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Next HS Poll will be out May 7/Record at end of the regular season
|April 17 - Remember to check the Twitter feed above for updates throughout each day for updates on games and interesting stuff - Vols drop opener at UK 5-0 ... Vandy mashes South Carolina 12-0 ... Smyrna wins 4th straight ... Central Magnet pitcher ambidextrous ... Henry Co. rallies to top NE ... Barlow one hitter leads Choctaws to win ... Westview tops Dyersburg in 13AA ... Ravenwood splits with Indy ... Webster mashes, Columbia splits with Shelbville ... CAK tightens grip on district race ...|
|TCCAA Week 8 Preview|
Chattanooga State @ Motlow State – Tiger HC Greg Dennis is looking for some consistency heading into the Region 7 tourney. “We are heading to Motlow this weekend and have certainly, over the years, had a bunch of rough outings there. I am sure Coach McShea is preaching ‘Get hot at the right time’ much like they did last year and that makes them a difficult team to gauge. We have had our struggles on the road and while winning the series was big last weekend at home we are only as good as our NEXT series and this one promises to be difficult,” added Dennis. Motlow's Dan McShea usually gets his team rolling by end of April. Last year the Bucks got on a roll and made a huge run in the tourney to earn a berth to the East Central District round. “Coach Dennis and his staff have put together another very talented team. They have been playing well all year and I expect they will be very disciplined and execute well as they always do. We must eliminate the big inning defensively. We have had issues with this all year long and it has continued to plague us at the end of games. Our focus needs to be to play solid defense and pitch well. Chattanooga is very talented on the mound so we have to limit how many runs we give them.”
Cleveland State @ Dyersburg State – This series will help determine some seeding for the tourney so it is important for both clubs to win. Asst. HC Aaron Bryant told TBR, “Always an extremely difficult task for us to win a game in Dyersburg. Series has a lot of implications for the play-in round. Maybe the weather won't play a part and we can get all 3 games in. Will be a very high energy weekend. Hopefully we can match them at their place.” DSCC HC Robert White had this to say about the Wk 8 series, "Cleveland is a tough match-up for us. Mike always has a very athletic team that plays the game the right way. I know they have struggled at times this year, but you can throw that out the window this weekend. This is a make or break series for both teams. I look for the Cougars to come well prepared and play with a lot of intensity. We are gonna have to play solid in every phase…..up to this point we have been consistently inconsistent. We have to find a way, however it may be, to win this series! Should be a good one if the rain holds off!!!"
Volunteer State @ Roane State - Raider HC Zach Sterner had this to say about the series, "Coach Crossland and his tough scrappy squad with solid arms gets to travel to a wet Roane County this weekend. Coach Crossland I know has a couple solid arms on his staff and a few guys swinging a hot bat. Us on the other hand we have been struggling to find a rhythm to be consistent offensively and defensively. Offensively we have been getting guys on base just failing to execute with guys in scoring position. Our pitchers have to understand free bases makes for a higher ERA and less innings. We will have to play clean baseball to have a chance to compete in any of the 3 games."
Southwest TN @ Columbia State – Charger HC Mike Corn is trying to get ready for the upcoming Region 7 tournament and another run to Grand Junction, but there's a lot of ball left to play. “Coach Sykes has shown the ability to out coach us the past couple of years. He has gritty competitors that he systematically uses very wisely. You just never know what combination that you will get from the Salukis. It makes putting together a detailed scouting report very, very difficult. They just have so many weapons that can be interchanged throughout the game. Their style of coaching and play is extremely challenging. George is bringing to Columbia one of the top hitters and pitchers in the league individually and has them surrounded with excellent players on all sides. We will have our hands completely full without a doubt. In response to the weekend forecast, we will attempt the double header on Friday and the single 9 inning affair on Saturday. Hopefully our young men will be ready for the challenge that awaits us.” A man of few words, SW's George Sykes said, “Another weekend vs a tremendous competitive team lead by Coach Corn. Pitching will be as always the strong determining factor in the series.”
Walters State @ Jackson State – The Senators have basically plowed their way thru the conference schedule this year up until last week at Chattanooga. So the Sen's will be looking to straighten out the ship this weekend at Jackson. WSCC HC Dave Shelton said, “Jackson is rolling right now, having won 4 straight conference series and 9 of their last 12 conference games. They are a tough team anywhere, but they are really tough at home, as they have won every home conference series this year. They have one of the best offenses in the nation, and this weekend will be a huge challenge to our team and our pitching staff to go in there and compete with them. Hopefully our pitching staff can rise to the occasion and hold them down a little. If not, it will be a long weekend for the Senators.” The Generals as previously stated are tough at home and have put up some offensive numbers this season. HC Ty Malik told TBR, “Always fun playing a red hot Walters team, especially one who trying to answer back from the previous weekend. Dave has a great team again and this series could mean a ton for both teams. I hope we can show up and play the best series we have played all year to give us a chance. We will need to be mistake free to have a chance.”
|April 16 - Afternoon update - HS Polls are out...|
|April 15: TCCAA Player of the Week is Zach Phillips of Jackson State. Phillips went 7-13, scored 6 runs, had a double and 3 HR and 6 rbi ... TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Jake Miednik of Volunteer State. Miednik threw a 7 inning CG, allowing 3 hits and a run while striking out 9 batters.|
|April 13: TCCAA Box Scores ... TCCAA Scores ... Walters grabs a win at Chattanooga, Jackson completes sweep, Columbia wins series ... will add additional box scores by Tuesday at latest ... UNF takes series from Lipscomb ... Blue Raiders edge La Tech 3-2 ... Peay tops Belmont ... TTU wins 9-4 over Jacksonville State ... McCallie takes pair from Brentwood Academy ... East Hamilton win two to take own title ... CA sweeps Hickman Co. ... Columbia gets a pair of 2 run wins ... Cavs and Bees get Friday wins ...Lenoir City edges Greenback 7-6 ... Loudon perfect in 5AA ...|
|April 12: TCCAA Box Scores ... TCCAA Scores ... Chatt sweeps Walters wins series with one game left ... Jackson sweeps Roane, Volunteer wins series over Dburg, Columbia and Cleveland split a pair of games ... Southwest wins hard series with Motlow - Saturday D1 Scores and Recaps ... CN drops a pair of SAC games ... Offense breaks loose as LMU sweeps DH ... Tusculum splits pair with Brevard ... Lee sweeps North Alabama ... Pitching leads Cumberland to 3-1 win ... #14 Rhodes splits with #6 Birmingham Southern ... Maryville shuts out Emory/Henry ... Milligan splits pair of 1 run games with TN Wesleyan ... King splits with Erskine, wins series ...|
|April 11: TCCAA Scores - Southwest tops Motlow 13-5 ... Volunteer St 15 Dyersburg 4 ... all other series start Saturday ... Friday D1 Scores/Recaps ... Tusculum falls to Brevard 5-1 ... King tops Erskine 11-5 ... Brewton Parker tops Bethel in series opener ... Norris pitches Toronto to win over Yankees ... Upperman loses first game of season ... #Credo strikes again, Cavs beat Lebanon ... Dyer County tops JCS 6-2 ... Dyersburg ends skid with 9-3 win over Obion ... Mt. Juliet tops Farragut 5-0 ... Barkley's 8 rbi leads Crockett ... Cyclone's Richardson smiles thru life's adversity ... Hilltoppers edge Cyclones in pitcher's duel ... Champs shut out Huntland ... Giles Co. completes sweep of Marshall Co. ... Columbia Academy sweeps Cornersville ... Cumberland's Hunt issues challenge to team ... Jets drop pair of games to Warren County ...|
|April 9/10: Fulmer tosses CG with 14K as Vandy shuts out Ole Miss ... UT tops Missouri 5-2 ...|
|TCCAA Week 7 Preview:|
|Walters vs Chattanooga - Tiger HC Greg Dennis told TBR "We are currently struggling some on the road and hopefully playing at home will help some. We take on a “red-hot” Senators team that is rolling along towards a conference title. We will need to play solid defense and pitch it well, while slipping in a little opportunistic hitting in order to compete this weekend. Looking forward to the challenge!!" Senator HC Dave Shelton added, "Going down to Chattanooga State is always a challenging task. They always have a well-coached team that is solid in all phases of the game, and this year is no different. They are always at or near the top of the league in most statistical categories, both offensively and defensively. For us to go down there and compete this weekend, our pitching staff will need to be much better than is was last weekend. As a whole, we did a poor job of executing pitches, and were really lucky to come away with some wins. That luck will run out quickly unless we are able to make some adjustments."|
|Columbia vs Cleveland - Cougar Asst. HC Aaron Bryant told TBR, "Columbia is once again competing at a very high level. They have some of the best pitching in the league and playing against Coach Corn’s style of play can be tough. Mike always has his guys ready to play at a high level and we know we got our work cut out for us. We’ve had a good stretch of games as of late, winning 6 out of 7, and hopefully we can turn this thing around and get going at the right time." Charger Chief Mike Corn said, "Going to Cleveland this week is going to be a tough task. The Cougars boast one of the most powerful offenses in the country. I am anxious to see if our young arms respond after being exposed against Vol State last weekend. Offensively, The mixture for success and failure has not been very complex for us so far this season. When we put the ball in play, our tendency is to get our running game going, generate some pressure, and score runs. When we have a weak minded approach and extend the strike zone we really, really struggle to push runners across the dish. Coach Policastro will have a well-developed game plan as always. We will have to play our very best baseball if we want to compete for the series."|
|Jackson vs Roane - General HC Ty Malik told us, "Going to Roane is always tough, I know Zach has a few arms that can give us some fits. We will need to be better on defense than we have been and not give them too many extra outs. That has been our Achilles heel all year. I know they are better than what their record says and will come out and play like it is opening weekend. We must show up each game to accomplish what we need to accomplish." Zack Sterner, HC of Roane State, added "Coach Tyson has his offense running full steam and I know they are preparing to travel with the intent win another series. We have to get back to playing clean baseball, pitching and hitting clicking at the same time, and having better 2 strike approaches. We strike out way to much and don't execute enough with runners in scoring position. It is a must to pitch well and limit free bases if we want to compete with Jackson."|
|Motlow vs Southwest - Motlow's Dan McShea shared his perspective with TBR saying, "There is a lot of room for movement in seeding for the tournament. This weekend will be a crucial weekend in trying to avoid a play in game for the tournament. We must play cleaner defensively and pitch better in order to try to win the series. It is time for us to put everything together and play well in all phases. Southwest will be talented and well coached and can beat you many ways so we just have to focus on what we need to do and execute. This should be another fun series." George Sykes of Southwest said, "Coach McShea always has a competitive team. It will be another weekend challenge."|
|Volunteer vs Dyersburg - DSCC HC Robert White told TBR, "Mike once again has a very talented group of guys. They will play with a lot of energy at home and we certainly have our hands full. Hopefully we can find a way to compete against the Pioneers. We must get another solid pitching effort to have a chance."|
April 8: Remember to check out our Twitter feed above on a daily
basis for all scores and story updates - follow us on Twitter @TNBballRprt
... This week's TCCAA Player of the Week is Zach Evers of
Jackson State. Evers went 9-12, scored 8 runs, drove in 7 on a
double and 4 HR and stole two bases. His teammate which deserves
mention, Zach Phillips went 5-10, scored 6 runs, drove in 7 on a
double and 3 HR and stole a base was almost just as good. Great
series by both young men ... Jake Wyrick of Cleveland State won
the TCCAA Week 6 Pitcher of the Week pitching a complete 7
inning game, allowing 1 unearned run on just 3 hits and striking
out 11 batters. Congrats to Jake! HUDSON, N.C. — The quartet of
Ross Grosvenor, Ramon Osuna, Elijah Helton and Kyle Wilson kept
their red-hot pace going Wednesday, and in turn, it kept the
torrid streak of success alive for the fourth ranked Walters
Grosvenor ripped four hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs, while Osuna, Helton and Wilson each delivered three hits with Osuna clubbing a two-run round tripper in leading the Senators to a 14-3 victory over Catawba Valley in eight innings at South Caldwell High School. Walters State briefly trailed by a run after three innings, but a three-run homer by Grosvenor in the fourth inning and a two-run shot from Osuna in the sixth helped put the Red Hawks away. With the win, the Senators have won 27 straight games to improve to 38-5 on the season, and they have gone 39 days without a loss dating back to Feb. 28...Lookouts cruise past Chatt State 8-0 ... McCallie blanks Bradley 7-0 ... Etter leads Signal past Notre Dame ... CCS wins 4-0 over Sequatchie ... Jackson Co. sweeps Monterey in twinbill ... Bees blast Cannon County ... Davis answers call for Lions ..South Gibson tops Dyersburg ... Rymer fires Canes by Sevier on Monday ... Sevier Co. ends MoEast streak on Tuesday ... Champs rally falls short, Spring Hill wins 3-2 ... Marshall Co. beats Tullahoma 4-3 ... Eagleville ends Cornersville win streak ... Bucs surge past Gallatin ... Commando's rally past Portland ...
