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Poll #3 April 30
TSSAA D2 Region May 6-13
TSSAA D2 Sectional May 20-21
TSSAA D2 State May 24-27
TSSAA D1 Districts May 6-13
TSSAA D1 Region May 16,18
TSSAA D1 Sectional May 20
TSSAA D1 State May 24-27
NAIA - SSAC May 4-7
NAIA - MSC May 6-9 @ BG, KY
D1 - CUSA May
D1 - OVC May 25-29 @ Jackson
NAIA - AMC May 4-7
D2 - GSC May 7-10
D1 - SEC May 24-29
D1 - AAC May 24-29
NAIA - AAC May 9-12 @ Kingsport
D2 - GMAC May 11-14
D1 - ASun May 25-28 @ DLip
May 3 -
D1 College Baseball Top 25 - Baseball America ... updated
MLB Player from TN List ..
May 2 - On Saturday evening, Zac Curtis, the former
Hendersonville HS, Volunteer State CC and MTSU pitcher, made is MLB
debut... he became the first known person from Sumner County, TN to have
competed in a Major League Baseball game... it's not often a Class A
player ever gets called up to the show...
Curtis main concern was not to trip ...
excited to make MLB debut ... 5 Sumner Co. schools have had players
drafted (Beech, Gallatin, Hendersonville, White House and PJP II) since
the 1965 inaugural draft - Eddie Sherlin, of Gallatin HS, drafted in
1970 in the 4th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates is still the highest
drafted player from the county... Curtis is one of only 3 6th round
picks from Sumner Co., the other two being Beech/UT grad, Billy Paul
Carver, and Gallatin HS/Volunteer State RHP, Bubba Dunn... Dunn, who
passed away in 2012, played three yrs in the KC Royal system. Overall,
Dunn was 11-12 with two saves and a 4.21 ERA in 57 games (24 starts) in
his three-year career. In 192 1/3 IP, he allowed 160 hits but walked
122. He struck out 158... Carver also played 3 years, in 203 games he
hit .220 with 6HR and 62 rbi... Curtis has torn up the minor leagues in
his 3 years - the 5' 9", 179-pound southpaw has a career 7-5 mark with a
1.68 ERA and 1.007 WHIP in three minor league seasons. The number that
stands out on his résumé is 139 strikeouts in 91.1 innings over 85
career games, all in relief. This season with the Rawhide he was 1-0
with 22 Ks in 10.1 innings. He also set a Kane County franchise record
with 33 saves in 2015...
Tusculum and Catawba for SAC title ...
SSAC Tourney begins May 4 (Bethel and Martin Methodist) ...
advances to final four of Mid South Tourney in Bowling Green, KY on
May 1/2 -
Tournament Central ...
- Belmont and TTU winners ...
Rebels come back, win 5th straight ...
Linton's squeeze leads to DB win ...
Rebels complete sweep of Cougars ...
Baylor Baseball Complex to be dedicated to Etter's and McMahan ...
Crockett Co. in district finale ...
to Covington in I-40 tourney ...
Hilltoppers hold on to beat Cyclones ...
Morristown East wins IMAC title with 4-1 win over West ...
Siegel earns no. 1 7AAA seed ...
Riverdale rallies for 3-2 win over Oakland ...
April 30 - NEW
Polls out ... TCCAA Scores
Box Scores ... The TCCAA State
Tournament/R ...egion 7 Tournament will be played at Columbia State CC
beginning on May 8th...
Carson-Newman, Tusculum post wins on Day 2 of SAC tourney ...
advances in Mid South tourney ...
reaches final four play in Bowling Green, KY ... The
double-elimination tournament begins with two games on Friday, May 6.
Campbellsville faces St. Catharine at 1 p.m. CT followed by Lindsey
Wilson and Cumberland at 4:30 p.m. CT. The tournament continues with
three games on Saturday and the championship game and if-necessary game
TCCAA Week 9 Preview (Final Regular Season Series)
Columbia v Chattanooga
Columbia HC Mike Corn told TBR, "What an amazing week to
be in the baseball profession. I am in complete awe at Coach Woody Hunt
and his impact on our sport. I have not even coached in 1500 games much
less been a part of that many wins. What is most over looked are the
number of hours this man has given to his student-athletes. There are
no days off for someone who reaches such an amazing milestone. Seems
like I run into someone every week who played for Coach Hunt and the
story is the same, "what a great man." Speaking of great coaches, the
Chargers have their hands full this week when Greg Dennis brings his
Tigers to town. Chattanooga and their system is always a challenge.
Their steady play combined with a little tenacity is such a breath of
fresh air in today's "it's ok Johnny, you'll get'em next time" world. I
appreciate Greg and what he does with his players. Win or lose, it's
always a fun series."
Chattanooga skip Greg Dennis added, "We finish up the regular season
where we are going to go for the post season in Columbia. Coach Corn’s
Chargers have had an up-and-down season but we look for them to be
mostly “up” this week!! They are very talented, well-coached and
aggressive constantly. We are going to have to turn up the heat some
and try to out execute them if we want to stay in this series."
Roane v Cleveland
Raider skip Zach Sterner told TBR, "Good
team wins over the weekend. This weekend we host Cleveland in a DH
Friday and a single 9 on Sat. Cleveland has put together a really good
year and they are going to stop. Coach Poly and staff have done a really
good job with his team. So none the less, the Raiders will have their
hands full hosting the Cougars this weekend!"
Cougar Asst Aaron Bryant added, "Last weekend of
conference play and these games are huge for a lot of teams in terms of
seeding. Would love to be as high as we can so we need a big weekend.
Have come away on the back end the last two series but not by much. A
little bit more discipline from our hitters and a better pitch here or
there and you never know. Dyersburg has outstanding pitching so tip of
the hat to them. Coach Sterner and the Raiders have had an up and down
season. We know what they are capable of and are definitely not taking
them lightly. We have to play our best baseball to be competitive. Look
forward to another great series."
Dyersburg v Southwest
Eagle HC Robert White told TBR, "Southwest
is playing pretty good baseball right now and competing well in every
series. I expect them to play with a ton of energy and enthusiasm.
Hopefully our guys will continue to find ways to win…..this should be an
exciting finale to the regular season conference schedule."
Salugi skipper George Sykes added, "The undermanned
Saluquis will go into the DSCC series with a reduced team. Pitching will
determine how effective they can compete with DSCC. Southwest lost 2
more players in last weekends series."
Motlow vs Walters
Motlow's Dan McShea told TBR, "We have a tough task ahead
of us this weekend. Walters has gotten better every week and is rolling
offensively. Hopefully we will be able to slow them down some. We are
still looking to play a clean game with quality at bats and not give up
free bases. Walters will make you pay for mistakes so we need to
eliminate them if possible."
Walters' Dave Shelton added, "I
was pleased with the way we played last week against Jackson. Playing
them is always a stressful weekend, because with their offense they are
never out of games. So I was very happy with how our pitching staff was
able to keep them in check enough for us to get the wins. Going to
Motlow this weekend, we know they have not had the kind of season that
they would have hoped, but we also know they are a dangerous team,
especially at home. They are a good offensive team and I know they
always swing it well in their park. With our pitchers having a short
week of rest, they will have to really dig deep this weekend in order us
to be successful."
Jackson v Volunteer
General HC Ty Malik told TBR, "After an awful showing
last week, we look to respond against a Vol state team that I know
nothing about. This series is huge for obvious reasons and I hope we can
step up to the challenge. We were ridiculously awful last weekend on
defense. If that doesn't improve, Vol state will handle us. We have lost
our identity at the plate so we can't count on that like we are used
Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt added, "We come into this weekends
match up against Jackson St still playing inconsistent. We just can't
seem to put a complete weekend together. We will have to do so this
weekend if we want any shot at winning this series. Coach Malik always
has very talented teams so it will be a big challenge for us."
April 26 - TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is shared by 2
pitchers who both had outstanding games - Paxton Stover/Dyersburg and
Jonathan Looney/ Columbia State. Stover tossed 6.2 innings of a 3-0 win
for the Eagles, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 12 batters and
walking 1... Looney tossed 8 innings of the Charger 9-3 win, allowing no
runs and 5 hits while striking out 11 batters and walking 2... the TCCAA
Hitter of the Week is Reed Hayes of Walters State. Hayes was walked 5
times, hit by a pitch and went 4-5 with a double, a home run, scored 5
and drove in 5 runs ...
DB tops Vikes 5-3, win Big 7 outright ...
Williamson County roundup ...
Dyer Co. Sr.
Day win over Tigers ...
to Cavs ...
Red Bank shocks Hixson ...
East Hamilton whips Ooltewah ...
Knights give Rush first win over former coach ...
Woody Hunt picks up his 1500th win on Friday with 12-2
win over 16th ranked Campbellsville
April 25 - TCCAA Scores
Week 8 Box Scores ...
Walters and Chattanooga complete 3 game sweeps ... Roane and Dyersburg
bounce back from game one loss to win series ... Columbia book end wins,
take series ...
Trojans top Rhea in 8 innings ...
Owls Duncan signs with Lee ...
Cleveland State summer camps ...
Ooltewah tops Station Camp ...
DB, South cap Tribe Classic with wins ...
Cleveland's 11 run inning leads to big win over Silverdale ...
Maury County wrap up ...
Kennett (MO) ...
Trojans split pair ...
Toppers get needed win over Devils on final day ...
Two runs enough for Happy Valley ...
Blackman wins series with Oakland ...
Early innings boost
Vikes past Feet ...
Shelbyville tops Giles Co. 4-1 ...
SAC Baseball Tourney opens Thursday ... TN has 3 teams participating
in the SAC tourney - #2 seed Carson-Newman, #3 seed Tusculum and #4 seed
TCCAA Week 8 Preview
Chattanooga v Motlow
Tiger HC Greg Dennis had this to say about the series, "We
come off of a tough weekend in Morristown and have to find a way to get
our bearings again against Motlow State. Coach McShea’s teams have
given us fits throughout his tenure and we expect them to come in here
with energy and determination as we all get ready for the post season
tournament. We need to find a way to play our style of baseball and not
Bucks HC Dan McShea added, "We
go into Chattanooga to play a very tough Tiger baseball team. Greg has
done another tremendous job of coaching this season and his team, as
always, is playing well. Our keys have got to be to play clean baseball
and quit giving so many free bases. If we can limit the big inning, we
can be a very different team than we have shown with our record. It’s
important to focus on the now and only worry about the task at hand
instead of worrying about failed opportunities or standings. I want to
see us play a complete weekend. Throw strikes, play clean defense and
have quality at bats. These are things we can control so we need this
to be our focus and let the chips fall where they may."
Cleveland v Dyersburg
Cleveland Asst Coach Aaron Bryant had this to say about
the series, "We let a couple get away from us last weekend and took
ourselves out of contention for the top spot, however we are still in
position to finish near the top of the league which is all you can ask
for. This weekend will by far be our biggest test. Dyersburg has to be
playing like one of the hottest teams in the country. This is always a
very intense series for us. They are competing for the top spot and that
will only add fuel to the fire. We have to be better at the plate and
execute with runners in scoring position. Our arms have been outstanding
all year but pitching with one or two runs a game is quite a chore.
