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Cats defeat Blue Devils 19-1
Matthews signs with Cumberland
West signs with Cumberland

 

Cats defeat Blue Devils 19-1

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Allen Bilbrey turns and throws for an out at second against Jackson County.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN Sports

With three wins in four games, the Livingston Academy Wildcats appear to be turning their season around.

“We had a better week,” LA Coach Pat Swallows said. “We’re making progress.

“Sometimes we take a couple of steps forward, and then take another step back, but we’re still getting better,” he said. “We’re starting to hit the ball a lot better, and our pitching is getting a little more solid, and our defense is as well.”

The LA baseball team has won 4 of its last 5 games, the loss being the first game of last week, a District 7-AA game against Smith County on the Cats’ home field.

Though losing from the start, a win had remained within reach early.

“We went into the seventh behind 4-0, and had made at least four outstanding defensive plays to keep it at 4-0. Just great, great plays,” Coach
Swallows said.

LA’s defensive stars to that point included Allen Bilbrey, Joe Reynolds, Clint Durham, and catcher Matt Lee, who picked an Owls baserunner off second base.

“We had played just a really good defensive game,” Coach Swallows said.

“We went into the seventh down 4-0 and just fell apart. We had two or three real critical plays that we did not make.”

Andrew Neff took an 11-0 loss on the mound for LA.

“The score doesn’t show the closeness of the game,” Coach Swallows said.
The following night, Tuesday, March 27, the Cats gained returned the favor on the Owls’ field in Carthage.

“We went back to Smith County with Clint on the mound and just really put things together,” Coach Swallows said.

LA jumped out to a 2-0 lead early, then gave up a run in the fourth, then another in the bottom of the seventh, and had the potential winning run on second base. But that potential was not realized as the Cats got the third out to force extra innings.

In the top of the eighth inning, Joe Reynolds singled and went to second on a Smith County error. Andrew Neff stepped up at the plate and drove in Reynolds to put LA ahead 3-2.
Durham slammed the door in the bottom of the eighth to give the Cats the win.

“It was just a big, big, big win for us,” Coach Swallows said. “We made some big defensive plays and got some key timely hits.”

Livingston Academy hosted Jackson County’s Blue Devils on Thursday, March 29, and steamrolled the visiting team.

LA scored 10 runs in the first inning and went on to win 19-1 in five innings.

“They didn’t make any errors, we just hit the ball all over the ballpark,” Coach Swallows said.

Todd Smith gave another winning effort on the mound for the Wildcats.

With the exception of Smith, starters were pulled in favor of less experienced players before the game ended.

“Everybody got a chance to get in the game and get a time at bat,” Coach Swallows said. “And the young guys did a good job.”

One example of that was freshman Kasey Beason’s 2-run homer in the fourth inning.

The following evening, the Cats traveled to Byrdstown and put up 6 runs in the first inning, and added another in the second to lead 7-0.

“In the fourth we messed up and let them back in the game a little bit,” Coach Swallows said.

LA went on to defeat Pickett County’s Bobcats 9-6.

“It was Cody Winton’s first time on the mound, and he did a really good job,” Coach Swallows said.

Andrew Neff got the save.

The Cats had 10 hits in the game, with Neff, Zach Ramsey, and Griffin Lee hitting 2 each.

“We’re getting better,” Coach Swallows said. “We’ve got some kids absolutely wearing it out right now. Matt Lee is hitting .500, Zach Ramsey’s hitting .457, and Neff’s at .382.”

The wins moved LA’s record to 4-8 overall, 1-3 in District 7-AA.

“I really like where our confidence is, and that our attitude is still positive,” Coach Swallows said.

After hosting Upperman’s Bees on Monday, April 2, then traveling to Baxter for another district game against Upperman the following evening, Livingston Academy will host Pickett County in a 5 p.m. game that is part of the Highland Rim Tournament.

As the tournament continues at Sparta, the Cats will play a make-up game against Jackson County at Gainesboro on Friday, April 6.

LA will resume play in the Highland Rim Tournament at Sparta on Saturday, April 7 when they take on the host team at 9 a.m. The Cats will then take on Oliver Springs at 3:45 p.m.

The Wildcats will begin next week with a trip to Warren County.

 

 

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Matthews signs with Cumberland

Valerie Brown/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy senior Ashley Matthews signed a basketball scholarship with Cumberland University’s Lady Bulldogs in a ceremony held Wednesday, March 28. On hand for the signing with the Lebanon college are, front row from left, her brother, Dustin Matthews, Ashley Matthews, and her mother, Melanie Matthews, back row, LA Lady Wildcats Assistant Coach Elizabeth Maxwell, Cumberland University Coach Clint Mason, her father, David Matthews, Cumberland University Assistant Coach Tony Mclead, LA Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith, and LA Principal Gary Ledbetter.

 

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West signs with Cumberland

Valerie Brown/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy senior Alison West signed a basketball scholarship with Cumberland University’s Lady Bulldogs in a signing ceremony held Wednesday, March 28. On hand for the signing to attend the college in Lebanon are, front row from left, her mother, Amanda West, Alison West, and her sister, Adrian West, back row, LA Lady Wildcats Assistant Coach Elizabeth Maxwell, Cumberland University Coach Clint Mason, her father, John West, Cumberland University Assistant Coach Tony Mclead, LA Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith, and LA Principal Gary Ledbetter.

 

 

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