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Use the link below for Super Sophomore nominations and 2 way player nominations as well as for Statewide Statistical Leaders

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The TBCA will also receive every one of these nominations

HS Coaches - send NOMINATIONS WHEN ELIMINATED FROM TOURNAMENT PLAY

Would like to have all nominations by June 1 if possible

THESE SCHOOLS HAVE SENT IN NOMINATIONS - REMEMBER ONLY WHEN YOU ARE ELIMINATED FROM TOURNAMENT PLAY
STATE TOURNEY TEAMS WITH ASTERIK*
Red Bank Haywood Co. Community South Gibson Independence Centennial
Rockwood Walker Valley Bearden Huntland Hendersonville Knox West
Morristown West Brighton Brentwood Montgomery Central Clarksville Northeast Clarksville
Tennessee HS Cornersville Madison Academic Father Ryan Munford Stratford
Sullivan South Oakdale Wilson Central Scinece Hill East Robertson Middle College
Blackman Knoxville Halls Jo Byrns Dyersburg Stratford Munford
MTCS Henry County Unicoi County Knox Central Alcoa  
Washburn Cookeville Jackson South Side Columbia Academy William Blount Bradley Central
Carter Knox Catholic Clarskville Academy Gallatin Rossview Oliver Springs
Portland USJ Boyd Buchanan Waverly West Greene Franklin
Gordonsville* Maryville Knox Webb Beech Powell Briarcrest
Ripley Eagleville Peabody Unaka* Gallatin Sycamore
Murf Oakland Milan* CPA* Chuckey-Doak Covington Sevier Co.*
Sequouyah Morristown East Loretto* Silverdale Bapt Academy Siegel* Greeneville*
Harding Academy* Upperman* Houston Ensworth Mt. Juliet Goodpasture*
Jackson Christian*          
           
           
STILL LOOKING FOR THESE SCHOOLS WHO WENT DEEP INTO THE PLAYOFFS TO GET THEIR NOMINATIONS TO US!
CLASS A SCOTTS HILL KNOX GRACE FORREST MEIGS CO. Summertown
  South Greene Franklin Grace Gibson County Huntingdon McKenzie
CLASS AA SPRING HILL CENTRAL MAGNET CAK CHESTER CO. Chattanooga Christian
  Loudon Lipscomb Academy Pigeon Forge Hixson Signal Mountain
CLASS AAA SUMMITT COLLIERVILLE STEWARTS CREEK RAVENWOOD FARRAGUT
  ARLINGTON Rhea County Bartlett Dyer County Munford
  Nashville Overton Lincoln County Dobbyns Bennett Science Hill Hardin Valley
  Columbia Riverdale      
D2A FRA ECS DAVIDSON ACADEMY Friendship Christian  
  Ezell Harding DCA BGA Tipton Rosemark  
D2AA CHRISTIAN BROTHERS BRENTWOOD ACADEMY PJP II McCALLIE MUS
  Baylor Father Ryan      

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS - GAMES, TOURNAMENT'S

Coaches - If  you have tournaments for summer ball - send to me and I'll post them up for you!

2017 Dinger Wood Bat Classic @ Graves County HS (Mayfield, KY) and surrounding high schools    April 20-22, 2017 - Entry Fee: $250/3 games, $300/4 games                    Each team will receive 2 Dinger wood bats and 1 coach's tournament polo.

Contact Coach Andrew Ford if interested - 270-559-4347 - andrew.ford@graves.kyschools.us

Clarksville High, Rossview, and Northeast (Clarksville, TN) will be hosting the 2017 William Workman baseball tournament April 6-8, 2017.  Four game guarantee. Entry fee for the tourney will be $275 plus teams will provide 3 game balls for each game.  All sites have indoor hitting facilities and functional tarps.  Junior Varsity games can also be requested.  If interested please contact Brian Hetland: brian.hetland@cmcss.net (931-206-8055) or Dustin Smith: dustin.smith@cmcs.net (931-237-1795).

The 4th Annual Middle TN Invitational is scheduled for April 6th through April 8th of 2017. We are looking for about 8-10 more teams. We have hosted teams from Memphis, Knoxville, Indiana, and Illinois. In this tournament, teams will play 3 pool play games on Thursday and Friday, and will play 1-2 tournament games on Saturday depending upon seeding.  There will be a tournament champion as well as Offensive and Defensive MVP's.  If you are interested in participating in this tournament please contact Coach Smiley or Coach Nesbitt. The host sites are Sycamore, CPA, White House Heritage, and Harpeth High School. All of these sites are within 15-25 minutes of downtown Nashville.  Cost is $250 per team - 3 baseballs per game

Sycamore High School -- Daniel Smiley (615) 268-4595 or daniel.smiley@ccstn.org

Christ Presbyterian Academy -- Larry Nesbitt (615) 473-4090 or larry.nesbitt@cpalions.org

Farragut 2017 Tourney Information
April 6,7 and 8th Demarini Tournament- 4 game Guarantee/ several local schools will host -300 dollar entry fee- bring your own balls to rotate putting in.
(Let me know what day you want to start playing on -thurs or fri)
 
April 13, 14(good Friday)  and 15th 
Scott Dean Memorial Tourney
Play as many or as few of games as you would like 70 dollars per game, bring your own balls , will have several local schools hosting ( let me know how many games and what days you will be playing) Please do not respond in this text, please do so in a separate singular text to me or if you want to email me its Matt.buckner@knoxschools.org 
Big Green 15-16U Classic at Friendship Christian School in Lebanon, TN - Looking for 3 more teams  JUNE 24-26

$350 Entry Fee - includes gate fee         3 games guaranteed - Championship Game on Sunday                                      Contact Scott Hunt at shunt9@yahoo.com

June 15-18 Wednesday-Saturday
Elite Invitational hosted by USA Stadium
Cost: 700.00
Website: www.usabaseballstadium.com 
Contact Person: Johnny Ray        
Cell: 901-413-1920        
Age Group: 17U    or 2017 Graduates
Wood Bat Event  / Five Game Guarantee
To be considered inquire as soon as possible. Tournament will have 10 teams maximum. Games will be exclusively played at USA Stadium Complex.  USA Stadium will supply 4 new balls per game.
 
