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Lady Wildcats lose close to Sparta's Warriorettes
Wildcats lose 4 games against strong opponents
Nashville Sounds offer tickets for musical instruments


Lady Wildcats lose close to Sparta's Warriorettes

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Amanda Roberts sent this pitch over the right center field fence for a home run.

With the seniors away, the Lady Wildcats' underclassmen did play, last Thursday.

Livingston Academy lost the home game against White County's Warriorettes by a close 1-3 score, in what was a view to the future.

LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said, "Like I told the girls, this was the first game of next year. This is all girls next year's players - no seniors from this year were playing."

The elder players were vacationing in Orlando on the senior trip.

"All of our offensive production was in Florida," Coach Johnson said.

Well, maybe not all. Amanda Roberts, a junior, hit a line drive over the right center field fence for her first home run.

"Everybody was really happy for her," Coach Johnson said. "She cranked that one. That was a big hit for us."

The third inning shot tied the game at 1-1. Roberts also had a sacrifice in the game.

But LA had only 4 hits in the game. Along with Roberts' home run, Sarah Neff had a hit, Jessica Conatser had a hit, and Katie Vaughn beat out a grounder that rolled just a few feet in front of the catcher.

"We were missing a lot of offense," Coach Johnson said. "And our best hitter was sitting on the bench after having her tonsils taken out the day before."

Liz Hall did go to the plate to pinch hit in the last inning, but an ailing knee kept her from beating out the throw after hitting the ball out of the infield.

"It hurt us to not have the seniors in the lineup," Coach Johnson said.

Kaylie Wilson pitched the full seven innings. She had 7 strikeouts in the game, walked 4, and gave up 7 hits.

"That's 11 baserunners they had," Coach Johnson said. "There were a couple of times we had some situations where if they had a big hit that game was busted wide open against us.

"We just can't let them get on base that much; it gave them too many opportunities. They only scored three runs, but they were on base a lot."

Coach Johnson did see a bright spot in the game.

"We played good defense, especially with some girls who hadn't had the opportunity to get out there and play," he said. "Sarah Neff made a great diving catch behind the plate - that was a great catch.

"We had some good defense, and made some mistakes," he said. "We made a few mental mistakes in the field, not throwing it to the right place.

"But we gave up only three runs, so I'm pretty happy about that. It wasn't a district game, so it didn't hurt us too bad."

With the District 7-AA Tournament starting Friday night at Tennessee Tech, the Lady Cats were in a scramble to play district games against Smith County, Cannon County, and York Institute to determine seeding for the tournament.

"We've got a big week this week," Coach Johnson said. "We have to have the games done by Wednesday, there's no getting around it. We'd like to win all three and be tied for 4th in the district."

One team will go home after Friday night's action. The top two teams from the district tournament will move on to the region tournament.

"We need to get good when it matters, here at district tournament time, and beat some people," Coach Johnson said.

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Wildcats lose 4 games against strong opponents

Sports Livingston Academy's Wildcats endured a tough week last week, winning a game and losing 4 against strong opposition last week.

LA defeated Jackson County 7-5 in a non-district contest on Monday, April 24, then lost a District 7-AA game 2-8 to Smith County on Thursday, April 27, falling to 6-4 in the district.

In the weekend's Marion County Tournament, the Cats lost 0-1 to a very strong Tullahoma team, lost 1-5 to Sequatchie County, and lost 1-2 to Chattanooga Central.

In the Monday game at Jackson County, LA jumped ahead with 2 runs in the first inning, which was matched by the host team in the top of the third. Both teams scored 2 runs in the fourth inning to remain tied.

The Blue Devils broke ahead with a run in the top of the sixth, and the Cats answered with 3 in the bottom of the inning and held on to win 7-5.

Clint Durham was the winning pitcher, striking out 3 in 2 innings of work. Cody Winton struck out 6 in 2 innings, and Griffin Lee struck out 6 in 3 innings.

LA pounded out 12 hits. Cody Winton went 2 for 3, including a double, with 3 runs batted in and 2 runs scored.

Zach Ramsey hit a home run, drove in 2 runs, and was hit by a pitch.

