May 3, 2006
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,
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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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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.Ê
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.Ê
"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.Ê
"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.Ê
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
"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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