Should be another great TCCAA series."
Eagle HC Robert White added, "We
travel to Cleveland this weekend in a crucial series for both teams.
This two-headed monster that stands in front of us has been playing
well all year and we know coming into this weekend, we must be perfect
to win. Mike has 3 frontline arms that have dominated hitters all year
and an offense that looks very impressive on paper. Coach Policastro
has done a great job with his gang. We need 3 great pitching
performances to have a chance and get some quality at bats! This oughta
be a good one!"
Volunteer v Roane
Pioneer skipper Ryan Hunt had this to say about the
series, "We come in this weekend against Roane still struggling in
conference play. This is a big weekend for both teams as far as seeding
goes. We will have to play very good to win this series. Hopefully our
starting pitching can keep us in games. We need to execute better
offensively. We just can't seem to get the big hit when needed.
Hopefully that will change this weekend."
Raider HC Zach Sterner added, "Rough
weekend for us. Coach Malik has put together a really good ball club
that showed some really good qualities as a baseball team. We travel to
Vol State this week that also has some really good talent throughout
Coach Hunts team. Hopefully we can make it a dog fight with them, play
some good baseball, and compete to give ourselves a chance to win a
Walters v Jackson
Walters HC Dave Shelton had this to say about the series,
week we were very fortunate to have the outcomes that we did against
Chattanooga. I was proud of our guys in how they battled back at the end
of the last two games, and I was proud of our pitchers for being able to
hold them to 8 runs on the weekend. But this week presents another huge
challenge for us with Jackson coming to town. Looking at their numbers,
I just hope all my pitchers don’t pack up and leave town before the
weekend gets here. They are the top slugging team in our league, and 4th
in the nation in home runs. Trying to contain their hitters will be as
big of a challenge for our pitchers as we have faced all year. And
obviously when a team hits like that, you can’t give them extra
opportunities with errors and walks. Hopefully our guys will rise to the
General HC Ty Malik added, "It
is always a daunting task to Walters. It’s even harder when you are in
a must-win situation. It’s going to be a difficult task to find a way
to score on a team that strikes out over a hitter an inning…as a team.
Then we have to figure out a way to hold down a team with power and
speed in the lineup. Last week was the best we have played as a team in
a month and I just hope it is something that carries over to the
weekend. We are in need of some big wins."
Southwest v Columbia
Saluqi HC George Sykes had this to say about the series,
"Southwest is a very depleted team in having lost 19 players. Active
squad of around 15 players. The Saluquis must play near flawless to have
a chance against Columbia St CC. Effective pitching must occur to be
Columbia St HC Mike Corn added, "Southwest always plays
the Chargers really, really tough. With George and the Saluqis coming
off a series win, I'm sure they will be on the top of their game this
weekend. We continue to search, as many other teams have been, for
consistency up and down the lineup, on the mound, and defensively. The
ability for teams to focus on singular pitches, is becoming a lost art.
Young men overall, simply find it harder to mentally lock in for even a
short amount of time. The video games, the cell phones, the water, alien
abductions...whatever the cause… attention span is certainly decreasing.
This is why we see such large gaps in day to day performances.
Strikeouts are increasing. Walks are increasing. Errors are increasing.
This will be a part of our goal as we head to Memphis this weekend. We
will strive to stay with one pitch. This pitch. Then the next. If we can
be selectively permeable with our thoughts and emotions, we will have a
chance to be in baseball games."
April 21 -
South come back falls short against Cyclones ...
Walkoff double gives DB win over Sci Hill ...
Farragut gets district road win vs Maryville ...
Pats beat Clarksville, 10-0 in 10AAA ...
Franklin Co. ...Luck
goes Champs way ...
rules Raiders ...
April 19 - the TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Dillon Bonee
from Southwest TN CC. Dillon saved a game tossing and inning and
striking out 2 batters, then threw a complete game winner with 4 K's and
allowing no earned runs... the TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Reed Hayes of
Walters State. Hayes had one heck of a weekend, going
HR, 2b, 3b, 5R, 8RBI, 3 BB. Had walk-off 2 out RBI’s in 2 of the 3
games. He also tossed 5 innings, allowed 7 H, 2R (0ER)...
April 17/18 - TCCAA Scores
TCCAA Box Scores
Scots come within inches of winning first USA South title ...
CU salvages third game, Hunt 2 wins away from 1500 ...
Linton aids DB shutout ...
Indians take advantage of West errors ...
Thomas, Symlar lead Raiders and Lions ...
Huey outduels Teal ...
Admirals avenge loss to Bearden ...
Chuckey-Doak's Barkley no hits Boone ...Vikes
beat Riverside Christian 8-1 ...
April 15 -
USA South Conference Tournament ...
Scots win first round game ... BREAKING: Scots win second game 14-10
over Averett ... Maryville will play at noon on Saturday...
TCCAA Week 7 Preview
Walters vs Chattanooga
Senator HC Dave Shelton told TBR, "Once
again, Chattanooga is up near the top of our league, and have obviously
reloaded this year after losing a lot off a great team last year. Their
record speaks for itself. We were able to escape Southwest last weekend
with 3 wins, but we still aren’t playing very consistent. We have to
find a way to get more production from the bottom of our order. This
weekend will be a huge challenge for us, so hopefully our guys will
Chatt's Greg Dennis added, "We
have pieced together another pretty good series against a very explosive
Jackson State team and we have more on our platter as we go up to a
“starting-to-get-hot” Walters State team. We have hidden many
shortcomings thus far for the most part and we will really have to work
to not allow the Senators to expose many of those. Our guys have
competed well so far and hopefully we will go up there and continue to
Columbia vs Cleveland
Charger HC Mike Corn on the series, "Only three weekends
left in the 2016 regular season. It's amazing how quickly the year can
slip away. Everyone will ne fighting to finish strong for tournament
seeding. Mike and the Cougars still have a chance at the conference
title so we know that they will locked in and ready to go. From all
accounts, Cleveland State is playing as well as anyone. With their
consistent strong starting pitching and the recent emergence of power,
our young men will have all they can handle. If Dave Hall can hold them
in the park, and our offense have gritty at-bats against their power
arms, the Chargers should be competitive."
Cleveland's Aaron Bryant added, "We put ourselves in a
quality position after last weekend. The true test comes now, 2 of next
3 weekends on road. This weekend is the biggest series of the season for
us, just like every weekend in this conference. To win at Columbia is
not an easy thing to do. Coach Corn has a unique style of play where
they are very aggressive and really put the pressure on you. This style
has been very successful for them during his years there. We know we
have our hands full. It will be our job to limit free bases on the mound
to keep that style as contained as possible. We feel like our club is
really starting to come together. Look forward to another great series."
Jackson vs Roane
Jackson HC Ty Malik on the series, "We
are looking forward to having a good Roane team come in this weekend. I
don’t think either team is playing how they want to play but I expect
this to be a good series. I know Roane has some talent at the plate and
have pitched it fairly well most of the year. I hope our guys understand
the importance of this week and get back to focusing on things we were
doing earlier in the year."
Raider skip Zach Sterner added, "Had
some chances last weekend that we couldn’t take advantage of which will
hurt you against the top team in the Conference. Coach White’s club
pitched and hit it like a top ranked team over the weekend!
Traveling to Jackson this weekend will be a tough challenge for us as a
pack with a lot at stake. A little different environment with some of
the same looks that we have seen in other teams, on a completely
different field. Coach Malik and staff will have his highly explosive
offensive ready to put up numbers and his staff ready to pitch for three
games. If we play without a sense of urgency and no energy this weekend
we will probably get swept. We have to pitch it with a plan and mostly
importantly we will have to produce runs when given the opportunities."
Motlow vs Southwest
Motlow HC Dan McShea told TBR, "
Southwest HC, George Sykes added, "Southwest
continues to lose players via injury. The team has now lost 2 weekend
starting pitchers. The team has one remaining position team starter. How
well each player can perform this weekend will be crucial for a
Dyersburg vs Volunteer
Eagle skipper Robert White told TBR, "The
Pioneers have an extremely talented group of guys. Their pitching is one
of the top staff’s in the league and they have very, very talented
position players. Coach Hunt has his team in contention for a first
round bye In the tournament, so I have no doubt they will come to
Dyersburg ready to play. We must continue to pitch it well and have
timely hitting in order for us to have a chance this weekend!"
Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt added, "We head to Dyersburg St this
weekend with a very tough challenge in front of us. Coach White has his
team playing very well and tied for first place in the conference. We
will have to play almost 3 flawless games to have a chance this
April 14 -
Lenoir City picks up first win ...
Bradley shuts down Soddy Daisy ...
Hixson clinches 6AA ...
completes sweep of SG ...
Greeneville sweeps Chuckey-Doak ...
Mistakes cost Sci Hill in loss ...
DB's 2 out hits lead to win over Volunteer ...
Unicoi deliver South first league loss in a year ...
Henry Co. shuts out Springfield ...
April 12 - TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Ramon Osuna of
Walters State. Osuna went 6-11, scored 5 runs, hit 2 HR and drove in 7
runs... TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Corey Herndon of Columbia State.
Herndon tossed a 7 inning CG, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits while striking
out 9 battters and not walking anyone...
Henry tops Calloway ...
successful at Ballard tourney ...
Hill's gem vaults Rangers to victory ...
Warriors walk off Sullivan Central ...
April 10 - TCCAA Scores
TCCAA Box Scores
Collinwood's Andrews : No Slowing Down ...
Davidson slam does it
for Vikes ...
Cascade run rules Moore Co. ...
Spring Hill tops
Toppers take two in Pigeon Forge ...
to Ripley 4-2 ...
DB goes 3-1 in DeMarini Classic ...
Spencer GW aids Silverdale win on birthday ...
D1 Baseball - 10 Thoughts on Saturday ...
Thoughts Friday ...
April 7 -
#8 Tennessee Wesleyan beats #1 Georgia Gwinnett ...
to Munford in 13 innings ...
Warriors sneak by University High ...
Cyclone bats silenced Unicoi ...
Dent strikes out
16, East tops Cocke Co. 3-2 ...
Mo West belts 5 HR's, fall to Cherokee ...
Henry Co. shuts down Kenwood ...
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TCCAA Week 6 Preview
Chattanooga v Jackson
Chatt HC Greg Dennis on series, "We are bracing for the
offensive barrage that seems to follow Jackson State everywhere they go
and we know that we are going to have to pitch it and catch it well this
weekend. Tyson’s guys have really played well against us the past 3-4
years and we have struggled really getting much momentum against them at
all. Hopefully, our guys will rise to the challenge and compete like
they have been doing the last few weeks and create some opportunities to
get the game going our direction. They are a tough, seasoned bunch and
we are going to have our hands full with their hitters and their
General HC Ty Malik added, "After
a very tough weekend last weekend, we look to bounce back against a team
that is well coached and does everything right. Greg always has a great
team that plays a style of ball where you have to execute everything to
have a chance. We have not shown we can do that on a consistent basis,
so it’s hard to feel really good going into this weekend. I still think
we have the ability to make a run but we have to improve in a couple
phases of the game. We have to find a way to stay above water and fight
Cleveland v Motlow
Cougar Asst. Coach Aaron Bryant on series, "Our series
with Motlow over the last few years have been really competitive. We
expect nothing less from them this weekend. Dan always has quality arms
and hitters that compete at the plate. Last weekend was a great momentum
builder and puts us in a great position, half way through conference
play, to be competitive the rest of the way out. Pitching has to keep us
in it and offense can't hit the lull like we did in midweek games. Look
forward to another great series."