Here are the teams who have committed:
Memphis Tigers
Brewers Scout Team
Mississippi Royals
Sox Elite
Mid South Mayhem #1
Mid South Mayhem #2
CBHS Varsity
We will be hosting the Wildcat Classic June 10-13 at Clarksville High. The entry fee is 350.00 plus 3 new balls per game played. Each team will be scheduled four games. Teams playing so far are: Clarksville, Beech, Hendersonville Montgomery Central, and Station Camp. Contact Brian Hetland at brian.hetland@cmcss.net

 

 

2016 Poll #5

Final All Class Poll out Next Week

Rank School W L Class
1 McCallie 30 5 D2AA
2 Siegel 29 8 AAA
3 Summitt 32 5 AAA
4 Christian Brothers 32 10 D2AA
5 Harding Academy 31 6 D2A
6 Arlington 30 8 AAA
7 Farragut 37 6 AAA
8 Greeneville 29 4 AA
9 Loretto 32 7 A
10 CAK 30 9 AA


 

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TENNESSEE BASEBALL NEWS

5th HS Poll will come out on Monday 23rd before State Tourney

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High School Poll #5 - Pre State Tournament Poll

Tournament Websites

SEC Tournament Central @ Hoover AL

OVC Tournament Central  @ Jackson TN
 ASun Tournament  @ Nashville TN (Lipscomb) AAC Tournament  @ St Petersburg FL
May 29 - State Championship Edition - When I asked Coach Lamm how it felt after six tries he said, "Awesome, can't really put it in words"... and with that you can check out our pictorial coverage of the AA and AAA title games at TBR Facebook Page ...  30 yrs later, Raiders do it again ... Thomas leads Raiders to title ... As I settled in the photog area I sensed a tension to the AA game... and I guess after playing each other 4 previous times there was a familiarity to the game which is double edged, it makes easier in some ways to defend and harder in others because tendencies have been shown. The bottom line in this game was that Spring Hill's bats were clicking much more than CPA's... Siegel beats Arlington to win AAA title ... Despite huge comeback Arlington falls to Siegel ... having known both of these coaches for awhile, I really was curious to see how this one turned out... I've known Coach Reavis for years and have had the pleasure of meeting Coach Ring a few years back at the TBCA Clinic... both teams played hard nosed, hustle baseball and it was a pleasure to watch - neither team talked any trash and showed classy play throughout the game (as I had expected knowing the coaches). Baseball is a funny game and after Siegel had jumped on a 12-0 pitcher to take a 9-1 lead it looked like a snoozefest... then came the comeback, furiously the Tigers got themselves to within 1 run... had this been a nine inning contest who knows, but it wasn't and the Stars won their first state title... Scotts Hill wins school's first ever state title ... Grace Christian falls in Class A title game ... I couldn't make the Class A game due to teaching duties, but really was expecting a repeat from 2015... however Scotts Hill who finished 6-6 in district play parlayed a red hot (when not playing Jackson Christian) tournament streak to win 4 straight games and a title. Had Jackson Christian managed to beat Knox Grace who knows what may have happened, but they didn't, and they beat #1 Loretto twice to advance to the championship game... D2AA - BA comes up empty vs Wave in title game ... D2A - FRA wins title ... the death of long time coach George Weicker just before the season set the stage for an improbable run and title. Coach Weicker and his wife were pregnant the same year we had our oldest daughter and I had run into him back in 1997 at a class for couples thinking about natural child birth, I saw him just last January accepting his TBCA Hall of Fame induction and just wondered how time had flown by and here he was battling for his life, it makes you just wonder why things happen to people you know, good people.... this team started very slowly and finished up red hot to win it... congrats to all the winners and participants in the state tourney - and really if you made the regional round you had a heck of a year as well!!
The 5th MidTN Senior All-Star Baseball Classic & Home Run Derby presented by TopTenn Baseball is set for Saturday June 4th at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Tennessee. Teams representing each of the four classifications (A, AA, AAA, DII) from the middle Tennessee districts/regions will play in an MLB-style All-Star game.  Teams are made up of Seniors (Class of 2016) only.  Each player will wear the high school uniform. Each participant is covered under insurance and NO fee for players. Each game's MVP will be awarded with a engraved bat courtesy of Old Hickory Bat Co. The Old Hickory Bat Co. Home Run Derby will take place between games with the winner receiving an engraved bat courtesy of Old Hickory Bat Co.
 
At the conclusion of each game, three finalist from each classification will be introduced as MidTN Senior Player of the Year Finalist.  The MidTN POY will be awarded with a personalized engraved bat courtesy of Old Hickory Bat Co., and the remaining finalists will be presented with plaques courtesy of the Tennessee Baseball Coach Association.
 
