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4/20-22/18 - Weekend UPdate: Friday Edition - TCCAA Scores - Columbia 13 Roane 2; Cleveland 6 Dyersburg 4; Walters 10 Motlow 1; Southwest 14 Jackson 4 and Volunteer 5 Chattanooga 3...

4/19/18 - Remember to read the Twitter feed >>> for article links and scores updated at least 3x a day....Mustangs roll past Cherokees... Loudon ace handcuffs Wildcats... Raiders rally late, let lead slip away... Rose walk off give Trojans win... Barlow one hitter give DC the win over Briarcrest... Unaka slides past Cloudland, 15-2... Cyclones ride big fourth to top South... C-D's Jameson Cobble Gets Pitching Win And Walk-Off Hit In Sweep Of Rebels... Blue Devils earn key win over Central... Science Hill clinches Big 7 regular season title with win at Cherokee... Shaver fires two-hit shutout, JCHS blanks West... 

TCCAA Week 8 Preview

Chattanooga vs Volunteer - Tiger HC Greg Dennis told TBR, "We are looking to regroup and play better hopefully as an always tough Vol State comes in to our place.  Coach Huntís guys always play with great energy and execution.  We know that we are going to have to do a better job of handling the ball and hitting the ball to even have a chance this weekend.  Hope we are able to do so!!" Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt added, "This weekend we head down to Chattanooga St. This will be a very challenging weekend for us. Chatt St is always very well coached and fundamentally sound. We come in scuffling big time losing 5 straight conference games. We have to get back to throwing more strikes and not getting behind hitters and being able to manufacture some runs some how. We will have to play a well rounded game this weekend to have a chance against Coach Dennis team."

Cleveland vs Dyersburg - Eagle HC Robert White told TBR, "We head to East Tennessee to play a red-hot Cleveland team that has reeled off 9 wins in a row.  Mike has his guys playing well at the right time and we will definitely have to execute in order to salvage a game.  They have the ability to score a lot of runs and completely shut down an offense.  We must continue to play flawless defense and come up with timely hits.  We have been plagued with injuries all year and will once again be without several key position guys.  Hopefully, we can piece it together for the next two weeks and keep our head above water!" Cougar HC Mike Policastro added, "This week we play a very balanced Dyersburg State team who has improved as the season has went along. They have a explosive line-up that is capable of putting up big numbers on the scoreboard. Our challenge this weekend will be to try to minimize there scoring innings by playing solid defense and minimize free bases. Our pitching staff will have to make big pitches to get out of jams. Offensively, we will need to have quality at bats and be able to capitalize on any scoring opportunities we may have."

Motlow vs Walters - Bucks HC Dan McShea told TBR, "We will be hosting the red hot Senators this weekend.  Walters has a well balanced and very talented team that has been ranked 1 or 2 in the country for most of the season.  Coach Shelton and his staff have, once again, done a tremendous job putting together a great team.  It is imperative that we pitch and play well defensively in order to limit the big inning.  Our offense will be tested as well with a pitching staff that leads our conference in numerous categories.  If we want to be a team that competes on a national level, then we need to step up to the challenge this weekend and put all phases of the game together.  This should be an exciting weekend of baseball." Senator HC Dave Shelton added, "We were completely exposed last weekend against Columbia. In 3 games, we made 10 errors, gave up 7 home runs, 34 hits, and allowed 26 runs. So I am dumbfounded as to how we managed to win that series. While many of our mistakes had to do with Columbia outplaying us and the pressure they put on us, we know we have some issues we will need to fix before post-season. And this weekend heading to Tullahoma, those issues could be magnified again facing the powerful Bucks. With them leading the Nation in home runs and playing at their place,  we have to play better defense and execute pitches much better than we did this past weekend, or we will endure a long miserable bus ride home after this series. "

Jackson vs Southwest - Generals HC Ty Malik told TBR, "We were fortunate to win some games this past weekend to keep us mathematically alive.  We will have to play much better to expect the same results this weekend against Southwest.  Erik has done a good job with his guys in a short time and they have been very competitive.  I think this will be a tough series and hope we will show up to play.  We have to limit our defensive mistakes and find a way to put multiple at-bats together to give us a chance." Saluqi HC Erik Schoenrock added, "We did a good job limiting our freebies that we gave Cleveland last weekend, but did not do a good job limiting big innings and stopping momentum when it was swinging their way. Cleveland played well, I thought they were one of the more balanced teams we have played so far. This weekend, we are at Jackson State, who is coming off of a sweep on the road. We will have our hands full, especially in their ballpark. If we do not make quality pitches to all 9 guys in their lineup, we will find ourselves giving up big innings that will be tough to overcome."

Columbia vs Roane - Charger HC Mike Corn told TBR, "Coming out of Morristown limping and exposedÖespecially our lack of quality coaching.  Twenty-one of the twenty-eight runs we surrendered occurred in three innings.  My inability to make the right moves on the mound has put us in a difficult spot.  Everyone is vying for second place and I have severely damaged our chances of achieving that.  We have dropped seven conference games and five of those we have lost in the last two innings based on personnel decisions made by the head coach.  With a Roane State team that always plays us tough coming to town, we will need mentally and emotionally to regroup.  Coach Sterner has a few arms capable of shutting any team down and when you have that, you have a chance.  I look for all three games to be highly contested.  "

4/17/18 -  TCCAA Series Player of the Week are: Spencer Yankle/Dyersburg, Joey Roberson/Cleveland, DJ WrightJackson, Troy Weatherly/Motlow and Dylan Harris of Walters State...TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Dylan Harris of Walters State. Harris went 6-12, scored 5 runs, had a double, 2 HR and 5 rbi... TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Kody Davidson of Dyersburg State. Davidson tossed a complete game shutout, allowing 3 hits and struck out 6 batters...