Buck HC Dan McShea added, "We
have a tall task ahead of us as we travel to Cleveland State to play the
red hot Cougars. They have a talented team and have been playing really
well. We have continued to struggle to find the right mix on the mound
for us to be successful. We go in facing some very good pitching and a
lineup that can put up big innings in a hurry. Hopefully we can build
on a last game where we pitched well and came out with a win against a
very talented Volunteer State."
Roane v Dyersburg
Dyersburg HC Robert White on series, "Zach has a very
good ball club this year. I know they have struggled as of late, but
anytime the Eagles roll into town, we have the capability of getting
teams "hot". We have showed at times our offense can be good, but about
the time I think the bats have come alive, we lay an egg on the
scoreboard. For us to win the series at Roane, our pitching will have
to lead the way as it has all year. This is a big series for both
Raider HC Zach Sterner added, "Good
games over the weekend with Columbia St. Had a Mulley feel to them. ha I
feel like without 17 free bases over 3 games we come out of there with
possibly 2 wins definitely 1. Credit to Coach Corn and staff for having
his team ready and making some key adjustment that we just couldn’t seem
to figure out! Down to 8 Soldiers so this really could get interesting,
especially with one of the top teams in the conference right now.
Thankfully Coach White and his Eagles have to travel to Roane County not
that will make a difference because they have some dudes, yet Coach
White does a great job preparing his club, but traveling isn’t too fun
especially across state. We will have to play an almost perfect series
to come out on top this weekend or give ourselves a chance to compete
Southwest v Walters
Southwest HC George Sykes on series, "Southwest continues
to be a depleted team with the loss of another player. The team will
need to play near flawless games to be competitive vs WSCC. Dave Shelton
has another banner group at WSCC that is one of the premier programs in
the state and country. Southwest must play impeccable this weekend to
have a chance."
Dave Shelton, Senator HC, added, "Tomorrow
we get to begin the 428 mile journey to Southwest Tennessee. USA Stadium
in Millington is traditionally a place we have had a hard time playing
well over the years, so this is a long and scary trip for me. I know
Coach Sykes and the Saluqis have had a tough go of it this season up to
this point, but I also know we aren’t playing our best baseball right
now either. We have to find a way to overcome a couple of injuries, and
need some guys to step up who haven’t done so to this point. Hopefully
getting to see the entire state of Tennessee and its beauty from inside
a bus window will inject some energy and mojo into our players. This
will be a big weekend for us to see how we rebound from losing last
weeks series to Cleveland."
Volunteer v Columbia
Charger HC Mike Corn on the series, "Going
into conference weekend 6, there are still many questions to be answered
around the league. As for this week’s trip to Gallatin, I can’t imagine
us magically becoming a different team that what we have displayed thus
far. However, getting swept weekend before last, was a much needed
wake-up call for us. We are not necessarily playing at a higher level
of efficacy, we just have become a little more gritty in our
approaches. Not many teams can say that they have played in one run
ballgames 10 of their last 12 contests…we have. Coach Hunt, like I
expected, is rounding his Pioneers into shape. What a tough time for
Ryan to take over and implement a new philosophy, a new culture, all new
processes. I would have to vote him Coach of the Year if the ballot
were to be cast today."
Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt added, "This
weekend versus Columbia St. is another huge challenge for us. Coach
Corns teams are always well coach and talented. Hopefully our starting
pitching can continue to keep us in games and hopefully our offense can
push a few runs across. We will have to play very good in all phases to
have a chance this weekend."
April 5 -
Indians pounce on Cougar miscues for Big 7 win ...
Sull North uses small ball to win ...
Soddy tops Owls in 5AAA ...
Henry drops 4 at Warrior Classic ... the TCCAA Hitter of the Week is
Brandt Holland of Dyersburg. Holland went 6-10 with 7 runs scored, had
5rbi 3-2b and a HR... the TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Drew Korbyski of
Cleveland. Korbyski threw a 7 inning complete game, gave up 0 ER, 2 hits
and struck out 4...
April 4 - TCCAA Scores
- Box Scores: Chattanooga and Columbia
complete 3 game sweeps while Cleveland, Vol and Dyersburg win two of
Columbia State sweeps Raiders ...
Cherokee wins 7-1 over Volunteer Falcons ...
Southside rally results in Pounder Classic title ...
Spring Hill goes 1-2 in Gatlinburg tourney ...
Malenda's walk off give Boone win over Crockett ...
Morristown East's Brett
Martin's pro career off to great start ...
West tops Cookeville 7-2 ...
Seymour rolls past error prone JCHS ...
Oakland tops Smyrna in extra innings ...
Vikes slip by Champs
Redskins shutout Sweetwater ...
County completes sweep at Giles ...
shutout Bulldogs ...
How the D1 top 25 fared ...
CN Eagles shutout and walkoff Newberry ...
Phoenix rise up and sweep UofC ...
FHU splits with Lyon
... Bryan completes
sweep of Milligan ...
King sweeps Emmanuel ...
Lee completes 3 game sweep of West Alabama ...
Scots swept ...
Birmingham Southern completes sweep of Rhodes ...
Trojans sweep Davis
& Elkins ...
Tusculum drops 2 10 innngs ...
April 2/3 - TCCAA Scores -
Box Scores: Columbia wins 5-4 on Friday... Volunteer sweeps 14-3 and
10-2 over Motlow... Dyersburg explodes for 38 runs in a DH sweep of
Jackson... Walters splits pair with Cleveland...
Rolison helps USJ beat South Side ...
Playing the game pays off for Bradley ...
Longhorns trample Cougars 8-4 ...
Volunteer beats South Greene for Coach Hite's first win ...
Chatt Central rallies for win ...
Hot start for Community
leads to 10-5 win ...
Grundy wins 4 of 6 over the last week ...Knights
sweep MBA ...
Hoffman's complete game gem, Raiders shutout Rice 3-0 ...
Vols outrun UK 14-5 ...
Austin Peay spanks TTU 10-2 ...
Belmont wins slugfest over UTM ...
April 1 -
Baseball Polls ... the first poll is always difficult to put
together, this year there were a lot of teams similar in win-loss
records, competition or at least perceived competition, etc - We will do
polls every 2 weeks thru the end of the regular season and then a poll
before regional tournament play, one before the state tourney and of
course the final 2016 poll after the state tournament - if you feel
slighted, just remember I haven't seen many teams play, I am relying on
a few people I know who give me thoughts and scores/articles I read on
each team - I put in a lot of time gathering and looking thru stuff, but
this early your gonna miss a few, that's how it is - one thing is for
sure, keep winning and you'll be there! And lastly, remember that polls
really don't mean anything, just a way of promoting the game... good
luck to all!
March 31 -
Reds assign Drew Hayes to MiLB camp ...
DB falls to Ashley Ridge in Hanahan Invitational ...
Boone tops Volunteer in Big7 action ...
Chatt Central's Joe Clark fires PERFECT game ...
Bradley stays perfect in 5AAA ...
Franklin Co. sweeps pair from Columbia in 8AAA ...
Gillian whiffs 16 in Raider win ...
uses 9 run fifth to beat Illinois Valley ...
Happy Valley takes down Unicoi for 8th straight win ...
Sullivan South, lone 3 Rivers unbeaten after Monday win ...
Bulldogs fall to South Greene ...
Trailblazers fend off Unicoi rally to win 8-7 ...
Henry Co. completes sweep of Northwest ...
Hampton gets past South Greene in 10 innings ...
7 run 7th secures split for JeffCo ...
TCCAA Week 5 Preview
|Walters State CC
|Cleveland State CC
|Jackson State CC
|Columbia State CC
|Roane State CC
|Motlow State CC
|Southwest TN CC
Chattanooga vs Southwest:
Chattanooga last played SW at home 4 years ago, having to
skip a home series and travel due to field improvements two years ago.
The Tigers will be glad to play at home as the Chat-SW trip is one of
the longest road trips in the conference. Chatt HC Greg Dennis told TBR,
"We are getting ready for Coach Sykes and the Saluqis' to come to
Chattanooga after we have been there the last 3 years!! It has been
awesome to play them at their place, but should be nice having them
here. They have been one of the toughest programs for us to get past
over the past 3 years and hopefully, our guys will turn up the intensity
a little bit and meet the challenge they will provide. I look for a
tough, grinding series with them this weekend!!"
As we noted, SW has had a rough year with losing players
for various reasons. After starting 1-23 the Saluqis have gone 4-6 over
their last 10 games, so they are doing much better. SW's HC George Sykes
added, "STCC will need to play complete games with solid pitching. Coach
Dennis has a solid team. Another weekend of good competition. Southwest
continues to battle with the loss of numerous starters."
Walters vs Cleveland:
Walters is facing a Cougar squad who has won 4
consecutive TCCAA series this week and is tied for 3rd in the
conference. The Senators demolished Volunteer last week with some big
time offensive firepower. This should be a great series. Senator HC Dave
Shelton told TBR, "Cleveland is rolling thus far, having won all of
their conference series this year and coming of a big series win against
Chatt. They present a huge challenge this year as their pitching staff
has been as good as anyone in the league, and they are scoring runs. I
thought we played well last weekend at Vol for the most part, and had
hoped we were starting to turn the corner in becoming a more consistent
team. But then we laid two eggs at Spartanburg Methodist last night. Our
approach to the game has been something I am not use to seeing. Too many
times this year, I have seen us playing the game with a fear of making
mistakes, as opposed to playing with aggression, tenacity, and a desire
to make plays. If we play scared against Cleveland this weekend, they
will hammer us."
Cleveland assistant Aaron Bryant added, "Walters is once
again the cream of the crop. Unbelievable what they have been able to
achieve over the last 15 years. This year they are as advertised again.
Beating them one game is usually a challenge...at home. Beating them
there is almost impossible. If we can pitch well and play at the highest
level we should be competitive on the weekend. Our guys have really
competed well all season and we are really excited about playing this
caliber of team. Should be a great series."
Columbia vs Roane:
Roane travels to Columbia coming off their first 3 game
series sweep in a long time. With confidence high, they have a chance to
ambush the Chargers who have been rather inconsistent this season. This
makes for an interesting series for both clubs, will Roane be able to
"break through" or can Columbia right the ship? Raider HC Zach Sterner
told TBR, "We had decent weekend offensively, and pitched it just ok as
a staff. We still have to improve in many areas of the game if we want
to accomplish our team goals as a pack. We travel to a well coach, high
energy, and very talented Columbia State. Coach Corn does a fantastic
job of having his guys ready to compete day in and day out which make
them a hard team to play especially at Columbia State. We are giving up
a lot of runs as a staff right now, so we really need some guys to step
out of their comfort zones and want to compete in big games. This is
going to be a big series for both teams to stay in the middle of the
hunt. Hope everyone has a muley weekend! Go Raiders!"