Schedule of events:
AA vs. AAA 1:00pm
OHB Home Run Derby 30 min. after first game
DII vs. A 6:30pm (Approx.)
 
Tickets are: Adults $10, Students (School-age & up) $5
*This is NOT a TSSAA sponsored event.  NO TSSAA or School passes will be accepted.
 
Any coach that has not sent in their nominations, need to do so ASAP to Davy Cothron at coachdavy@yahoo.com
 
MidTN would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make this event possible:
TopTenn Baseball, Warner's Athletic Construction, Baseball America, Southern Athletic Fields, TBCA, Tressler & Associates, Urban Mills Promotions, WholeSale Inc., Sports World Lebanon, BSN Sports, Zephyr Hats, Premier Athletics Fundraising, Old Hickory Bats, and Easton. 
May 27 - Arlington ends Stewarts Creek's run ... Milan eliminates Central Magnet ... Siegel denies Summitt berth in finals ... Rematch alert - Spring Hill reaches finals to meet district foe, CPA ... Scotts Hill tames Loretto to reach finals ... Loretto stays alive, Forrest falls ... Scotts Hill advances to title game ... Siegel advances to title game ... Keep up with the college conference tourney's with the links above - NAIA World Series:  Preview ... Bracket ...  Tournament Central ... The schedule is on Pacific Daylight Time which is 2 hours behind CDT and 3 hours behind EDT  - TN Wesleyan plays Saturday at 3pm PDT (5pm CDT/6pm EDT)
May 25 - Day one in the books -  Loretto strong in debut ... Summitt wins opener ... Spring Hill tops Milan in opener ... Spring Fling is family affair for Lamms ... Scotts Hill dominates Gordonsville ...  Memphis Spring Fling roundup ... Greeneville falls in 10 innings ... Greeneville falls in opener ... Stewarts Creek tops Ravenwoood in opener ... Central Magnet wins first ever state tourney game ... Summitt hands Siegel loss ... Matthews tosses no hitter as Sevier wins ... CAK wins opener ... Farragut falls to Arlington in opener ...
May 23 - TSSAA State Tournament opens tomorrow!! High School Poll #5 - Pre State Tournament Poll is now online!  Big matchups on Day 1 - In Class A, 4 of the top 5 are in the bottom bracket as JCS, Goodpasture, Knox Grace and Forrest will beat each other up to get to the finals... In Class AA, look for CAK and defending champ CPA to battle it out for the bottom bracket while #1 Greeneville gets to see if it is truly #1 - Central Magnet and Spring Hill will try to break through after a few recent attempts... In AAA, While there are familiar names, like Farragut, Collierville and recent upstarts like Ravenwood and Arlington, the story of this class is the newbie's - Stewarts Creek, Summitt and Sevier Co. make up 3/4's of the upper bracket as first timers... in D2A, the only thing for certain is to expect something crazy to happen. This bracket is usually filled with at least 2 upsets along the way to the finals... look for Harding to win, but as I said... in D2AA expect an all out war - all 4 teams have some superb pitching, so it will come down to timely hitting and least mistakes IMHO... to me it's a tossup between Brothers and McCallie... NAIA World Series Bracket TN Wesleyan gets the #2 seed and a bye until Saturday... SEC Baseball Awards ...
May 19 -NAIA Opening Round at Kingsport (keep up with TN Wesleyan's run here)... TWC is in the finals undefeated... NAIA Opening Round in Savannah, GA (follow Freed Hardeman here) FHU in loser's bracket  ... Region Finals Nuggets - Collin Baber's grand slam blew open a close game as Rossview beat Gallatin 14-8... Grace Christian put away district foe Meigs Co. 5-3, the fifth straight win over Meigs this year... Greeneville won their first ever region title with a 7-2 win over Chuckey-Doak... Farragut trailed 5-1 heading to the bottom of the 7th as Powell had jumped out 5-0 after 4 innings of play. Farragut took advantage of an error, three walks and a bloop single before John Painter's chopper down the 3b line won it... Farragut did not have a hit til the 5th inning... CAK used a couple of walks and a controversial play on a squeeze bunt as they beat Knox Catholic 3-2 for the 2AA title. Junior first baseman Alex Osborne went 3-for-3 with two rbi... Bradley rips Rhea ... Siegel wins first 4AAA region title ... TCCAA East Central District Tournament: Tournament Bracket ... Darton falls to Walters in opener ...Offense explodes as Dyersburg St wins big ...
May 17 - Hurricanes sink Tribe ...  Greeneville finaly knocks off South ... Boyd Buchanan fights back to win ... Bradley squeaks by Cookeville ... CCS falls in 11th ... Gillian tosses no hitter for Spring Hill ... Columbia falls to Siegel ... Summitt rolls ... Weathers, Loretto knock off Columbia Academy ... Dyersburg falls to Chester County ...  5th inning does Choctaws in ...  Morristown wipes away 20 years of regional frustration ... Siegel and SCreek will meet again in region finals ... GCA upsets Summertown ... Notes from Monday's Region Semifinal action: Rhea County's (22-13) Braxton Dieckhaus pitched a masterful game as Rhea County defeated Ooltewah 11-1. Dieckhaus improved to 13-2 with the win... Powell upset the defending AAA State Champ, HVA, 2-1 as Peyton Alford had 15 K's in the road win... Panther, Noah Malicoat delivered a game-winning RBI single in the ninth for the win... Rossview and Mt Juliet were scoreless going into the fourth inning before the Hawks got 4 consecutive hits from Geno Avros, Bradley Wilson, David Bowman and Grey Epps, which gave Rossview a 2-0 lead. Rossview (26-12) scored another run in T7 after Avros was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded... Gallatin (20-10) made the most of their first regional appearance since 1998 beating Henry Co. 3-0. SR RHP James Rockwell struck out 12 batters... Wave catcher Bailey Russell had the big blow, a 5th inning 2 rbi single... Silverdale's Spencer Mossburg hit a 2 out 9th inning HR to deliver the Seahawks a 3-2 win over South Pittsburg... South Pitt was its own worst enemy, twice loading the bases with no outs and not scoring and making 4 errors... Peabody trailed 2-0 going into the B7 and scored 3 runs to win the game... Sr Landon Walker struck out 10 as Milan won 5-1...
