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April 19, 2006
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Wildcats play through busy baseball week
Lady Cats post 3 wins, play in tournament
Senior Olympics to begin in area April 24


Wildcats play through busy baseball week

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Matthew Lee pitched LA to a 9-4 win over Whitwell in the tournament on Saturday.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports

"We had a good week," LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said when thinking back over the past week's play.
"We played well. We hit the ball when we needed to, and got some big hits and some clutch pitching and played solid defense.

“That's all I can ask of them." Though the week ended with good Wildcats' performances, the week began with a thumping at home against DeKalb County. The District 7-AA rivals outscored LA 14-4

The Tigers scored the 14 runs on 10 hits, helped by 6 errors and 10 walks by the Wildcats. Tyler Thrasher took the loss for LA. Only 3 of the 10 runs against him were earned. He struck out 5, walked 5, and allowed 5 hits.

Clint Durham came on in relief and gave up 4 runs, 3 earned, on 5 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 5.

Durham went 2 for 3, including a double, drove in 3 runs, stole a base, and scored a run.

Thrasher had a hit and drove in a run; Anthony Matthews had a hit and scored a run; Mark Barnett was hit by a pitch, stole a base, and scored a run; courtesy runner Clint West scored a run; Kurt Gilbert stole 2 bases; and Joe Reynolds was hit by a pitch.

The next day, the Wildcats travelled to Smithville to again play the Tigers. This time the outcome was much different.

LA jumped out front 1-0 in the first inning, but DeKalb tied it in the bottom of the third.

The Wildcats brought home 3 runs in the fifth and added another in the sixth for a 5-1 lead, but again the Tigers came back with enough runs to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth.

The game remained tied at 5 after 7 innings, forcing extra innings.

LA broke through with 5 runs in the top of the eighth, and DeKalb had nothing for them in the bottom of the inning. LA won 10-5, this time having committed only 2 errors.

The Wildcats had 12 hits in the game, and the Tigers had 11.

Leading the hit parade for LA was Tyler Thrasher, who went 3 for 4, including a home run, drove in 3 runs, stole 2 bases, and scored 2 runs.

Joe Reynolds went 3 for 4, including a double, drove in 2 runs, stole a base, and scored a run.

Andrew Dixon went 2 for 4, including a double, drove in 2 runs, was hit by a pitch, stole a base, and scored 3 runs.

Kurt Gilbert hit a double, and drove in 2 runs; Anthony Matthews had a hit, stole 2 bases, and drove in a run; Clint Durham had a hit and scored 2 runs; Andrew Neff had a hit and was hit by a pitch; Cody Winton stole a base and scored a run; and Mark Barnett and Josh Coffman were both hit by pitches.

Andrew Neff was the winning pitcher for LA. He allowed 5 runs on 11 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4.

Tyler Thrasher came in to get the final out of the game.

"DeKalb is probably the best team in the district, right now, that we've seen," Coach Swallows said. "After getting beat by them, and then being able to come back and play the way we did against them Tuesday, maybe we can carry that on."

The Wildcats went to Carthage on Thursday, April 13 for another district game, and won 6-2. LA made only 2 errors in the game. Tyler Thrasher struck out 10 Owls while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk in the complete game performance.

Clint Durham went 2 for 3, including a home run, and drove in 4 runs.

Cody Winton hit a double, stole a base, and scored 2 runs; Joe Reynolds went 2 for 4; Andrew Dixon drove in a run, stole a base, and scored a run; Kurt Gilbert hit a double and drove in a run, and was hit by a pitch; Mark Barnett had a hit and scored a run; and Anthony Matthews scored a run.

The Cats opened the Livingston Academy portion of the White County Tournament on Friday, April 14 against Oliver Springs, and lost 3-4.

"We lost a tough one to Oliver Springs," Coach Swallows said. "We had the tying run on third with one out in the seventh, and couldn't push him across."

Losing pitcher Clint Durham and subsequent LA pitchers Cody Matthews and Cody Winton gave up 8 walks overall.