Charger HC Mike Corn added, "We
have many excuses but not a single reason why we are not getting it
done. After being completely manhandled at Dyersburg last weekend, we
are a very delicate team. Most teams will not lose five on-run
ballgames in a year and we dropped five last week. Hopefully a big walk
off win on Tuesday can heal some of our wounds and get us going in the
right direction. This weekend at home against maybe the best Roane
State team in over a decade will be pivotal. Coach Sterner has
transformed his Raiders into a conference contender. Will we look to
stymie their excellent bunting game that has given us fits.
Offensively we must compete better with RISP if we have any chance to
win. Leaving sixteen men in scoring position last weekend was the
difference in winning two and losing three. I foresee a highly
competitive set to be played at Dave Hall Field."
Motlow vs Volunteer:
This series features two teams trying to get back in
contention and both would need a sweep to do so. Motlow's Dan McShea
told TBR, "Volunteer state has a talented team. I expect to see good
arms on the mound all weekend. We need to find a way to be consistent
on the mound and defensively. At times we have played well and our
offense has kept us competitive. For us to be successful, we need to
eliminate big innings defensively and put up some runs offensively."
The Pioneers are coming off a terrible weekend vs
Walters, giving up 45 runs to the #1 team in the conference. Can they
bounce back? VSCC skipper Ryan Hunt added, "We come in to this weekend's
matchup against Motlow St scuffling. So once again we will have to play
very good to have a chance this weekend. We got it handed to us pretty
good by Walters. All though we are staring to swing it a little better
for average we are still struggling to drive runs in. We need to find
that intense burning desire to win and compete. We are just not a tough
Jackson vs Dyersburg:
The Generals host one of the hottest teams in the
conference this weekend in Dyersburg. The Eagles have won some close
games to surge to the #2 spot this week. Jackson HC, Ty Malik, told TBR,
"We are in for another tough test against a quality team in
Dyersburg. They have been playing really well this season. They have
physical guys at the plate and some arms that everyone is looking for. I
just hope we can stay in this battle for position this week."
Eagle HC Robert White added, "Jackson is once again a
very competitive team. Tyson and his staff have one of the top offenses
in the country. Then you throw in the fact that we play at "The Jack",
the cards are certainly stacked against us. We need to continue to
pitch it well and get some timely hitting to have a chance in this
March 29 - The TCCAA Hitter of the Week is
Jake Sims of Roane State. Sims went 8-12, 5R, 2B, 2HR, 11RBI... The
TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Ronnie Broyles of Dyersburg St. Broyles
tossed a 7ip CG 3H, 1R, 10K...
DB Tribe rolls in first round of HIT ...
South wins, Montgomery still unbeaten ...
Boone wins over Central, baserunning key ...Bears
bash EH 17-2 ...
Raiders top Champs ...
Monterey goes 6-0 with win over Bobcats ...
buzz by DeKalb ...
Cavs get second district win ...Trojans
split pair to finish Easter Slam ...
Free Press HS Baseball Standings Upper East TN ...
Smoky Bears hand East first IMAC loss ...
Pugh hurls Pats past Vikings ...
JeffCo wins two in weekend tourney ...
Rhea Co. falls to Liberty OH in Georgia ...
Sumner Co. Prep Roundup ...
March 27/28 -
Cascade sweeps LVClassic
Greenville blanks Pigeon Forge 1-0 ...
Spring Hill 3-1 at Painter Classic ...
Soddy Daisy falls to Vestavia Hills ...
Cleveland St takes 2 of 3 from Chatt St ...
Silverdale gets mixed results at LV Classic ...
Armstrong, Rebels rally past Raiders ...
Columbia State drops series to Dyersburg ...Scrappy
Trojans rally past Wynne ...
Daniel Norris upbeat despite injury ...
MorrEast stays hot, beats Fairfield ...Walters
sweeps Volunteer State ...
March 25/26 - TCCAA Scores...
TCCAA Box Scores (will add Sat/Sun)...
Jackson beat SW 7-4 on Thursday, the only game played in wk 4 contests
so far... FRIDAY: SW splits with Jackson, Generals take series...
Walters takes a pair on the road at Volunteer... Dyersburg wins a pair
of 2-1 games over Columbia... Cleveland takes a pair of slugfests from
Chattanooga... Motlow tops Roane...
Peay beats Racers ...
CN beats Cobras ...
Cumberland falls 2-1 in 10 innings ...
Lipscomb tops MVSU ...
ETSU splits first two ...
Flames win in 14 ...
Railsplitters rallies for win ...
Scots win 7-3 ...
Saluqis edge Memphis ...
Blue Raiders fall to WKU 3-1 ...
Milligan splits ...
Tech mashes SIUE ...
Tusculum tops L-R 8-1 ...
UTM falls to SE Missouri ...
Brothers Byrd square off on the diamond ...
DB splits at Smokies Park ...
Hilltoppers bounce back, whip West ...
Ooltewah falls to Vestavia Hills AL ...
Columbia Academy 5-0 headed to LV Classic ...
Trojans fall to
March 24 - All TCCAA series have been moved to
Friday/Saturday - check twitter feed above for details - may have to
scroll down a little...
Knights unable to cash in on Irish miscues ...
Choctaws 10-8 ...
McMinn tops East Hamilton ...Stewarts
Creek hands Blackman first loss ...
Dobyns-Bennett wins #1500 in program history ...
McCallie bounce back, takes two from Baylor ...
Wildcats pull away, beat Bulldogs ...
Bees avenge loss to Smith ...
Hurricanes sweep Seymour ...
Trojans down Sevier 7-3 to earn split ...
Longhorns beat Warriors 6-3 ...
March 23 -
Elizabethton blasts North ...
Baylor rallies past McCallie ...
Bee's struggle offensively in loss to Smith Co. ...
Cavs blast Memorial in 6AAA opener ...
Monterey splits at Clay ...
advantage of opportunities ...
Champs answer challenge
... Community falls to
Henry Co. bombs West Creek ...
Loudon rights the ship ...
"Classic" to honor Jim Painter ...
TCCAA Week 4 Preview
Cleveland vs Chattanooga: One of, if not, the
biggest rivalries in the conference due to location and the fact a lot
of the players have played with or against one another for a long time -
Chatt HC Greg Dennis on the series, "We
are starting to get into the “middle of the season” grind now and trying
to correct some of the flaws that keep popping up in our series. We
squeaked out two against a resilient and determined Volunteer State and
now we go to play a red-hot Cleveland State team. Poli’s guys seem to be
really hitting on all cylinders (and pitching on them also!) and have
the hottest pitcher in the nation right now going for them. We are going
to need to continue to find ways to stay in games and to finish games
and hope we can try and cool them down some. That's a tall order though
when they are playing the way they are right now!" Cleve AC Aaron
Bryant added, "Once again Coach Dennis and
Wingate have the Tigers rolling to start TCCAA play. They have been one
of the top teams in this league during my tenure and are always a very
difficult series for us because their execution is outstanding. We feel
good about where we have started and want to continue to win
series. This week that will be an unbelivable chore. We have to pitch
well and execute to the best of our abilities to have a chance.
Offensively we have to be more productive when the situation arises.
Look forward to another great series."
Roane vs Motlow:
have been moved to a Single 9 on Friday starting @2PM EST and Saturday
will be a DH first pitch @12PM EST.
HC Zach Sterner on his club, "Last weekend was a tough series. We looked
like the Bad News Bears on Friday and come Saturday we play sound
fundamental baseball against Walters for 7 innings and go into the 8th
with a 6-2 lead. We as a team have to be consistent if we want to win
any conference series. I believe the talent is there, we just have to do
a better job bringing the consistent level of play every day and doing
the little things. We host an extremely productive offensive this
weekend in the Motlow Bucks. Coach McShea and staff will have their guys
ready to play this weekend. We will have to put up really good numbers
offensively to win this weekend. Both teams are coming off a tough
weekend, so I could guarantee you these two teams will be extremely
hungry to win a couple conference games this weekend."
Southwest vs Jackson: Southwest has had a rough
season, losing a couple more guys in the last few weeks. Coach Sykes
told TBR, "Southwest has now lost 15 players in various ways. Pitching
will be the key for STCC to handle the strong hitting of JSCC."
General HC, Ty Malik, added, "We
need to have a bounce back weekend. I know SW is not where they want to
be right now but I am very uneasy about going there the way we have been
playing. Hopefully we can get three quality starts and find a way to
hit better with RISP. SW has played us very tough the last couple of
years and we have to have a better mindset if we want to get back in the
Volunteer vs Walters: Dave Shelton and gang come
down the hill to visit the Pioneers this weekend hoping to find some
consistency. Coach Shelton told us, "I
feel really fortunate to come away from last weekend with 3 wins against
Roane. All three games were much closer than the final score indicated,
as we were able to get big innings late in every game. Those big innings
aren’t going to be there all the time, so we know we need to be more
consistent at the plate throughout the game. Right now we tend to lose
our focus and approach at the plate a good deal, and this leads to us
giving at-bats away. We are too far into the season to continue doing
this, so hopefully we can make that adjustment soon.
very little about Vol. I know they have talent and I know Coach Hunt is
a good coach. And that combination is enough to make me know we have our
hands full heading to Gallatin this week. This will be our first
conference series on the road this year, so I hope our guys can respond
well in that environment." First year HC Ryan Hunt, who was hired
late in the fall, is still trying to lay the groundwork for the program
he wants to build and also figuring out what kind of talent he has
inherited. The Pioneer skipper told us, "We
have another huge challenge in front of us this week with perennial
power Walters St. coming in. We played well 2 of the 3 games last week
against Chatt St and we will have to play at an even higher level this
weekend to compete with Walters. We need to over achieve to have a good
weekend to stay afloat in this conference."
Dyersburg vs Columbia: Eagle HC, Robert White, on
the weekend series, "We finally will get to play our first conference
series at home this weekend, but it's against the Chargers. Coach Corn
does a terrific job preparing his players each and every week. I know
they have good pitching amd have an offense that can be extremely
potent, especially if you make a mistake or two. We have to overcome
some adversity this weekend and find a way to compete. We did play
better last weekend but there is more in the tank. Our guys need to
match Columbia's energy and compete at the plate a lot better than our
first 20 games. I look for this to be a good series!" Charger HC, Mike
Corn, had this to say about his team and the series this weekend, "The
Chargers continue to tread and barely keep our head above water. We
feel very fortunate coming out of Jackson the way we did. We had two
quality starts and a solid bullpen outing last to week which hopefully
gives us something to build upon with the pitching side of things.
Easter weekend is always an interesting series calculating the shortened
week into the equation. It certainly challenges the coaching staff of
each program to manage their bullpens and practice time a little more
effectively. Hopefully we can continue to come together as a team
heading west to Dyersburg. We all have been told, "where there's smoke,
there's fire." If this old maxim holds true, Coach White and the Eagles
probably have the best team in the TCCAA. Whatever the case, there is
certainly a buzz coming out of Northwest Tennessee regarding the talent
they are displaying on the field. Dominant weekend pitching and another
potent offensive attack will be waiting for our young men, No doubt
salivating at the thought of putting it to the Chargers like they did in
the 2015 tournament. The one bright spot I see for us is the fact we
have been on the road all spring at the likes of Chipola, Walters,
Jackson, Wallace, and Wabash. We are no stranger at this point to
playing in hostile territory. Hopefully our men are battle hardened and
ready to compete.