May 16 - Congratulations to Dyersburg State CC who defeated Walters State in the finals of the TCCAA/Region 7 tournament in Columbia on Thursday - Eagles win first title in school history - both teams advance to the East Central District tourney vs two Georgia ball clubs beginning on Wednesday - WSCC will play Darton St CC at noon on Wednesday and DSCC will play South Georgia CC at 3:30edt on Wednesday at Darton St CC. You can watch the games online at JockJivesSports.com, click on the Darton State Athletics link... the TSSAA Regional Tournament starts today with finals set for Wednesday - Monday is one and done day - must win to stay alive - We have posted our 4th HS Poll of 2016 ... Missed chances cost Tribe in 1AAA final ... Sullivan South no hits Unicoi, but loses 2-0 in 1AA final ...The brotherhood of Raiders ... Columbia reaches Region semi's for 7th consecutive season ... Hardin Valley wins 4AAA to advance to region ... Farragut clinches another region berth ... Siegel stops Stewarts Creek for 7AAA title ... among HS games today of interest - Farragut vs Karns, Morristown East vs Dobyns-Bennett, Stewarts Creek advances for first time to regional to take on Lincoln Co., Gallatin makes first regional appearance in 18 years vs Henry Co., CPA vs Lewis County, Signal Mountain vs Central Magnet, Loretto vs Columbia Academy, Boyd Buchanan vs Marion County and the Forrest vs East Robertson game is intriguing as the Indians have some pitching - should be a exciting day of HS baseball -
May 12 - TCCAA Update: Columbia St eliminates SW 15-2; Jackson eliminates Motlow 9-1; Walters eliminates Jackson 15-3; Columbia vs Dyersburg (5-3 Dburg in 6th)... Walters in championship game tomorrow if Dyersburg wins, if Columbia wins title game will be Friday ... AAC Tournament Central - Day 2/ Day of upsets ... GMAC Tournament Central (Trevecca) ... Trevecca wins 3-1 - box scores/recaps on GMAC page ... Quick strike Tribe mash Toppers  ... Toppers stave off elimination, win on walk off ...  Boyd Buchanan wins 5A ... Signal Mtn wins 7AA ... Hixson wins 6AA ... Bradley wins 5AAA ... Spring Hill tops Page, advances to final (Raiders beat CPA 3-1 last night for title) ... Cougars end DC run at top of 13AAA ... Trojans fall to Milan in 13AA title game ... Unicoi tops Rebels, force the "if" game for title ...  East tops West 8-7, advances to 2AAA title game ... Siegel beats SCreek for 7AAA title ... Henry tops NE 1-0 in 9 innings in 10AAA ...Community elimnated in 9A ...  Gallatin falls to Mt. Juliet in 9AAA title game ...  BGA advances in D2A ... Summitt takes game one in 11AAA title series (Ravenwood bounces back to take game 2, story when available) title game on Thursday  ...
May 9 - Check Twitter feed above for the most up to date and timely info on scores and articles - info comes in fast this time of year!! TCCAA Region 7 Scores - Play In Games: Motlow St 15 Volunteer St 13, Vol eliminated... Southwest TN 10 Roane St 9, Roane eliminated...
TCCAA/NJCAA State/Region 7 Tournament Preview - Starts Sunday at Columbia State CC
Tournament Website Link           Tournament Bracket
The Coaches were asked to comment on their season and upcoming tourney:
Ryan Hunt/Vol State: 'The season thus far has been a tale of two halves. We started out pretty well and continued until about the second weekend in conference. Since then we have not been a very good team. Our starting pitching has been overall pretty good all season. Other areas of our game has been very suspect especially offensively. This program has been through a lot this year but we can no longer you that as a excuse. It's tournament time and anything can happen. We will see if we can pick ourselves up and compete in this tournament starting Sunday when we play Motlow. It's time to stop with all the excuses and either put up or shut up. We will see what happens...'
Ty Malik/Jackson State: "We are looking ahead to the new season.  I think the tournament will bring a new vigor and sense of urgency that we have lacked since the start of the regular season.  With a renewed focus, I am looking forward to seeing what we could be.  Our first test will be Cleveland, a team that won the series against us in the regular season but I feel was tightly contested.  They pitched it well against us and got some timely hits.  Hopefully we can reverse what happened in the regular season."
Robert White/Dyersburg State: 'This season has been a good one for the Eagles.  We have won or swept all but our first series.  That says a lot about the character of this team to bounce back from a 9-7 start early on and finish the regular season 33-11.  The TCCAA was once again very strongÖ..lots of talent on pretty much every roster. As far as being successful in the tournament goes, we must get solid starts from our pitching staff.  Whoever hangs around until Wednesday will be deep into their staff and thatís when things get interesting! "
Mike Corn/Columbia State: "The Chargers have been consistently inconsistent.  Luckily, the tournament is not about a consistent level of play.  It is about getting hot for five days.  We have only lost two series all year but dropping games to the dreaded ďbig inningĒ has prevented us from having better showing so far.  Pitching depth will play a huge role in the tournament as always.  Hopefully having ten guys with double digit appearances will pay off of us next week.  Additionally, we should have very fresh arms since no one has thrown over about 55 innings this year.  The tournament is always a great atmosphere and Bill Marbet will guarantee that Southern Athletic Fields will have the surface in top notch shape.  Letís pray for good weather and healthy competition."
Dave Shelton/Walters State: "I canít believe the regular season is over already. Itís amazing how it flies by. Early in the season we were 13-8 at one point and had lost five 1-run games, and we were more of a team that found ways to lose games than we were a team that found ways to win. But down the stretch our guys really did a great job overcoming some of the things that were causing us to lose those games early, and we really had some clutch performances by many different members of the team. Having a large group of sophomores, you kind of expect them to be better at finding ways to win and coming through in the games are on the line. With the post-season now upon us, everything is wiped clean. And trying to win our TCCAA Tournament is one of the toughest tournaments in the country to try to win. Every game is a dogfight, and in order to win it, your team really has to rise to the occasion and perform even better than they did in the regular season, because everyone if fighting for their postseason lives. Itís always such an exciting tournament because our league is so tough top to bottom that anyone can beat anyone else on any given day. And this year is going to be no different. Will be a fun week in Columbia thatís for sure. "
Aaron Bryant/Cleveland State: "Really feel like we have had a great season. Excited to finish 3rd is an understatement, we've had a rough go at it for a few years. These guys have some fight to them that has kept us in a lot more games. Pitching and defense have been a highlight and our offense has found a way to put up runs when needed. Strikes over stuff always plays in this game, we couldn't have been more evident of that this season on the mound. Any given day this club can line up. Think we can be as competitive as anybody going into tournament. This is a great conference, lot of teams this year could make a long postseason run.  Hopefully we are playing on Thursday for a chance to move on. One game at a time."