Andrew Neff went 3 for 3, was hit by a pitch, stole a base, and scored a run. Joe Reynolds went 2 for 4 and scored a run, Matt Lee had a hit and was hit by a pitch, Cody Matthews had a hit and scored a run, Griffin Lee and Lee Gatts each had a hit, and Clint West scored a run.

Six errors led to the Wildcats' demise in Thursday's district game at Carthage. Andrew Neff took the loss, giving up 8 runs, 5 earned, on 10 hits, a walk, and a hit batsman. He struck out 3.

Joe Reynolds went 2 for 3, driving in 2 runs. Todd Smith and Cody Matthews each had a hit and scored a run, and Cody Winton had a hit and was hit by a pitch.

The first game of the Marion County Tournament on Friday, April 29 turned into a pitcher's duel for LA and Tullahoma.

The Wildcats managed just 3 hits in the shutout loss - 2 from Kurt Gilbert and the other being a double by Joe Reynolds.

Clint Durham was the "tough luck" losing pitcher, giving up 1 run on 6 hits, 4 walks, and 2 hit batsmen, while striking out 4.

The following day, LA managed 6 hits, but so did Sequatchie County, with the Cats' opponent making the most of their opportunities.

Tyler Thrasher, freshly back from the senior trip to Florida, took the loss, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 3 hits, 3 walks, and a hit batsman. Todd Smith gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 2 hits and 2 walks, and struck out a batter, and Cody Winton gave up a hit and a walk and struck out a batter.

Clint Durham went 2 for 3, including a double, and drove in Zach Ramsey for LA's only run. Ramsey had a hit, Andrew Neff went 2 for 3, and Joe Reynolds had a hit.

The final game for the Cats was another pitcher's duel, with LA managing 4 hits and Chattanooga Central getting 2 hits at the more opportune time.

Griffin Lee was outstanding in the loss, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits, 4 walks, and 2 hit batsmen.

LA's defense was spotless in the game.

Zach Ramsey had a hit and scored the only LA run. Tyler Thrasher had a hit, was hit by a pitch, and stole a base, Kurt Gilbert and Mark Barnett each had a hit, and Andrew Dixon was hit by a pitch and stole a base.

The District 7-AA Tournament is scheduled to begin this week on the field of the No. 1 seed.

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Nashville Sounds offer tickets for musical instruments

The Nashville Sounds will field a special "Reading, Writing & Rhythm" event on Friday, May 5.

The Sounds game that evening, against the New Orleans Zephyrs, is dedicated to singer/songwriter Chely Wright's charitable organization.

Baseball enthusiasts who donate a new or gently used musical instrument at the gate will be offered two tickets to watch the game.

Wright will make a personal appearance to offer her autograph in exchange for a nominal donation to the foundation.

"No child should be denied the opportunity to experience the wonderful world of music because of a lack of funding," Wright said. "There is proven documentation that music and music education in our schools enable our children to excel in their ability to learn basic math and reading.

"They score significantly higher on standardized tests, while at the same time developing crucial skills to be successful in self discipline, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and life in general.

"This is a perfect opportunity for our community to join together with a common goal to raise awareness of the importance of literacy and music education in our schools, for our children."

The Sounds Baseball Club support of Wright's Reading, Writing & Rhythm Foundation is in keeping with its reading program established to tie children's natural affection for baseball to the bigger goal of promoting literacy and encouraging a lifelong love for reading.

The Sounds' Reading Program supports area schools in their ongoing endeavor to build strong readers by creating exciting incentives and rewards for children who continue to read more throughout the year.

"Partnering with a community-oriented organization such as the Nashville Sounds Baseball Club is a natural," Wright added. "Not only because of their initiative, but because this is Music City and our baseball team is called the Sounds."

Wright established the Reading, Writing & Rhythm Foundation in 1999 with the objective of improving the quality of music education in America's public schools and raising public awareness surrounding the importance of music education for our nation's youth.

To date the organization has raised nearly $1 million assisting 50,000 music students in nearly 20 states, providing gifts of sheet music, musical instruments, band uniforms, and more.

The gates at Greer Stadium open at 5:30 p.m. The ballgame begins at 7 p.m.

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