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Junior Lady Wildcats hold 8th grade ceremony
Lady Wildcats defeat Lady Bobcats 13-0
LA Wildcats defeat Cannon County Lions 14-2
Stephens Classic winners announced
T.J. Smith signs with Bryan College

 

Junior Lady Wildcats hold 8th grade ceremony


On Thursday, April 15, the 8th grade softball players were recognized before their game against Pickett County. Each player was presented a softball signed by every teammate and coach, as well as a bouquet of flowers. Players and parents are, from left, Julie Brown, Allie Brown, Peggy Cantrell, Courtney Cantrell, Chris Cantrell, Jeff and Beth Gillentine, Dakota Burchett, Phillip Burchett, Tonya Baijo, Madison Baijo, Pat Baijo, Suzy Taylor and Maggie Taylor.

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Lady Wildcats defeat Lady Bobcats 13-0


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Coach Ashley Fisher meets with her girls prior to Thursday’s 13-0 win over Pickett County.


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Livingston Academy’s Katelyn Webb fires in a pitch in her 3-hit performance versus Pickett County.


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Livingston Academy freshman Kelsey Meadows slides in for a close play at the plate.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Errors are costly. This is definitely true in the game of softball, just ask Livingston Academy. In a crucial game versus Upperman at home last week, errors caught up with the calm, collected, and really good Lady Wildcats defense.

Things didn’t start off well for the Lady Cats after falling behind 2-0 through three innings. In the fourth however, Livingston took advantage of the Lady Bees’ faulty defense, scoring two runs of their own without registering a hit.

In the home half of the fifth inning, Meriam Maynord brought home Courtney Smith on a sacrifice fly to add to the Lady Cats’ score and taking the lead, 3-2.

The lead would hold until the visitors went to bat in the top of the seventh. It was there, that the Lady Bees’ bats woke up, and the Lady Cats’ defense failed. A Livingston error allowed an Upperman runner to score and tie the game at three all.

Upperman would add four more runs in the inning and the Livingston bats would never answer in the home half of the seventh inning as the Lady Wildcats fell to the Lady Bees, 7-3.

Meriam Maynord led the charge with her RBI sac fly as well as adding a hit and scoring a run. Amber Mainord added a pair of singles and scored a run as well. Jenna Smith and Courtney Smith also had a hit in the contest.

Maynord also picked up the loss for Livingston, throwing all seven innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits while the Lady Wildcats defense committed five errors on the night.

Thursday though against Byrdstown, things would get uglier, but this time the good type of ugly. The Lady Wildcats made quick work of the visitors from Pickett County, taking the game 13-0 in five innings.

Katelyn Webb threw a 3-hit shutout while pitching the complete game. On the night, Webb struck out nine Lady Bobcat batters as well.

Freshman Amber Mainord led the Livingston offensive attack with three singles and a run. Fellow freshman Tiffany Waddell scored two runs on the night while catcher Rachel Kingery added a hit on a double to center field. Sophomore Abby Miller plated two on a single, while Kelsey Copeland added three runs to the board on her lone single.

Before cancellation of the Macon County Invitational, the Lady Wildcats fell short at the hands of Watertown (3-2) and Milan (3-1).

Now the Lady Wildcats (14-12-2, 5-3) will look to bring the season down to an end after a game set for Tuesday, April 27 at home versus Gordonsville before traveling to DeKalb County on Thursday looking to avenge an 11-0 loss at the hands of the Lady Tigers earlier in the year. Livingston will then come home to play York on Friday evening at 4:30 p.m. in what is scheduled to be the final home game of the year.



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LA Wildcats defeat Cannon County Lions 14-2


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LA’s Cody Stafford rounds second after a hard right side hit.


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LA senior Tracy McDonald battles for third base.


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Freshman Jacob Conner drives the ball to deep left field.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Consistency can be the biggest thing for a team at the end of a long season. For Livingston Academy, consistent fielding, or consistent play in general could be the key difference in winning a district tournament and going home early.

Livingston Academy’s baseball team faced off in a crucial, yet short week last week. For the Wildcats, the two games they would get to play would be crucial in how the season finished up, as well as where they could be seeded going into next week’s district tournament.