Zach Sterner/Roane State:
Dan McShea/Motlow State:
George Sykes/Southwest TN:
Greg Dennis/Chattanooga State:
May 7/8 - Unicoi escapes with 5-4 win over North ...Trojans top Owls 11-3 .. South rallies to down Happy Valley ... East knocks off Betsy ... Blevins walkoff lifts Bucs ... check Twitter feed above - many stories can be read on Twitter that aren't available without subscription online ...
May 6 - a little late with this, busy busy week - TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Corey Herndon of Columbia State CC. Corey tossed a 7 inning CG shutout, striking out 5 batters and allowing 7 hits... TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Devin Gardner of Cleveland State CC. Gardner went 9-13, scored 3 times, had a double, triple and 2 HR and 10 rbi... Walters State's Ramon Osuna had a similar performance going 6-10 with 3HR and 10rbi... both great performances... SSAC Tourney Info Bethel vs Martin 10am/loser is out ... AMC Tourney info (Freed Hardeman 11am today) ...MSC Tourney info (Cumberland plays today at 4:30 in Bowling Green, KY) ... Walker Valley stays alive, wins in 10 ...Hurricanes whip McMinn County 9-1 ...  Spring Hill wins opener ... Columbia beats Coffee in opener ...  Trojans fall in first round of 13AA tourney ... Choctaws hang on for first win ever over Arlington ...
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 ... Curtis 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 rťsumť 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) ... Cumberland advances to final four of Mid South Tourney in Bowling Green, KY on Friday ...
May 1/2 - SAC Tournament Central ... SEC Sunday scores/recaps ... OVC - 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 ... Trojans defeat Crockett Co. in district finale ... Choctaws fall 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 High School 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 ... Cumberland advances in Mid South tourney ... Cumberland 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 on Sunday...
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 Cornís Chargers have had an up-and-down season but we look for them to be mostly ďupĒ 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 winÖ..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 to."
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 ... Dyersburg falls 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 ... Choctaws beat Kennett (MO) ... Dyersburg 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 LMU ...
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 McSheaís 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 be defensive."
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.  Itís 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 series."
Walters v Jackson
Walters HC Dave Shelton had this to say about the series, "Last 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 donít 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 canít give them extra opportunities with errors and walks. Hopefully our guys will rise to the occasion."
General HC Ty Malik added, "It is always a daunting task to Walters.  Itís even harder when you are in a must-win situation.  Itís going to be a difficult task to find a way to score on a team that strikes out over a hitter an inningÖas 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 competitive.
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 causeÖ 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 ... Shelbyville tops Franklin Co. ...Luck goes Champs way ... Forrest run 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 6-9, 4 HR, 2b, 3b, 5R, 8RBI, 3 BB. Had walk-off 2 out RBIís 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 arenít 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 respond."
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 ďstarting-to-get-hotĒ 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 compete well."
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 donít 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 couldnít take advantage of which will hurt you against the top team in the Conference. Coach Whiteís 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 competitive series."
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 staffís 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 weekend."
April 14 - Lenoir City picks up first win ... Bradley shuts down Soddy Daisy ... Hixson clinches 6AA ... Dyersburg 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 ... Choctaws 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 Shelbyville ... Toppers take two in Pigeon Forge ... Dyersburg falls to Ripley 4-2 ... DB goes 3-1 in DeMarini Classic ... Spencer GW aids Silverdale win on birthday ... D1 Baseball - 10 Thoughts on Saturday ... 10 Thoughts Friday ...
April 7 - #8 Tennessee Wesleyan beats #1 Georgia Gwinnett ... Choctaws fall to Munford in 13 innings ... Obion sweeps Dyersburg ... 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 ... Community tops Fayetteville 6-2 ... BE SURE TO CHECK TWITTER FEED FOR MORE ARTICLE LINKS - MOST PAPERS ALLOW ALL ARTICLES TO BE READ FROM TWITTER (NO LIMITS) 
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.  Tysonís 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 pitchers."
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 itís 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 for position."
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 teams!"
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 couldnít 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 isnít 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 with them."
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 arenít 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 havenít 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 weekís trip to Gallatin, I canít 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 contestsÖwe 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 three.
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 ... Marshall County completes sweep at Giles ... Lions 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 - TBR HS 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 ... Dyer County 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
TCCAA Standings Conf O'all
Walters State CC 8-1 24-9
Dyersburg State CC 7-2 16-8
Cleveland State CC 8-4 17-11
Chattanooga State CC 8-4 19-7
Jackson State CC 6-6 23-13
Columbia State CC 5-7 16-15
Roane State CC 5-7 16-10
Volunteer State CC 4-8 14-14
Motlow State CC 3-9 13-22
Southwest TN CC 3-9 5-28
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 team right."
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 series!"
 
