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Archives 04-07-2010


Cats take 2 from Dragons
Lady Rebels win Greenwave Shootout
LA Soccer off to 2-1 start
Lady Cats defeat Smith, fall to Upperman


Cats take 2 from Dragons

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LA’s Colby Reeder rips a base hit versus the York Dragons.

LA’s Tracy McDonald hustles down to first base safely.

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Livingston Academy pitcher Justin Savage throws the first pitch of the Wildcats’ 10-0 win in game one of a doubleheader versus York Institute on Tuesday, March 30.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

It’s not how you start, but how you finish. Always keep that in mind when you look at this year’s edition of the Livingston Academy Wildcat baseball team. On Tuesday, March 30, the Wildcats opened up a double-header at home against arch-rival York Institute, looking not only to better their overall record, but their district record as well.

In game one of the twin bill, the Cats struck quick, plating 5 runs in the bottom of inning number one thanks in part to a solo home run over the right center field wall by catcher Seth Kilgore, his first of the year. The Wildcats would also add 4 more runs in the inning.

Things would continue to get better for Livingston as they would add 3 more runs in the third and 2 in the fifth to take a 10-0 lead before the game would be called via run rule after the 10th run.

On the shortened game, Justin Savage pitched a 3-hit shutout, going all 5 innings and striking out 7 to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Kilgore reached base via 3 hits while scoring twice and collecting an RBI on the solo shot. Fellow senior Shawn Walthall also collected 2 hits and reached home twice, while M.J. Lockhart collected 3 runs on 1 hit. Ethan McDonald plated 2 on 1 hit while Colby Reeder and Tracy McDonald added an RBI to their season totals as well.

In the second game, the Dragons managed to take an 8-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth before the Wildcats’ bats would awake. In the bottom of the fifth, Kilgore struck again with a 3-run shot as part of a 6-run fifth to bring the score to 8-7.

In the bottom of the seventh, another big hit came from a very capable leader as Shawn Walthall, who was hitless entering the bottom of the inning, reached base to plate 2 and ended the game in walk-off fashion to top the Dragons by a score of 9-8.

Josh Johnson picked up the win for the Wildcats, striking out 4 to improve to 2-2 on the year. Hayden Hill added 2 hits and a run while Jim Officer and Lockhart would each have a hit and a run on the night.

The Wildcats then played host to Stone Memorial on Thursday night, April 1. The visiting Panthers would take the game, scoring 3 runs in the final inning to defeat the Cats 6-3.

Jonathan Melton came up big for the Wildcats with two solo home runs, while Kilgore added another solo shot to his total in the losing effort.

Kilgore also picked up the loss, allowing 7 hits while striking out 7 and allowing only 3 earned runs. The other 3 runs on the evening came via errors as the Wildcats recorded 5.

After Stone, Livingston paid a visit to the mountain to take on Monterey. Pitcher Jonathan Melton would toss a good game, but faulty defense proved critical again as Melton would allow only 1 of the 3 runs on the evening as the other 2 came by the way of Wildcats errors.

Tracy McDonald plated the only run on the evening, reaching base once and recording the Cats only run in the 3-1 loss at Monterey.

Livingston would then take their game to Kentucky to play Berea and Cumberland County on Saturday. The Cats came out strong in an 11-0 rout of Berea as Tracy McDonald threw a 2-hit shutout, going 5 innings and striking out 2.

Justin Savage plated 2 on 2 hits and scored a run for Livingston in the contest.

Officer, Kilgore, Tracy McDonald, Reeder, and Melton each had a hit while Melton picked up 2 more RBI.

In the Cats’ 6-4 win over Cumberland County, Livingston jumped out to an early 5-2 lead and never looked back. Josh Johnson (3-2) picked up the win, going six and two-thirds, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits while striking out 2, while Justin Savage got the save.

Cody Stafford, Marshall Cannon, and Carson Bailey each had 2 hits as Bailey picked up a pair of RBI on the day. Johnson, Justin Schebel, Lockhart, Ricky Lisi, and Conner Oliver also added a hit, while Lisi and Oliver plated a run apiece.

The Wildcats (9-8, 3-1) looked to improve with a game versus DeKalb on Monday, April 5 at home and at DeKalb the following day. Today, Wednesday, April 7, the Wildcats will face off against Monroe County, KY, at home at 3 p.m.
Then on Thursday, April 8, Livingston will travel to Clarkrange before heading to White County on Friday, April 9, then heading home for a Saturday game versus Red Boiling Springs. Livingston Academy will then start the week off with a home and home with Upperman on Monday and Tuesday of next week.


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Lady Rebels win Greenwave Shootout

Lady Rebels recently won the 8th annual Greenwave Shootout Championship held in Gallatin. Players are, front row from left, Mallory Mahaney and Heather Cravens, back row, Tracey Johnson, Samantha Maya, Jameson Dailey, Allison Dailey, Abby Miller, Chelsey Norris, Kayla Williams, and Brooke Foster.

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LA Soccer off to 2-1 start

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Senior Dylan Ashlock races across the pitch looking to pass in the Cats victory over Friendship Christian.

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Junior Jake Huitt lines up a shot in the Wildcats’ home-opener against Friendship Christian. Huitt and the Wildcats won the match 7-1.

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Livingston Academy’s Justin Perdue looks to fend off a Friendship Christian player.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy Soccer is back on the pitch to start the 2010 season. The boys took the field for the first official season game on Tuesday, March 23 and got off to an awesome start on the new season.