|April 5: TCCAA Week 6 Box Scores ... Week 6 TCCAA Scores ... Dyersburg finishes sweep of Roane in two tight games ... Vandy hangs on to beat Georgia ... Middle evens series with win over Rice 7-4 ... Belmont wins in 10 innings ... UT-Martin wins finale vs EKU ... Tennessee tops Ole Miss, evens series ... RED Hot CN Eagles complete sweep ... LMU gets Senior Day sweep ... Tusculum drops pair to Coker ... #11 Rhodes drops pair ... Flames split with Delta State ... Milligan completes sweep of Bryan ... Union sweeps Christian Bros, wins series ... Walk off single gives Redhawks win over Bellhaven ... King splits at Limestone ... Faulkner completes sweep of Bethel ...|
|April 4: TCCAA Week 6 Box Scores ... Week 6 TCCAA Scores ... Dyersburg took game one over Roane 13-7 ... Walters uses long ball to rally for win... Columbia wins, takes series ... Motlow rallies to top Cleveland 9-8 ... Chattanooga takes game 3 with big offensive output ... NCAA D1 Scores/Recaps ... CN Eagles win in walk off fashion ... Tuscululm mashes Coker 10-3 ... Flames let one get away ...#11 Rhodes rallies to win again ... Maryville sweeps NC Wesleyan ... TN Wesleyan wins 13-1 ... Trojans destroy Davis & Elkins ... Union falls to Christian Bros in game one ... Bethel falls to #1 Faulkner in SSAC play ... Milligan hangs on to beat Bryan 7-6 ... Martin Methodist splits DH with Bellhaven on road ... Ridgeland GA Field Upgrades ... Boyd Bucs erupt in fifth, beat LV ... Parker dropped full ride to Bama to become a doctor, it's paying off ... Franklin Co. put Lion bats to sleep ... Dyersburg splits at Easter Slam ... East tops Grainger 7-3 ... West run rules South Doyle ... Price tosses one hitter, Shelbyville sits atop 8AAA ... Page tops Cascade in extra frames ... Marshall Co. tops CPA 5-2 ... Canes top Cocke Co. with 7th inning rally ... Stone Memorial tops Monterey ... Rhea Co. rallies to beat Cumberland County ... UPdate finished|
|April 3: TCCAA Week 6 Box Scores ... Week 6 TCCAA Scores ... Walters takes pair from SW, Volunteer splits with Columbia on the road, Jackson offense explodes in sweep of Chatt, Cleveland gets sweep at Motlow ... Read Twitter feed above throughout day for updates and HS scores|
April 2: The first
School State Polls are out!
Tennessee tops ASU 7-4 ...
Vandy home runs propel win over Wofford ...
TCCAA Week 6 Series Preview:
Volunteer St @ Columbia St - Thur 3pm/Fri Noon Columbia's Mike Corn on this weekend: “What a weekend series matchup we have in Columbia! Vol State always has one of the best teams we play year in and year out. Coach Crossland and Coach Gaskill will certainly have the Pioneers firing on all cylinders for our three game set. We continued to be troubled by our inability to put good swings on left-handed pitching so this could spell trouble for the green team. Mike could easily come at us with three lefties. With everyone at the mid-point or beyond of their season schedule, teams are rounding into their real identity. Vol is playing well and so are we. It should be three great baseball games.” Pioneer skipper on this week's challenge: "We are going to a very tough Columbia team that is red hot in conference play. We must continue to improve in all phases as we have done over the last few weeks. Obviously, Columbia poses a lot of problems for us and it starts with their weekend arms and we are very aware of that. Mike will have his guys ready to play as always and it should be a very competitive series. Aristophanes once said “ The wise learn many things from their enemies.”
Chattanooga St @ Jackson St - Thur 2pm/Fri Noon General HC Ty Malik on this week's series: "Looking forward to having a quality team like Chattanooga come to Jackson. Greg has put together another good team and they have put themselves in a good position so far. This is a big series for both teams with us both close to one another in the standings. Although, there is a long way to go. As usual I expect them to have quality starters on the mound for each game. I hope we can match them and play well this week. We had a good week of practice, I hope that will mean something." Tiger HC Greg Dennis added, "We are licking our wounds after a tough series in Millington and now we add on a most difficult place to play in Jackson. They have their usual really good offensive squad and a resiliency that shows itself at big times in games. Hopefully, we find a way to play better defense and pitch it well. We need to show up strong this weekend."
Roane St @ Dyersburg St - Thur 2pm/Fri Noon Raider HC Zach Sterner on the weekend series with the Eagles: "Going to Dyersburg is always tough. We had a fairley positive week going into this weekend. But again coach White always has a scrappy and competive teams and going to dyers is never easy. We gotta improve on every part of our game. Pitchers have to throw strikes and minimize free bases and hitters gave to get runners in scoring piston and be able to execute a situation."
Cleveland St @ Motlow St - Thur 2pm/ Fri Noon Cougar Asst. HC Aaron Bryant told TBR this about the series, "Another tough battle for us. Motlow is always difficult to play and especially when they are at home. Hope we can pitch and compete in this series." Motlow's Dan McShea had this to say, "The Motlow/Cleveland series has been a very exciting weekend for several years now. I expect nothing less this year. We need to be more consistent and play all phases of the game. We must continue to improve on the mound and must do better offensively on capitalizing on our chances to score. Coach Policastro and his staff always do a great job so we know we will see a talented and well coached team."
Southwest TN @ Walters St - Thur 1pm/Fri Noon SW skip George Sykes said, "Southwest will need to play very competitive in all game aspects against a very good WSCC team. Coach Shelton always has a strong team." Senator HC Dave Shelton told TBR this about the matchup with SW, "For the 3rd time in the last two years, Coach Sykes and Southwest travel to Morristown, and after last year I’m a little worried my pitchers might want to leave town. They averaged over 8 runs a game at our place last year in 6 games, nearly winning 4 of the 6 games. And here they are coming off a huge series win against Chattanooga State, so they are on a pretty good roll. We have been winning, but I feel like we have been making a ton of mistakes, and at some point that will catch up with us if we don’t change. To my guys defense, some idiot scheduled 20 games in 20 days so it’s not exactly like we have had a ton of practice time. So hopefully we will learn from the mistakes we are seeing in games and make adjustments on the fly."
|April 1: Norris named starter in Blue Jay MLB rotation ... TCCAA Week 5 Player of the Week - Columbia State Fr IF Ryan Kemp - Kemp went 6-11 scoring 2 runs, he had a double, triple and 7 rbi and 2 stolen bases ... TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Volunteer State So RHP Matt Payne - Payne threw a 9 inning complete game allowing 1 unearned run on 3 hits, striking out 4 batters ... D1 Scores and Recaps ... East Hamilton rallies to win ... Central hangs on to 7-6 win over Red Bank ... CCS takes 2nd win from Signal Mtn ... Lentz pitches CA past Culleoka ... Monterey errors costly ... Cavs cruise past Warriors ... Bee's stay unbeaten with walk off ... Outburst helps Cavs blast Oak Ridge ... Dyersburg overcomes Obion with 2 run rally ... Science Hill blanks Boone 11-0 ... Cyclones surprise Sullivan South ... MoWest 3 South Doyle 2 ... MoEast and West split games in SMI tourney ... Kyle Davidson's two out HR leads Community past Eagleville 2-1 ... Champs Gardner gets 2nd straight shutout ... Hendrix gets 500th win at HHS ... Looney no hits Hampshire ...|
|March 30: Vandy thumps Vols 14-3 ... Memphis tops ECU 4-2 to win series ... Lipscomb win series over Georgetown ...Middle does it again ... Belmont releases frustration in a BIG way ... Peay completes sweep of TTU ... Rhodes splits, wins series with Berry ...USJ wins Sports Plus Invitational ... Grissom AL rolls past Boyd Buchanan to take Pounder title ... Brown, Allison Bee no-hittin' people ... Walkoff give Dyersburg a positive end to week ... Arlington spoils Choctaw comeback ... Hardin Valley goes 4-1 in Louisville Slugger Classic ... Canes fall to Easley SC ... Errors cost Shelbyville in Warrior Classic ... Cascade claims third shutout of the week, beat Raiders ...|
|March 29: TCCAA Week 5 Box Scores ... TCCAA Scores ... Columbia escapes Roane ... Jackson steals a pair in Dyersburg ... Southwest wins first series ... Volunteer sweeps Motlow ... Walters keeps win streak going at 22 ... Tennessee uses two big innings to down Dores ... Memphis opens conference play with split ... Massey keys Lipscomb win ... Middle beats ODU, wins series ... Peay wins slugfest with Tech, 9-8 ... Massey's walk off double gives UT-M win over Belmont ... Bethel sweeps, Thompson gets 200th win ...CN sweeps Lenoir Rhyne ...Former CPA star, Brandon Jean, K's 10 in LMU's split ... Tusculum completes sweep of Anderson ... Flames hard luck losers in 2 extra inning losses ... Trevecca completes sweep ... Valdosta splits with Union ... Rhodes shuts out Berry ... check Twitter feed above for a bunch more scores from Saturday|
|March 27/28: TCCAA Week 5 Box Scores ... TCCAA Scores ... Walters, Columbia, Dyersburg, Volunteer and Southwest win today - Bears outlast CN 9-8 ... Bethel wins slugfest ... FHU splits twinbill ...King offense explodes in win ... Milligan rally falls short ... Torres tosses shutout, Tusculum wins ... Dores shut out Vols 9-0 ... Peay tops Tech 9-3 ... Blue Raiders top ODU in opener ... UT-Martin rallies to beat Belmont 7-4 ...|
March 26: TCCAA Week 5 Preview:
Chattanooga St (8-1) @ Southwest TN (3-5) – Fri 2:30pm/Sat 1pm - The Tigers have w on all three conference series they've played this spring after being snowed out the first weekend. They have had a knack for winning the close games which will be crucial as we head toward the second half of the season. Chatt HC Greg Dennis told TBR this about the SW series, “We are excited about making our THIRD consecutive trip over to Millington!! Coach Sykes is the consummate host and (former SWTCC coach ) Johnny Ray also makes us feel welcomed!! The Saluqis have played a ton of games compared to us and have been very good at times and will demand our complete attention and effort. Hopefully, the guys can come off of a very tightly played series against Cleveland State and compete at a high level on the road this weekend.” Saluqi HC George Sykes had this to say, “Chatt St has another highly regarded and well coached team. The pitching of each team will determine the series. Memphis is expecting inclement weather through Friday and the series could be adjusted to later in the weekend.”
