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LA Tennis posts wins in week's play
Katie Vaughn pitches Lady Cats to 2 wins
LA Soccer splits tourney, moves to 3-0 in district
Wildcats post multiple wins on week



LA Tennis posts wins in week's play

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Cody Penticuff goes aloft to return a shot for LA.

By Leah Thomas, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Tennis Team travelled to Smithville to play DeKalb County on Monday, April 3.

The LA girls won their match 4-3. Winning matches in singles were Leah Thomas 8-3, Rhiannon Voss 8-6, and Sky Hastings won 7-4 in a tie-break.

Danielle Ray and Lacy Carmack won 8-6 in doubles.

David Johnson won 8-3 for the LA boys.

On Tuesday, April 4, the Livingston Academy Tennis Team played at home against White County.

The LA girls won three matches. Winning in singles were Danielle Ray 7-4 in a tie-break, and Lacy Carmack 7-5.

Leah Thomas and Rhiannon Voss won 8-2 in doubles.

The LA boys played a scrimmage match against Macon County on Wednesday, April 5.

The Livingston Academy Tennis Team will host Van Buren County at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Then the following day, the teams will be on the road playing against Friendship Christian at 1 p.m.

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Katie Vaughn pitches Lady Cats to 2 wins

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Katie Vaughn took the mound for the Lady Wildcats three times last week and came away a winner twice.

An ailing wrist kept Kaylie Wilson from throwing during the week, leaving all the pitching chores to Vaughn, who was up for the challenge.

The Lady Cats took on Clinton County, KY, on Monday, April 3 in the neighboring state, and came home with a 9-1 victory.

Vaughn had 10 strikeouts, and gave up 2 walks and 3 hits.

LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "A lot of girls scored runs for us."

Lisa Reeder, Kaylie Wilson, and Amanda Roberts each scored twice, and Liz Hall, Jessica McDonald, and Katie Vaugh scored a run each.

"We had a lot of offensive production," Coach Johnson said. "We had a total of 12 hits, but we struck out 7 times in that game.

"We should have done better. We should have scored more than what we did. But, we won the game, so I can't complain too much."

Kirstie Dillon drove in 2 runs with a double, and Kayla Ferrell had a 2 RBI hit. Amanda Roberts went 2 for 3, Kaylie Wilson went 2 for 4, and Katie Vaughn went 2 for 3.

"Defensively we played well," Coach Johnson said. "It was a really good performance overall. It was nice to start off the week with a win."

Livingston Academy hosted Macon County the following day, and fell 2-3.

"It was a real close game, but we just couldn't pull it out," Coach Johnson said.

LA had 10 baserunners on 5 hits and 5 walks, but struck out 6 times.

"We never got a big hit when we needed it," Coach Johnson said.

Katie Vaughn provided the only hit for the Lady Cats, as she drove in both runs with a double in the fifth inning.

"In the first inning, we were thrown out at the plate, and that was the only other time we threatened," Coach Johnson said.

"They made the outs when they needed them. They were really good on defense. They were athletic.

"We put the bat on the ball a lot, but they made the plays."

Katie Vaughn struck out 2, and went 2 for 3 at bat.

"We had 4 hits in the game, and that was it. We did not produce like we could have.

"It was a good close game, we hung with them the whole game," Coach Johnson said.

Livingston Academy hosted Cannon County in a District 7-AA game on Thursday, April 6, and won 6-4.

"Our first district win, I'm happy about that," Coach Johnson said. "We broke through and won one."

Vaughn had 8 strikeouts, a walk, and gave up 8 hits.

"It was a decent pitching performance by Katie," Coach Johnson said.

LA smashed 8 hits in the game.

"Six times we got on base because of defensive errors," Coach Johnson said. "So, we had a lot more baserunners than just from those 8 hits. We were on base a lot.

"We could have broken the game open a couple of times if we had had a couple of key hits."

Hitting starts for LA were Ashley Mitchell with 3 hits and 2 runs driven in, and 2 runs scored. She was on base 4 times, the last on an error.