4/13-15/18 - Weekend Wrap-up: (FRIDAY) TCCAA Columbia upsets Walters 14-9 in a wild game.... Columbia put up 6 run in the top of the first only to see Walters answer with a 9 spot in the bottom of the third only to lose the game as the Chargers put together a 5 run 7th  to win the game... Box Score... Dyersburg swept a DH on Friday from Chatt (10-0, 12-3) ... as did Motlow, who swept Volunteer 13-1 and 6-4... Cleveland, Jackson and Motlow sweep's were on the road... Cleveland topped Southwest (9-1, 6-4)... Jackson topped Roane(10-6, 3-2)...  Rain played a big role over the TCCAA weekend as 3 series lost their third game due to rain... Walters rebounded to take 2 games and win their series with Columbia... Scores... 4 YR College Baseball: The biggest series in the state was #16 Vandy vs #4 Ole Miss - The Dores swept a DH on Sunday by identical scores of 8-7 to won the series - Vandy vs Ole Miss picture gallery ... No. 25 Tech makes it 20 straight wins, clinches fifth straight OVC series sweep at Murray State... Dores sweep doubleheader... Blue Raiders series against Rice ends in a tie... Lions Complete Sweep Of No. 12 Scots In Friday Double Header... Bradley shoves as Eagles seal series over Bears... Railsplitters clinch series win at Catawba with wild ... Burns' Grand Slam, Save Help Trojans sweep Panthers.... New HS POLLS!!

4/12/18 - TCCAA Week 7 Preview

Dyersburg vs Chattanooga - Eagle HC Robert White told TBR, "We are coming off a tough weekend against a very good Senators club.  This weekend is an important one for both teams.  Coach Dennis once again has a great group of guys that play a difficult brand of baseball to prepare for.  The Tigers are always solid fundamentally and do a great job of battling at the plate.  We are going to have to be much better on the mound than we have been for us to win this series.  I look for all 3 games to be tight and go down to the wire!" Chatt HC Greg Dennis added, "This is going to be a short week after playing a tough Columbia State team on Sunday-Monday at their place and then turning around and going to another tough place in Dyersburg.  I know Coach White hasnít had the season so far that he has had the previous two, but they will be gaining momentum to get back to Chattanooga and look to three-peat at the Region Tournament and that all has gotten underway now.  We will have our hands full and are bracing for the storm!!"

Southwest vs Cleveland - Saluqi HC Erik Schoenrock told TBR, "I thought we pitched it well this past weekend at Memphis vs Roane State. Roane out competed us in the batters box and on defense and they took the series because of it. We have to be much better in execution moments offensively. We have our last weekend at USA Stadium this weekend against Cleveland State. They are playing well right now and we will have to be good in all facets in order to have a chance to win the series. Coach Policastro will have his team ready to perform, so we will have to be ready to go or else it will be a disappointing last home series for us in 2018." Cleveland HC Mike Policastro added, "We were able to get back on track last week by playing well in all areas. We had solid starting pitching in 2 of the 3 games, and our offense picked us up in game 3. This week as we travel to Southwest we know that we will need to continue to compete in all three areas to give ourselves a chance to have success. Eric has Southwest playing hard, they have been competitive in all their series this season. As with every weekend in the conference, we expect this is going to be another challenging series."

Roane vs Jackson - Raider HC Zach Sterner told TBR, "Good weekend for us this past weekend. Played hard and didnít quit. Finally had a little luck on our side too! Hosting Jackson in a DH Friday at 12pm and a single 9 Sat at 12PM. Last home series for the Raiders as we look to put together two weekends in a row. Knowing we have a good club coming into Harriman, we have to play good defensive and limit freebies which we have been very successful at in the back end. Should be a scrappy good three games. Go Raiders" Jackson HC Ty Malik added, "We are headed to Harriman this weekend.  Once again, we need to play better to have a chance at a series.  Roane will have some quality arms that will have a chance to shut us down.  I hope we can play better"

Volunteer vs Motlow - Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt told TBR, "We have a very good talented team in Motlow St coming into Gallatin this weekend. After coming off a weekend where we were pretty much dominated all weekend by Cleveland St. We for sure have to get focused back in before Friday especially on the mound if we even want to be able to compete with Motlow. They have a very potent lineup one that can put the game out of reach in a hurry. We will have to play very well this weekend in all phases to be successful." Motlow HC Dan McShea added, "We travel to Gallatin this weekend to face a solid Pioneer team that can beat anyone.  Coach Hunt has done a great job of putting together a very talented team that is fundamentally sound in every area.  I know we will see good pitching all weekend with a strong defense behind them and an offense to match.  We will have to pitch well and play stingy defense ourselves because they have held their opponentsí offense in check all year.  We will need to play well in all phases of the game this weekend."

Columbia vs Walters - Charger HC Mike Corn told TBR, "Coming out of a tough series against Chattanooga and a disappointing loss at Snead, weíre trying to determine if our opponents are just pitching that well our offense in going cold at worst time.  We had no business winning that last game on Monday and followed that up with a lackluster Tuesday performance.  Our current level of play could spell embarrassment for us this weekend.  Our defensive decision making and ball handling has been absolutely abysmal in our last three games and we are not built to give so many additional outs.  We need to have some efficiency on the mound for us to be successful and our blunders are putting entirely too much stress on our pitching staff.  I told Coach Shelton before the season that they may go undefeated this year, and I didnít miss my prediction by much.  Going to Morristown to face the best junior college team I have ever seen, and maybe one of the best ever assembled, will be a tall task.  Dave and the Senators are the real deal and have a legitimate chance at winning another national title.  Letís just hope we get back to Mule Town in one piece." Walters HC Dave Shelton added, "Big weekend here in Morristown with Columbia State coming to town. They have been on fire, winning 14 of their last 17 games, and only 5 conference losses on the year. They are a little different team than normal this year. They have the same team speed as always, being 4th in the nation in stolen bases, but this year they have a good bit of team power to go with it. With a team slugging percentage over .500, they have a lot of guys in the lineup who can hurt you with one swing of the bat, so they present a vast array of challenges for a team trying to slow them down. As always, they are very good at putting pressure on their opponents and forcing them to make mistakes. For us to have any shot at being successful this weekend we must be able to handle that pressure. It is always important to limit free bases, but it becomes especially important with a team like Columbia with their combination of power and speed, as errors, walks, and hit batters will get you beat every time. So being fundamentally sound will be the biggest key against the Chargers. "