On Monday, April 19, the Wildcats faced off against visiting Cannon County. The game was very short though, but not due to weather. The Wildcats’ bats were on fire on the evening, recording nine hits in five innings of play for the win over the Lions by a score of 14-2. Also, another factor that had been an indicator of the Wildcats’ season, errors, had no part in the game as Livingston committed zero on the night.

Everything else went smoothly throughout the night. Senior pitcher Shawn Walthall was stellar on the mound, throwing all five innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits. Walthall also managed to strike out six batters while picking up the win.

But it was not just on the mound where Walthall found success. At the plate, the senior also recorded two hits while plating a runner. Senior Tracy McDonald also had another solid night at the dish going 3 for 3 with three RBI. Justin Schebel came through in a big way with a grand slam, his only hit of the night, while Jonathan Melton and Colby Reeder also drove in a run apiece as well.

Tuesday, April 20 would be different though for Livingston as they traveled down to Woodbury to finish with Cannon County. After taking a 4-1 lead into the third inning, the Wildcat defense slipped again.

“We just had too many mistakes, we missed our cut off men and let ground ball singles through the infield,” stated head coach Pat Swallows, “and those errors were costly.”

Costly was the truth, as the Wildcats’ four errors to factored into the 9-5 loss in Woodbury. Senior Seth Kilgore picked up the loss on the evening, allowing nine runs on six hits while hitting four batters and walking two.

On the offensive side, things were not too bad for Livingston Academy. Justin Savage provided most of the fireworks for the Wildcats with a 3-run shot in the first inning, and added another RBI later in the game. Ethan McDonald, Shawn Walthall, Tracy McDonald, Jonathan Melton, and Hayden Hill all had a hit in the contest.

Due to weather, the JV tournament was cut short at Livingston Academy this past weekend. Livingston went 1-1 in the tournament before its cancellation.

Through the first 14 games of the year, LA batted over .300 as a team with a team ERA of over 6. Now, the Wildcats are batting a below average .270 while having an ERA of 4.

As the season winds down for Livingston Academy (14-14, 4-6) things will surely turn to the upcoming district tournament in which the Wildcats will probably play Cannon County again in the play-in game in Livingston. This week though, the Wildcats were set to play at Monroe County, KY, on Tuesday, April 27 before coming home to play Jackson and Warren counties on Thursday and Friday, respectively.



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Stephens Classic winners announced


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Exchange Club of Livingston held the annual Hammer Stephens Golf Classic on Sunday, April 18. Winners are Clyde Tucker, Molly Phillips, Jack Dale, and Cindy Miniard. The Exchange Club expressed appreciation to the sponsors for their continued support of the club’s efforts to eliminate child abuse in Overton and surrounding counties.




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T.J. Smith signs with Bryan College


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T.J. Smith is joined by his parents, Kim and Tim Smith, as he signs with Bryan College. Also on hand are, back row, Bryan College Coach Don Rekoske and Livingston Academy Coach Richard Melton.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy senior T.J. Smith has signed to play basketball at Bryan College of Dayton. The signing took place Thursday afternoon, April 22 at LA with Bryan’s coach and both of Smith’s parents in attendance.

“T.J. will fit right into our program, “ Bryan coach Don Rekoske said. “I’ve been to Livingston four or five times this past season and what I saw, I liked. T.J. is a very athletic young man who knows how to handle the basketball. That’s a credit to him and his coach (Richard Melton).

“We are expected to make a run for our conference (the Appalachian Athletic Conference) championship next season. We have all our starters back and we were extremely strong inside. T.J. will give us that outside shooting ability that we desperately need. He will play next year and probably be a steady starter his sophomore season,” the coach added.

In his four seasons at LA, Smith accomplished just about everything a player could expect to accomplish, including playing on teams that won four district titles, four regional crowns, went to the state playoffs two straight years, and went to the final game of the sub-state his senior season, missing a third straight trip to the finals by a two-point loss in overtime.

He was recently named to the Tennessee Sports Writers’ Associations’ All State Team, a squad that included 15 of the top players from across the state.

“I’m looking forward to moving on to the college level,” the soft spoken Smith stated. “Bryan College seems like a good fit for me, and I’m looking forward to going there not only to play ball, but also to advance my education. I’ve had a wonderful four years at Livingston Academy and will always look back on my career here with fond memories.

“I want to thank my parents, my teammates, my coaches, and everyone that came out to watch us play,” Smith concluded.

Smith is the son of Tim and Kim Smith.



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