Walters St (11-1) @ Cleveland St (3-8) – Fri 2pm/Sat Noon Walters hits the road firing on all cylinders while the Cougars are looking to turn it around at home this weekend. Senators HC Dave Shelton told TBR, “Cleveland is coming off a tough weekend, and I know they will be hungry to get back on track. They are a very scary team this year. Their offensive numbers are better than ours across the board. And on the mound they have very good arms. Their only problem has been throwing strikes. Well, we seem to love to swing at pitches out of the zone, so not a good matchup for us. We have to limit our mistakes against a team like Cleveland, because if you walk guys or make errors against an offense like theirs, it could lead to huge innings. And as cold as its gonna be this weekend, I have no desire to watch long innings from the dugout. Hopefully we will show up focused and ready play. Aaron Bryant of Cleveland added, "The Senators are off to another outstanding year. Dave has done a great job assembling talent on both sides of the ball. Would normally like to think that this is a very competitive series, however, with the way our pitchers give up free bases, it could get ugly in a hurry. Offensively we are still doing an excellent job and are way above our normal numbers but unfortunately we are constantly playing from behind and this pressure can wear on an offense after a while. Hopefully we can compete on the mound and try and win a series."
Columbia St (8-4) @ Roane St (2-9) – Friday 3pm/Sat Noon EDT - Columbia is rounding into form as the Raiders of Roane St are reeling with the loss of Soph. OF Landon Byron. Roane State HC, Zach Sterner had this to say, “This weekend is going to be a challenge for the Raiders! Losing Landon for the rest of the year has took a hit in our line-up since Chat State. Last game against Motlow we had a couple guys step up and we broke through the one big inning that we have been scoring.. Coach Corn, like always, is bringing in his talented, high energy club to Roane County with an intent to sweep and makes moves in conference standings. As a Team we have to play extremely sound, fundamental baseball without giving up free bases that 90% of the time score against any good teams. We have to move runners and execute when we have guys in scoring position less than 1 out. As a team we cannot be satisfied being on the field with CS who went to GJ last year. We have to accept a challenge and reap the opportunity.” Charger skip Mike Corn added, "This is a scary weekend for us. Roane is coming off of a tough series that will undoubtedly motivate them. We will have to be very wary heading east to play the resilient Raiders. They gave us one of our toughest challenges last year in Columbia and we expect nothing less this year. If Coach Sterner chooses to again play a pressure offensive attack, our pitchers and corner infielders will need to take care of the baseball a great deal better than our last meeting. We need to limit our routine mistakes and be more consistent with our emotional control if we are going to play better on the road."
Motlow St (6-6) @ Volunteer St (3-6) – Fri 3pm/Sat Noon - Motlow swept, Volunteer got swept last weekend, so this will be huge for both teams for different reasons. Heading into the midway point of the conference season, both teams are looking to improve their play and standing in the TCCAA. Pioneer HC Mike Crossland said, “Big series for both teams. We are licking our wounds from Morristown last week. Trying to get back on the right track this weekend against a Motlow team that has given us fits over the past few seasons. They are coming off sweeping a conference series and we are in no position to continue to play the way we have been. Should be another great series and one that we must have.”
Jackson St (7-4) @ Dyersburg St (2-7) – Fri 2pm/Sat Noon - The Eagles have been fighting the injury bug and have only won one series this spring. Eagle HC Robert White told us “Coach Malik has another solid team this year. They have played very well thus far in conference play. They have one of the most powerful line-ups in the league. We have to be able to contain them offensively and compete much harder than we have up to this point. We have had several injuries that have plagued us, but we have to suck it up and find a way to win!” General HC Ty Malik told us, "We are coming off probably our worst played series of the year and were lucky to win the games we did. We have struggled defensively which is making our pitching look a lot worse than it has been. Offensively we have regressed but we are working on some things this week that will hopefully get us back on track. This is probably the worst week we could play Dyersburg with their style of pitching. They will give us fits if we don’t adjust to what they do. They are playing well this year. I know they will be tough on the mound but they also have some physical guys at the plate this year that will kill us if we give them 4 outs an inning. This is a big weekend for both teams."
|March 25: TCCAA Week 4 Hitter of the Week: JoJo Underwood, So. 3B from Chattanooga State CC. JoJo went 7-12 scoring 3 runs and driving in 7 with 2 doubles... TCCAA Week 4 Pitcher of the Week: Scooter Hightower, So. RHP from Columbia State CC. Hightower threw a complete game 9 inning shutout allowing just 2 hits while striking out 10 batters and not walking a batter on 83 pitches. Astounding... Milan names field after Coach Joyner ... Chester beats McNairy ... USJ opens Sports Plus with win ... One handed UT-Martin pitcher excels... Bradley rebounds to beat Cleveland and heads to FL ... South rolls past Gate City 12-2 ...DB holds off Boone in Big 7 clash ... McCallie breezes by East Hamilton ... Rossview takes chance on pitcher, pays off vs NE ... Davis dazzles as Columbia tops Lawrence Co. ... Spring Hill uses DP to defeat CPA ... Upperman completes sweep of DeKalb ... Milan holds off Dyersburg ... West bats come alive, beat Cherokee 7-1 ... Eagles top Rebs 1-0 ... Another big 3rd lifts Champs ... Oliver throws back to back no hitters for Westmoreland ... Vandy rallies to top MTSU 12-7 ... Memphis tops Arkansas 5-4 ... Lipscomb tops Belmont 10-9 in slugfest ... Radford tops ETSU in 10 ... CN tops King with clutch pitching ... Jeffries blasts Dogs past Bryan 9-8 ...|
|March 22: TCCAA Week 4 Box Scores - Scores/POW's ... It was a weekend of sweeps as Columbia, Chattanooga, Walters and Motlow all swept opponents ... Vnndy sweeps DH, takes series at Auburn ... Blue Raiders top FAU in 11 ... Peay tops Murray 2-1 ... Racers rally to top Peay ... Belmont mashes Morehead State ... TTU falls to SIUE ... ETSU swept by Mercer ... Blue Raiders clinch series in 12 inning win ... Lipscomb routes Xavier to win series ... http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/032115aac.html ... Vols fall 12-7 to Dogs ... Georgia completes sweep of Vols ... Bethel drops DH to UAM ... Carson Newman sweeps DH, wins series from Coker ... Coker holds off Eagle rally ... Valdosta sweeps Brothers ... St. Catherine sweeps Dogs ... Cumberland salvages finale with 4 run eigth ... Lowe's 3 HR leads LMU to victory ... Lee splits with Shorter ... Shorter tops Lee 1-0, wins series ... Dean's Grand Slam leads Maryville to victory ... Milligan splits DH with Reinhardt ... Rhodes splits with Oglethorpe ... Tuscululm splits, drops series ... North Alabama drops Union 5-2 in game one ... UT-Martin drops 5-4 heartbreaker in 12 ...|
|March 21 - Will do Saturday update on Sunday afternoon - family functions prevented the daily update today - check Twitter feed above for all scores from Saturday|
|March 20: DB's Kimbrill cools down Seymour ... Armstrong allows South to rally for win ... Baylor avalanche buries McCallie ... Spring Hill smacks Columbia Academy ... Dyersburg keeps on, keepin' on! ... Dyersburg defeats East Robertson in Ladd tourney ... West run rules Cocke County ... Champs cap week with big win ... Eagles torch Coffee Co. ... Tullahoma swept by Lawrence County ... Murray tops Peay ... Ludwig's three hit shutout leads Belmont to victory ... Lipscomb tops Xavier 5-2 ... ETSU defense faulters in 2-0 loss ...Memphis tops Alcorn ... UT falls to UGA ... UT-M falls short at SEMO ... TN Wesleyan tops Bryan 9-6 ... TCCAA: Only one game was played on Friday - Columbia shutout Dyersburg 5-0 as Scooter Hightower continued to throw well. Hightower struck out 10 Eagle batters and allowed only 2 singles while throwing a nine inning complete game. RF Hunter Wood singled home Julian Johnson with the winning run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Johnson had led off with a double... The Chargers added single runs in the 5th, 7th and 8th to finish the scoring...|
TCCAA Week 4 Preview: Volunteer St @ Walters St:
Sat/Sun - Walters has gotten off to a fast start, as usual.
Coach Dave Shelton had this to say this week,
always, Coach Crossland has a very talented team down in
Gallatin, and we know we will have our hands full this weekend
with the Pioneers. I think their early season record is only a
reflection of the weather and how much work they had to miss out
on. Now that they have been able to play and practice, I know
they are very capable of coming up here and winning all 3 games.
For us, we have been a complete catastrophe lately when it comes
to baserunning and execution. We cannot do that against Vol or
it will be a long weekend for the Senators. Hopefully our guys
show up focused and ready to compete."
the Pioneers have been inconsistent, but have won 4 non-conferfence
games earlier this week. Coach Crossland told TBR his thoughts
on the series this week. "Well
when you go to Morristown you know what you are up against. We
are coming off of a disappointing series last week. We are
hoping that we can continue to improve as we have the last few
weeks. As we all know the Senators have no mercy on anyone at
their place. We will have to play extremely well in all phases
to give ourselves an opportunity to win this series."
Cleveland St @ Chattanooga St: Sat/Sun - Cleveland goes to Chatt town this weekend in a battle of neighborhood rivals, always a very tough series as a lot of these kids played HS ball together or against one another. Cougar Asst. HC Aaron Bryant told TBR, "Chattanooga is coming off a great weekend on the road. It can be extremely difficult to go to Chattanooga and try and win a game much less a series. Greg plays a very unique brand of baseball that has been very successful during his tenure. Hopefully we can play (pitch more importantly) to our capability and make it a competitive series." Both squads have deep respect for one another, but there is definitely a different edge to this series, kinda like playing against your brother, we all know how that goes - Tiger HC Greg Dennis had this to say, "This will be another tough weekend, it always is when we square off with Cleveland. Mike will have his team ready to go, so we better ready as well. We hope to keep our momentum up from last weekend."