 

4/10/18 - Soddy-Daisy Rides Perry Pitching To 4-2 Victory Against Walker Valley... Williams shines in Raiders' win... Blaze, Bears calm 'Canes... Check out how Briarcrest rallied to knock off one of state's top teams...ALMOST PERFECT- Collierville's Jacob Burks flirts with perfect game, throws no-hitter... Raiders rally for road win... Six run second inning sets tone for Tribe win...Roundup- Monterey boys lose in 4-3 thriller; UHS Bees win... Jones Notches 700th Career Coaching Win...Science Hill wins pitchers' duel against D-B...Central Magnet holds off Forrest rally for 6-5 victory... Siegel baseball sweeps Riverdale, runs win streak to nine games... Patriots win second game of two-game set with Indians... Eagles fly high, ground Champs... Pitching highlights Patriot sweep of South Greene...Catch up with the Chargers at the USA Classic... Jackets win district game; drop 4 tourney games... TCCAA PItcher of the Week is Landon Knack from Walters State CC. Knack threw a 9 inning complete game shutout with 12 K's and allowing 5 hits.... TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Hunter Oliver of Cleveland State CC. Hunter went 6-10, scored 7 runs, had 6rbi with 2 doubles and 2 HR and 3 BB...
 

4/6-8/18 - Weekend Wrap-up: TCCAA play continues into Monday... Cleveland gets off the mat and sweeps Volunteer 5-0, 10-0 and in dramatic fashion a walk off slam to win 12-8 on Saturday... Roane and SW split on Saturday 11-1 SW, 8-0 Roane... Dyersburg broke the Walters winning streak at 29 games with a 5-4 win in game 2 of the series...

Cumberland goes on the road and sweeps Georgetown (KY) 8-3, 4-1, 12-5 ...Fast start propels Phoenix past Georgetown...Gordon's homers, pitching lead baseball to doubleheader sweep...  Bats heat up as temps cool down in Bison's 12-7 victory over Jacksonville...  Govs secure series win behind Pucheu's stellar outing... Cincinnati Holds Off Memphis Sunday...  Lions Split With Bethel In Saturday Series...MT drops doubleheader to Marshall... Tech walks off against Jacksonville State again, set record with 15th straight win... Martin, Pioneers have record night in 24-4 win at Lenoir-Rhyne, Jones posts 699th victory...Vandy broke their 6 game losing streak and won the Georgia series as Bats come alive in series win... Vols Take Down Top-Ranked Gators in Second Game of Sunday Doubleheader...

4/5/18 - TCCAA Week 6 Preview:

Columbia vs Chattanooga: Tiger HC Greg Dennis told TBR, "We will have our hands full with a red-hot Columbia State team playing at home.  Mike and his staff have put together another top-flight group and they are hitting on all cylinders right now.  We need to pitch it better for sure as they are hitting well and need to clean up a bunch on defense as that will signal death against the Chargers if you donít play it well." Columbia's Mike Corn added, "For the second series in a row, seemingly every single break fell our way.  Motlow has one impressive ball club that will be in the hunt for a Region VII championship come May.  Now our focus turns to the Tigers who are at the top of our league in ERA and fielding percentage which will keep them in every single game.  Greg has a group that competes the way he likes to play which makes them a threat to sweep every weekend.  We will need to play the inside game better than we have been of late if we want to be successful against Chattanooga.  They make less mistakes than most and will situationally execute forcing us to handle the baseball.  This is a scary match-up seeing their pitching staff only allows 2.77 runs per game, a stifling number.  We give up more than that in our weekly bullpen sessions.  I canít think of a better way to cap off the Mule Days festivities than with a Tigers-Chargers three game set at Dave Hall Field."

Cleveland vs Volunteer: Cleveland HC Mike Policastro told TBR, "We have have had a difficult past couple of series where we did not pitch or play very well  and the result were sweeps by Columbia and Walters. This week we play a very good Vol State team who has played well all season. They do a lot of things really well. Their pitching has been very good all season, they play really good defense and do not beat themselves. Offensively they compete in their at bats and find ways to capitalize on mistakes and free bases. For us to have a chance this weekend we need to have our starting pitchers compete in the zone and be able to make a pitch to get out of a jam. Our bullpen will have to step up and be better then they have been. Our team defense and defensive execution needs to improve to take the burden off our pitchers. Offensively, we will need to be able to take advantages of any scoring scoring opportunities." Volunteer HC Ryan Hunt added, "This weekend we head to Cleveland to for a 3 game set. It will no doubt be a tough challenge for us. They always have very solid teams all around. They have several hitters hitting well over 300 so our pitchers will have to be on top of their game to give us a chance this weekend. Hopefully our hitters will be able to create some offense to score runs. We just need to go in and compete as hard as we can and hopefully we will come away with a successful weekend."

Jackson vs Motlow: Jackson HC Ty Malik told TBR, "Really need to get some things going this week to have a chance to be in the tournament.  We have dug a deep hole and need something special to climb out.  Our offense has been anemic at times and it has been a big reason for our struggles.  We have lost our identity and mentality and need it back quick. It has been very disappointing, considering it is what has to carry us.  I mention that because if there is a weekend where we will have to swing the bats to compete, it is this one.  Motlow is swinging it well and I expect them to put up a bunch of runs.  The question is can we keep up with them?" Motlow HC Dan McShea added, "We have a team that is coming off a disappointing weekend where we were beaten in every phase of the game.  Columbia has a very good team that is very well coached as always.  I have to do a much better job of preparing our team this week.  There is no time for us to feel sorry for ourselves or be down.  Jackson State has a powerful offense that will punish teams for giving them extra outs.  This will be a another challenging weekend for our pitching staff.  We must be ready to step up to the challenge  and be able to answer offensively the way we have been able to at times this season."