March 22 - TCCAA Pitcher of the Week - Jake Rogers of
Cleveland State. Rogers threw is 3rd straight complete game shutout last
weekend - he is the first to ever win 3x consecutively. TCCAA Hitter of
the Week is Ramon Osuna of Walters State. Osuna went 6-9, scored 4 runs
and had 3 doubles, a home run and 7 rbi... another great performance
from last weekend was Grant Hawkins/Dyersburg (6-13 4R
2HR 8rbi) ...
Bison power past Portland ...
Sequatchie grad, Hudson, SEC Pitcher of the Week ...
North erupts for 17, mash Johnson ...
Johnson Co. - North Photo Gallery ...
DB win no. 1499 ...
DB - Elizabethton photo gallery ...
Boyd run rules CSAS ...
Bradley tops Ooltewah ...
Columbia State tops Lawson St ...
Spring Hill wins 7-0 ...
Upperman splits pair over the weekend ...
Beech tops Mt Juliet 3-1 ...
Vol State's Wilson commits to Vandy ...
March 21 - Peay
drops finale ...
CN breaks out the bats! ...
Pikeville sweeps Pheonix ...
Puckett's CG a winner for Bisons ...
FGCU hangs on to defeat ETSU ...
Flames complete sweep of Shorter ...
Catawba sweeps LMU ...
Memphis explodes in 23-0 route ...
Raiders drop rubber game ...
Milligan sweeps Bluefield ...
Tech completes 3 game sweep of UTM ...
Union falls in rubber game with Valdosta ...
Columbia area roundup ...
DNJ Murfreesboro roundup ...
Cookeville takes 3 of 4 ...
Cascade splits ...
pair of wins ...
Columbia tops Summitt ...
Quality pitching in 3AAA ...Seymour
tops South 11-5 ...
Tribe Red Hot, wins 4th in a row ...
Happy Valley gets by Central ...
Freshman pitcher helps South Greene salvage series with CDoak ...Maryville
Heritage goes 2-2 in "Play for Cure" ...
MoEast off to great start ...
Inconsistent Eagles win just one at "Play for Cure" ...
Munford, Brighton get big wins ...
Tullahoma tops Marshall County 6-5 ...
March 20 - TCCAA Scores -
Box Scores : Jake Rogers IS ON FIRE!!!
The Cleveland St Cougar has just tossed his 3rd complete game shutout of
the season in conference play... Chatt scores late to beat Vol State...
Jackson splits, Chargers take series... Walters and Dyersburg sweep...
March 19 - TCCAA Scores -
Box Scores : Walters takes pair of
games from Roane ... Dyersburg run rules Motlow ... Vol splits with
Chatt ... Cleve tops SW ... Columbia hangs on to beat Jackson ...
Wingate takes game one from CN ...
Lions split with
North Greenville sweeps pair from King ...
Maryville splits with Ferrum ...
Tusculum falls 2-1 in 12 innings ...
LMU takes 8-6 win ... remember to check twitter feed above for
more breaking news and info!!
March 18 -
America - Vandy - Miss. St preview ...
White House holds off Heritage ...
Raiders rally past
Pitching depth will be key to Henry Co.'s success ...
Millington's move to 2A features mixture of youth and experience ...
Tipton Rosemark ready for 2016 ...
DB blanks South for 3rd shutout in a row ...
Choctaws drop 2
at Lewis Harris ...
back with 7-1 win ...
TCCAA Week 3 Preview: Chattanooga vs
Volunteer - Chattanooga has won both series so far and are hosting a
Pioneer team that is lacking while lacking in offensive productivity,
can have big innings. Tiger skip, Greg Dennis told TBR "This
group has done a super job thus far in non-conference and conference
play of just competing on a regular basis. We don’t have the depth or
innate abilities that we have had in the past couple of years, but they
do work really hard and are willing to compete on a regular basis. This
has shown up in many of our non-conference games and all 6 of our
conference ones so far. This week we host Vol State and they come in
here relatively unknown to us to be honest. It sounds like Ryan has
done a super job of getting them acclimated to his style of baseball and
the talent there is NEVER lacking!! We will, once again, have our hands
full and needing all our wits about us as we continue to try and grind
out series." Ryan Hunt, of Vol State told us, "We
come into week 3 with a huge challenge ahead of us going up against
Chattanooga St. They are good in every phase of the game. We are going
to have to play at a high level to compete with them. We are pretty much
the same team that we have been all year. Our pitching is carrying us
and offensively we are pretty weak. We may make a few lineup adjustments
to see if we can be a little more offensive. It's going to be a tough
task for us against the top team in the conference."
Southwest vs Cleveland - Southwest picked up a win at Vol State last week and hope to carry that over to the series this
weekend. The Saluqis are still a mystery to Coach Sykes due to the
massive losses at the end of last semester. Sykes had this to say, "
Southwest is still trying to put a complete game together. Cleveland is
always a solid team under Coach Policastro. Pitching will determine this
series." Aaron Bryant/Cleve asst. coach added, "We feel very fortunate
to come away with a series win against the offense of Jackson. Hoping
to continue playing well as we move through the season. Traveling to
Southwest is always a chore. We know they have struggled in the win/loss
stats but that doesn't mean anything when you are playing in this
conference. I am sure they will be excited and hungry to play after
picking up the last game of the series last weekend. Hopefully we can
continue to be competitive on the mound and get a few more productive at
Walters vs Roane - Roane hopes to get back to winning
this weekend at Walters. HC Zach Sterner told TBR "Struggled
offensively over the weekend to some solid pitching. Offensively have to
put up runs in conference and we couldn’t seem to do that over the
weekend. As an offense we have to get back to our identity. I sincerely
hope that changes this weekend when we travel to Walters State. They are
a great ball club who can flip the switch when needed. We played great
baseball our first meeting and that’s how we squeezed two from them, but
we are definitely aware of the task at hand. I know Coach Shelton has
his guys tuned up ready for this weekend, so it will be a another
challenge going to good ole Morristown!" Walters
was rained out last weekend in Dburg, so they started back midweek
playing non conference games. Coach Shelton discussed his current take
on the 2016 Senator club, "The
best thing about last weekend was we didn’t make any errors all weekend,
we didn’t have any strikeouts with runners in scoring position, and we
didn’t issue one leadoff or 2-out walk. Problem is, it took us getting
rained out and not playing to accomplish those things. I am beginning to
wonder if it were be better to not practice. During one of our weekend
practices while we were waiting to get to play, we had an hour long PFP
(Pitcher Fielding Practice) session, where we covered just about every
play our pitchers could have. So how did that work out today(Tue/Spartanburg),
our first games since? We make 4 pitcher errors in a doubleheader. Just
leaves you shaking your head as a coach.
week we have the Raiders of Roane State coming to Morristown. They are
coming off a tough weekend against Chatt State, but besides that they
have been rolling this season. They have a solid club top to bottom this
year, and having played them already this year we know what they are
capable of. We will have to play well in all phases to have a shot this
Jackson vs Columbia - Columbia travels to Jackson in
hopes of coming up with a path to consistent success. Coach Corn told
not sure if we are going to play Jackson State or the ’56 Yankees after
looking at the first TCCAA statistical report. I have never seen such
offensive dominance in the BBCOR era as Coach Malik’s team is
displaying. Their strengths do not match up well with our weaknesses.
As seen with Motlow and Joliet this week, our surrendering of the big
inning has been a devastating blow to us in most of our loses. Until I
can figure out our pitching woes, we will continue to struggle in and
out of conference play. We have always been a team that utilized the
bullpen more than most other programs. This year I have done a poor,
poor job of placing our young men in a position to succeed. One bad
move after another on my behalf. Hopefully I can get out of their way
this weekend and give them a chance to compete." The Generals HC,
Ty Malik added, "We
are looking forward to another tough weekend. Last week was a battle
and we expect this week to be no easier. Hopefully, we have learned
from some of the things that hurt us last week. Columbia as always will
be very tough for us and will compete like no other. They always throw
solid arms and play great defense and are creative enough to score runs
and beat you in many different ways. They are always one of the best
teams at winning in multiple ways. They will be able to matchup and
compete no matter the team and conditions. It will hopefully be a very
good series this weekend."
Motlow vs Dyersburg - The Bucks will host Dyersburg in
hopes of winning their first conference series of the year. Dan McShea
told us, "I
thought we did well for most of the weekend against Columbia. We had
two innings defensively that cost us big time. Columbia is a very good
team that is battling some injuries and we failed to take full advantage
of that. We know that any time you play Mike Corn and the Columbia
State Chargers that they will battle and find a way to win. That has
been a trademark of his team for years. However, we had an opportunity
to really make up some ground in the conference if we make plays and we
failed to do that. That being said, I was pleased with our overall
performance over the weekend.
weekend we need to be able to play a complete game. Every game! We
have painted ourselves into a corner with back to back series losses on
the road. Now we face a very talented Dyersburg State team. Coach White
and his staff have put together one of the most talented teams we will
see. These Motlow/Dyersburg games have always been intense and I expect
that to continue. I expect to see very talented arms all weekend and a
disciplined offensive approach. This should be an exciting series.
Eagle HC, Robert White added, "Motlow is a
very challenging place to play and Dan has his guys competing extremely
well. They have put up some really good numbers offensively, so we will
have to find a way to maintain their offense in that ballpark. We have
yet to put together a complete team effort, therefore we have struggled
thus far. We have a talented bunch of guys but we have been quite
selfish offensively and are a little banged up on the mound. We will
have to bring our best to win this series!"
March 17 -
Bradley completes sweep of Walker Valley ...
Upperman, Monterey collect wins ...
Elizabethton wins in 8 ...
Henry races past Stewart Co. ...
Central run rules Falcons ...
to Covington ...
Cascade tops Moore Co. ...
March 15 - TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is again - Jake
Rogers of Cleveland State. Rogers threw a complete game shutout,
striking out 9 batters and allowing only 3 hits... the TCCAA Hitter of
the Week is Danny Sirven of Chattanooga State. Sirven went 5-13 with 2
doubles, a HR and 4 rbi ...
March 14 - OPENING DAY FOR TSSAA HS BASEBALL!!!! We wish
everyone the best of luck, have a great year and hope to see ya in the
Boro! I will do a big update Monday morning before 9:30am cdt -
check back for more! TCCAA Box Scores
March 13 - Don't forget TIME change - roll 'em forward
peeps! TCCAA Scores: Chattanooga finished
off sweep of Roane ... Motlow, Jackson and SW avoided sweeps by winning
game 3's ... Dburg and Walters are supposed to play Sun/Mon ... SW and
VSCC game pix to view on our
Mars Hill completes sweep of CN ...
Cumberland explodes in 11-1 win ...
Erskine takes 2 from King ...
Lee wins series ...
Rhodes closes out Spring Break with win ...
UTM falls to Murray in extra innings ...
Govs sweep DH ...
Lipscomb falls 1-0 ...
Memphis rally comes up short ...
Blue Raider win streak snapped ...
