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Lady Cats end season in district tournament
LA Tennis team plays in tournament
Overton runner takes 1st in Relay for Life 5K run/walk


Lady Cats end season in district tournament

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
Rain, rain, and more rain continued to fall as Livingston Academy's softball season was washed away last week.

The opening round of the District 7-AA Girls Softball Tournament had been pushed back to

Monday, May 8 because of rain. LA played that day and lost the first game against Macon County 0-6. "They killed the ball against us," LA Softball Coach Mike Johnson said. "They came out and just pounded it.

"We just weren't ready to play in that game."

Macon County scored 6 runs in the first three innings. "We had 6 hits, which is not bad," Coach Johnson said. "We just couldn't score."

Kirstie Dillon led the way with 2 hits, Liz Hall, Katie Vaughn, Ashley Mitchell, and Jessica McDonald each had a hit.

Kaylie Wilson took the loss on the mound for LA, giving up the 6 runs on 9 total hits and a walk, while striking out 3.

"She didn't give them much," Coach Johnson said. "They had the big hits when they needed them. They hit monster shots too.

"And we made a few errors."

The loss forced the Lady Cats into a second game on the night, this time against Cannon County.

"The loser of this game was done, so this was a 'must win' situation," Coach Johnson said.

"I pitched Vaughn this time to give Wilson a rest, so that if we did win that game we would have someone fresh for the next game.

"It started off badly for us," he said. "We let a girl get on base in the first inning. The next girl hit a grounder to the shortstop; it goes through the shortstops' legs and goes past the left fielder, all the way to the fence.

Both Lady Lions sprinted around the bases and scored.

"That was just the first inning," Coach Johnson said. "It looked like we were just about to fall apart and go home.

"We recovered from that and only gave them one more run the rest of the game, and that was in the very last inning when we were up 6-2 and just trying to get outs.

"We played well."

Pitching for the Lady Cats, Katie Vaughn was on top of her game. She struck out 14, including striking out the side twice, gave up a single walk, and allowed only 4 hits and no earned runs.

"She had a great pitching performance," Coach Johnson said.

"She's gotten a lot better. She's gotten her placement down a lot better. Earlier in the year, sometimes she would be on and other times she had a little bit of a problem keeping the ball down in the strike zone.

"She's gotten a lot better, and she'll be a lot better next year too."

Kaylie Wilson scored 2 runs for LA, and Vaughn, Kirstie Dillon, Jessica McDonald, and Amanda Roberts each scored a run.

"We only had 4 real hits," Coach Johnson said. "They made some errors that let us get on base, and we took advantage of that. We got the big hits when we needed them in this game."

Kayla Ferrell drove in 2 runs on a hit, Ashley Mitchell had a hit that drove in a run, and Lisa Reeder had a hit that drove in a run.

Then the rains came again.

"We went down there on Tuesday, and when we got there it was raining, and they called the games off and we had to turn around and come back home," Coach Johnson said.

"Wednesday, we got down there and they played one game, I think they got it in, then it just started pouring the rain when the second game was fixin' to start. So they backed it up to Thursday. LA was matched up against the Owlettes of Smith County on Upperman High School's softball field.

"Whichever team won, kept playing, whichever team lost, went home," Coach Johnson said.

"It was terrible weather conditions. We may have played an inning, maybe two innings, it started raining, then they started seeing lightning, so they took us off the field.

"We sat in the dugout a little while. Then they brought us back out. We pitched three pitches, then they sent us back into the dugout; they had seen more lightning.

"We played through it. It rained off and on the whole game."

LA fell 1-4, but Coach Johnson believed his players gave a valiant effort.

"We played really well in the game. It was 1-1 for a long time," he said. "At the end, they made the plays to win the game."

Kaylie Wilson took the loss, giving up the 4 runs on 8 hits, while walking none and striking out 4.

Lisa Reeder scored the Lady Cats' only run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kirstie Dillon. Katie Vaughn had 2 of LA's 4 hits in the game, with Reeder and Jessica McDonald providing a hit each.

"We played okay, but didn't play well enough to win," Coach Johnson said.

"That was the end of the season, the last game for the four seniors. They were the first ones I started out with. They improved a lot over the four years.

"Lisa Reeder has been a great shortstop. She's played shortstop since she was a freshman, and done a great job.

"Jessica McDonald has played second base since her sophomore year and has been big for us on offense.

"And Dillon has played three or four different positions, and did a good job.

"Ashley Mitchell was probably the vocal and spirit leader of the team this year. She was the one who got everybody up for the games, and was pretty much the leader of the team.

"I'm really proud of all four of them."

 

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LA Tennis team plays in tournament

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Danielle Ray and Lacy Carmack took the District 7A/AA Tournament doubles championship.

By LEAH THOMAS, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Tennis Team competed in team districts on Monday, May 1 against DeKalb County.

In girls singles, Danielle Ray defeated Paige Preston 6-3, 6-1; Lacy Carmack defeated Katie Herman 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; and Rhiannon Voss defeated Jessica Harney 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Leah Thomas narrowly lost to Caitlin Robinson 6-3, 4-7, 5-7; and Sky Hastings also went to the wire against Ashley Craver in a losing effort 4-6, 6-4, 4-6.

In doubles, Robinson and Preston defeated LA's Ray and Carmack 8-5; and DeKalb's Herman and Harney defeated Thomas and Voss 9-8 (7-5).

Then on Monday, May 8, the Livingston Academy Tennis Team competed in individual districts. Winning in round one of singles were David Johnson, Sky Hastings, and Chelsea Poston.

Playing in doubles were Brad Ledbetter and Michael Henry, Randy Boswell, winning round one and losing in round two.

Leah Thomas and Jamie Kelly defeated Clay County players in round one, and lost to Cannon County players in round two.

Lacy Carmack and Danielle Ray won all three rounds to become the district 7-A/AA doubles champions, defeating Clay County and both Cannon County doubles teams. Carmack and Ray earned the right to compete in the regional individual tennis tournament on Monday, May 15.

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Overton runner takes 1st in Relay For Life 5K Run/Walk

photo courtesy of Quality Home Health
Representing Overton County at the recent American Cancer Society Relay For Life 5K Walk/Run, sponsored by Quality Home Health in Byrdstown, are, from left, Jonathan Smith, 1st place runner Jonathan Swift, who won with 22 minutes 14 seconds, Mark Gore, and Greg Walker.

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