Southwest vs Roane: Southwest HC Erik Schoenrock told TBR, "I thought we played well on Saturday this past weekend in both games, Chatt State has some interesting young players that are going to continue to get better as time goes on. Coach Dennis does a good job with those guys. This weekend, we have Roane coming into town. It should be an exciting weekend, getting the chance to play a weekend series at FedEx Park at the Univ. of Memphis. Roane has probably played the most difficult conference schedule so far, and they are due to breakout at any point. They have some quality arms that we will have our hands full with."

Dyersburg vs Walters: Senator HC Dave Shelton told TBR, "Once again we make that long trip across the state this year to visit Dyersburg, one of the toughest places to play in the league. Their 8-1 home record this year once again proves that. They are the defending league champions and return a lot of players off their World Series team from last year. Someone once said, ďTo BE THE MAN, you must BEAT THE MAN.Ē In our eyes, the Defending Champs are the Top Dog in the league until someone nocks them off. They havenít been as consistent as I am sure Robert would have liked this year thus far, but we know what they are capable of, and know what a challenge this weekend will be. For us to be successful there, we have to be solid in all phases, and cannot have any mental miscues throughout the series. I anticipate these will be 3 very good games, and hopefully we can compete with them on their home turf. " Eagle skipper Robert White added, "I thought we did some things really well at Roane this past weekend, hopefully we can continue to play together.  Fast forward to this weekendÖ.. the Senators have been unstoppable and basically annihilated everyone in their path.  Riding a win streak quickly approaching 30 games is unheard of!  Obviously they are balanced in every phase of the game and have great leadership.  We must pitch it extremely well, play flawless defense, and compete at a very high levelÖ..otherwise we will just be another ďvictimĒ  of the #1 ranked Senators."

4/3/18 - the TBR/TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Austin Henry from Walters State CC. Austin went 7-11 with a pair of doubles, 8 rbi and 3 stolen bases... there were some other performances that were just as good... Volunteer's Jake Lyle went 8-14 with 2HR and 9rbi, Columbia's Elliot Curtis went 6-9 with a double and HR, 6rbi and 4 stolen bases and Dyersburg's Daino Deas II went 7-14 with a HR and 7rbi... all great performances this week... Chattanooga's Jordan Power was a series POW on his 7 inning complete game in which he struck out 10 batters and allowed 5 hits and a run... the TBR/TCCAA Pitcher of the Week goes to a pair of Volunteer State pitchers who combined on a 10 inning shutout of Jackson State 1-0. Chase Douglas and Antonio Costas combined for 8 strikeouts and scattered 7 hits over 10 innings in the Pioneer 1-0 10 inning shutout victory... Estes Gets 300th FHU Victory With Win Over Eagles...

3/29-4/1/18 Weekend Wrap-up: First High School Polls are posted - the all class poll is above the rest are on the new 2018 HS Polls page... all the HS action from over the weekend was updated over the weekend on our TWITTER feed over here >>>>>>>

TCCAA Wrapup: Walters State has won 26 games in a row and have been on fire all season, currently the #1 ranked NJCAA team in the nation, the Senators seem to have no weaknesses as they swept Cleveland 11-4, 14-3 and 9-7... Columbia also had a huge weekend sweeping Motlow on the road... Volunteer State and Jackson battled hard but the Pioneers got timely hits to sweep the Generals at home incluidng a 10 inning 1-0 victory. 3 consecutive singles, the third by Bill Hamilton was the game winner... the Dyersburg bats came alive this weekend as they swept Roane... Southwest beat Chattanooga 2-1 with a Saturday DH sweep (3-2, 4-3) after being blown out (13-1) on Friday...  the Standings are as follows: (1) Walters 14-0, (2) Columbia 11-4, (3) Chattanooga, Volunteer, Dyersburg and Motlow all at 9-6,  (7) Cleveland 6-9, (8) Southwest 4-11, (9) Jackson 3-12 and (10) Roane 0-14...

4 Year Highlights: Lee sweeps Valdosta State: Sweep Over VSU Moves Flames Into 3rd Place... Freed-Hardeman sweeps: Lions Complete Sweep Of Trojans In Saturday Twin-Bill... Milligan pulls upset, wins series with #9 Bryan: Baseball sweeps DH, wins series at No. 9 Bryan... MTSU wins series, McGuire wins 150th: Blue Raiders win opener of series vs. Old Dominion... Maryville sweeps series, Church wins #100: Scots earn Church's 100th career victory with sweep of Berea... LMU wins series: Home runs power Railsplitters in SAC split with ... Lipscomb wins series: Kachmar fires complete game shutout to lead Bisons in win over NJIT... Peay wins series with walkoffs: Twice as Nice- Govs walk-off winners twice to sweep twinbill... TTU on FIRE: Tech continues hot streak, wins 11th straight with victory at Eastern Illinois... 

3/29/18 -  Bisons top No. 8 Vanderbilt behind combined one-hitter...

TCCAA Week 5 Preview:

Chattanooga vs Southwest - Saluqi HC Erik Schoenrock told TBR, "I thought we played well last weekend, minus 3 big innings we allowed on Saturday. Vol State did a great job taking advantage of any freebies that we gave them, and they pitched us well all weekend. We have another great opportunity this weekend in Chattanooga against Chatt State. Statistically, they are one of the most balanced teams we will have played so far. They have a bunch of new players, like ourselves, but seem to have adapted into this level of college baseball quite well."  Tiger skipper Greg Dennis added, "Last week was a tough week ( as expected ) as Jackson played really well and kept us on our heels the better part of the weekend.  We did squeak one game out and while that isnít what you go in hoping for, we were contented by the end of Saturday to take it and run.  Southwest is bringing in a new team that seems to be on the up-swing now and looking to make some noise in conference.  Erik and his staff seem to be doing a great job and I am sure they will be talented like they normally are.  Another tough weekend ahead for sure!!"