Lisa Reeder got on base all 4 times - she walked, got hit by a pitch, and had 2 hits. She scored 2 runs.

Liz Hall and Amanda Roberts scored the other 2 runs.

Kirstie Dillon hit a 2 RBI double.

"We hadn't got to warm up much that day. We were supposed to have a home game, but switched it to Cannon County," Coach Johnson said. "We won, so maybe we should do that every day."

After hosting Clay County on Monday, April 10, and travelling to Celina the following day, the Lady Wildcats will play a double-header at Monterey on Wednesday, April 12.

LA will play in the Plateau Invitational at Crossville on Saturday, April 15.

"We will play at least four games in that, if not more," Coach Johnson said. "We've got a lot of games this week, if the weather stays nice.

"Hopefully, we'll get our other pitcher back. I want to use both pitchers. I hate to use one for eight games. That's a lot of work on one arm.

"And maybe we can turn the corner and hit the ball more when we need to."

The Lady Wildcats will head to Lafayette on Monday, April 17 for a district game against Macon County, then will host Upperman the following day in another district game.

"Next week is a big district week for us," Coach Johnson said.

The Lady Cats are 4-6 overall and 1-6 in District 7-AA.

"We have not lost a non-district game yet," Coach Johnson said. "But we've lost three district games by just a single run."

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LA Soccer splits tourney, moves to 3-0 in district

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
LA's Cody Penticuff drives the ball against Jackson Co.

By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN Sports
The erratic weather didn't dampen spirits of LA's boys soccer team last week, as the team hosted Jackson County on Thursday, April 6, handing the visitors a decisive 6-0 defeat.

The victory moved Livingston Academy to 3-0 in district play, and saw the team headed into the Rebel Classic Tournament.

Scheduled to begin Friday, April 7, inclement weather pushed the tourney to Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9. In their first game on Saturday, a second-half goal by Blake Vaughn gave LA a 1-0 win over host team Franklin County.

Later that day, LA faced White County. Vaughn set the tone early on.

LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "Jonathan McGill made a long rocket of a shot in the second half to make it 2-0."

A late score by White County tightened the game to 1, but LA held on to win 2-1.

After posting two wins in the first day of the tournament, the Hogeyes faced Riverdale on Sunday, April 9. "They're the best team we've seen this year," Coach King said.

"They've got great speed and touch on the ball."

Riverdale lived up to that reputation, scoring 3 quick goals in the first half, and holding LA scoreless throughout the game that ended as a 0-3 loss.

"We made a few mistakes, but good teams will do that to you sometimes," Coach King added.

Later that day, LA faced Smyrna, losing 2-0.

After going 2-2 for the tournament, Blake Vaughn and goalkeeper David Brady made the All-Tournament Team.

"These tournaments are great for our team," Coach King said. "We play great competition and have a chance to test ourselves."

After travelling to Kingsport on Monday, April 10, the Wildcats will travel to DeKalb County on Thursday, April 13.

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Wildcats post multiple wins on week

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's Tyler Thrasher rips into a pitch during last week's winning streak.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Before more wet weather shortened the week's play, the Livingston Academy Wildcats baseball team ripped off three wins.

"We had two big district wins, Monday and Tuesday against York," LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said.

The winning week began at Jamestown on Monday, April 3. LA defeated York Institute 9-5, which was also the amount of hits for each team, respectively.

The Cats jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

The Dragons responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, and added 2 more in the third to pull within a run.

LA and York both scored in the fifth inning, then LA scored again in the sixth.

The Cats put the game away in the seventh inning, scoring 3 runs to go up 9-4. The Dragons plated a run in the bottom of the inning, but it was too little too late.

Tyler Thrasher pitched the complete game, giving up 5 runs, only 2 earned, on 5 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 8.

"Tyler did a great job on the mound," Coach Swallows said.

Thrasher also got the job done with the bat, going 3 for 4, including a double and a home run, and driving in 3 runs.

Joe Reynolds went 3 for 5 with a run scored and a run driven in, and stole 3 bases on 3 attempts.