Tennessee falls in fnale, win series ...
Morehead tops Tech again ...Vandy
rolls over Xavier ...
March 12 - TCCAA Scores:
Check Twitter above or on phone for up to date breaking scores/news -
Vol State wins in 8 innings over SW as DeAires Moses delivers a walk off
rbi in game one... in game 2, Vol comes back from 2-0 deficit to win 4-2
and take the series ... TCCAA POW Jake Rogers tosses another Cleveland
St shutout in a 2-0 win over Jackson. Rogers struck out 9 and allowed
only 3 hits in 7 innings... The Cougars scored both of their runs in the
bottom of the sixth on 4 singles... Chattanooga won 9-1 on the HR's by
Danny Sirven and Nico Lares. Cale Thornton picked up the win tossing 7
strong innings for the Tigers... Chatt/Roane will play a DH tomorrow at
noon est... Columbia took a pair of games over Motlow 5-4 and 8-6,
finale at 10am Sat. morning ...
Vols bury Anteaters ...
Railsplitter beat Wingate 7-4 ...
Mars Hill wins over CN in 11 innings ...
Cumberland splits with Shawnee State ...
King outlasts Erskine ...
Flames split with UNA ...
Maryville beats Averett 5-3 ...
Milligan splits with Truett-McConnell ...
McGuire notches 100th win as MTSU wins 4th straight ...
TTU falls to Morehead ...
Torres K's his way to shutout ...
UTM wins OVC opener 6-5 over Murray St ...
Sheffield dominates, Dores win 5-0 ...
Pioneers come back twice to win in TCCAA ...
MARCH 11 - Added HS Team Previews for
Oliver Springs in Class A ...
Fulton HS in Class AA ...
Knox West in Class AAA ...
Sycamore, Harpeth series special for coaches ...
TCCAA Week 2 Preview: Roane vs Chattanooga: Chatt HC Greg Dennis expounded
on the Tiger performance last week and his thoughts on this weekend's
had a superb weekend last weekend against a very, very good Dyersburg
State team and squeaked out of it with a 2-1 series win. Our guys
played about as well as they possibly could play and it took that and a
little luck to win the series. Our hitting was spot-on against tough
pitching and we pitched it as well as we can with our resources right
now. This week we take on a red-hot Roane State team at their place and
will, most certainly, continue to have our hands full. Zack’s bunch is
playing with confidence and ability and we are still a week-to-week
proposition here with our guys. Hopefully, we can meet and exceed their
energy, ability and execution and work to gain some ground this weekend
on them and everyone else." Roane skipper Zach Sterner added, "I
thought we played well offensively week 1. Defensively, we have to limit
our mistakes especially if we want to get where are teams goals are set.
We definitely struggled pitching and we are still trying to find a
couple shutdown guys out of our bullpen, that can hold leads or keep the
score within a big inning.
is going to be a big test for us at home to see where we are at overall
as a pack. Chatt State seems to always swing it well. Therefore, our
pitching and defensive have to play exceptionally well, while minimize
the big inning and limiting free bases. Offensively we have to stay
consistent and manufacture runs as a team. I believe pitching will be a
big factor in this series."
Cleveland vs Jackson: Aaron Bryant/Cleveland
told TBR "We got unbelievable pitching last week to keep us in it and
pull out the series. Hopefully we will be just as competitive on the
mound again. Jackson is always loaded with offense. Very difficult
lineup to pitch to. They are coming off a big weekend and have some
momentum. Look forward to a great series." Jackson HC/Ty Malik said,
"Traveling to Cleveland will be a tough task for us. They have been
playing well and pitching it well. I know they will run three quality
starters out against us, all with swing and miss pitches, and will have
a guy or two out of the pen that can be dominant as well. I know they
have an excellent plan of how to attack our hitters. I’m hoping our
hitters will be advanced enough to see what they are doing and adjust.
They execute and manufacture runs as good as anyone, so we will have to
play great defense to keep it a game. I am looking forward to see how
we will matchup against Cleveland."
Volunteer vs Southwest: SW skipper George Sykes told
us "Southwest must play a solid fundamental games this weekend at Vol
St. Solid play in pitching , defense & timely hitting will determine
weekend series." VSCC's
Ryan Hunt, in his first year at the helm, told us "Our
series against Southwest is going to be another tough one for us, just
like every weekend will be. Southwest coming off their series with Roane
where I believe every game was decided by one run, So they could easily
be 3-0 right now. We are really struggling offensively and we are going
to have to get it going better in order for us to have a good weekend.
Our starting pitching and bullpen for the most part is really what has
been keeping us in games. We need to have a good weekend with
Chattanooga St and Walters St coming up the next 2 weekends."
Dyersburg vs Walters: Walters HC Dave Shelton and
thoughts on the Senator series this weekend, "We
are coming off a hard fought series with Columbia State. While we
finally started making strides defensively, we struggled at times
offensively and our bullpen was inconsistent. The offensive struggles
may have had a lot to do with Columbia doing such a good job against us.
There are no let-ups here in the TCCAA, as we get to travel across
Tennessee to play at Dyersburg. Robert and JT have put together one of
the top teams in the league this year. They have quality arms top to
bottom, and their lineup is as strong as any in the conference.
Dyersburg has never been an easy place to play, and I expect this
weekend to be more of the same. For us to have any success this weekend,
we must continue to play good defense, keep improving offensively, and
get a more consistent performance out of our bullpen. This should be
another hard fought and entertaining series."
Eagle HC, Robert White added, "On Walters: David once
again has a terrific squad. They are really good on the mound and
return a ton of experience at each position. We have to rebound after a
disappointing road trip and play much better as a team. Our starting
pitching has to eat up some innings and give us an opportunity to win.
This series has been moved to SUN/MON due to 10+ inches of rain in
Columbia vs Motlow: Charger HC Mike Corn said "We
were lucky to get out of Morristown with a win. Eight errors and a boat
load of strikeouts usually equal a sweep at the hands of the Senators.
After a playing a solid Wabash team on Tuesday we think we are rounding
into shape. Our bullpens have become much more crisp and we look for
this to bleed into our game appearances. With Coach McShea and the hard
hitting Bucks coming to town, we will need to again limit the big
inning. It has been our Achilles heel all year. For us to be effective
this weekend, we must be better with situational offense and pick game.
These are things in which we have excelled over the years but have been
strangely absent the past two seasons. From the days of Painter and
Rhoten, the Columbia/Motlow series has been one of great energy and
excitement. We expect this set to be no different."
Motlow's Dan McShea added, "We
will have our hands full when we travel to Columbia this weekend. Mike
Corn does a great job of recruiting and developing his players. They
will be tough outs at the plate all day and don’t make mistakes
defensively. You can set your weather forecast to rain when Motlow goes
to Columbia. The last 3 times we have traveled there, we have had
lengthy rain delays and tough weather conditions. This makes it even
more important to execute defensively. We cannot afford to give a team
like Columbia extra outs."
March 8 - The TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Jake Rogers
of Cleveland State. Rogers stats: 7IP, 7K, 0R, 2 Hits... The TCCAA
Hitter of the Week is Colin Roberts of Jackson State. Roberts stats:
6-10, 2b, 2 HR, 7rbi... See the other series players of the week at the
TCCAA page scroll down to Week 1... COLLEGE
ROUNDUP: MTSU's Riley Delgado has a 10 game hit streak going...
Carson-Newman's Vince Apicella was named SAC Pitcher of the Week and HC
Tom Griffin won his 300th game last weekend as well ... Maryville's
Chris Ervin was named the USA South POW ...
March 7 - TCCAA: Columbia
salvages series with game 3 win ... Jackson splits with Motlow, wins
series ... Chatt wins slugfest and series over Dburg ...
Govs drop finale ...
Belmont wins series ...
Bisons pound A&M, win series ...ETSU
wins series ...
Lee with walkoff win ...
Memphis wins finale ...
ffreshman deliver Blue Raider win ...Vols
drop game 3 of LeClair Classic ...
TTU wins series ...
Dores take series at Stanford ...
March 6 - TCCAA: Roane completes 3 game
sweep of SWTN, winning two wild ones 8-7 and 11-9... Jackson and
Motlow in a slugfest, Generals walk off with 1-15 victory... Walters
sweeps pair from Columbia... Cleveland takes DH to win series... Chatt
and Dburg split, rubber game Sunday -
Trevecca drops a
pair of games at Southern Indiana ...
completes sweep ...
Youngstown tops Belmont ...
ETSU splits with Purdue ...
Peay falls to Mercer 13-12 ...
Tusculum earns split at Catawba ...
LMU completes 3 game sweep of #20 Newberry ...
UT beats #16 East Carolina ...
Vourloumis' slam leads Scots to sweep ...
Griffin gets #300 in CN DH sweep ...
Culver-Stockton salvages series, wins game 3 over Phoenix ...
Memphis shutout by GSU ...
South Alabama flips table, beat Raiders 3-2 ...
Milligan sweeps AAC opening DH ...
Rhodes sweeps Sewanee ...
TTU drops game 2 to Miami (OH) ...
Union splits DH with Delta State ...
UTM splits with IPFW ...
March 5 - TCCAA: Volunteer St wins 3-2
over Cleveland and Southwest falls to Roane St 5-4 ...
streaming of Cleveland State baseball games with UStream video of game
Govs rally for first road win ...
Phoenix sweep pair from Culver-Stockton ...
Bisons hold on to beat A&M ...
Owenby homers yet again, ETSU wins ...
FHU opens AMC play
with shutout win ...
LMU takes out Newberry ...
Maryville mashes Covenant ...
Memphis drops series opener ...
Raiders rally to beat South Alabama ...
Vols fall to Maryland ...
TTU squeaks by Miami(OH) ...
Trevecca falls at
Southern Indiana ...
Catawba outlasts Tusculum in 13 ...
UTM falls 6-5 ...
March 4 -
Dores split with Stanford ... TCCAA UPdate: Cleveland/Vol and
SW/Roane are on today as scheduled, the rest of the conference will
begin opening series tomorrow...
March 3 - Tomorrow the TCCAA opens up conference
play. There are some great week one matchups as Columbia will travel to
Morristown to take on Walters State, Vol rolls down I-24 to Cleveland,
Roane makes I-40 their home on the way to SW, Chatt goes to Dyersburg
and Motlow zips over to Jackson... Ryan Hunt gets his feet wet in TCCAA
play for the first time and the Raiders from Roane have some confidence
from some early season success as well, can't wait to see how this all
plays out this year. Good luck to all, so here is the Week One Preview:
Chattanooga vs Dyersburg - Chatt's Greg Dennis had
this to say about his team and it's challenge this weekend, "We
have started off pretty well so far as we have shown some ability to
overachieve in some areas. Our front line pitching has been competitive
and our defense has been less-than-stalwart at times but still
serviceable. Our hitting has been opportunistic and gritty but we are
still a little short in the thinking department up there. Overall, we
have a good group that has worked pretty hard and plays the game with
intensity most of the time." The Tiger skip added, "Dyersburg
comes in this weekend and Coach White will bring in one of the more
experienced squads we will see this spring. He has very, very good
front-line pitching and an extremely talented group of position guys and
hitters. We will be challenged from the get-go but hopefully our guys
will turn up the intensity a little more and meet the challenges that
the Eagles will bring over the mountain to us!!"