Walters vs Cleveland - Cougar HC Mike Policastro told TBR, "We travel to Walters this weekend after being out played by Columbia State last weekend will be a challenge for us.   Dave and his staff have had  the Senators playing well all season. They have no weaknesses offensively or on the mound. For us to be competitive this weekend we will need get quality starts from our starters and try to hold down Walter State's explosive offense, play solid defense and minimize free bases. Offensively, we will need to grind out at bats and be able to cash in on any scoring opportunities that we may get. We look forward to the challenge of playing on the top team in the country." Senator HC Dave Shelton added, "Having a 7-day layoff from games probably comes at a bad time for us with Cleveland State coming to town. We canít really afford to be rusty against them, knowing how hungry they will be after this past weekend with Columbia. Cleveland has had our number the past 2 years, winning the series each year. They have an excellent club again this year, so we expect this weekend to be a huge challenge for us. Hopefully our guys will be able to respond to the challenge.  "

Volunteer vs Jackson - General HC Ty Malik told TBR, "We were able to win a series against a solid Chatt team last weekend, so hopefully that can get us going a bit.  This week we travel to Vol, who has played well so far this season.  We have pretty much played the same teams the first few weeks and they have come out of it in far better shape than we have.  So this weekend is important for us if we want to get back to the pack a little and have a chance for a good seed in this tournament.  Vol looks to be solid on the mound and will have some guys that will make us pay if we donít executed pitches.  I just hope we get our confidence back and play with some intent."  Pioneer skipper Ryan Hunt added, "Last week we was able to come away with the series win at Southwest. We had a couple of big innings and good starting pitching that lead us to two wins last Saturday.  This weekend we host Jackson St. Which is always a tough series for us. Since I have been here they have won the series against us every year. They always have good arms and a very good offensive. Tyson always has his teams ready to play so we will have to play very well to have a successful weekend."

Motlow vs Columbia - Bucks HC Dan McShea told TBR, "We have the red hot Columbia State Chargers coming to town this weekend.  Coach Corn has once again done a tremendous job of putting together a great team.  They have a powerful offense that can score in bunches and have been pitching well.  They will test us on the bases and keep pressure on our defense.  We must play solid defense and pitch well this weekend.  We are starting to put some of the pieces together but we still have work to do.  I expect this to be a very exciting series. Charger HC MIke Corn added, ďPlaying the red hot Bucks this weekend in Tullahoma will be a great challenge for our ball club.  Motlow is riding a big win streak and as usual have a stellar record at home.  McShea and the boys are coming off of an impressive weekend where they executed in all three phases of the game.  The key for us will not be to keep them in the park, because they will leave the yard regardless.  It will be to minimize the free passes in front of all those dingers in hopes to minimize the damage.  We are coming off a less than impressive offensive performance where we had quite a few breaks and bleeders that fell our way.  Not to mention the abysmal Friday starts where our bullpen really bailed us out of several compromising situations.  The Chargers must to be firing on all cylinders and will need our starting pitching to get a little deeper into the games if we want to compete.Ē

Roane vs Dyersburg - Eagle HC Robert White told TBR, "We head to Roane State after a disappointing series at Motlow.  The Bucks simply wanted to win more than we didÖ..hats off to them.  Roane is off to slow start in conference, but I know Zach will have his guys ready to win a series.  By the looks of things, the Raiders pitching staff has done a very nice job for the most part.  I look for this to be a very tight series." Raider HC Zach Sterner added, ""

3/27/18 - TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Bill Hamilton from Vollunteer State CC. Hamilton went 6-12 with 3 doubles and a grand slam and 8 rbi.... TCCAA Pitcher of the Weekis DJ Wright from Jackson State CC. Wright tossed a 7 inning complete game shutout while striking out 6 batters and allowing only 2 hits.

3/23-25/18 Baseball Weekend Wrap-up: Lots of baseball being played despite the rain all across the state - HS scores updated as they are tweeted!! See feed >>>>> to the right...

Hixson Rally Tops Notre Dame In 5-4 Thriller... Blue Raiders get big inning to beat Meigs... Lions take down Lewis County 9-1... Warriors win in shutout fashion... Solid pitching, timely hitting lead Cavs over Pioneers... UHS baseball sweeps Livingston... Prep Baseball Roundup- Happy Valley tops Bulldogs, Rangers slip past South Greene... North Greene Runs Away To 19-5 Win Over South Greene...  Cyclones rally late, beat Pigeon Forge in 8 innings...Trojans start fast, take down Seymour on the road... Siegel baseball takes hard-fought series over Stewarts Creek... Patriots score late runs to beat Hawks... JeffCo sweeps Morristown-East... Seventh inning run downs Station Camp...  p

TCCAA: Walters swept Roane in a rain shortened series... On Friday, Motlow hung on to peat Dyersburg 5-4 and 6-3. The Eagles put up a 3 spot in the top of the 7th and left the bases loaded as the third out was recorded... Johnny Mangini's 3 run blast was the big hit of game one and Paul Rahman had a 2 run HR in game 2 to ice the cake and the win for the Motlow Bucks... Southwest ptiched very well in their 3-2 win over Volunteer St. Brayden Green picked up his first win, going 6 strong innings. Chandler Gant got a save. On Saturday, Columbia was the first team to complete a 3 game sweep beating Cleveland 6-1... Motlow swept Dyersburg with 908 win in 10 innings... Vol State swept the DH by scores of 5-1 and 12-1 to win the series... Chattanooga salvaged a game winning 9-6 over Jackson...