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 ... Bees 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 openers ... 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 ... Choctaws beat JCS ... 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 ... Tullahoma beats Shelbyville ... 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 Jonesboro ...
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 ... Kickapoo drop 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 ... Commandos take advantage of opportunities ... Champs answer challenge ... Community falls to Forrest ... 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 ďmiddle of the seasonĒ 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. Poliís 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: Games have been moved to a Single 9 on Friday starting @2PM EST and Saturday will be a DH first pitch @12PM EST.
Raider 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 race."
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 arenít 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. We know 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 ... Dyersburg gets 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 Park ... 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 - Baseball America - Vandy - Miss. St preview ... White House holds off Heritage ... Raiders rally past Eagles ... 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 ... Trojans bounce 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 donít 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 bats."

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 couldnít 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 thatís 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 didnít make any errors all weekend, we didnít have any strikeouts with runners in scoring position, and we didnít 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. This 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 weekend."

Jackson vs Columbia - Columbia travels to Jackson in hopes of coming up with a path to consistent success. Coach Corn told us, "Weíre not sure if we are going to play Jackson State or the í56 Yankees after looking at the first TCCAA statistical report.  I have never seen such offensive dominance in the BBCOR era as Coach Malikís 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.  This 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 ...  Dyersburg falls 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 updated -
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 TBR Facebook page ... 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 matchup. "We 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.  Zackís 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. This weekend 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.  Iím 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 Dyersburg.

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 donít 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 ... FHU 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 ... Live 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 itís a matter of time before things start clicking. I feel we have played a challenging schedule and it has us prepared for conference play. Chattanooga is off to a red-hot start and Greg has his guys playing extremely well. Coach Dennis has a knack for winningÖ..thereís no other way to put it!  I know nothing about Chattís team, but I know Gregís 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 canít 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."  

Sterner added, "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 weather!!!!"

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 Chargers: " It's hard to believe itís 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 isnít a phase of the game that we donít 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 ďgetting the kinks outĒ so to speak, and not an example of what kind of team we really are."

Shelton added, "And so Conference play begins, and we get Columbia State right out of the gate. Not exactly the opponent you want when youíre struggling, as facing the Chargers can put you in a slump by themselves. And talking with ole Michael ďLou HoltzĒ Corn at Columbia, one would think he were coaching the Bad News Bears. But his Jedi mind tricks wonít 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 donít 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 Daveís Senators.    The recipe for us to compete this weekend will be one that includes the prevention of that big inning.  Walterís 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 donít know if we have ever been a bigger underdog.  We look forward to the daunting opportunity that lay before us."

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 donít 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 the conference."

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 ...  FHU's Gutske named AMC POW ... Maryville's 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 TEAM PREVIEW FORMS  
February 19 - D1 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: "Arkansasí 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 career...
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 ... BA 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 timely fashion...
February 14/15 - Langers blast salvages finale for Phoenix ... Bethel sweeps Olivet ... 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 ... CBU blanks 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...  Bethel splits 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 - The Senators 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 Calhoun 0 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: Sycamore... 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... Centennial 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... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMPV1EwOHoQ - 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 Series
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 ...UTM 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 roberthaggerty@ucwv.edu
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!
May 30

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 round 10...

Round Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Round 10
Play at least 1 MLB game 205-310 66% 135-266 51% 102-260 39% 84-261 32% 73-261 28% 71-260 27% 63-260 24% 57-260  22% 62-260 24% 42-260 16%
Play 500 games 79 - 25% 31 - 12% 29 - 11% 19 - 7% 22 - 8% 26 - 10% 12 - 5% 20 - 8% 13 - 5% 10 - 4%

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MLB Draft History Part 1: The 60's