Cody Winton went 2 for 2, including a double, and scored a run; Zach Ramsey hit a double, drove in a run, and scored a run; Clint Durham had a hit and drove in a run; Joe Reynolds went 2 for 4, stole a base, and scored a run; Tyler Thrasher had a hit and drove in a run; Kurt Gilbert had a hit.

Later in the day, LA put a hurtin' on Red Boiling Springs, pounding out 14 hits for 12 runs.

Pitching for LA, Todd Smith held RBS to a double, 2 walks, and no runs, while striking out 6.

"He threw well," Coach Swallows said. Jacob Lee pitched the final inning and struck out 3 while securing the shutout.

Andrew Dixon went 2 for 2, including 2 doubles, drove in a run, and scored 2 runs.

Kurt Gilbert went 2 for 2, drove in 3 runs, stole 3 bases, and scored a run.

Andrew Neff had a hit and drove in 2 runs; Colby Boykin had a hit, drove in 2 runs, and scored a run; Clint Durham hit a triple, drove in a run, and scored a run; Joe Reynolds had a hit, drove in a run, and scored a run; Tyler Thrasher had a hit, stole a base, and scored a run; Zach Ramsey had a hit and drove in a run; Clint West drove in a run; Jacob Lee had a hit and scored a run; Mark Barnett had a hit and scored a run; Griffin Lee had a hit; Lee Gatts scored a run; Josh Coffman stole a base and scored a run; Todd Smith scored a run; Matthew Lee had a hit and stole a base.

The next morning, LA hit a wall called Station Camp. Despite outhitting their opponents 8-7, the Wildcats failed to score a single run and lost 0-7.

"Station Camp was the best team in the tournament," Coach Swallows said. "They are a solid club out of Hendersonville. They ended up 4-0."

LA made no errors in the game.

"We didn't make any mistakes, and outhit them, and got beat 7-0" Coach Swallows said.

"We did our part, we just couldn't score any runs.

"They turned four double-plays against us.

"We got beat, but I felt fairly well about the way we played."

Griffin Lee took the loss, giving up 7 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks.

"Griffin Lee did a good job against Station Camp," Coach Swallows said. "Even though he got beat, I thought he did a good job."

Cody Winton went 2 for 3, including a double, Joe Reynolds went 3 for 3, and Andrew Dixon, Tyler Thrasher, and Griffin Lee each had a hit.

"We came back and beat a pretty good Whitwell team in the last game of the tournament," Coach Swallows said.

Matthew Lee took the 9-4 win, allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, on 6 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 7.

Cody Matthews closed out the game for LA, allowing a hit and striking out 2.

Andrew Dixon went 3 for 4, all doubles, drove in 3 runs, stole a base, and scored a run.

Tyler Thrasher went 2 for 3, including a double, drove in 4 runs, and stole a base.

Andrew Neff went 2 for 3, including a double, and drove in a run; Zach Ramsey went 2 for 3, and scored 2 runs; Joe Reynolds had a hit and scored 2 runs; Cody Winton had a hit, stole a base, and scored 2 runs; Josh Coffman drove in a run and stole a base; Mark Barnett was hit by a pitch and scored a run; and courtesy runner Clint West scored a run.

After a trip to Baxter on Monday, April 17, and then hosting the Upperman Bees the following day, the Wildcats are scheduled to play at Monterey today, Wednesday, April 19. Livingston Academy will then host Jackson County on Monday, April 24.

The Livingston Academy Baseball Junior Varsity Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22 at Wildcat Field.

In the tournament, Macon County will take on York Institute at 4:30 p.m., and LA will take on Jackson County at 7 p.m. in 7 inning games on Friday.

On Saturday, LA will play Macon County at 10 a.m., Jackson County will play Macon County at noon, Jackson County will then play York Institute at 2 p.m., and LA will play York at 4 p.m. Saturday's games will all be 5 innings.

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Lady Cats post 3 wins, play in tournament

Dewain E. Peek/OCN file
Lisa Reeder had a big week with the bat for LA.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats played 8 softball games last week, and won 3.

The week's play started at home on Monday, April 10 against Clay County High School. The Lady Wildcats won 10-3.

Kaylie Wilson struck out 12 Lady Bulldogs on her way to a win on the mound for LA. She gave up 3 hits, 5 walks, and 3 runs, only 2 earned.

LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "That's a lot of strikeouts. She had a good pitching performance."

Coach Johnson was also in awe of his catcher's hitting in the game, one hit in particular.

"Liz Hall hit the first real home run for us since I've been coaching the team," he said. "We've hit some inside-the-park home runs, but this was over the fence. It went over the iMi sign in left center field, a 3-run shot in the first inning."

Hall went 3 for 4 in the game, with 4 runs batted in.

Lisa Reeder had 2 hits, and Katie Vaughn had 2 hits.

Reeder, Hall, and Wilson each scored 2 runs.

"It was a pretty good hitting performance, and an all-around good effort by the team," Coach Johnson said.

The next day the team travelled to Celina to again take on the Lady Bulldogs. LA knocked out the host team 24-4 in 5 innings.

Katie Vaughn pitched for LA. She had 5 strikeouts, and gave up 5 hits, 4 runs, and no walks.

"I was happy about that. No walks," Coach Johnson said. "I like to see games like that, where we don't walk anybody.

"And we hit the ball pretty well. We had a total of 21 hits in the game. We also had 11 walks."

Lisa Reeder hit 2 triples in the game. Amanda Roberts had 2 hits, both of them were extra-base hits, a double and a triple. Liz Hall had 4 hits, and Kirstie Dillon, Jessica McDonald, and Kayla Ferrell each had 3 hits.

"Of course everybody got hits," Coach Johnson said.

"It was a big hitting performance for us"

The next day, April 12, the Lady Cats split a double-header at Monterey.

"We lost the first game and won the second game," Coach Johnson said.

Kaylie Wilson pitched the first game, a 1-5 loss, allowing 5 runs, only 2 earned, on 6 hits struck out 1.

LA had 5 hits in the game, with Lisa Reeder accounting for 2 of them.

Reeder scored a run on a Liz Hall RBI.

Livingston Academy won the second game 5-4, with Katie Vaughn taking the win on the mound. She gave up the 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk.

Lisa Reeder had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs, Liz Hall had a hit and drove in a run, and Kirstie Dillon and Kaylie Wilson each had a hit.

"We played well enough to win in that game. But really, we should have hit the ball better," Coach Johnson said.

The Lady Cats played in the Plateau Invitational Tournament at Crossville on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15.

LA first faced Bledsoe County without catcher Liz Hall, who was hurt playing in class tournaments.

"Her knee was a little banged up and she couldn't play," Coach Johnson said. "So, Sarah Neff started her first game behind the plate. And she got her first hit in the game.

"She had the only hit in the game. She was the only baserunner of the game."

That hit, in the sixth inning, broke up the Bledsoe pitcher's perfect game.

Kaylie Wilson pitched in tough luck. She gave up only 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk, and struck out 6 in the 0-3 LA loss.

In the nightcap, LA took David Lipscomb to 2-2 in regulation, then the teams each scored a run in the first extra inning, then again tied 4-4 with another run each in the second extra inning.

The Lady Cats scored another run in the third extra inning, but Lipscomb scored 4 runs to win.

Katie Vaughn pitched into more tough luck. She gave up 9 hits, but no walks. Only 2 runs were earned.

Lisa Reeder had 2 hits and scored 3 runs, and Jessica McDonald scored the other 2 runs. Ashley Mitchell and Kirstie Dillon each had a hit.

LA had the chance to win in the extra innings. The bases were loaded, with 2 out, and Lisa Reeder was at bat.

"She hit to third and the third baseman fumbled the ball and threw it to first; the ball and the player got there at the same time," Coach Johnson said.

"Of course on our team it looked like she was as safe as she could be. It was a real close play, so we were an inch away from winning it right there. If she had been called safe, the ballgame was over."

Unfortunately for LA, Reeder was called out.

"The next inning, the third inning of overtime, we gave up 4 runs," Coach Johnson said. "We lost 5-8, a game we were an inch away from winning.

"That's a heartbreaker. It's a hard way to lose."

LA faced Midway in the first game on Saturday, and had just 1 hit and lost 0-5. Jessica McDonald had the lone LA hit.