3/22/18 - TCCAA Week 4 Series Preview

Jackson vs Chattanooga - Tiger HC Greg Dennis told TBR, "We are licking our wounds after being soundly outplayed by Cleveland State last weekend and need to find a way to re-group some.  Jackson is a tough, tough place to play and Tyson has had a great run the past 3-4 years of quality teams. We will need to hit it much better and definitely pitch it and field it like we have done so before. Hoping for the best!!" General HC Ty Malik added, "Tough weekend at Dyersburg last weekend.  I thought we did some good things but gave Dyersburg way too many outs and chances to beat a quality team like them. If we can continue to build off of some things we did last weekend and clean up some defensive errors that we made, we will have a chance.  Chattanooga coming in does not help our cause, as they are as fundamentally sound as anyone and will not give us anything.  We will definitely have to outplay them to have a chance in this series. Chatt is playing good baseball right now and will look to come in to Jackson and start separating themselves."

Cleveland vs Columbia - Charger HC Mike Corn told TBR, ďHeading across Monteagle Mountain this week to face a hyper-athletic Cleveland State squad is a little unnerving. Mike obviously has the ĎCougsí playing well after taking two from a well-balanced Chatt team. The Cougars are truly a complete team.  Something you do not always see nowadays in the amateur game. They will compete in all three phases and will force you to beat them, especially in the friendly confines of Cougar Field. We, on the other hand, are highly unpredictable. Jekyll and Hyde on most days but the offense is somehow finding a way to score some runs even though our approach with runners in scoring position leaves much to be desired.  Our 2018 success is much more dependent on our bats than we have been in the past. So far this season, winning has been a simple formulaÖscore in bunches. Stat of the century depicts exactly who we are:  we average 10.47 runs when we win and an anemic 3.09 in our losses. For comparison, that ratio is typically more in the 2:1 range on teams with a similar winning percen-tage. If you only live by the sword, you will die by the sword. Hopefully we can find a little more consistency in all facets...if not, it will be a long ride back to Mule town.Ē  Cougar HC Mike Policastro added, "We look forward to being back home after two road weekends. Columbia comes in swinging the bats really well showing a lot of power throughout the line-up. Hopefully our pitchers will be able to keep the ball in the park this weekend and defensively  be able to make the routine play to try  stay out of giving Columbia  big scoring innings. We need to keep improving in all areas and try to eliminate the one big inning defensively.  Offensively,  we would need to continue to get functional offense throughout the line-up. It should be a challenging weekend as they all are."

Motlow vs Dyersburg - Eagle HC Robert White told TBR, "Motlow is a much improved team and will be a tough opponent for us this weekend.  They have a very powerful offense and some really good hitters throughout their line-up.  Their pitching has the ability to completely shut down any offense as well.  Hopefully, we can continue to find ways to win as we limp into Tullahoma with several key injuries.  Our freshman arms have to continue to pound the strike zone and come right after hitters."  Motlow HC Dan McShea added, "We will be playing a very talented Dyersburg team that has a lot of returners off the world series team a year ago.  I know we will see some good arms and a powerful lineup that can score in bunches.  We have continue to build on our pitching successes and stop the big inning in order to compete this weekend.  Coach White and his staff have done another great job of developing another very good team so we need to firing on all cylinders this weekend."

Southwest vs Volunteer - Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt told TBR, "Our series last weekend against Walters St. did not go well for us at all. We played a pretty close game on Friday but just could not do much offensively. Our starting pitching kept us in 2 of the 3 games but they capitalize on some mistakes our pitchers made and thatís what really good teams do to you. Offensively we where just a non factor. We absolutely got man handled this weekend. This weekend we head to Southwest TN. We will have to compete better than we did last weekend especially with the bats to be successful down there. Southwest has a new head coach and I know they will be a very tough challenge for us. They have a whole new team. So we just need to go in there and be ready to compete hard all 3 games. This is a big series for both teams as far a the conference standings go." Saluqui HC Erik Schoenrock added, "This weekend presents another tough test for us. Vol State got off to a great start in the league early on, and have had some hard fought, close losses recently to some really quality teams. We will have to play well in all phases to have a chance to win the series, Coach Huntís club is very well coached."

Walters vs Roane - Senator HC Dave Shelton told TBR, "Last week was another one where I donít think the final scores were indicative of how tough a series it was. Vol has a good squad, and their starters presented a tough challenge for our hitters. Its easy to see how they were able to roll off 12 wins in a row earlier this year. We were very fortunate to escape Gallatin with 3 wins. Honestly I think itís a bad time to get Roane State as they are due to break out at any time. If you look at how many heartbreakers they have lost this year, we know they have a much better team than their numbers portray. They just need something to go their way to get them over that hump. We hope they can hold off at least one more week before that happens."    Raider HC Zach Sterner added, ""

 

3/20/18 - Week 3 TBR/TCCAA Series Players of the Week are Ryan Lloyd/Cleveland St; Bryce O'Brien/Dyersburg St; De'Andre Pitts/Motlow St; Elliot Curtis/Columbia St and Duncan Pence/Walters St. The Hitter of the Week is Elliot Curtis of Columbia State CC. Elliot went 7-12 with a double, triple and 2HR and he had 11 rbi... The Pitcher of the Week is Logan Walters of Motlow State CC. Logan tossed a 7 inning complete game shutout, allowing 4 hits while striking out 10 batters and walking none...

3/16-18/18 - The TCCAA weekend saw 4 sweeps as Columbia, Dyersburg, Motlow and Walters all swept their opponents this weekend... Cleveland won the series over Chattanooga State 2-1...  FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS: Motlow starter Tyler Harmon tossed 7 innings of shutout ball allowing only 5 hits in the Bucks 3-0 win over Roane... Sean Cheely and Noah Fitzgerald had 3 hits apiece and Cheely, Nolan Machibroda and Hayden Lock had 2  RBI each om the 12-5 Chatt win while Noah Hill, Tucker Mendenhall, Hunter Oliver and Logan Peterson all had rbi for the Cougars in their 5-3 wn... SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS: Motlow's Logan Walters tossed a 7 inning CG shutout with 10K's... Columbia State's Elliot Curtis went 5-8 with 2HR and 6 rbi in the Chargers DH sweep of SW on Satruday... Dyersburg's Daino Deas ii went 4-7 with 2 triples and 5 rbi in a DH sweep of Jackson... Hunter Oliver lead the Cleveland Cougars to a series win going 2-4 with 3 rbi... De'Andre Pitts went 2-2 and hit a 2 run HR in the top of the 7th to win the game 5-4 over Roane... SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS: Duncan Pence led Walters in their DH sweep at Volunteer. Pence went 6-8 with 2HR and 6 rbi... Jackson's Garrett Guymon went 5-6 with a HR and 5 rbi in a losing cause today....

