurt Gilbert had a hit and drove in a run,
Matthew Lee drove in a run, and Josh Coffman had a hit and scored
"Then I picked up Gordonsville on Thursday," Coach Swallows
said. "We made 6 errors again.
"We really, really hit the ball well all day long, up and
down the lineup."
This time LA won 11-5.
Griffin Lee was the winning pitcher, striking out 4 while giving
up a walk, 7 hits, and 5 runs, 1 earned.
Clint Durham pitched in relief and struck out 3.
Joe Reynolds went 3 for 3 in stealing bases, had 2 hits, including
a double, drove in a run, and scored 3 runs, and Andrew Dixon hit
a home run, and drove in 3 runs.
Kurt Gilbert went 3 for 3, including a double, drove in 2 runs,
scored 3 runs, and stole a base, Tyler Thrasher hit a double and
scored a run, and Josh Coffman went 2 for 3, including a double,
and scored a run.
Designated hitter Andrew Neff went 2 for 3, including a double,
drove in 2 runs, scored a run, and stole a base, Cody Winton hit
a double and drove in 2 runs, Mark Barnett went 2 for 3, drove in
a run, scored a run, and stole 2 bases, and Griffin Lee and Clint
Durham each had a hit.
"We feel fortunate to come out of last week with two wins
out of three," Coach Swallows said.
"We can't get any consistency. When you're rained out of a
game, you can't practice. You can't take ground balls in the rain.
We've lost 7 to weather."
After a trip to Jamestown to play York Institute in a district
contest on Monday, April 3, and a home contest against the Dragons
the following evening, the Cats will travel to Byrdstown to play
Pickett County in a double-header today, Wednesday, April 5.
Livingston Academy will host Greenbrier for a 2 p.m. game Saturday,
April 8, then will host DeKalb County in a district game Monday,
April 10. The Cats will then travel to Smithville on Tuesday, April
11 to play the Tigers on their home turf.
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