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Ledbetter signs with Hiwassee
LA Wildcats pound out 77 hits in 6 games
LA Soccer defeats Dragons, Jets
LA Track & Field competes at Upperman

 

Ledbetter signs with Hiwassee

Valeria Brown/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy senior Jada Ledbetter signed a basketball scholarship with Hiwassee Community College in a ceremony held Tuesday, April 3. On hand for the signing are, front row from left, her mother, Janice Ledbetter, Jada Ledbetter, Hiwassee Community College Coach Danny Green, back row, her brother, Levi Ledbetter, her father, Rick Ledbetter, LA Lady Wildcats Coach Lesley Smith, LA Lady Wildcats Assistant Coach Elizabeth Maxwell, and LA trainer Chuck Wheeler.

 

 

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LA Wildcats pound out 77 hits in 6 games

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Clint Durham slides in at second as the ball bounds away from the Pickett fielder.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN Sports

“We are playing better,” Livingston Academy Wildcats Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said after seeing his team go 4-2 last week.

The team started the week at 4-8 overall, and began this week at 8-10, just two wins shy of a .500 record.

Livingston Academy hosted Upperman’s Bees in a District 7-AA game on Monday, April 2 and won 9-1.

“We got some big hits,” Coach Swallows said.
Zach Ramsey got a really big hit when he launched a grand slam.

“We had 11 hits,” Coach Swallows said. “All the starters except one got a
hit.”

Clint Durham pitched a complete game for the victory, giving up 5 hits.

“He threw very well, and we played solid defense,” Coach Swallows said.

The Cats traveled to Baxter the next day to face the Bees once more. LA had 13 hits, but lost to Upperman 10-7. Upperman had 14 hits.

The high hit total was the product of a cold, windy day and a tight strike zone.

“They just found more alleys than we did, and had more extra base hits than we did,” Coach Swallows said.

Andrew Neff took the loss on the mound for LA, giving up 11 hits in 4 innings.

But Coach Swallows said those numbers are deceiving.

“Neff didn’t do that poorly,” he said. “He was having to throw it down the gut. He’s got to live on the corners. That’s just his game, he throws off-speed and he throws the ball on the corners.”

Fielding was not a big factor in the game’s outcome, according to Coach Swallows.

“We made three errors, but they weren’t that major, critical things that would have cost us the game,” he said. “It was just one of those games that either team could have won.

“We were still playing okay, but not as good as the night before.”
Zach Ramsey and Clint Durham each had 3 hits, with Durham driving in 4 runs.

Livingston Academy hosted Pickett County on Thursday, April 5 as part of the Highland Rim Tournament hosted by White County High School.

“Since we were playing Pickett, we ended up playing them here instead of going to Sparta to play,” Coach Swallows said. “It was just easier for both of us.”

LA won 15-8.

“We continued to play well,” Coach Swallows said.

Todd Smith started the game, but left the game early.

“Todd got a little tired,” Coach Swallows said. “He had an 8-2 lead when he got tired and gave up some hits. And Pickett swung the bats and got back into the game. They are a scrappy team.”

Freshman Shawn Walthall came in and pitched four innings in relief and gave up a single run.

LA slugged 16 hits in the game, with a grand slam home run jumping off the bat of Lee Gatts.

“I can’t remember how many years it’s been since we hit a grand slam, and we have two in the same week,” Coach Swallows said.

Zach Ramsey had 3 hits, and Gatts, Joe Reynolds, Allen Bilbrey, Clint Durham, Matt Lee, and Cody Winton each had 2 hits.

“Friday night we went to Jackson County in the snow,” Coach Swallows said. “It was a miserable night, weatherwise.”

LA won 13-7 in the make-up game from an earlier cancellation.

“We jumped out on them, and played really well and overcame the cold,”
Coach Swallows said. “Cody Winton threw four no-hit innings, and in the fifth started getting tired a little bit, gave up two or three little dinkers, and we made a couple of errors because I put some young guys in.”

LA pounded out 13 hits. Matt Lee had 3 hits, Todd Smith had 2, including a home run, and Winton, Gatts, and Ramsey each had 2 hits.

The Cats rejoined the Highland Rim Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday morning against the host team at Sparta.

“It was 27 degrees,” Coach Swallows said. “I told the guys that’s just a situation where the mind’s got to overcome the body. I thought they really, really did a good job.”

The Warriors defeated the Cats 4-1.

One very bright spot for Coach Swallows in the loss was another freshman stepping up for the team.

“Seth Kilgore played behind the plate because Matt Lee was throwing, and he did just a really good job,” Coach Swallows said. “So, we were real excited about the way he played.

“And Matt Lee did a great job. It was his first complete game.”
The Cats had 8 hits in the game.

“Then we turned around and played Oliver Springs, who run-ruled us earlier in the year, and we run-ruled them 15-2. So we played really well,” Coach Swallows said.

Clint Durham got the win on the mound for LA, pitching 5 innings and giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 5.

LA added 16 more hits to the week’s total, with eight of the nine starters having at least a hit. Todd Smith had 3 hits, and Durham, Lee Gatts, Andrew Neff, Cody Winton, and Joe Reynolds each had 2 hits.

In the 6 games played, LA nailed 77 hits.

“We have been just wearing it out,” Coach Swallows said.

The Cats will need more of those hits next Monday and Tuesday when they face the district-leading DeKalb County Tigers, who started this week undefeated in District 7-AA. LA will host the Tigers on April 16, then will travel to Smithville the following day.

LA will go into those games at 2-4 in the district.

Before those games, LA is scheduled to host Stone Memorial High School
in a double-header beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, then to host Greenbrier at 6:30 p.m. the following day. A junior varsity game is slated for 5 p.m. Friday.

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Allen Bilbrey puts the bat on the ball for the Wildcats.

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LA Soccer defeats Dragons, Jets

Livingston Academy’s Wildcats soccer team moved to 5-1 on the season with two wins last week.

LA opened the week’s play with a district game at home against York Institute on Tuesday, April 3. The Cats shut out the Dragons 3-0.

Josh Huitt scored two goals in the first half.

LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, “Hustle from following shots paid off for Josh.”

He scored off two mishandled goalie saves that he finished in the goal.

Aeric Gunnels finished the scoring with a second half goal.

The Cats missed two penalty kicks that could have increased their lead.

LA hosted the Cumberland County Jets on Thursday, April 5, and won 3-1.

Josh Huitt got the scoring off quickly with a goal in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Aeric Gunnels benefited from a pass from Blake Vaughn to score the second goal before the end of the first half.

Coach King said, “The goal was an example of unselfish play and teamwork.”

Cumberland County scored in the second half, and the game was close for much of the final half until Gunnels chipped the ball over the charging goalie to put the game out of reach.

“We don’t play Cumberland a lot,” Coach King said, “and it was the first time the LA boys soccer team has defeated them since I have been coach.”

After travelling to Jackson County on Tuesday, April 10, Livingston Academy will host Smith County in a district game on Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m.

 

 

 

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LA Track & Field competes at Upperman

Livingston Academy Track & Field Team participated in a meet at Upperman High School on Tuesday, April 3.

LA competed with the host school along with York Institute and Stone Memorial High School.

Kalihib Lander took 1st place in the 200 meter dash, with a time of 23.86, and placed 2nd in the mile run, with a time of 5:20. He also placed 2nd in the boys long jump at 19’5”.

Josh Looper took 1st place in the shotput, with a throw of 41’. LA’s Jacob Beu threw for 32’6”.

LA’s team was scheduled to compete at Cookeville in a 3 p.m. meet on Tuesday, April 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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