NCAA D1: Vandy swept Mississippi State on the road... Vandy sweeps Bulldogs ...  Tennessee drops series at Ole Miss...Vols Win Thriller Over #8 Ole Miss in SEC Opener... Middle Tennessee beats WKU 2-1 in opening CUSA series...Blue Raiders hold on to beat WKU... TTU sweeps OVC foe... Golden Eagles complete OVC series sweep with 8-4 win at SIUE... Memphis salvaged series with UNF on Sunday... Tigers Break Out for 7-5 Win at North Florida... ETSU drops series on walkoff...  Parrott drives in go-ahead run in extras, Bucs win 3-2... Peays sweeps Murray State... Kueber's grand slam sends Govs to sweep of Racers... Lipscomb drops series with UNCG... Bison salvages weekend behind Symonette's home run... 

NCAA D2/D3: Sticks go bonkers as C-N annihilates Anderson to complete series sweep... Tornado drop pair at #25 North Greenville...Flames Explode in Seventh to Sweep Union... Railsplitters kept quiet in sweep at Newberry...Lynx take Oglethorpe series after 8-4 game three victory... Scots drop USA South series to LaGrange after 11-8 loss on Sunday... Catawba outslugs Pioneers in DH sweep...Trevecca Trojans Sweep Malone; Host Union on Tuesday...

NAIA: Lions Run-Rule Knights 18-1, Garcia & Scoggins Combine for 10 RBI...Phoenix ends losing streak with doubleheader sweep...Four Home Runs Propel Bulldogs to win over Reinhardt...

High School: Hilltoppers hit their way past Beech, 16-6... University uses late surge to blow by Happy Valley, 11-4...  Crockett tops UH for Lingerfelt's first career win...Eagleville baseball team breaks loose for 12-3 win over Community... Walker Valley off to a smashing start... CHS baseball goes 2-1 Friday, Saturday in Gatlinburg...  Trojans top Grizzlies for first win of the year...Hurricanes rally past Grainger to go 3-0 in Hardball Classic...  Ramsey retires 16 batters- Rangers top Twin Springs, 4-0...

 

TCCAA Week 3 Preview

Chattanooga vs Cleveland - Cleveland HC Mike Policastro told TBR, "Last weekend at Motlow should be a series we forget, we did not play well after the sixth inning in game 1 of the series. We lost all  momentum that an 11-4 lead in the the seventh inning should allow. We let a good hitting Motlow team get momentum and could not stop them. We made crucial mistakes throughout the series and were not able to sustain any functional offense. This week going to Chattanooga is always difficult for us. Greg has the Tigers pitching and playing really well at this time of the year. Keys for us this weekend  will be whether our offense can sustain productivity thru the inning without a big number being put on the scoreboard. It will be a challenge as every weekend is." Chattanooga HC Greg Dennis added, "We had a really good defensive and pitching weekend against Roane and were excited to see some guys excel on the mound.  This weekend we face a really polished Cleveland State Staff and lineup that can and will put you in trouble in a hurry.  On the mound they challenge you with plus-stuff and an aggressive mentality.  At the plate they are athletic and powerful.  We need to continue to play our style of baseball and stay on-point fundamentally."

Dyersburg vs Jackson - Dyersburg HC Robert White said, "It was nice to see our pitching staff step up last weekend against a tough Vol State team.  We did an outstanding job establishing the strike zone and avoided that big inning that has killed us early on.  Week #3 will bring another challenge for the Eagles as Jackson State heads to town.  Tyson and his staff do a great job with their guys.  We know they are always very offensive minded, but this year their pitching staff has several guys that can really pitch.  We have to be more aggressive at the plate and put some pressure on them if we want to be successful this weekend.  Hopefully we can continue to get better and find a way to win the series! " Jackson HC Ty Malik added, "There was nothing really positive to lean on this past weekend.  I have done a poor job of getting my guys to make the necessary adjustments we need to make to become a consistent ball club.  We continue to make the same mistakes in the field and at the plate.  We have the ability to be a good team but it will take some changes for that to happen on a consistent basis.  At this point, it doesnít matter who we play next week. If we canít become better ourselves, we will continue to be inconsistent.  Dyersburg comes off a good series win and will be looking to stay on track this weekend."

Roane vs Motlow -  Roane HC Zach Sterner told TBR, "Pitching on the weekends has been giving us a chance to win. We just havenít had that big hit to open things up or really got off to a good start. Missing a few key guys due to injury so trying to find some guys that will step up and fill the void. The Buck are coming in swinging it with big time power, so we as a staff have to do a really good job of keeping the baseball down and runners off base. Offensively we must do a better job of finding contact late in counts and minimize our strikeouts if we want to compete with a hot hitting Motlow club."  Motlow HC Dan McShea added, "We are coming off an ugly weekend for us defensively.  Fortunately, we were able to salvage the series win with the help of our bats and a few key pitching performances.  We will head into Roane to face a team that has the ability to beat anyone in the league.  They have had some bad luck to start the conference play and will be hungry and motivated.  We have got to start playing in the field like we are capable.  Our keys this weekend are to stop the big inning and continue to hit the baseball.  At times we have pitched well but we need to be more consistent.  Roane has always been a team the doesnít strike out much and will put the ball in play.   For us to be successful, we will have to be much cleaner in the field.  This should be an exciting weekend and hopefully we will get some good weather."