Eagle HC, Robert White told TBR, "We
head into Chattanooga this weekend 8-3 but have not played anywhere
close to our potential. So far, our pitching has held opponents to a
.220 batting average and have really competed well. However, our offense
and defense has struggled early on, but we know it’s a matter of time
before things start clicking. I feel we have played a challenging
schedule and it has us prepared for conference play.
is off to a red-hot start and Greg has his guys playing extremely
well. Coach Dennis has a knack for winning…..there’s no other way to put
it! I know nothing about Chatt’s team, but I know Greg’s style of play
and have prepared our guys as best as possible. We are gonna have to
show up and compete for 23 innings to have a chance to win this
series. The outcome of this series will simply boil down to pitching.
Whoever pitches it the best, will win!"
Cleveland vs Volunteer - Cougar Asst Aaron
Bryant told TBR that "the start of the 2016 season couldn't be more
different then last years club. 2015 Cougars could swing the bat and put
up runs, defense was decent, pitching was awful. This year we are
keeping ourselves in games on the mound, have more than struggled
offensively, and routine plays especially pop ups are our nemesis. What
lies ahead we will see." Bryant added, "As far as our opening weekend
opponent, we have no idea what to expect. We know they have had a lot of
changes. They look like they have started well and Coach Hunt has them
playing at a high level. We seem to always play Vol very competitively.
I don't see that changing this weekend. Hopefully we can score early and
give our pitchers a few more stress free innings. Should be a great
start to this years conference schedule."
Pioneer first year skipper, Ryan Hunt, came to Vol
State late in the fall and has had to scramble to learn the kids,
assemble a staff and find out who fits where. Hunt had this to say, "We
come into this weekends opening conference match up with a 6-5 record.
Our pitching and defense has been our strong point so far. Offensively
we still have a way to go. If we can get a few guys going I think we can
be a very competive team.
Going into this weekend at Cleveland St. we will have to play very well
to win the series. Cleveland always has good teams so we will have our
work cut out for us. It's always tough going on the road in conference
play. I am just looking for us to compete hard and play hard in all 3
games and we will see what happens."
Southwest vs Roane - Roane has gotten off to a
great start and including two big non-conference wins over Walters State
early in the season. There is a new confidence and excitement about the
program that it hasn't had in awhile. Raider HC Zach Sterner told TBR, "Excited
what this pack brings as a TEAM to Roane State. We are a younger team
defensively so some expensive experience will come with this pack, but I
believe they bring a lot of talent to the table. We are a very versatile
group that can play multiple position, which at times will give us an
advantage. We have started out a good foot but we can’t be too high or
too low to stay consistent and reach our goals this season in this
conference. All around, are tools as individuals must improve day to day
to be able to obtain our season goals.
As we travel
the 5 hour road trip across Tennessee to Southwest this weekend we all
know Coach Skyes will have his scrappy ball club ready to play the first
conference weekend of the year. Traveling across state and playing that
day is never easy especially a well-coached team like Southwest."
"We as a team we are looking to continue what we have been doing from
the start of the year. We will have to clean up our defensive play from
last weekend and keep producing as an offense any way we can to be able
to win in this conference. The key will be how well we can pitch it,
that will determines how well we will do. Looking forward to the first
conference weekend and the forecasted weather looks like baseball
Southwest on the other
hand has had elgibility issues which have hampered there lineup. HC
George Sykes told TBR, "the team is off to a slow start due to
eligiblity, injuries and non-returning players. We will only be as good
with strong pitching, defense and timely hitting. Coach Sterner will be
bringing to Memphis a very competitive unit. RSCC will be very
competitive this weekend, we'll have to be fundamentally solid
throughout the weekend series."
Walters vs Columbia
- In what has to be the most anticipated week one series, both clubs
have been on a roller coaster since they started playing regular season
games this year. Both have been the top teams in the league the past few
years and this will be a big series for the team that can win and get
off to a good start. Walters HC, Dave Shelton, had this to say about the
It's hard to believe it’s already time to start Conference Play. We have
gotten off to a pretty rough start this year. We have had a hard time
winning close games thus far, going 0 and 4 in 1-run games, and losing 4
games in the Walk-Off variety. Really, there isn’t a phase of the game
that we don’t need to get better at. Our defense has been very unsteady
thus far, our hitting has been very streaky and inconsistent, and our
pitching as a whole has been up and down. Consistency and not executing
the little things have been our biggest struggle. With such and older
and experienced team, I hope this early season has just been a process
of “getting the kinks out” so to speak, and not an example of what kind
of team we really are."
so Conference play begins, and we get Columbia State right out of the
gate. Not exactly the opponent you want when you’re struggling, as
facing the Chargers can put you in a slump by themselves. And talking
with ole Michael “Lou Holtz” Corn at Columbia, one would think he were
coaching the Bad News Bears. But his Jedi mind tricks won’t work on me,
I know how good a team they are and what kind of dogfight they bring
every time you play them. They are extremely good at exploiting both
your mistakes and your weaknesses. They are not a team you can make
those mistakes against and expect to be able to win. If we don’t play
better than we have been up to this point, it will be a long weekend for
us here in Morristown."
Charger skip Mike Corn
had this to say about his season so far: "The
Chargers have been very Jekyll and Hyde over the first few weeks of the
season. There have been games where we have shown a very potent
offensive attack then days where we seemed marginally interested at
best. This type of play is always concerning early in the year where
you think teams should play with great passion and energy. Is the wide
gap in performance and zeal simply from nerves and lack of game
repetitions or is it who we really are, a fair weather team? I have
seen teams go both ways heading into conference play. We look forward
to finding our true identity over the next several weeks. One great
characteristic we have displayed thus far is an uncanny ability to make
comeback runs after being seemingly down and out of games. "
Coach Corn had this to
say about the series, "As
our eyes turn towards Morristown, we know that we are up for a great
challenge. Our tendency to get out of the gate slowly will not be
something we wish to continue this weekend. Those offensive goose eggs
and gift wrapped early big innings will get a team in serious trouble
against such a quality opponent like Dave’s Senators. The recipe for
us to compete this weekend will be one that includes the prevention of
that big inning. Walter’s will hit, we just need to force them to earn
each and every run. This means playing better defense and cutting down
on the free bases. Offensively, we will need to find a way to put balls
in play against a staff that is once again on a record strikeout pace.
After seeing the early season power rankings, Perfect Game and NJCAA
polls, then comparing team statistics, I don’t know if we have ever been
a bigger underdog. We look forward to the daunting opportunity that lay
Jackson vs Motlow -
General HC, Ty Malik told TBR "I
think we have played fairly well so far. We have swung the bats well
against some quality arms and teams. We have pitched and played good
defense as well, save for a few innings here and there. I like our group
as a whole, although we have had some days where the focus and intensity
just has not been there. I think that is something we have to continue
to improve on as the season goes. Hopefully with conference starting and
Motlow coming to town, we can start improving on that this week. I don’t
know much about Motlow or any of the teams in the conference for that
matter, but I do know that they are always a tough matchup for us.Their
intensity will be there this weekend, I am hoping we match it. We need a
good start to the conference season, especially being at home."
Buck HC, Dan McShea's
team has gotten off to a rugged start to the 2016 season. McShea had
this to say, "We
have struggled early on to find our identity as a team. At times, we
have played really well and shown some spurts of being a very good
team. At other times, we have looked equally poor and been unable to
execute. I feel like we can really benefit from playing a difficult
road schedule early on as long as we continue to improve. We are
starting to gel a little better and our pitching and defense have
finally started to come around as a unit. This is something that we
must continue to improve with every day if we are going to compete in
McShea added, "We
know we will have our hands full when we travel to Jackson. They are
very good at the plate as always so we must do a good job defensively
and limit the big inning. Jackson is going to score runs and hit
homeruns. They are a talented bunch. If those turn into 3 run homeruns
because we walk people and make errors, it will be a long weekend.
Coach Malik and his coaching staff have done a tremendous job and they
are very good. We need to play well in all phases this weekend if we
want a chance at winning the series."
March 1 - College WrapUP -
CN and Tusculum players share POW for the SAC ...
Puckett picks up ASun POW ...
Trevecca hurler named GMAC Pitcher of the Week ...
named AMC POW ...
Debity named USASouth POW ...
Rhodes' Glauben named POW ... TCCAA Week 1 begins March 4, look for
TCCAA Preview to be posted Thursday evening
February 29 -
Govs fail to capitalize ...
CN completes first 4 game sweep ...
Phoenix splits DH ...
Lipscomb shuts out WMU 1-0 ...
ETSU falls to NKU ...
FHU completes sweep
Barton rolls over King 19-4 ...
Delta State hammers Lee 17-3 ...
LMU drops slugfest 24-10 ...
Maryville wins series in 11 innings ...
Memphis sweeps SIUE ...
MTSU falls to Miami (OH) ...
Milligan swept by Middle Georgia ...
Errors cost Rhodes in series loss ...
Vols top Central Michigan ...
TTU drops series as Bucknell wins 6-5 ...
Tusculum wins series ...
Union completes sweep of Bucs ...
UTM falls to Buffalo 15-8 ...Dores
douse Flames ...
February 28 -
Dores survive in 14 innings ...
Vols top St. Mary's ...
Blue Raiders win! ...
Tigers rally for 4-2 win ...
Hot bats lead Lipscomb ...
ETSU walks off on Phillips hit ...
Belmont falls to Miami Ohio ...
UConn blows out Peay ...Dominate
pitching leads CN to sweep ...
Freed sweeps DH
King splits DH ...
Lee splits with Delta State ...
Maryville's 9 game win streak snapped in close one ...
Milligan drops pair to Middle GA ...
Rhodes splits conference opener ...
TWC shuts out
Goshen 3-0 ...
UTM falls to Buffalo ...
February 26 - HS Team Previews from
Munford and Wilson Central in AAA
February 23 - College Wrap-UP! MTSU won two extra inning games in just
about the exact same way - with Austin Dennis scoring on throwing errors
in the DH on Saturday and winning in walk off fashion 5-4 and 3-2...
Vandy's Jeren Kendall was named SEC Player of the Week, 10 hits in 3
games with 2 HR ... Austin Peay's Michael Costanzo made his first career
start a good one and was named OVC Co-Pitcher of the Week. Costanzo
tossed 6.1 innings, striking out 8 and allowing 2 runs... UT Martin's
Tanner Wessling was named the OVC Player of the Week. Wessling hit .438
(7-for-16) with five runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI,
a .938 slugging percentage and .526 on-base percentage as UT Martin
opened the season with two wins at Jackson State... Trevecca's Ethan
Hurt was named GMAC POW going 6-12 with a pair of doubles and a HR...
February 21/22 - This weekend we did all updates for every game played
thru twitter - the feed is above - if you don't have a twitter get one!!
The cool thing about twitter you choose what you see - you follow and it
comes to your phone or computer - a cool tool to get news out quickly!!