Dyersburg St @ Columbia St: Fri/Sat - Dyersburg HC Robert White laid it out for us, "Columbia is off to another solid start in conference. Coach Corn once again has his team buying into his philosophy. Columbia is coming off a big series win against a great Jackson team. We know they have some really good arms and can swing the bats as good as any team in the league. We will have to play very well to go into Dave Hall Field and win. We have been up and down offensively thus far and must become more productive with runners in scoring position. As John Quincy Adams quoted “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” Charger skip, Mike Corn, told us "This week will be a big test for us. Dyersburg is a team that has chance in every game with their gritty style of play. Disappointing to see our failure to make quality contact with runners in scoring position continuing to be an Achilles heel. We must make some mental adjustments in all phases of the game heading into week 4 or Coach White and his Eagles will embarrass us at home. Bigger than the game, we will be without one of our pitchers, Kyle Stinson, who was struck with a line drive on Monday. Kyle is home and doing well but will have some challenges ahead. This incident puts everything in perspective for us. There is no such thing as life insurance or a money back guarantee here on this earth.”
Southwest TN @ Jackson St: Sat/Sun - General HC, Ty Malik, put it very simply this week. "We have to pitch it much better than we have so far this season. Southwest is playing well and we need to have a big weekend." As usual, SW skipper, George Sykes, kept it simple too. " Pitching will be the key against the explosive hitting of JSCC. Coach Malik has another outstanding team."
Roane St @ Motlow St: Sat/Sun - did not receive any response this week
|March 18: All TCCAA Box Scores are posted from last weekend - TCCAA PItcher of the Week is Cleveland State LHP Jake Wyrick. Wyrick tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 11 batters - Chase Burkett/Dyersburg and Scooter Hightower/Columbia both had outstanding efforts as well - you can see their lines on the week 3 box scores - TCCAA HItter of the Week is Columbia State first baseman, Julian Johnson who went 6-11 with 3HR and 9 rbi as wel as stealing 2 bases... Jo Jo Underwood/Chatt, Caleb Longley/Cleveland, and Colby Skeen/Dyersburg all had outstanding hitting performances as well - Golden Spikes Spotlight: Vandy's Rhett Wiseman ... 'Dores 9 TTU 1 ... WKU 6 Lipscomb 1 ... Belmont 8 MTSU 2 ... UT 3 APSU 0 ... ETSU wins by a field goal 17-14 ... UT-Martin wins in walk off fashion ... Irish top Sequatchie 4-2 ... East Hamilton 7 Bradley 1 ... NETN Prep Results ... Columbia State hurler, Stinson, hit by batted ball ... Dyersburg tosses back to back no hitters ... Chiefs top 'Canes in 8 innings ... Champs Gardner solid in 10-0 win ...|
|March 17: TCCAA Box Scores - Southwest wins 17-10 slugfest with Cleveland ... Walters completes the sweep of Roane ... Chattanooga rallies in the ninth to win over Volunteer St 7-4 ... Dyersburg splits with Motlow, wins series ... Columbia drops game 3 with Jackson, wins series ... Soddy rallies to beat Walker Valley 5-4 ... Lions roar back, top MJ ...|
|March 16: TCCAA Box Scores - Cleveland State takes a pair from Southwest ... Volunteer State splits with Chattanooga, winning 4-3 and losing 11-4 ... Walters sweeps Roane ... Columbia sweeps Jackson ... Dyersburg defeats Motlow 22-5 ... Swanson's walk off single makes VU a 1-0 winner ... Lipscomb completes sweep of Quinnipiac ... Middle completes sweep of UAB ... Belmont takes pair from EKU ... Barrow's bat propels Memphis to sweep ... UT-Martin tops TTU 7-5 ... Peay wins slugfest 10-8 ... CN Eagles split ... Late home run deals blow to LMU ... Tusculum splits, wins series over #13 Armstrong ... Cumberland wins 8-2 ... Flames win twinbill ... Milligan sweeps a pair from Truett-McConnell ...|
|March 15: #1 Florida bounces back, beats Vols ... Lipscomb tops Quinnipiac 9-4 ... Middle shuts out UAB ... 17K shutout for TTU over UT-Martin ... Commodores sweep Hogs ... CN Eagles fall 4-2 ... Railsplitters drop pair to Catawba ... Tusculum wins 9th in a row with win over #13 Armstrong ... Phillips bomb leads to ETSU series win ...|
|March 14: TCCAA Box Scores - All TCCAA Series will begin tomorrow ...Etter to retire from Baylor at season's end ... McCallie tops Cleveland 7-1 ... Cavs rally to beat Alcoa ... Rebels squeeze out win over Tribe ... Delozier's CG shutout leads Heritage ... Murfreesboro and 7AAA roundup ... Cascade falls in extra innings ... Science Hill sneaks past Shelbyville ... Sumner Prep Roundup ... Ten Thoughts from Friday by D1 Baseball ... Vols upset Gators 6-3 ... Lipscomb shut out Quinnipiac 5-0 ... Two hottest teams in SAC square off today ... Freed Lions drop pair to William Woods in league play ... Trevecca wins game one, game two stopped ... #14 Rhodes drops Southern Maine in FL ...|
TCCAA Week 3 Preview - Chattanooga @ Volunteer: This series will be on Sunday/Monday as the Tigers travel up I-24 to take on the Pioneers of VSCC. The Pioneers were snowed out last weekend in Memphis and are hungry to get back on the field, Coach Greg Dennis added, ”We are preparing to play Sunday-Monday and after another week of nothing but rain and such, I just hope we come out ready to compete at Vol. They always have really good arms and very athletic players and we have butted heads in some really good games through the years. I hope we have stayed somewhat hot after a pretty decent offensive series against a solid Roane State team. Just hope to string some games together and get a solid feel for what we are doing. VSCC should have the edge being the home team in what should be a great series." Edge goes to the home team, Pioneers.
Southwest @ Cleveland: Cleveland hosts SW this weekend as the series has been moved to a Sunday/Monday format due to weather. The Cougars have been ambushed the first two weekends on the first day, losing DH's in both series, something they hope to avoid this weekend. Asst. coach Aaron Bryant told TBR, “Southwest always play us very competitive and this year we expect it to be no different. We have to get better on the mound. Should be another tough battle in our conference.” Southwest was snowed out last weekend and hope to get on track this week. HC George Sykes said, “Conference weekend is always about pitching. The best pitching staff will control the series and give their team the best chance to win.” Edge goes to the home team – Cleveland.
Walters @ Roane: This series is set for Sunday/Monday. Walters State travels to Roane to take on the Raiders, who have won at least one game in each series this year. David Shelton had this to say, “Once again we are battling weather issues this weekend, but at least the snow has turned to rain. Hopefully everyone in our state will be able to get some more consistent practice time and midweek games in now as we prepare for each conference weekend. As for this weekend, we face a much improved Roane State team, with them coming off a series in which they almost won on the road at Chattanooga State. We know they are much better than their overall record indicates, and Sterner has them playing hard and playing the right way. Going to Roane has always been a challenge for us as we have never played real well there. We have to continue to improve offensively. Our hitters have shown some glimpses of coming out of our early season funk, but we have keep getting better in that area if we are going to be successful this season.” Roane skipper, Zach Sterner, a Walters alum, knows what he's getting into when facing a Senator team. “ Going to be a tough series with #13 Walters coming in playing tough baseball. They have experienced left handed pitching, with a closer that is coming in hot. Walters has plus hitters that put the ball in play. Coach Shelton has his ball club playing hard and competing day in and day out. We will have to minimize free bases, play solid defensive, and take advantage of the mistakes given, if we want to compete this weekend. “. Edge goes to Walters.
Jackson @ Columbia: Series is set for Sat/Sun, but could be moved to Sunday/Monday. Jackson has jumped out to a 4-1 start in TCCAA play, having won a series on the road already. The Chargers, a 2014 JuCo WS team is getting on track, playing better than earlier this season as weather has devastated everyone's preparation and pre conference schedule. That being said, this will be a slobberknocker of a series. General HC, Ty Malik, told TBR this, “After canceling two more games this midweek, we will look to try and continue to play as well as we can. We have to hope we can survive and continue winning until we can develop some other arms with game reps who have been injured or haven't been able to pitch as much as we would like by this point in the season. We have to ultimately keep our goal in mind of playing our best in May and can't rush things. Hopefully, the guys that have been throwing can continue to get big outs for us. Offensively, we have to keep working to get better. We have swung it well but I think we have to be willing to continue to get better mentally. I love that we have walked more than we have struck out, but I would love to see us think at a more advanced level at the plate. If we do not, we have the possibility to get exposed this week against some pretty good arms. Continuing to hit for power will be crucial for us. We can not depend on getting three hits an inning or hope for free bases to help us out. Defensively, we have to be better at making the routine play and be ready for the pressure put on us by the base running and different things we may see this week. Limiting the big inning will be the key to the series for us. Looking forward to a big weekend in Columbia.” Charger HC Mike Corn said, "We are in for a tough weekend with the hard hitting Generals coming to town. They beat us up last year, and Coach Malik has assembled another great team in 2015. They have a viable pitching staff, guided by Coach Gant, that projects to give us all kinds of trouble. We will certainly have our hands full. Games have been moved back to Sat/Sun with another Sun/Mon series possible. The Chargers will go with Puckett and Hightower on the bump for games 1 and 2. Game 3 starter is TBD. We really need someone to step up and accept the challenge of that role." Edge goes to the home team – Columbia.
Motlow @ Dyersburg: This series will also be Sunday/Monday. Should be a great series here, two team usually in the hunt for a top spot and battling hard while doing so. Motlow's Dan McShea said this, “This will be another tough weekend following a week of not being able to get on the field. Dyersburg has had even worse weather problems than we have had so I expect that they will be pumped up and excited to be on their home field. We have to win the intensity battle in the dugout and on the field in order to compete with them. I expect that they will pitch very well as they always have and they are typically very tough outs at the plate. We must limit the free baserunners and execute offensively when we have opportunities. Coach White will have his team ready to play and we know that they will be very well coached.” The Eagles HC Robert White told TBR, “ It’s no secret that Dan’s group is not off to the start he wanted but the Bucks are always a dangerous team to play. They have an abundance of new faces we know nothing about, but I can guarantee they will play hard. Even though it’s early in conference play, this is a pivotal weekend for both squads. We have only played 12 games in the first month which has really taken its toll on us. We have to swing the bats better than we did last weekend to have a chance in this series!.” Edge to the home team – DSCC.
|March 11/12: JCS has work to do for another title ... King, Bradley top Owls in opener ... Tribe shoots down Falcons ... Notre Dame holds off Grace ... McCallie wins opener ... Clarksville picks up pair of wins in Gulf Shores ... Rossview and NE get wins in openers ...|
|March 10: Week 2 TCCAA Box Scores ... All box scores are up - Jackson swept a DH from Cleveland ... Walters completes sweep ... Columbia wins, takes series ... Peay sweeps DH from Eastern Illinois ... Tech tops Morehead State ... TN Wesleyan wins 8-2 over Northwood ... TN Wesleyan wins 9-3 over Ava Maria U ...|
|March 9: Opening Day for TSSAA baseball - hopefully we can get a few games in today, looks like another tough week weather wise... Week 2 TCCAA Box Scores ... adding boxes as they come in - Scores > #20 Chatt State defeats Roane 17-11 ... Columbia State takes DH on road, beating Motlow 4-0 and 6-4 ... #13 Walters takes pair from Dyersburg 12-1, 3-2 ... Will update more this evening! Sunday D1 Scores/Recaps ... Railsplitters get sweep ... Flames get split on Saturday ... Flames rally falls short ... Rhodes completes sweep of Sewanee ... Late rally pushes Tusculum to sweep ...|
|March 8: The only TCCAA action today saw Chattanooga State split with Roane State, 10-7, 2-3... all other action starts today(Sunday)... Cumberland sweeps DH from Culver-Stockton ... Tennessee Wesleyan sweeps Reinhardt 7-6, 3-1 ... Late inning heroics lift LMU to DH sweep of Carson Newman ... Saturday D1 Scores/Recaps ... check twitter feeds for more info - links to stories unavailable at update time Sat. night...|
|March 6 - Here are a few more HS Previews - D2: AAA: Murf. Oakland, Blackman, Farragut, Davy Crockett, Cocke County, Cumberland County, Cookeville, Bearden AA: Dekalb County, Camden Central A: Rockwood We are now at 105!! D1 College Weekend Preview ... Baseball America College Weekend Preview ...|
March 5 - Here are a few more HS Previews - D2:
Ooltewah HS, Sullivan East HS
HS, Happy Valley HS, Scott HS, Spring Hill HS,
- We now have 94 - Help us hit 100 HS
Team Prevews - Coaches we need 6 more...