Andrew Dixon had a hit, stole a base, and scored a run; Kurt Gilbert drove in a run and scored a run without benefit of a hit, and stole 2 bases; Mark Barnett had a hit, stole a base, and drove in a run; Zach Ramsey stole a base and drove in a run; Josh Coffman had a hit and scored a run; courtesy runner Clint Durham stole a base and scored a run; designated hitter Andrew Neff stole a base and scored a run; and pinch hitter Cody Winton stole a base and scored a run.

"All hit the ball pretty well," Coach Swallows said, "and we played pretty solid defense."

LA made 4 errors in the game.

The following day, Livingston Academy hosted York and the Cats again scored 9 runs, this time winning 9-3.

LA took the lead with a run in the first inning, but the Jamestown team tied the score in the top of the second.

The Cats shocked the Dragons in the bottom of the inning with 5 runs to go ahead 6-1.

York scored in a run in the fourth and fifth innings, and LA tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth.

LA scored the 9 runs on 9 hits.

"Andrew Neff threw his first high school complete game,” Coach Swallows said. “He gave up 9 hits, but he spread them out over seven innings.

"He did a great job."

Neff struck out 8 and gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 9 hits and 2 walks.

Andrew Dixon went 2 for 4, including a double, stole 2 bases, and drove in 2 runs.

Kurt Gilbert had a hit, stole a base, and drove in 2 runs; Matthew Lee went 2 for 3 and drove in 2 runs; Mark Barnett had a hit, stole a base, drove in a run, and scored 2 runs; designated hitter Josh Coffman had a hit, drove in a run, and scored a run; Joe Reynolds went 2 for 4, stole a base, and scored 2 runs; Tyler Thrasher stole a base and scored a run; Cody Winton stole a base and scored a run; courtesy runner Clint Durham stole a base and scored 2 runs; and courtesy runner Todd Smith stole a base.

"We had some big timely hits in crucial situations with men on," Coach Swallows said.

LA made a single error in the game.

A game scheduled at Pickett County on Wednesday, April 5 had a change of venue to Livingston Academy because of field conditions at Byrdstown.

The Bobcats jumped ahead first with 2 runs in the top of the opening inning. LA answered with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning.

Pickett came back with a run to tie the game in the top of the second inning, and again LA went back ahead with a run in the bottom of the inning.

The Wildcats moved ahead 5-3 with another run in the third. Both teams scored a run each in the fourth and sixth innings for a 7-5 LA win.

The Wildcats pounded out 11 hits in the game, and made 4 errors.

"We were very lucky to escape with a 7-5 win," Coach Swallows said.

Griffin Lee was the winning pitcher, striking out 5 while giving up 4 runs, 2 earned, on 3 hits and a walk.

Clint Durham pitched 2 innings of relief, struck out 2 and surrendered a run on a hit and a walk.

Offensively, Tyler Thrasher went 3 for 4, including a double, drove in 4 runs, stole 2 bases, and scored a run.

Andrew Dixon went 3 for 3, including a double, scored 3 runs, stole a base, and drove in a run.

Josh Coffman went 2 for 3 and drove in 2 runs; Joe Reynolds had a hit, stole a base, and scored 2 runs; Kurt Gilbert hit a double and scored a run; Anthony Matthews had a hit; and Zach Ramsey stole a base.

"Again we had timely hits," Coach Swallows said. "Tyler and Andrew were big for us."

After hosting a District 7-AA game against DeKalb County on Monday, April 10 and travelling to Smithville to face the same team the following evening, Livingston Academy will host Smith County on Thursday, April 13.

The Wildcats will play in the White County Tournament on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15. Because the tournament had 8 teams sign on, 4 of the teams will play at Livingston Academy and the other 4 will play at White County High School.

Games will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 14, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 15.

"We will play two each day," Coach Swallows said. "It will be a big weekend for us."

The Cats will travel to Baxter on Monday, April 17 for a district game against the Bees, then will host Upperman the following evening.

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