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Bubbie Buzachero earns 2 saves, win in 3 games
OC Ladies travel to SEAA World Series in Pigeon Forge
Rookie league all stars place second in Algood

Tennessee Elite finish fifth in AAU Nationals

Bubbie Buzachero earns 2 saves, win in 3 games
Edward Dale “Bubbie” Buzachero, of Livingston, earned 2 saves and a win in three appearances for the Las Vegas 51s recently.

His first time on the mound after the All-Star break came in a home game against the Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday, July 16 when he was brought in to pitch the 9th inning with Las Vegas leading 5-4.

He induced a ground out from Michael Saunders for the first out, then Callix Crabbe singled to right field. A balk with Brad Nelson batting moved Crabbe to second base, then a wild pitch moved him to third.

Nelson walked and was replaced by pinch runner Erick Monzon.

Prentice Redman popped out to second baseman Joe Inglett, then Matt Tuiasosopo grounded out the third baseman Kevin Howard who threw to first baseman Brian Dopirak for the final out.

Buzachero threw 22 pitches, 11 for strikes in earning his third save of the season for the 51s.

He then was credited with a win after blowing a save on Saturday, July 18.
With Las Vegas leading Tacoma 5-2, Buzachero was brought in to close out the game in the 9th.

Jerry Owens flied out to left fielder Travis Snider for the first out, then Matt Tuiasosopo walked.

The next batter, Jeff Clement hit his 13th home run of the season to tie the game at 5-5.

Buzachero went back to work, inducing a ground out from Mike Carp, then Brad Nelson flied out to center fielder Buck Coats to end the inning.

Las Vegas went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, causing the game to go into extra innings.

In the 10th inning, Buzachero induced a ground out from Adam Moore, then Michael Saunders hit his 12th double of the season on a line drive to right field.

Callix Crabbe grounded out to second baseman Howie Clark, who threw to first baseman Randy Ruiz for the second out.

Erick Monzon popped out to third baseman Kevin Howard for the third out.
Howie Clark doubled off Justin Thomas for the 51s in the bottom of the 10th, and Randy Ruiz was intentionally walked. Then Travis Snider drew a walk to load the bases.

Thomas was replaced on the mound with Denny Stark.

Brian Dopirak hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in the winning run for Las Vegas.

In the win, Buzachero threw 26 pitches, 11 for strikes, to 9 batters.

Buzachero earned his fourth save of the season the following day after he was brought in to preserve a 5-4 lead against Tacoma, which he did with a 1-2-3 inning.
Jeff Clement lined out to second baseman Howie Clark.

Mike Carp struck out swinging.

Jamie Burke was called out on strikes.

Buzachero threw 12 pitches, 10 for strikes. His ERA stands at 3.05 with Las Vegas.

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OC Ladies travel to SEAA World Series in Pigeon Forge

Tanya Cole photo
Team members are, front row from left, Coach Godsey, Kayla Ferrell, Amanda Hammock, Kate Gunnels, Courtney Godsey, Julie Young, second row, from left, Coach Richard Hammock, Amber Crawford, Megan Crawford, Natasha Taylor, Bree Bilbrey, Brandi Crawford, back row from left, Jessica Stansberry, Shawna Hammock, Angela Ledbetter, and Coach P. J. Cole. Not pictured Sarah Neff.

Tanya Cole photo
After making the out at third, Megan Crawford looks to make a double play at second.

On Thursday, July 9 through Saturday, July 11, the OC Ladies 19 and under softball team traveled to the SEAA (Sporting Events Associaton of America) World Series in Pigeon Forge to compete.

Coaches P. J. Cole, Richard Hammock, and Robert Godsey took a team of 14 members, between the ages of 15 and 20, who all hail from Overton County to compete against teams from states such as Oklahoma, Georgia, and Kentucky.

While the team did not leave with a trophy they still managed to leave with a sixth place standing out of 13 teams while playing in the 23 and under division.

In their last game they held a close tie until the seventh inning when one deep hit to left field caused them to lose their last game in a double elimination tournament.

The OC Ladies played a total of five games throughout Friday and Saturday. Coach P. J. Cole stated, “I am very proud of the girls for the way they played. They never gave up no matter what. I am also grateful to all those who sponsored our team. I hope they continue with our team next year.”

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Rookie league all stars place second in Algood

The 2009 Rookie League All Stars placed 2nd in Algood Stars Tournament. Team members are, in no particular order, Cade Copeland, Brody Johnson, Dawson Ledbetter, Will McDonald, Cade Hammock, Cody Ray, Tommy Smithers, Mitchell Ayers, Bailey Pennycuff, Wesley Cannon, Clint Kirk, and Aubrey Hollars.


Tennessee Elite finish fifth in AAU Nationals

The Tennessee Elite 13 and under basketball team competed at the AAU Nationals held in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, July 18.

The Tennessee Elite 13 and under basketball team competed at the AAU National Basketball Tournament during the week of Saturday, July 11 through Wednesday, July 15 at King’s island, Cincinnati, Ohio. TN Elite began pool play on Saturday, July 11 with a dissapointing 1 point loss in over time to the Kentucky Indy lady Wildcats by a score of 45-44.

On Sunday, July 12 however, the Elite was more than ready as they defeated the Maryland Elite 73-45 and the Potomac valley Jr. Cardinal Elite 63-36 earning them second place in their respective pool placing them in the championship bracket.

Tournament play began Monday, July 20, putting the TN Elite against the Virginia Explosion.

The Elite proved to be too much as they won rather easily 63-33. On Tuesday, the TN Elite were playing the defending national runner-up Georgia Pistols. Again the Elite team came to play and overcame a very talented and quick Pistols team by a score of 67-60. This win put TN Elite in the “Elite 8” out of 68 total teams.

The afternoon game placed the Elite group against their state rival Tennessee Team Pride. With a win they could advance to the “Final Four”, but the Team Pride proved to be too much for the Tn Elite with a convincing 76-56 win.

The loss put the Elite team playing for fifth through eighth place and they came Wednesday morning for that 5th place finish defeating the USA Lady Hoopsters from Ohio by a score of 59-51. This win advanced them to the 5th place game against a very good Minnesota Stars team. By this time, both teams were very tired of the rugged schedule and playing on emotion, determination, and adrenaline. The Elite team proved to want it more and won by a final score of 49-43.


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