SNOWED IN EDITION: Time for TCCAA Conference Series Previews for this weekend (hopefully):
Roane @ Chattanooga State – Sat/Sun “Since we didn’t get to play last weekend we feel somewhat “out of place” in the conference process right now. We have Roane State coming in who played a solid series against Southwest Tennessee and we haven’t set foot on the field in 3 weeks now!! They have very good pitching and are competing well as they have shown so thus far this spring. Zach has them buying in to his philosophy and they are a troublesome team right now. We are going to have to see what we look like to be honest and just “re-start” our season somewhat at this point. My hope is that we can somehow pick up where we left off and continue to pitch it well and play good defense while being opportunistic at the plate. Should be interesting to see”, said Tiger Head Coach, Greg Dennis.
Cleveland @ Jackson State – Sun/Mon General HC Ty Malik told TBR about his series at home with Cleveland, “We are looking forward to a very good series. We played well last weekend, which was good to see. Hopefully we can keep that focus and continue to play well this weekend against a very good Cleveland State team. We played them in the fall and know they have arms that can be dominating and some physical hitters. They always have a good plan on the mound against our hitters and it helps they have some arms with swing and miss stuff. From our standpoint, we have to pitch it better than we did this past weekend and still need more production from the middle of our lineup. We need to be even better with an approach this weekend, because Coach Bryant will definitely have a different plan for our hitters. We have made some adjustments to the way we will handle our staff that I think will help us.” Cougar Asst. Aaron Bryant added this, "Another week dealing with the weather. Don’t know how anybody can feel like they are getting their club ready the way the weather has hurt all of us. Heading in to Jackson is always a tough chore. They swing the bats well every year and if you give them more opportunities than they earn it will be a difficult series. We have to have good starts on the mound. Was completely out a game last weekend after the first inning. That can’t happen if we want to have a chance. Free bases are killing us. Offensively we are swinging the bat just need to be more productive with situational hitting. Look forward to a very competitive, wet series."
Volunteer St. @ Southwest TN – SERIES CANCELLED Saluqi skipper George Sykes had this to say, “Wet, soggy & cold conditions in forecast. Pitching will be the factor. Vol St CC has another strong team and well coached.“ SW split with Roane last weekend while the Pioneers took two of three from Cleveland. VSCC HC Mike Crossland said, “Southwest is a much improved team and will be hard to handle at their place. They have played a ton of games so far and I know Coach Sykes will have his guys ready. This will be our first conference road trip and I am anxious to see how our guys handle it.”
Dyersburg @ Walters State – Sun/Mon Eagle HC, Robert White had this to say about the series, “Walters is coming off a big weekend series win against a great Columbia team. We know they are superior in every phase of the game and coached very well. David does a great job preparing his guys for the different challenges each weekend brings. We are off to a decent start, but have not touched a field in over two weeks which makes things pretty scary. For us to have any chance whatsoever in this series, we have to avoid big innings and be very opportunistic offensively. Our pitching staff must keep the ball down and continue to pound the strike zone. Hopefully, we can compete and play hard enough to make this a good series!” David Shelton, WSCC coach, said this,”Dyersburg is off to a great start on the year. With them not being able to play the first weekend, I am sure they will be even more fired up to finally get out and start conference play. We know they will play with as much fire and enthusiasm as anyone we will face all year. For us to be successful, we have to find a way to solve our offensive woes. We somehow won last weekend’s series with our 3, 4, and 5 hitters going a combined 1 for 25 on the weekend and we’re not going win much doing that. Hopefully we can get all the snow and water off our field in time for us to have a great series this weekend.”
Columbia @ Motlow State – Sun/Mon Motlow's Dan McShea offered his thoughts on the series with Columbia State, saying “I heard a coach over this way say that they were trading their snow skis in for water skis this past weekend and that was pretty accurate. It looks like we will trade them in again tomorrow so we will have a lot of work to do just to be able to play. On top of that, we will be facing the number 2 team in the nation and a very well-coached and talented Columbia State team. Once again, our mental toughness will be tested. We must fight the urge to become complacent during the week and find a way to continue to get better every day. Whether we are indoors in the cage, throwing bullpens in the rain or taking ground balls on the parking lot, we need to stay focused. Everyone is dealing with weather issues. How we deal with adversity will define us as a team. We showed signs of improvement this past weekend against a very talented Jackson State team but we need to find a way to be more consistent and play all phases of the game well. If we can only manage to score 1 run, then we must keep the other guys from scoring any. If we give up 18, then we will need to score 19. We have to find ways to win in all situations if we want to be successful in this league.” Both teams lost their series 2-1 last week as the weather conditions of the games and leading up to them played a part in their inconsistency. Charger HC Mike Corn had this to say, “We have been mired in a pool of mediocrity so far this season. Day after day we fight the squirrels. Resistant to the things that a team must do in order to be successful. Statistically speaking, we are ahead of where we were a year ago, but have a ways to go in the team chemistry department. We as a coaching staff are the only ones to blame. We must find a way to bring our young men together or we will continue to perform inconsistently. At the plate, one of our struggles have been producing with runners in scoring position. We are 5 for 27 with the bases loaded and one of those was an infield squib. On the mound, we are giving away free passes at an alarming rate. It is a small miracle that we have won the games we have. Once the opposing hitters wake up a little more from their winter hibernation, we could really be in a world of hurt. Defensively, we need to improve on throwing to the correct base from the outfield, eliminating unnecessary passed balls, and making the big play in the infield with runners on base. We are just good enough to compete but not quite yet consistent enough to be a championship ball club. Motlow will be tough as always. Dan is known for having his team motivated and ready to go each and every weekend. We will have to be firing on all cylinders if we are going to have a chance in Tullahoma.”
|March 4: Final TCCAA box scores added - Look for the first TCCAA Player/Pitcher of the Week awards Wednesday afternoon ... Hwang deals as Lipscomb beats TTU ... Toppers overcome Belmont ... Union erases 9 run deficit to beat Cumberalnd ... Union rallies to beat Cumberland ... Carson Newman - ON Demand Video of 14-3 win over Bluefield ... Tusculum rallies, beats Young Harris 12-10 ... Vandy wins late in 12 innings, 9-8 over Evansville...|
|March 3: TCCAA Box Scores - Cleveland rallies with 3 rusn in the top of the 9th to beat Vol State and preventing the sweep ... adding a few HS previews today: Morristown West, Grundy County, Millington Central, Knox West and Walker Valley ... This puts us at 88 previews!! Coaches, get yours in by Saturday or Sunday at latest - we won't add after this weekend as we will be too busy keeping up with baseball...|
|College Notebook: The weather continues to play havoc with baseball this spring - Vandy's Zander Wiel was named SEC Co-Player of the Week. Wiel hit .400, drove in 11 runs and hit 2 grand slams last week as the 'Dores went 5-0 ... Collegiate Baseball named Carson Fulmer the Pitcher of the Week for his 11K performance vs Illinois State last Friday ... The Blue Raiders won their 3rd straight series as Johnathan Frebis pitched well on Friday, allowing 2 hits in 7.1 innnings and 3b Jake Ingold hit .353 last week .. Trevecca won both the Pitcher an Hitter of the Week in the GMAC ... Justin Dailey threw perfect in relief last weekend while Tyler Tichenor hit .375 and drove in 2 runs as well as stealing 2 bases ... Rhodes is on fire and had two guys named POW this week in the SAA. Bill Munson carried the Lynx offense in the three-game sweep over Centre to open up conference play. Munson hit .667 on the weekend (6-for-9) with five runs scored and four RBIs. The sophomore had four doubles and six stolen bases on the weekend to add to his league lead in both of those categories... pitcher Daniel Morris picked up the win as he threw a two-hit complete game shutout against Centre College in a 2-0 win... Sam Jokerst of Maryville College, was named USA South Rookie of the Week for his play last week. Jokerst went a combined 4-for-13 (.308) with five RBI, four runs scored, one double, one home run and two walks in a 3-1 week for the Scots versus USA South competition... *some conferences will not name POW"s til Tuesday mid day - we will add any info as we get it ... Lincoln Augustine was named SAC Hitter of the Week for his performance last week. Augustine, a freshman from Urbandale, Iowa, batted .471 with eight hits and four RBI to lead the Railsplitters to a 5-0 record last week, including a series sweep over League foe and then ranked No. 23 Lenoir-Rhyne... Freed Hardeman's Jack Coleman was named AMC Pitcher of the Week. Coleman threw the first complete game shutout in 13 years for the Lions, allowing just two hits while striking out five batters...|
|March 2: TCCAA Box Scores - Motlow wins 10-7 to avoid sweep by Jackson State ... Walters wins 8-4 to take series from Columbia ... Roane and Southwest split a DH ...Volunteer swept Cleveland St 6-5 and 13-2 ... 83 HS Previews: D2: Tipton-Rosemark AAA: Houston, Hillwood, Sullivan Central AA: Lexington, Volunteer, Gibbs A: North Greene, Grace Christian ... Would like to say GREAT JOB to Ronny Carlisle, HC at Jo Byrns. Coach Carlisle was coaching when I played HS ball and has been the head basketball coach as well at Jo Byrns. Coach is retiring at the end of the year with 43 years of teaching and coaching experience... more UPdates on College ball tonight|
|March 1: TCCAA Box Scores - Roane will play a DH with Southwest tomorrow at noon EST... Volunteer will host a DH with Cleveland tomorrow at noon Jackson beat Motlow in game one today (Sat) 7-4, 18-3... Walters and Columbia split a pair of games... Dyersburg was unplayable so their series with Chattanooga was cancelled... Akron zips by Belmont ... more updates later tonight!! Check twitter feed above - I will tweet all final scores I see on my feed!! Tubbs walk off propels Memphis to win/Tigers split a pair ... Lipscomb mashes LaSalle ... Middle TN destroys UNO 15-2 ... TTU blasts Northern Illinois ... Dores hang on, defeat Illinois St. 3-2 ... UT wins slugfest 12-10 over Irvine ... CN falls in 13 innings to Tusculum, 4-3 ... Cumberland snake bit by the HR again ... Coleman shutout highlights Frfeed sweep ... King splits with Barton ... West Georgia completes sweep of Lee ... 'Splitters sweep Lenoir-Rhyne ... Scots sweep LaGrange ... Rhodes sweeps Centre ... Trevecca splits with Wayne State ... Union swept by Shorter at Newnan HS (Ga) 4-1, 11-1, 4-3 ...|