"We just didn't play well in that game," Coach Johnson said.

Kaylie Wilson pitched for LA, striking out 3 and allowing the 5 runs on 5 hits and a walk.

"We lost all three of our pool play games, which put us in a bad situation – having to play Knoxville Central," Coach Johnson said. "They were 3-0 going into the elimination tournament. They beat some really good teams."

LA lost 2-11, mustering just 3 hits in the game. Wilson, Reeder, and Mitchell had the hits, and Reeder and Wilson scored the LA runs.

Both Katie Vaughn and Kaylie Wilson pitched in the game. Vaughn gave up 9 runs, and Wilson gave up 2.

"Knox Central was a really good team, well disciplined," Coach Johnson said. "They did everything correctly.

"Hopefully playing teams like that will help us out when we play our district games. That's why we go to the tournaments, to play some really good teams to get better.

"So, hopefully, it will make us better for this week."

After playing Macon County at Lafayette on Monday, April 17 and hosting Upperman on Tuesday, April 18, the Lady Cats will travel to Carthage on Thursday, April 20 to take on the Smith County Owlettes in a District 7-AA game.

On Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, LA will play in the Duff Tournament at Cane Creek Park in Cookeville.

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Senior Olympics to begin in area April 24

During the spring and early summer, senior citizens of the Upper Cumberland interested in staying fit and healthy have the opportunity to play, and play hard, during the Senior Olympic games.

From bowling, golf, softball and table tennis, seniors will compete against one another for the coveted Senior Olympic medals.

The senior games movement has been dedicated to motivating active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through its fitness-related activities. National Senior Games Association is the organization that spearheads the senior games movement, sanctioning and coordinating efforts of senior games organizations across the country.

On National Senior Health & Fitness Day observed on May 31, many fitness programs and activities will be available at senior citizen's centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and worship centers throughout the Upper Cumberland.

In an effort to promote healthy lifestyles through education, fitness, and sport, this year's scheduled Senior Olympics activities are as follows:

Monday, April 24
Bowling (singles) 9 a.m. Bowling World, Cookeville.

Tuesday, April 25
Shuffleboard (Singles) 9 a.m. Sparta/White County Senior Center.

Wednesday, April 26
Track Events (all) 9 a.m. TTU Tucker Stadium.

Field Events (all) 11 a.m. TTU Tucker Stadium.

Tennis (singles) 1 p.m. Fairfield Glade Tennis Center. Rain date – Monday, May 8, Tennis (Singles).

Thursday, April 27

Shuffleboard (doubles) 9 a.m. Sparta/White County Senior Center.

Tennis (doubles) 11:30 a.m. Fairfield Glade Tennis Center.

Friday, April 28
Table Tennis (singles) 9 a.m. Fairfield Glade Multi-Purpose Building.

Table Tennis (doubles) 10 a.m. Fairfield Glade Multi-Purpose Building.

Table Tennis (mixed doubles) 11 a.m. Fairfield Glade Multi-Purpose Building.

Monday, May 1
Softball Teams 9 a.m. Crossville Centennial Park.

3-on-3 Basketball 9:30 a.m. McMinnville Civic Center.

Tuesday, May 2

Bowling (doubles) 9 a.m. Plateau Lanes, Crossville.

Bowling (mixed doubles) noon. Plateau Lanes, Crossville.

Wednesday, May 3
Golf 1 p.m. Deer Creek Golf Course, Crossville. Rain date – Wednesday, May 10.

Thursday, May 4

Badminton (all) 9 a.m. Fairfield Glade Recreation Center.

Tennis (mixed doubles) 11 a.m. Fairfield Glade Recreation Center.

Swimming (all) 2 p.m. YMCA Cookeville.

Friday, May 5

Softball Throw 9 a.m. Crossville Centennial Park.

Basketball Free Throw 10:30 a.m. Crossville Centennial Park.

Horseshoes noon. Crossville Centennial Park.

Rain date – Tuesday, May 9.

The Senior Games awards luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 5 at Cumberland Mountain State Park Restaurant in Crossville.

For further information contact Peggy Houston at the Fair Park Senior Center in Cumberland County at (931) 484-0479.

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