Well our D1 schools completed the weekend 19-9 overall with 7 of 9
winning their series and Vandy and TTU completing 3 game sweeps - Every
Tuesday we will have a College Wrap-up as most conferences will have
named their POW's and other info - I'll compile the info and put it into
a smail column telling you about the top performances of our kids in TN
schools - IF any of our out of state kids will have great weekends and
we'll highlight those too, it's possible I could miss something, so let
me know if we have a kid do something great so I can get it posted!!
TCCAA Opening Weekend of conference play is in two weeks - look for a
pre series preview on Thursday's and box scores over the w
eekend and we will also name the POW"s on Tuesday afternoon's... HS
begins play on March 14 - I need HS coaches to keep sending
February 19 -
Baseball Opening Weekend Preview ...
Baseball America Opening Weekend Preview ... READ the following
passage from Baseball America - this is an example of what it means to
be a team player: "Arkansas’ rotation for its series against Central
Michigan will be righthanders Dominic Taccolini, Blaine Knight and
Keaton McKinney. That leaves
Preseason All-American righthander Zach Jackson in the bullpen,
where he went 5-1, 2.10 and struck out 89 batters in 60 innings last
season. The hard-throwing junior righthander functions more as a relief
ace than as a one-inning closer for the Razorbacks, and the team that
drafts him in June may try him as a starter." How many kids would wine
and cry about "your not using me right coach"? Give Zach Jackson and the
Arkansas coaching staff credit for this...
NSHI First Matchups revealed ... Houston HS will be representing the
state of Tennessee this year in this prestigious 16 team national
tournament in Cary, NC...
TN Wesleyan falls short vs #8Gwinnett ...
Ring leads MTSU bullpen this spring ... Loretto native, David
Weathers, was recently inducted into the TCCAA Hall of Fame. Weathers
played at Motlow State CC before having a long and successful MLB
February 17 - 2016 HS Players
To Watch (players will be added - check the list and let me know if
there are other signed or committed players who are not listed - I am
aware of a couple at this point, haven't had time to add)... HS Previews
- WH Heritage in Class AA ...
Community HS in Class A ... We have
updated the out of state college player's list - if you know of anyone
we missed, please let us know!!
Baseball America PreSeason HS All American Teams ...
HS PreSeason Top 50 Rankings ...
February 15/16 - D1 openers start Friday (all times central) - Indiana at MTSU 3pm; Memphis vs UT in Chattanooga 4pm; San Diego at Vandy 4pm; EKU
at Lipscomb 5pm; Western Illinois at TTU 3pm; Bradley at AP 3:30pm;
Illinois St at Belmont 4pm and UTM at Jackson St. 6pm... also, TCCAA
Conference play opens up the first weekend in March (3/4-5)... continue
to check the twitter feed above for scores and highlights in a very
February 14/15 -
Langers blast salvages finale for Phoenix ...
CN Eagles win 1-0 in the snow ...
Young Harris tops King 12-4 ...
Flames ride bats to Valentine Victory ...
Maryville sweeps Sewanee ...
Rhodes drop pair to end TX road trip ...
Union comes from behind to win ...
February 12 - lots of weather changes for college teams this weekend -
see twitter feed above for up to the minute info on game scores and
changes to the schedules: HS Team Previews added for
Centennial HS in AAA ...
Lookout Valley in Class A ...
February 10 - HS Team Previews added for
Haywood County and Knox Catholic in AA
... Rockwood HS in Class A ...
February 9 - Added Volunteer State CC to the
TCCAA Team Preview page - added
Hendersonville HS to AAA Team Previews
... First look at 2016 HS Players
To Watch (players will be added)
February 7 - See all TCCAA Scores/Recaps on Twitter Feed above - Bethel
splits with William Woods... Bryan sweeps Rio Grande again...
CN Eagles fall 8-4 to NGa ...
Evangel 5-0 ...Big
inning gives Phoenix split ... Freed sweeps 8-5, 5-4 (10)...
King drops pair to Augusta ...LMU
races past Pacers 8-1 ... Martin beats Wiley 13-2...
Rhodes sweeps Maryville ...Milligan
splits with Georgetown (KY) ...
UAM splits with
TN Wesleyan ...
Tusculum splits with Armstrong ...
Union opens with sweep of Ouchita Baptist ...
February 6 - Season is kicking in with several NAIA and D2, D3 schools
starting play this weekend - I will post stories from each schools
website (as available) if you don't see you school's game stories linked
here - chances are they don't update very promptly... Also - check the
twitter feed above for updates, stories and scores on games...
opening DH ... Bryan takes two over Rio Grande 10-3, 7-5...
North Georgia wins opener over Carson-Newman ...
Cumberland wins in 10 ...
Freed Hardeman splits opening DH as Nathan Van Nortwick homers in 10th
for 1-0 win ...
King falls in opener ...
LMU falls to Aiken in opener ... Martin drops a pair in Texas ...
Milligan drops pair to Georgetown ... TN Wesleyan drops opening game
to AUM 5-4...
February 3 - HS Team Previews - Harding
Academy... Mt. Juliet, Clarksville
Northwest and West Creek... Get your previews in coaches - will take
them thru March 5, 2016...
February 1 - JuCo UPdate - Walters State won 2 of 3 over USC-Salkahatchie
last weekend - you can keep up with many updates on the Twitter feed -
lost game one and swept the DH ... Southwest TN CC went 1-3 in 4
games in Florida at the JuCo First Pitch Tournament in Clearwater - SW 5
Box , South Florida 10 SW 2
Box , St. Pete 13 SW 12
Box, and Broward 6 SW 0 -
Box ... TCCAA PREVIEWS -
Dyersburg State and Cleveland State check in - HS PREVIEWS:
Clarksville NE, Gallatin, Springfield
and Clarksville HS...
Christian Bros opens up with win over LeMoyne Owen ...
Tusculum wins opener ...
Barry routes Tusculum ...
Tusculum mashes Lynn 10-3 ...
Jan 22 - Snowpocalypse is upon us... adding a few team previews today -
TCCAA checks in with
Chattanooga, Southwest TN and Columbia, plus HS previews from
Gordonsville, Meigs County and Peabody...
Jan 19 - TBCA Clinic is in the books - TCCAA play begins in just under
two weeks - it's time to get Team Previews in - I have emailed just
about every HS coach in the state and the
TCCAA previews have also begun
to come in - get'em in, get'em on, get'em read to borrow and change a
baseball phrase! You get'em in, I'll get'em on the website, and we all
can get'em read!!! First HS Preview for 2016 is
Unicoi County HS...
JANUARY 14, 2016 - TBCA Clinic bound on Saturday,
will be there mid day for banquet and a for a while after - we have our
first JuCo Team Preview for 2016 as Roane State checks in - look for the
TCCAA previews to be complete by end of January as their season takes
off on Jan. 29 as Walters State travels to long time opening foe - USC
Salkahatchie and Southwest travels to Clearwater, FL for the "First
Pitch" JuCo Tournament ... Here is a story about a Beech grad who had it
all going for him and then...
- give it a look...
October 19 - Fall break was wonderful - hope everyone had
a good one! MLB playoffs have been great - hoping for a Cubs vs KC World
October 9 -
Texas tops Jays in Game 1 ...
Royals fall to Astros in Game 1 ...
October 7 -
Keuchel knocks out Yanks ...
'Stros shut out Yanks, advance ...
Sept 29 -
Freeman reflects on tough minor league season
Janssen named Peay's 11th baseball coach
8 Gov's bring home summer titles
Austin Coley puts up big numbers in Class A ball
this summer ...
Carson Newman revamps coaching staff
Gershenfeld named hitting coach at ETSU
Freed Hardeman adds 2 GA's
Former Flames climbing pro ladder
LMU announces coaching staff changes
McGuire recieves extension at MTSU
Vol pro update
alum named KC Royals tpp pitching prospect
D1 Baseball tabs Vandy as top program
Sept 3 - The University of Charleston is hosting a
FREE Showcase in the Clarksville area - Asst. Coach Robert
Haggerty, a Clarksville native will be heading up the showcase event -
The University of Charleston will be conducting a free
showcase for any unsigned JR or SR in the middle Tennessee region. The
workout will consist of a pro-style workout followed by a question and
answer period. The showcase will be held on Thursday September 10, 2015
at 5:00 pm at Clarksville Academy HS (Wes Smith Field)To RSVP to this
event please contact Assistant Baseball Coach Robert Haggerty at
931-436-8263 or at email@example.com
Aug 13 - Been busy with school starting and other teaching duties - have
added some schools who need games or are having tourney's up at the top
of this page ... hope everyone is back up and running at school - moving
oldest daughter to school this week so we've been busy getting ready for
that - hope to try and do some updates through out the fall on the
record book - one thing I know I need are some career records of some of
our recent grads who have played 2 or 3 years as a starter and coaching
win loss records - I'm way behind on coaching records!
July 3 - It has been a long road to get finished
with our post season awards - We have spent countless hours pouring over
nominations over the last 30 days - Our MAIN objective is to promote
kids! And one last reminder that our teams do not reflect the ability of
a kid to be a D1 player or a professional prospect or draftee - every
award we do is based on how the kids did in the 2015 HS season - please
do not contact me and ask me why so and so did not make it - I am not
going to add them because you are mad - as I said, many hours have been
spent in this process - We have two all state teams from all classes and
an Ultimate 9 teams which represents the best 9 performances by position
in the 2015 season - and remember, these things are nice, but in the
grand scheme of things - there are a lot more important things your
players, son's, nephews, etc could be know for IMHO - Coaches - I will
attempt in the next few weeks to send out TBR Certificates to you for
all these awards - and lastly, coaches I could not have done any of this
without you guys! I cannot thank you enough - this was the best year I
have ever had getting nominations and in some instances I found kids
myself from local newspaper All-Area teams which have all been online in
the last few weeks - I really do search for kids because I don't want to
leave out deserving players -
2015 TBR All State Teams ...
2015 Ultimate 9 Team ... I will
begin working on the state record book in July - also if anyone see's a
stat that a kid should be on the list - must be higher than the lowest
amount on the stat -
June 30 -
TBR 2 Way Team is posted - the top 2
way players in the state!
June 29 -
Super Freshman/Sophomore Team is posted
- continuing to work on All-State and should have the 2 Way Team posted
by Wednesday - hope to have all this wrapped up by the weekend -
and will begin shooting emails with certificates next week!
With the draft coming up soon I thought I'd share
some more of my research on MLB Draft with you - at the bottom of this
page I have 65-69 and 70-79 broken down thru the entire drafts on
percentage of players drafted who make it to the big leagues... after
looking at the info - I decided to stick to the top 10 rounds of the
80-89 draft because the percentage of players who make it is very very
small after 10 rounds and as you'll see in this breakdown the Top 10
rounds isn't that great either - What I will do with this is show the
number of players drafted who make it to the MLB and the number who
actually play at least 3 years ( I chose 500 games as the number/ 3years
is actually 486 games) ... While 66% of first round picks in 80-89 made
it to the big leagues, only 25% had a career that lasted 3 years or more
... that falls to 12% of 2nd round picks and steadily drops as you reach
|Play at least 1 MLB game
|Play 500 games
||79 - 25%
||31 - 12%
||29 - 11%
||19 - 7%
||22 - 8%
||26 - 10%
||12 - 5%
||20 - 8%
||13 - 5%
||10 - 4%