|Feb 27/28: Lipscomb tops LaSalle ... Notre Dame rallies late to defeat Belmont 6-4 ... CN moves game one to Tusculum ... Cal Irvine tops Vols 5-2 in game one ... Irvine edges Vols 2-1 in 9th ... Trevecca rallies, wins in extra frames ... Huskies top TTU 4-2 ... TN Wesleyan beat Point U 10-3 on the road today and play a DH tomorrow ... Blue Raiders win in 12, 2-1 over New Orleans ...|
|Feb 25: This weekend the TCCAA opens conference play, hopefully... weather will play a role in when and where games are played - keep up to date by following the twitter feed - every week for conference play we feature a preview of each matchup with comments from coaches and will add other stuff as the season goes along - so here is our first 2015 installment of the TCCAA Preview: Motlow hosts Jackson State - Bucks skipper, Dan McShea had this to say about the series, "We are going to be at the mercy of mother nature to see if we will be able to play at all this weekend. We have had to cancel 7 straight games leading up to opening our conference play and we still have to thaw out before we can get dry enough to play. I am hoping that we will be able to get some midweek games in before we play to try to work out some kinks.We need to focus on execution this weekend. Having not been on a field in two weeks, we can expect there to be mistakes made on both sides so we need to be really mentally tough. We will also have to get our bats going to have a chance against a very talented Jackson team. Coach Malik has done a great job at Jackson and I expect to see another very good team. I expect that they will pitch very well and have some very good swings over the weekend. We must limit the free bases and start hitting the ball!" Jackson State's Ty Malik had this to say, "Weather has affected most teams in conference so we cannot worry about that. We are still try to figure out an identity and really cannot worry about who we are playing this weekend. The seven games we have missed b/c of weather may have helped with that, but again, some other teams are in the same boat. I know Motlow will be energetic and ready to start conference and I hope we can match their intensity and focus. That is something we have not shown so far. Playing them in the fall, I know we have some matchup problems, just hope we can make the adjustment. Right now, we have to focus on getting better. We need to play much better defense and need some production from the middle of the lineup. If we can get everyone to buy in to what we are trying to do, we will be fine. If not, well we will see." Chattanooga at Dyersburg State - Tiger HC, Greg Dennis told me this about their series, "Currently we are 7-2 and have played really well but have been inactive for over a week now. Weather has really “slugged us” in the gut and we are reeling from the inactivity!! Potentially going to Dyersburg for a series is a rude wake-up call and one that I hope we are ready to respond to at this point. The Eagles have been playing well and after seeing them this fall at the MTSU showcase we knew they would be very good this spring. Our pitching has been pretty solid thus far and defensively we have been good also. Hitting has been spotty but opportunistic and we have to hope it stays so and maybe improves. All-in-all our hope is to keep playing well and weather the storm ( no pun intended ) that awaits us in Dyersburg!!" We are currently waiting on DSCC's Robert White's comments ... Cleveland at Volunteer State - Pioneer HC, Mike Crossland told me "It does not look good at all weather wise for us this weekend. Cleveland is off to a good start and led by some pretty strong arms that have the ability to be dominant. As always with Cleveland we will have our hands full as they roll into town. They will be well coached and very athletic as usual. We are off to a rocky starts as someone forgot to tell our hitters the season began. Our pitchers are still walking too many for anybody’s liking especially. We have to tighten up both of these aspects to even be in the mix to compete in this Conference. Hopefully we grow up in a hurry. It is very important for us to get off to a good start with basically a new team but we do however understand that this is a marathon not a sprint." We are waiting on Cleveland's comments at this time ... Southwest TN at Roane State - Saluqi HC George Sykes said, "Opening conference series in cold, soggy conditions. Coach Sterner has put together a very competitive team for this spring. Southwest will need to come very focused for this competition. Pitching, solid defense and timely hitting will be the key for this series." Roane County has been hit pretty hard with the weather and HC Zach Sterner is very appreciative of all the help he's gotten - "These past two weeks have been brutal for us here in Roane County. We have seen every type of precipitation in the past two weeks, so it been FUN to say the least. Thankfully we have an EXPO Center that we get to use to get our work in. Shout out to Roane County Highway Depart for working there butts off for long hours to have the roads as safe as possible. Also to Diamond Baseball in Knoxville and Nate Hall Training in Oliver Spring for letting us get some quality work in with these adverse conditions. Southwest comes in with a lot of games played with some big wins early and you already know they will be a disciplined club under Coach Skyes. The first week is important just like every weekend is. Its conference and everything matters. So, if you play without a sense of urgency weekend and week out in this conference, you will struggle to put teams away. I look for it to be an adverse weekend and I believe defensive is the key this weekend." ... the final series of the weekend is the big 'un, the matchup we wish was week 10 - and while it could factor in a tie breaker, no series is really more important than another - or so they say - but we no better don't we? Yea, we do - if you can get to Dave Hall Field this weekend, do so... Walters at Columbia State - Senator skip, Dave Shelton said this, "I would love to say I feel great going into our opening weekend of conference, but somehow playing the #2 ranked team in the country after being on a field 2 times in 13 days doesn’t have me exploding with confidence. But everyone is in the same boat. Weather has been brutal on us all this year and we have all had to make adjustments. Coach Corn and I like to compete and a lot of different things, and I tried to talk him into a snowball fight instead of baseball, but he knows my skill set there and did not want to accept that challenge. This weekend would be challenging enough even if we had ample practice time. Columbia returns their top two arms from last year, and they have a deep and talented bullpen. Their offense can score in bunches, and their defense is always one of the tops in the country. Not to mention how tough they are at home. Our hitters must find a way to solve their arms. We have lost a couple of key offensive players for us to injuries, and when that happens someone else must step up. As always, we’ll have to be able to withstand Columbia’s pressure they apply. Hopefully we can go there and give them a good series." Ever the optimist, Columbia State HC, Mike Corn added, “Looks as if Coach Shelton has his team firing on all cylinders being a strong 10-2 heading into this week. It’s so evident the quality job he and his staff are doing. David had an entire fall this year to transform his Senators into the type of team he wants them to be and his leadership ability has them on track for another championship run. We just have so much respect for Walters and the torch they have been carrying for our conference. Obviously, as excited as both clubs may be to launch the conference schedule against each other, both must keep in perspective that games one, two and three do not carry any more weight than games 13,14, 15 or 25, 26, and 27. The goal will be the same this series as in every other series. Compete and give yourself a chance to win. It is so difficult to predict how an early weekend will play out especially with the weather challenges both teams have encountered. We will need to play clean to give us a chance in two then hit enough in one to win the ugly game. Current field conditions and weather could be a factor is the weekends schedule. Projected high of 32 on Friday and rain bearing down on an already wet surface Saturday makes things interesting to say the least. We will go Scooter Hightower, Cody Puckett and local hurler Dylan Stewart in some order this weekend. “|
|Columbia State split with Wallace, winning 6-5 and dropping game 2, 4-3 ... UT tops Belmont 4-1 ... 'Dores rally over Toppers ... Peay tops Lipscomb 4-2 ... Bucs sink Wave 5-1 ...|
Feb 24: We are adding 7 more HS previews today, which puts us to
74 total with 13 days left to go before the season opens (WE
won't add after season starts, too busy) -
Stratford, Daniel Boone, Franklin County, Rossview, Kenwood
Jackson Christian ...
Vandy offense explodes in win over UT-M
Belmont uses 15 hits to blast WKU
Cumberland tops Freed Hardeman 5-1 to get
first win of 2015 ...
College Notebook - Travel miles were up last weekend as nearly every school in the state drove south to play in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia or Florida - the weather is the worst we've had in quite awhile for this time of year... MTSU played a weather-delayed home opener on Sunday, sweeping a DH from Western Illinois, including a wild 16-14 win in game one. Senior C Michael Adkins (.500 batting average, .953 slugging percentage) has hit safely in every game this season with a team-leading 14 RBI, which is half of his single-season high. Sr Austin Bryant extended his hit streak to 10 games on Sunday (dating back to last season) and leads the team with four doubles. Senior LHP Johnathan Frebis is now tied in fourth place on MT's all-time career games started list with 46 starts, 11 starts shy of the record ... Carson Newman's Quinton Yocom was named the SAC Pitcher of the Week. Yocom, a senior from Cable, Ohio, struck out a career-best 12 Anderson hitters in a complete game shutout win over the Trojans on Feb. 20. He scattered just three hits in the contest and allowed only two walks ... two TN boys took OVC honors this week - Andy Lennington from Brentwood HS, won the Player of the Week. In four games last week Lennington hit .571 (8-for-14) with five runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, six RBI and two stolen bases, a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.143 slugging percentage. Lennington has a hit in all seven Southeast Missouri games this season ... Luke Humphreys of Dickson and Morehead State won the Pitcher of the Week. Humphreys scattered four hits and allowed just one run while striking out nine in seven innings of work in a victory over Dayton on Sunday at a neutral site in Emerson, Georgia. The sophomore retired the Flyers in order in four of his seven innings of work, including eight of the final nine batters he faced ... Ryan Whitt, of Brentwood HS, won the TSWA and Conference Carolinas POW. Whitt posted a .600 batting average with a home run, three runs scored and 10 runs batted in for the Tornado in the . Whitt started the week by going 3-for-5 in the series opener, and driving in seven runs, in the 14-3 King victory. He belted a two-run home run in the second inning, added a sacrifice fly in the third, doubled home a run in the fifth before ripping a bases-clearing double in the eighth ... Andrew Wallis of Rhodes won the SAA Player of the Week award. Walis led the Lynx to a 3-0 weekend including a win over No. 3 Emory University. The senior outfielder hit .600 on the week (6-for-10) with three doubles and a triple. Wallis' slugging percentage on the week was 1.10 with an on base percentage of .667. The St. Louis, Mo. native added four RBIs on the weekend bringing his total to 10 for the season ...