The MLB Draft started in 1965. Twenty teams drafted players and there were 10 rounds of the draft. Of the first 5 years of the draft, this draft had the most players reach the major leagues and play at least part of one year. 68 of 200 draftee's made the big leagues at some point of their career. 13 of the first round picks played in the show.  In '66, 51 of 200 players made it. In '67 only 43 players made the MLB, while in '68 the number bounced back up to a second overall with 57 players eventually playing major league baseball. The fifth year of the draft, 1969, saw 51 players make the MLB. Below is a breakdown by round of the players who played big league ball at some point in their career for at least part of a year.  These are statistics from the June Regular draft. In the beginning of the draft MLB had 4 drafts - January Regular, January Secondary, June Regular and June Secondary. The numbers reflect the players who signed when drafted. The player is credited in the year in which they signed to play - if they were drafted more than once, which some were - we didn't count the player twice. Also, the draft actually went more than 50 rounds, but I cut my research off at 50.  After the first round, the chances of becoming a MLB player fall off significantly... as I reveal the 70's, 80's, and 90's you will see the overwhelming evidence of this...
Year/Round 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 60's Total % MLB by Rd
  # of Players who made the MLB for at least a cup of coffee/Total # Drafted  
1 10 11 12 9 16 65/104 62.5 - 1:1.6
2 6 5 7 7 8 37/104 35.5 - 1:2.8
3 4 2 4 5 10 33/104 31.7
4 7 3 4 3 5 30/108 27.7
5 4 6 5 5 5 30/108 27.7
6 5 2 2 2 7 23/108 21.3
7 3 2 0 7 3 17/108 15.7 - 1:6.4
8 1 2 0 3 4 14/108 13.0 - 1:7.7
9 2 2 1 3 1* 14/108 13.0
10 4 1 1 4 2 17/108 15.7
1-10 total 46/200 36/200 36/200 48/228 51/238 280/1068 1:3.8
1-10 % 23% 18% 18% 21.1% 21.4% 26.2%  
11 2 2 3 5 1 13  
12 1** 2 0 1 2 6  
13 0 1 1 0 0 2  
14 0 1 0 3 1 5  
15 3 1 2 0 1 7  
16 2 2 0 2 3 9  
17 1 2 0 0 1 4  
18 3 3 0 3 1 10  
19 0 0 0 1 2 3  
20 3 2 3 0 2 10  
11-20 Total 15/200 16/199 9/200 15/237 14/240 69/1076 1:15.6
11-20 % 7.5% 8% 4.5% 6.3% 5.8% 6.4%  
21 3 0 0 1 2 6  
22 2 1 0 2 1 6  
23 0 0 0 1 0 1  
24 1 0 1 0 1 3  
25 1 1 0 1 1 4  
26 0 0 1 2^ 0 3  
27 1 1 0 0 1*** 3  
28 1 0 1 0 0 2  
29 0 0 1 0 1 2  
30 1 0 0 0 0 1  
21-30 Total 10/176 3/191 3/183 7/220 7/234 31/1004 1:32.4
21-30 % 5.7% 1.6% 1.6% 3.2% 3.0% 3.1%  
31-40 5/129 3.9% 8/142 4% 5/160^^ 3.1% 4/144 2.8% 6/175 3.4% 28/750 3.7% 1:26.8
41-50 4/64 6.3% 2/66 3% 4/124 3.2% 0/60 0% 3/87 3.4% 13/407 3.2% 1:31.3
Totals 80/739 80/808 57/867 74/889 81/974 421/4305  
Overall % 10.8% 9.9% 6.7% 8.3% 8.3% 9.8%  
Notable draft picks from 60's
*- Bucky Dent **-Nolan Ryan ***-Ken Griffey ^- Bob Forsch ^^ Mike Marshall 37th round
In 1965 TN had 14 players drafted that were either from TN or played at a TN school. Of these, only one, Clyde Wright made the big leagues. Wright, who played at Carson-Newman College, was drafted in the 6th round, 107th overall. Wright pitched in 9 seasons of MLB, mainly for the California Angels.
TN only had 5 draftee's in 1966, none of which ever played MLB.
In '67, 18 players were drafted from TN schools. Two players, 2nd round pick David Sells of Sullivan South HS. Sells played parts of 5 seasons with California and the LA Dodgers. That same year, Sam Ewing of Overton HS was picked in the 45th round. Ewing played parts of 4 seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Toronto. Ewing was the lowest TN pick in the 60's to ever make the big leagues. Ewing left for pro ball in '71 when he was drafted in the January Secondary.
1968 saw three TN draft picks find big league diamonds. Wayne Garland (Cohn HS/5th round), Ross Grimsley (Frayser HS/8th) and Mike Willis (Hillsboro HS/25th round). TN also had a June Secondary draftee, Ed Goodson of ETSU, drafted as the third pick of the draft who played big league ball. Garland and Grimsley did not sign in '68. Both were drafted again in 1969 and signed.
In '69, other than Garland and Grimsley, TN had 19 players drafted total. None of these guys ever played an inning. Among the drafted was future Motlow State skipper, Don Rhoton.  The lowest ever draft pick to play in the big leagues from the 60's was drafted in 1969 - 75th round/1026 overall - Al Cowens... Cowens played 13 seasons with KC Royals, Detroit, California and Seattle. Interestingly enough, Nashville native, Butch Stinson was drafted from Cohn HS in the 75th round but did not sign.