Things were alive from the get-go as the Wildcats managed to jump out to a 2-0 lead over visiting Friendship Christian Academy that would hold through the half. During the second half the Wildcats added 5 more goals to push the lead to 7-0 before allowing Friendship on the board late in the second half.

Livingston coach Ethan King had few words to say about the Wildcats’ dominating 7-1 over Friendship.

“We were able to run them down,” he said. “Our hustle in the first half paid off in the second half.”

On the night, Wildcats players Jake Huitt, Justin Perdue, Adam Beasley, Dustin Matthews, and Ryan Swallows found the net.

After a rain canceled the game on the next Friday, the Wildcats headed to Cannon County on Tuesday, March 30 in their first district match of the year. Once again, Livingston jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and held through the first half before netting two more goals in the second half.

Tanner Buford was the star of the night, knocking through two, while Kyle Ledbetter and Dylan Ashlock put through one apiece. Justin Perdue picked up an assist as did Ledbetter and the Cats won easily, 4-0.

Of that game, King added, “Despite the small field, the team did a good job of working the ball around.”

Livingston would then take their two game streak to Kingston to play the Yellow Jackets. After a few defensive miscues, the Jackets swarmed to an early 2-0 lead.

But, in the second half, junior Jake Huitt tried to rally his team from the hole, netting a goal on a break-away. That would be as close as the Wildcats would get though, falling at Kingston by a score of 2-1.

Coach King said, “Kingston ran a good offsides trap. It gave us more problems than it should have the first half.

“I am glad we fought back. We had opportunities to tie the game, but could not finish the deal. I hope we can learn from the experience.”

Junior leader Jake Huitt said of the team’s play over the past two weeks, “Against Friendship, we seemed to capitalize on their mistakes and that gave us a lot of opportunities.

“Cannon County made us take some long shots, but with some luck from Tanner (Buford) and his footwork and Kyle (Ledbetter) and Jesse (Carr) we got some good shots.

“Against Kingston, we came out and thought they were better and gave up two quick goals. They were simply crucial mental mistakes.”

Those mistakes have now put the Wildcats (2-1) into productive mode as they will look to limit those mistakes throughout the year. Livingston traveled to Sparta on Monday, April 5 and picked up another win over the Warriors by a count of 5-1.

Huitt scored two as did Buford, and Swallows netted another goal on the night to push the Wildcats’ record to 3-1 overall, 1-0 in district play.

Now Livingston will take a 2-game road trip starting with the weekend at the CCS Tournament before heading to Cookeville next Tuesday evening to take on the Cavaliers. The Wildcats will then head back home on Thursday, April 15 to play Jackson County at 6 p.m.

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Lady Cats defeat Smith, fall to Upperman

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Lady Wildcat runner Meriam Maynord “gets down” at third against Smith County.

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Junior Mallory Mahaney puts the ball in play in the Lady ‘Cats home opener against Smith County.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats softball team went into last week looking to take advantage of tough games early. When the week ended, they had come out just decent, but decent was not enough.

To begin with, the Lady Cats started off against the visiting Smith County Lady Owls in what was officially the team’s first home game. As with any other home-opener, Livingston looked to win and win early, the second part would be a little bit of a problem.

Things started off pretty well for the Lady Wildcats as they managed to score 3 runs in the bottom of the first to take a quick and commanding 3-0 lead over the visitors using ideal baserunning and capitalizing on Smith’s errors. Mallory Mahaney drove in one of those runs on a sacrifice fly, then another run came through via errors.

Throughout the game, the Lady Cats managed to hold strong to that lead, but in the sixth and seventh innings, the visitors managed to get to Lady Wildcat pitcher Meriam Maynord to score 3 runs and thus force extra innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, an unlikely face managed to emerge a victor for Livingston. Freshman Amber Mainord capitalized on a Morgan Johnson base hit by hitting a double to center field and plating Johnson at home, proving to be a walk-off
hit to win the game for the Lady Wildcats, 4-3.

On the evening, Johnson went 2-5, scoring the final run while other ladies contributed. Alison Dailey went 1-4, as did Maynord while scoring a run. Abby Miller went 2-4 while senior Jenna Smith managed to go 1-4 on the night. Maynord also pitched all eight innings, picking up the win as well, while allowing 3 earned runs and 6 hits while striking out 3.

Thursday though, while visiting the Upperman Lady Bees, a rival, things would definitely not go as planned for coach Fisher and the Lady Wildcats.

After jumping out to an early 3-0 lead from singles by Johnson, Mahaney, and Dailey, LA would not be able to hold the lead for long. Uppeman managed to battle back with runs of their own and would eventually take a 6-3 lead.

But, the Lady Cats weren’t finished as Maynord drove in Amber Mainord in the fifth, followed by Maynord being driven in by Rachel Kingery to bring the score to 6-5.

That would be as close as Livingston would get, and would drop a district game to rival Upperman, 6-5.

Mainord finished 2-4 with 2 runs while Johnson and Maynord went 1-4 with an RBI apiece. Meriam Maynord picked up the loss, going 4 innings and only managing to strike out 2.

Livingston (4-4, 1-1 in district) were set to face off against the Lady Dragons of York at York on Tuesday night, April 6 before playing a day game against Cumberland County at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 7 at home.

The Lady Wildcats are then scheduled to play at Cannon County on Thursday evening before heading to Crossville to play in the Cumberland Plateau Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Livingston Academy will then host DeKalb County on Tuesday, April 13.

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