|Feb 23: Here's the rest of the weekend for you - (busy with no. 2 daughters' birthday this weekend) ... Bredlau's Slam leads Peay to victory ... Bryan splits, picks up 2nd no-no of season ...Eagles pick up third straight SAC series with split ... Bucs get Sunday sweep vs Pitt and USC-Upstate ... Freed explodes on Central Methodist ... Salazar named American Midwest POW ... King's 16 hits enough to beat N. Greenville, win series ... Kings splits with NGU ... 300 for Schoenrock ... Blue Raiders sweep home opening DH ... Rhodes shuts out #3 Emory 5-0 ... Rhodes wins 8-3 on Fontbonne ... UT explodes in ninth inning to beat Lipscomb 6-0 ... Vols add 4 games after cancellation of Rutgers series ... TTU finishes strong with 12-5 win over Davidson ... TTU jumps out and hangs on to 11-8 win over Michigan ... TN Wesleyan sweeps Taylor at East Cobb ... Union wins series, with win over Mississippi College ... Union splits with Miss. College ... UT- Martin drops DH to Western Michigan ... Wiseman delivers walk of win for 'Dores ... Freshmen lead Vandy to win over ISU ... D1 Top Performers for Feb 22 ... D1 Top 25 Rankings ... How the Top 25 fared last weekend ...|
|Feb 20: Follow D1 Games/Scores here ...Yocum tosses complete game shutout for CN in 5-0 win ... Bryan splits with Taylor College (2-3, 8-0) and go to 12-2 on the season ... More HS Previews added today - 67 Total D2: AAA: Cordova, Independence, White County AA: Sullivan South, Jackson Southside A: Trousdale County, Mt. Pleasant ... UT wins in the ninth over Lipscomb ... Michigan squeezes out win over TTU ... Western Michigan tops UT-Martin 6-4 ... Peay falls to Samford 11-3 ...|
|Feb 18: College Notebook/Day Late Edition: How'd the new ball do? Well scoring was up just a notch in the opening weekend. An average of 11.5 runs were scored compared to 10.4 last year. Having attended the Saturday games at Vanderbilt (7-6, 6-5) the scoring was good to see – not too much but definitely had the interest of the fans as teams had chances to score throughout the game... Vandy has retained its No. 1 ranking while UT fell out of the top 25 this week... NAIA rankings won't begin til March 9/10... Cumberland, preseason No. 1, has gotten off to an 0-7 start, not what we thought would happen, but history tells us that the Bulldogs will turn it around... Bryan College on the other hand has gotten off to its best start, maybe in school history, at 11-1... Martin Methodist is right there with them at 10-1, its best start under Kelly Bratton... the Flames of Lee University have also gotten off to a fast 9-0 start in their second year in Division 2... Lee will face a huge test this weekend as #21 UA-Huntsville invades Cleveland, TN for a GSC series... MTSU's Adkins CUSA Hitter of the Week ... Carson Newman's Apicella takes SAC Pitcher of the Week for 2nd week in a row! ... Lipscomb's Martinez-McGraw wins Pitcher of the Week in ASun ... Dyersburg native, Nick Newell and UT-M's Smith win weekly OVC awards ... Trevecca's Newman wins GMAC award for 2nd week in a row ... Vanderbilt cancels UIC series and picks up one with Indiana State in Port Charlotte, FL this weekend ...|
|Feb 17: 10 More High School Team Previews are now added: Each new preview is added to the bottom of the list as they are in order they came in - D2: Brentwood Academy AAA: Collierville, Franklin AA: Milan, Fulton, Montgomery Central, Livingston Academy A: CSAS, Oneida, Washburn COACHES - SEND US SOME MORE!! we HAVE 60 HS PREVIEWS RIGHT NOW|
|Feb 16: Wesleyan completes sweep of Indiana Tech ... Jacksonville State tops MTSU in finale ...FIU shuts out Tennessee in finale ... Jackson State takes 9-4 win over UT-Martin ... In 2015 we will continue our College Notebook on Tuesdays - stats, POW's, and other interesting tidbits will be shared in each notebook ...|
|Feb 14: I am using our Twitter feed to post FINAL scores of all games - no in game updates - just finals ... All JuCo scores from today are posted on the Twitter feed - Memphis takes game two to earn split and get first win ... Bisons break Butler's heart ... Blue Raiders take series with Jacksonville ... ETSU powers it's way to another win over EKU ... Peay wins 3-1 ... Tennessee wins 9-2 ... CN sweeps DH, wins series ... Cumberland swept ... Freed explodes on Central Methodist ... King splits with Slippery Rock ... Flames finish series sweep ... LMU splits with Newberry ... Trevecca splits ...Tusculum swept by L-R ... 'Dores split with Santa Clara ...|
|Feb 13: See Twitter Feed above for all JuCo/TCCAA scores and info - Gov's rally from 6 runs down to win opener ... Bruins fall in opener ... Lipscomb wins opener over Butler ... ETSU tops EKU in opening day action ... Memphis falls to ORU ... TN Tech falls in opener ... UT-Martin wins 1-0 ... Vandy shuts out Santa Clara ... CN falls at Brevard in SAC play ... LMU drops extra inning thriller ... Lenoir Rhyne hands Tusculum its first SAC loss ... King drops DH to Slippery Rock ... Pitching sparks Lee victory ... Trevecca drops game one of series ... Bethel falls to Olivet ... Mississippi College drops Christian Bros ... Cumberland falls to Missouri Baptist ...|
|Feb 12: 5 More HS previews as well - D2: AAA: Ravenwood, Dickson County, Sevier County AA: Dyersburg A: Lookout Valley ... Wesleyan rides 2 big innings to win over Cumberland ... Freed's 4 run fifth leads to win over Union ... Redhawks remain undefeated with rally over Bryan ... check the Twitter feed above for TCCAA scores and updates|
|Feb 10: Adding the final TCCAA preview - Volunteer State CC ... and some 9 more HS previews as well - D2: PJP II, Zion Christian AAA: Siegel, Dobyns Bennett AA: Alcoa, Central Magnet, Creek Wood A: Summertown, Collinwood|
|Feb. 8: CN Eagles clinch series with split ... Bellhaven beat Cumberland 7-6 ... Freed Hardeman splits, winning 8-7, losing 8-6 ... Tornado drop pair to Francis Marion ... Lawson, Hill solve Magicians ... Lions top Maryville ... Milligan finishes sweep of Shawnee State ... TN Wesleyan splits with Campbellsville ... Tusculum completes sweep of Mars Hill with 10-9 win ... Blue Mtn completes sweep of Union with 16-4, 8-7 wins over the Bulldogs ... check Twitter feed above for all the JuCo scores!|
|Feb 7: Bethel falls in opener ... Bryan sweeps Rio Grande 7-5, 7-0 ... Late rally allows CN to beat Catawba in SAC opener ... Cumberland falls 7-6 to Culver Stockton ... Freed splits home opener ... 4 run fifth propels LMU to victory ... Martin Methodist sweeps pair from Asbury, remain unbeaten ... Pitching leads Buffs to DH sweep ...Aiken rallies to edge Trojans ... Tusculum shuts out Mars Hill in SAC opener ... Blue Mountain beats Union 15-3 ...|
|February 4, 2015:Freed Hardeman opens with 10-6 win over Christian Brothers ... Carson Newman falls 2-1 in 14 innings ... Cleveland State CC falls to Gordon CC 7-1 ... Chatt State beats Georgia Perimeter 4-2, 5-1 ...|
|February 2, 2015: Railsplitters drop series finale ... Pioneers drop series finale to St. Leo ...|
|February 1, 2015: Walters State sweeps a pair and goes 3-0 to begin the season - Game 2 Box Score Game 3 Box Score ... Southwest TN dropped a 2-1 decision to Brevard and 3-0 to State College of Florida... The Saluqis end their road trip tomorrow with a game vs Hillsborough CC ... TN Wesleyan drops a pair of one run games - 2-1 and 3-2 to Auburn Montgomery... Martin Methodist beats Point 4-1... Bryan beats Toccoa Falls 6-3... Lee completes sweep of Emmanuel ... Redhawks open with DH sweep ... Missed Opportunities, Errors Doom LMU ... Late surge propels Aiken past LMU in game 2 ... King splits with Brevard ... Tusculum falls in opener ... St. Leo edges Tusculum in game 2 of series ...|
|January 31, 2015: And we have opened the season once again, this will be our 15th season to cover Tennessee teams and their baseball exploits! Southwest TN CC opens up with a big 2-0 win over traditionall national JC power, Chipola in Tampa yesterday... They play a DH today starting at 9am with Broward CC and State College of Florida at Walter Fuller Stadium in St. Pete... Walters State wins 3-2 of Salkahatchie SC -BoxScore ... Martin Methodist sweeps DH from Point with 6-4 and 7-6 wins... TN Wesleyan wins 7-5 in 12 innings over Auburn-Montgomery... Bryan beats Toccoa Falls 6-5... Lee opens with 10-1 win ...|
|January 28, 2015: This year each preview has top players for each team listed ... We have added 8 more HS Team Previews: AAA - Stewarts Creek, Portland, Mt. Juliet, AA - Haywood County A - Bruceton Central, Columbia Academy, Happy Valley D2 - Battle Ground Academy TCCAA - Motlow State CC|
|January 25, 2015: We have added AAA - Lebanon, Wilson Central, Gallatin, West Creek, Tennessee (Bristol), AA - NO AA schools this time, sorry... A - Oakdale, Peabody, Clarksville Academy, D2 - Davidson Academy, Rossville Christian Academy and Jackson State CC ... We haven't any on the shelf, so please send some more in this week so we can add you to our growing list of 2015 Team Previews!! OPENING THIS WEEK: Tennessee Wesleyan @ UA - Montgomery and Martin Methodist @ Point College on Friday Jan. 30 ... Lee opens Sun Feb 1 vs Emmanuel in DH at Lee ... LMU opens at SC-Aiken (Kenny Thomas) on Friday Jan 30 as does Tusculum, who plays at St. Leo ... We'll have scores and post story links as soon as they are available!|
|January 21, 2015: WE have a bunch of team previews to post today!! Starting with TCCAA's Southwest TN ... Class A - Jo Byrns, Oliver Springs, Watertown, Community, Middle Tennessee Christian, Class AA - South Gibson, Sycamore, Unicoi County, Class AAA - Hardin Valley Academy, Bartlett, Centennial, Hendersonville and Division II - McCallie.|
|January 18, 2015: Had a great time yesterday visiting with everyone at the TBCA Clinic - have posted up the award winners and some excerpts of the Hall of Fame speeches on our Facebook page! Hoping to finish up the TCCAA 2015 Previews this week and continue to add HS previews! Coaches please send when ready!|
|January 13, 2015: Here are some more team previews - Columbia State and Chattanooga State CC ... as well as HS's - Boyd Buchanan, Jackson Northside, Harding Academy Remember the TBCA Clinic is this weekend in Franklin, TN - We will be there helping out! Say Hi|
|January 8, 2015: We have posted a few team previews we have received - Dyersburg State CC, Roane State CC and Walters State CC... and a couple HS teams - Clarksville and Gordonsville HS's...|
January 2, 2015: ABCA is this
weekend in Orlando, FL...
TBCA clinic is Jan. 16-18... On Friday, Jan. 30 we will have
3 TN team in action for the "opening" day - Roane State CC will
be at Marion Military in Alabama; Martin Methodist will be at
Point University in Georgia; and Tennessee Wesleyan will open up
at UA-Montgomery... it'll be here before we no it! Don't forget
to send in your HS team previews as soon as possible! This will
be our 15th year of baseball coverage - started out as MidTN
Prep Baseball on a free host called Homestead... we've
transformed over the years and our main focus is High School and
JuCo baseball coverage... as most of you know, I played at
Volunteer State CC in 1980 when the program was shut down due to
the economics of Title IX... I have a spot in my heart to cover
the league as it gets very little coverage in most places - I am
a teacher/retired coach by trade and I rely on coaches to get me
info for previews - without their help I couldn't do it - Really
the reason I do this is to help kids get recognized for their
efforts - I'm not a profit making entity, I don't claim to be
able to predict who the top draft picks are - all the info I get
is from coaches who are in the trenches and see the players...
being in Middle TN I get to some stuff in my area, but can't see
the entire state for obvious reasons - I rely again, on coaches,
to help me rank teams for our polls (which by the way don't
really mean much, but fans sure get worked up about them)...the
polls started when the Free Press in Johnson City quit doing
them and the folks at the TBCA wanted to get some going - I
volunteered, as usual, to help out in any way I could - So I
tried to get some help from papers but without much luck, so I
said what the heck - I can call coaches and a few of the paper
guys I know and just do them myself - because, really, they
don't mean anything - HS baseball is a tournament sport -
that's all that counts - the regular season is practice in a
sense - so I try to spread the wealth around - and I'm usually
pretty close... In the 10 years I've been doing them by the end
of the regular season I've got'em nailed down pretty good. Some
years are easier than others which is why I don't do pre season
polls any more and also why I don't start them til at least 3
weeks into the season... I've put quite a bit of time into the
High School State Record Book as well - I mean a lot of time - I
haven't updated it this fall due to my job and traveling around
with my daughters to soccer and basketball games... Again - I
rely on coaches to get me stats at the end of each season so I
can put the records together, I have them compile career
records for me - it's not perfect, but we've had people send
stuff out of newspapers, etc from way back and we are so
thankful for the help as we want it to be as accurate as
possible... I am looking forward to 2015 and hope everybody has
a great season with your particular team!