 

   MLB Draft Part II: The 70's

Year/Round 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 70's Total % MLB by Rd
# of Players who made it to the MLB for at least a cup of coffee / # Drafted total
1 10 15 14 15 17 12 14 14 14 15 140/246 56.9
2 8 10 9 7 13 8 9* 11 11 11 95/246 38.6
3 5 9 8 13 7 9 8 8 11 13 91/246 37.0
4 4 4 7 1 7 6^ 7 9 10 8 63/246 25.6
5 6 7 5 8 6 8 8# 10 7 7 72/246 29.3
6 6 3 7 5 4& 7 6 6 8 5 57/246 23.2
7 4 9 3 3 9 3 7 6 5 7 56/246 22.8
8 6** 3 4 7 5 2 5 4 5 2 43/246 17.5
9 4 3 5 3 3 6 5 5 3 5 42/246 17.1
10 5 3 5 3 6 5 1 4 3 6 41/246 16.7
1-10 total 58/240 66/240 54/240 65/240 77/240 66/240 72/240 77/135/260 77/260 86/260 698/2460  
1-10 % 24.2% 27.5% 22.5% 27.1% 32.1% 27.5% 30.0% 29.6% 29.6% 33.1% 28.4%  
11 4 4 4 1 1 3 5 5 8 5 40/246 16.3
12 2 4 5 2 5 4 7 3 3 4 39/246 15.8
13 2 3 3 4 2 1 3 2 1 4 25/246 10.2
14 4 2 4 1 4 4 3 5 6 1 19/246 7.7
15 3 1 4 2 3 2! 3 4 4 3 29/246 11.8
16 0 0 4 1 3 4 4 1 6 5 28/246 11.4
17 2 2 4 2 0 2 4@ 5 4^^^ 4 29/246 11.8
18 4 0 2 4 4 2 3 4 4 1 28/246 11.4
19 2 3 2 1 4 4 1 3 3 1 24/246 9.8
20 2 0 3 0 1 2 1 4 2 4 19/246 7.7
11-20 Total 25/240 19/240 33/240 18/240 27/240 28/240 34/240 36/260 41/260 32/260 293/2460 0
11-20 % 10.4% 7.9% 13.8% 7.5% 11.3% 11.7% 14.2% 13.8% 15.7% 12.3% 11.9% 0
21 2 1 2 4 0 4 3 1 4 0 21/246 8.5
22 2 1 3 1 2 5 2 5 1 1 23/246 9.3
23 2 4 1 2 1 4 2 4 2 4 26/246 10.6
24 1 0 4 0 1 0 2 2 4 1 15/246 6.1
25 2 1 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 3 14/246 5.7
26 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 2 1 3 14/246 5.7
27 2 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 3 3 15/246 6.1
28 1 0 2 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 10/246 4.1
29 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 3 4 15/246 6.1
30 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 10/246 4.1
21-30 Total 16/240 11/240 17/240 13/240 12/240 18/240 15/240 19/260 21/260 25/260 167/2460 0
21-30 % 6.7% 4.6% 7.1% 5.4% 5.0% 7.7% 6.3% 7.3% 8.1% 9.6% 6.9% 3.1%
31-40 4/135 2.9% 7/101 6.9% 4/98 4.1% 3/61 4.9% 5/70 7.1% 3/30 10% 5/53 9.4% 3/63 4.8% 3/69 4.3% 8/107 7.5% 45/787 5.7
41-50 0/53 0% 1/23 4.3% 0/19 0% 2/25 8% 0/2 0% 0/0 0/0 0/2 0% 1/15 7% 1/11 9.1% 5/150 3.3
Totals 103/908 104/844 108/837 101/806 121/792 115/750 126/773 135/845 143/864 152/898 1208/8317  
Overall % 11.3 % 12.3% 12.9% 12.5% 15.3% 15.3% 16.3% 16% 16.6% 16.9% 14.5  
TN MLB/Drafted 2/13 5/22 1/21 0/22 4/19 3/23 2/20 3/16 2/13 2/17 24/186 12.9
Top TN Pick by Year
1970 - Eddie Sherlin/Gallatin HS  4th Rd/#85
1971 - Larry Herndon/Douglas HS (Memphis) 3rd Rd/#54 (MLB)
1972 - Bobby Goodman/Bishop Byrne HS (Memphis) 1st Rd/#5
1973 - Butch Stinson/Lipscomb U 7th Rd/#143
1974 - Ted Shipley/Vanderbilt U 1st Rd/#14
1975 - Bo McLaughlin/Lipscomb U 1st Rd/#14 (MLB)
1976 - Dom Chiti/Raliegh Egypt HS (Memphis) 2nd Rd/#27
1977 - Scott Sanderson/Vanderbilt U 3rd Rd/#54
1978 - Michael Taylor/Columbia State CC 3rd Rd/#62
1979 - Atlee Hammaker/ETSU 1st Rd/#21  (MLB)
 
Other Notable Draftee's
Charlie Lea drafted 4 times - 1975 June Reg 15/342, 1976 June Sec 2/37, 1977 Jan Sec 4/61, 1978 June Reg 3/62*
* - 1976 2nd Round: #27 Dom Chiti RHP Raliegh Egypt HS  (Memphis, TN)
^-1975 4th Round: #93 Mike Wright SS Father Ryan HS  (Nashville, TN)
#- 1976 5th Round: # 118 Mike Smithson RHP UT(Hickman Co. HS)
&- 1974 6th Round: #131 Eddie (Ed) Whitson RHP Unicoi Co. HS  (Erwin, TN)
**- 1970 8th Round: # 171 Phil Garner IF  UT (Bearden HS) (Knoxville, TN)
!- 1975 15th Round: #342 Charlie Lea LHP  Kingsbury HS (Memphis, TN)
@- 1976 17th Round: #405 Rick Honeycutt UT (Chattanooga, TN)
^^^- 1978 17th Round: #431 Mark Smith David Lipscomb HS (Nashville, TN)
 

 

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