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Archives 07-30-2008

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Buzachero shelled in Charlotte
Local car dealer donates to OC baseball league
Horse trials set for Aug. 2-3 at River Glen
Tennessee Elite finishes 7th in national tourn.



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Buzachero shelled in Charlotte

Former Livingston Academy Wildcats player Edward “Bubbie” Buzachero pitched well for the Buffalo Bisons on Monday, July 21 in a home game against the Norfolk Tides, but did not fair well on Friday, July 25 at Charlotte against the Knights.

In the game against Norfolk, Buzachero entered the game in the top of the 7th inning with Buffalo leading 2-1. The first batter he faced, Jeff Fiorentino, flied out to right fielder Todd Linden.

Buzachero struck out Chris Roberson swinging, then Luis Hernandez lined out to third baseman Morgan Ensberg.

The right hander struck out the side, 1-2-3, in top of the 8th inning. Tike Redman and Eider Torres went down swinging, and Oscar Salazar was called out on strikes.

Buzachero was lifted for the 9th inning, with Randy Newsom coming in to pitch. Norfolk tied the game at 2-2 to force extra innings and went on to win 8-4 in 14 innings.

The outing lowered Buzachero’s earned run average to 2.75. He threw 26 pitches in his time on the mound, and 18 were strikes.

He entered the game at Charlotte in the 8th inning with Buffalo losing 9-4.

Javier Colina hit a soft line drive to center field, Nicholas Blasi hit a soft line drive to right field, and Fernando Cortez hit a line drive home run over right field, pushing the Knights’ lead to 12-4.

Buzachero struck out Jason Bourgeois on strikes, then hit Danny Richar with a pitch.

Brad Eldred struck out swinging for the second out, then Chris Getz hit a line drive double to left field, which also moved Richar to third base.

Royce Huffman hit a fly ball double to right field, bringing home Richar and Getz to move the score to 14-4.

Cole Armstrong hit a fly ball double to center field to score Huffman.

The inning ended with Javier Colina grounding to shortstop Jorge Velandia who threw to first baseman Jordan Brown for the out.

Of 34 pitches thrown, Buzachero threw 24 for strikes. The tough inning inflated his ERA to 3.71.



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Local car dealer donates to OC baseball league
As a part of Chevy Youth Baseball Program, Casey’s Frontier Chevrolet in Livingston was partnered with Overton County Babe Ruth/Cal Ripkin League. Casey's Frontier Chevrolet is one of 22 Chevrolet dealers from the Nashville area that partnered with local youth baseball parks and leagues through the program, and helped raise $83,995 in total donations from the dealership and private parties in the area.

The program consisted of several components including sports equipment, monetary and vehicle donations, as well as free baseball clinics for the youth baseball players.

Now in its third year, Chevy Youth Baseball is an initiative that establishes a positive connection between local dealers and the communities in which they serve. Over the course of the season, Casey's Frontier Chevrolet donated team equipment kits, which included equipment bags, baseballs, ball buckets, and t-shirts and made a $500 donation to Overton County Babe Ruth/Cal Ripkin League.

The dealership also helped donate a Chevy Tahoe SUV, which was raffled off by participating Nashville area leagues, including Overton County Babe Ruth/Cal Ripkin League. These leagues collected $33,995 in raffle ticket sales/donations. Another component of Chevy Youth Baseball were the youth baseball clinics led by the Nashville Sounds which provided the youth with personalized instruction from the pros.

Michelle Shokoui of Casey’s Frontier Chevrolet said, “We are excited to make such a substantial donation to Overton County Babe Ruth/Cal Ripkin League and enjoyed partnering with them this season. Chevy Youth Baseball gave us the opportunity to illustrate our commitment to the youth and families in Livingston, and we’re glad to have achieved such positive outcomes for the community.”

To date, more than 450 dealers from the Southeast region have participated in the 2008 Chevy Youth Baseball program and helped generate close to $3.2 Million in donations from the dealerships and private parties.
For more information about Chevy Youth Baseball, visit www.chevyyouthbaseball.com.



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Horse trials set for Aug. 2-3 at River Glen
Local residents will have the opportunity to watch some of the most talented horses and riders on the East Coast test their mettle next weekend at the River Glen Horse Trials, which takes place in New Market, Tennessee on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3.

The River Glen Spring Horse Trials are located at 1839 London Road in New Market, TN. The competition is tentatively scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Horses and riders from all over the area will compete for top honors in the equestrian sport known as eventing. An Olympic sport since 1912, eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon, with three phases that test the competitors’ skills in the ring, over fences, and galloping across the countryside.

Dressage, a sort of equestrian ballet, tests the horse and rider's ability to perform a series of prescribed classical movements in an enclosed arena. During cross-country, horse and rider gallop over natural terrain, up and down hills, across ditches, and into water, leaping over a variety of obstacles along the way.

In the show jumping phase, competitors make their way over a course of colorfully painted fences in an enclosed arena, making every attempt to leave all the fence rails in their cups when they cross the finish line.

The divisions of competition at this weekend are designed for horses and riders at almost all levels of the sport. While some will be content to win ribbons and bragging rights, others will also hope to use this competition as a stepping stone to qualify for international caliber events in order to pursue their goal of one day representing their country at the Olympic Games.

For more information on the competition, contact Bill Graves at (865) 475-1005 or visit www.river-glen.com. For more information on the sport of eventing and the United States Eventing Association, contact Emily Daily by phone at (703) 779-0440, extention 3015; by e-mail at emily@useventing.com; or visit the USEA website at www.useventing.com.

Tennessee Elite finishes 7th in national tourn.

Team members of the 2008 Tennessee Elite are, front row from left, Abby Jakes, Taylor Meadows, Rachel Reeder, Allison Odom, Sydney Staggs, Caroline Ward, back row from left, Coach Mindy Odom, Jade Hale, Rebecca Greenwell, Bria White, Hannah Goolsby, Riley Headrick, and Assistant Coach Ashley Martin.

The 12U Tennessee Elite competed in the 12U National Championship held in Rochester, MN on July 3 through 10. Pool play began on Saturday, July 5 with a field of 48 teams. Tennessee Elite got off to a very slow start with losses to the Minnesota Stars (49-42) and the Maine Lady Predators (57-49). After losing these first two of three pool play games, the Elite had their backs to the wall, and were forced to win the third pool game by a 13-point or greater margin in order to advance to championship play.

They did just that, winning by 14 against the Indiana Wildcat Attack.

Championship bracket play began on Monday, July 7 with a game against the Illinois Wizards. The Elite lost 46-37, dropping them into the losers’ bracket where they would be forced to play two games per day.

Tuesday morning saw a game against an in-state rival, the Nashville Players. The Elite won by a score of 62-47. The afternoon game was against the Missouri Crusaders, which the Elite took by a 57-48 score.

Wednesday morning’s game was against the Houston Fire. The Elite were again victorious, this time by a score of 50-39. The afternoon game was against the Orlando Edge. With the Elite players showing the fatigue of playing 8 games in 5 days, they lost to the Edge, 49-40, ending their season with a seventh-place finish in the National Championships, and an overall season record of 24-9.


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