USA Baseball unveils NHSI field -FARRAGUT is in
Collegiate Baseball D1 Pre Season Poll ...
D2 Poll ...
D3 Poll ...
NAIA Poll ...
NJCAA Poll ...
|December 26, 2014: Working on some site cleanup - Will be taking and looking for High School team previews and JuCo team previews when you get ready to send them - we have undergone some changes over the past year - our forms quit working last spring for some reason and we could never figure out why so I've doubled up the Team Preview form at the bottom of the All Region form this year - Vandy tabbed #1 in pre-season polls ... 4 Commodores named to LS PreSeason All American teams ... Cumberland #1 in preseason coaches poll ... Locante and Conner get promotions ... Peay's Robles named to LS PreSeason All America team ... Lipscomb recently completes trip to Dominican Republic ... UT's Stewart a PreSeason AA ...|
|December 17, 2014: computer has been down for about 2 weeks - will do some updating when school is out over Christmas break...|
|November 25, 2014: Added a few more signee's...|
|November 19, 2014: 7 additional players have signed - early signee's - if you know of anyone else please let us know!!|
|November 16, 2014: My list of early signee's for college baseball - if you see someone I need to add, please tweet me or email me - I have 78, are there more??|
|September 29, 2014: MLB AL Wildcard Sept 30 7:07 cdt TBS Oakland at Kansas City (Lester vs Shields) ... MLB NL Wildcard Oct. 1 7:07 cdt ESPN San Fransisco at Pittsburgh (Bumgarner vs Volquez) AL Series start Oct. 2 on TBS and NL Series start Oct. 3 on Fox/MLB Network ... 9 TN Players in the playoffs / 5 are home grown products: Matt Cain (Disabled List - Houston/San Fransisco), Pedro Alverez (Vandy/Pittsburgh), Sonny Gray (Smyrna/Vandy/Oakland), Luke Hocheavar (UT/Kansas City - Disabled List), David Price - (Blackman/Vandy/Detroit), Caleb Joseph - (Franklin/Lipscomb/Baltimore), Ryan Flaherty - (Vandy/Baltimore), A.J. Ellis - (Austin Peay/Los Angeles NL), and Taylor Hill - (Mt. Juliet/Vandy/Washington) ...|
|August 7, 2014: Chatt State positioning itself to get back on top ...|
SPORTS HELP FIGHT PARKINSON'S
Baseball coaches know it's not really a talent but rather an intangible to be worked on practice after practice, hoping it eventually carries over to each game. Then, if everything jells, you've got a chance at a pretty good season. Then you build from there. Possibly nowhere in Tennessee has high school baseball reached the consistency it has at Farragut. After winning their ninth state championship in spring 2014 - all but one in the 2000s - the consistency continues. "I don't think there's much doubt Farragut has been the most consistent team in east Tennessee the last 20 years," said Pat Dorwin, a former Admiral who played on Farragut's initial state championship team more than 30 years ago. "That puts the Admirals up there with being one of the best baseball programs in Tennessee - ever."
Over the past three decades, the Ads have produced nine state champions and four state runner-up squads. State titles came in 1982, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. Farragut has lost in four title games - 1988, 2001, 2002 and 2013. "The Farragut baseball program continues to represent our school and community with pride and class," Farragut athletic director Seth Smith said. During all those years, the Admirals have had just four coaches: John Heatherly, his longtime assistant Herky Payne, followed by Tommy Pharr getting Farragut back to state title winners, and Buckner, who won two state championships his first two years after Pharr left after capturing two in a row himself, leaving Farragut as the only state Class AAA baseball team to win it all four consecutive years. "With this past spring's title, Farragut has been state champs, or runners-up, 13 times over the past 32 years," Dorwin said. "That defines consistency." Farragut is also consistent in its community service, helping raise almost $6,000 over the past five seasons to help find a cure for Parkinson's disease. The event is held each May at the Ads' Throwback Game, where a doubleader is scheduled and the teams wear old-school uniforms with cheap concessions are sold.
"Farragut has an awesome booster club that is the backbone to the success we've had in raising money to fight Parkinson's," Dorwin said. Dorwin, leading hitter for the Ads and an All-Knoxville Interscholastic League player in 1982, was diagnosed with Early-onset Parkinson's in 2003 at the age of 38, initiated a fundraiser for the National Parkinson Foundation in 2010 at the doubleheader. "I called coach Buckner out of the blue," Dorwin said. "I told him my idea and he immediately said, 'Sure, we can do it at the Throwback Game.' "He had no idea who I was," Dorwin said. "He just told me I was part of the Admiral family and they would help in any way they could. There's not many coaches out there that show class like that." Dorwin's youngest brother Pete, a member of the 1988 runner-up squad and also an All-KIL outfielder, was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 at age 39. "Pete's gutting it out," said Pat Dorwin. "I would not wish this disease on anyone."
Farragut business women Ellen Hubrig organized the first two events, bringing in vendors and holding silent auctions, Dorwin said. Dorwin then founded Project 20/20, with the goal of 20 area high schools holding fundraisers at sporting events by the year 2020. See www.pdproject2020.blogspot.com for more information. Dorwin said more than $4,000 was raised the first two years and all the credit goes to Hubrig. "I was just the unfortunate spokesman," he said. The 2012 event raised almost $600 and nearly $400 in 2013, as Dorwin had partnered with the Knoxville-based KiMe Fund (www.kimecnd.org) as they focus on raising funds for movement disorders, primarily Parkinson's disease.
"We got back on track in 2014, helped because there was a tripleheader," Dorwin said. "We were able to pass on more than $950 to the KiMe representative at the game." While Farragut has remained the consistent venue Dorwin said money has been raised at a local high school rugby festival (www.smacrugby.com) and at baseball games at Pigeon Forge, Seymour and Anderson County. "That's where we need to get more consistent, getting more teams involved, and getting established so the event can become yearly," Dorwin said. "That's the tough part - getting the coaches and athletic directors to call or e-mail you back so you can explain the purpose of the fund-raisers: To get money to the KiMe Fund, which does a great job of finding key places to get money to for helping to cure Parkinson's or just help slow it down."
Dorwin, who also played high-level softball for a long time as well as playing for 15 years with the Knoxville Possums Rugby Football Club, relied on his speed as an athlete, but not anymore because of the way his Parkinson's has progressed. "I'm slow most of the time. When my medicine works, I can get outside and run around with my kids (Eli, 10, and Addie Grace, 8) and my wife Angie, but the disease has spread from my left side to my right quad in the past 18 months," Dorwin said. "That's caused a new set of problems, so I have to use a wheel chair at times and I fall quite a bit. "But you carry on. That's why Project 20/20 is so important to me - any donation could be the one that helps me eventually get on even footing to fight back at this disease. It would be great if this release reaches coaches and athletic directors and they set up whatever kind of fund-raiser they'd like. Farragut gives us the gate, which consists entirely of donations from spectators, but not all schools can do that. Baseball is a big sport at some schools, but I would appreciate help from any kind of varsity or club sport."
To contact Dorwin, use the email@example.com e-mail address or phone 865-363-9014.
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|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Overall %||11.3 %||12.3%||12.9%||12.5%||15.3%||15.3%||16.3%||16%||16.6%||16.9%||14.5|
|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)|
MLB Playoff Central
|National League||American League|
|San Fransisco Sports||Pittsburgh Post-Gazette||Oakland CA Sports||Kansas City Star|
|LA Times /||St. Louis Dispatch||Detroit Free Press||Baltimore Sun|
|Washington Post||Orange Co Register|
|MLB.com||Fox Sports MLB||ESPN MLB||Baseball Digest|
Teams listed below - Link to updated pdf file of nominations thru June 2 above
114 NOMINATIONS TURNED IN (114 AS OF JUNE 5 IN GREEN)
|FORREST||SUMMERTOWN||NORTH GREENE||USJ||BGA||SPRING HILL|
|SULLIVAN EAST||DYER COUNTY||SCIENCE HILL||SIEGEL||RIPLEY||COMMUNITY|
|LEWIS COUNTY||JACKSON CHRISTIAN||KNOX CHRISTIAN||DOBYNS-BENNETT||SODDY DAISY||BAYLOR|
|SYCAMORE||Knox GRACE CHRISTIAN||GOODPASTURE||CAK||KNOX CATHOLIC||TIPTON ROSEMARK|
|LEXINGTON||McCALLIE||BOYD BUCHANAN||SEQUOYAH||CHRISTIAN BROTHERS||DYERSBURG|
|MORRISTOWN WEST||COOKEVILLE||UNICOI COUNTY||BRENTWOOD||CLARKRANGE||CENTRAL MAGNET|
|SEYMOUR||FATHER RYAN||SEVIER COUNTY||GREENEVILLE||CARTER||KNOX WEBB|
|MILAN||SODDY DAISY||TULLAHOMA||ONEIDA||TRINITY CHRISTIAN||COVINGTON|
|JACK SOUTH SIDE||BRIGHTON||GERMANTOWN||HARDING ACADEMY||ANDERSON COUNTY||BARTLETT|
|SOUTH PITTSBURG||CORNERSVILLE||ROSSVIEW||TENNESSEE||CLARKSVILLE||BRENTWOOD ACADEMY|
|TROUSDALE CO.||WEST GREENE||BEECH||COLLIERVILLE||FRA||WHITE HOUSE|
|STATION CAMP||OVERTON||McNAIRY CNTRL||GRAINGER||HENRY CO.||LORETTO|
|UPPERMAN||CREEK WOOD||OAKDALE||WILSON CENTRAL||MEIGS CO.||ARLINGTON|
|HENDERSONVILLE||FRANKLIN||ZION CHRIST.||CAMDEN||SOUTH GIBSON||HALLS|
|CLARK NE||D CROCKETT||MTCS||PORTLAND||HUNTLAND||CUMBERLAND CO.|
|KNOX HALLS||D BOONE||BEARDEN||SYCAMORE||WATERTOWN||WESTMORELAND|
|EAST ROBERTSON||MT JULIET||ALCOA||WARREN CO.||ELIZABETHTON||OLIVER SPRINGS|
|ROCKWOOD||HARDIN VALLEY||COFFEE CO.||GORDONSVILLE||JO BYRNS|