Columbia vs Southwest - SW HC Erik Schoenrock told TBR, "I thought we defended the field better this weekend, turned some nice double plays and helped out our pitchers on some hard hit baseballs off of Walter Stateís bats. Our ABs were relatively competitive against some good arms that we faced, which was also encouraging. Coach Corn will have his club ready to go, they are coming off of a series win and will look to continue building momentum. Our guys will get their first taste of what our conference play is like on the road, and we will have a tough test ahead if Columbia State is able to get into rhythm and play their style of game." Columbia's MIke Corn added, "Heading into week 3 of conference play, we are really no better off than we were coming out of  a dismal week 1 from the coaching staffís perspective.  Weíre sure the players feel better about themselves which may or may not be a positive.  We have several individuals playing well but just have not found that team connection that has been the key to our success in past years.  The obscene number of strikeouts by our hitters, the inability just to throw the ball over the plate and a seemingly despondent culture in dugout are things we must repair immediately or we will continue to struggle.  These items of concern are so, so scary because they simply come down to attitude, intent and level of investment.  If it takes a comment or action by your opponent to start your engine, good luck, because you are in for a long, disappointing life.  You can work on a swing or delivery in a few days but the heart and mind take years to develop. This weekend at home will be an enormous challenge for us.  Historically, we have been really good in Mule Town but the past couple of years it seems that the friendly confines of Dave Hall Field have been friendly for the wrong side.  Teams have rolled and played exceptionally well week and week out.  Southwest played a tough schedule early and they are rounding into mid-season form.  Coach Rock and the Saluquis will no doubt be a handful and then some."

Volunteer vs Walters - Volunteer HC Ryan Hunt told TBR, "We have competed really hard these first two weeks of conference play. We didnít have a good showing in our mid week contest where we did not compete like we have been which has me worried heading into this weekend against the #2 team in the country. This weekend we face a very talented team and maybe the best team in the country in Walters St. We will no doubt have to play very very good baseball to have a chance in this series." Walters HC Dave Shelton said, "I thought we played pretty well this past week at Southwest. They are a much improved club and are going to keep getting better. These were much tougher games than the final scores indicated. I was really pleased with our offense as we were able to put up a good amount of runs without the benefit of a single home run on the weekend. So that was good to see us have the ability to do that. This upcoming weekend going to Volunteer State will be one of our toughest tests yet. They have showed the type of team they have by running off a 12-game win streak earlier and going into Columbia and getting a sweep that opening TCCAA weekend. I hope our guys will respond to the challenge and know that each game of every weekend, they must be prepared for a dogfight."

3/13 - We do many score and story links thru our Twitter feed >>>>>> it is easy to update and we follow every account that we are aware of... If you of an active Twitter account taht we should know about, please let us know! TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Dylan Harris of Walters State. Harris went 9-13, scored 8 runs and drove in 8 runs with two doubles and a HR... the TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is the Chattanooga State rotation of Conner Perry, Jordan Power and Kyle Nunn. Each tossed 6+ innings of scoreless baseball. Perry went 7 innings, striking out 9 and allowing 3 hits... Power went 6 innings, striking out 6 and allowing 4 hits and Nunn went 7 innings, strinking out 9 and allowing only 2 hits...  Series POW's are Tim Weatherly/Motlow (5-8 6RBI, 3b, 2HR); Alex Carignan/Columbia (5-12 3HR 5RBI) and Reed Smith/Dyersburg (5-12 2b, 2HR, 2RBI)...

3/12 UPdate... More HS Previews from Clarksville HS... Clarksville Academy... Ripley HS... Sequatchie County HS... Central Magnet HS... Clarksville NE HS... Baylor HS... Knox West HS... Jefferson County HS...

3/12/18 - High School Opening Day!! High School Previews in from Dickson County, Centennial... Coffee County HS... Briarcrest Christian School...  Cannon County HS... Knox Central HS... Unicoi County HS... Moore County HS...  Good luck to all the players, coaches and teams this 2018 spring season... we will update scores on the Twitter feed as they come up! Dodson, Kemp lift Bisons to series win over Michigan... Vandy downs TCU, 7-4... Neely Throws Complete Game as Vols Sweep Cincinnati... Blue Raiders drop series to West Virginia... Tigers Drop Series to Little Rock... Skyhawks rally in the ninth, defeat Tech 4-3 in series finale... Govs blanked by Gamecocks in series finale... Baetzel's Home Run Gives Bulldogs victory... Belmont sweeps EKU... p

3/11/18 - Motlow pounded out 16 hits including 5 doubles and 4 HR to beat Cleveland 13-10... Columbia used a 5 run sixth inning to propel the Chargers to a 12-6 win over Jackson...Dyersburg beat Volunteeer 5-4... Walters unleashed a 16 hit attack anb beat Southwest 13=3...  no results from Chatt v Roane...

3/10/18 - TCCAA Results: Walters St sweeps SW on the road 16-1, 9-6 and 13-3... Connor Perry and Jordan Power with two huge starts for Chatt in DH shutout of Roane (5-0, 3-0) ... Motlow and Cleveland combined for 33 runs in a DH split yesterday... Dyersburg ended Volunteer's 12 game winning streak in a 7-3 win the the second game of the DH yesterday... Michigan takes down Baseball in slugfest....MT bests West Virginia after eighth-inning rally... Memphis and Little Rock Split Friday Doubleheader... Commodores best UCLA, 6-3...Golden Eagles sweep doubleheader over UT Martin to open OVC play... Vols Top Cincinnati in Extras, 3-2... Fourth Inning Fireworks as Belmont beats EKU... Phillips paces Govs to OVC opening win against Gamecocks...Battling Flames Earn Split with Choctaws... Railsplitters fall to Pioneers in series opener at Lamar ... TWC Sweeps Union....Lions Devour Rams 26-3 Over Two Days... Buffs drop finale at Truett, 5-2... Union's Driggers notches 600th career win...Hinton shines in Tusculum's 5-3 SAC win at LMU...  Trevecca Splits with Drury, Series Finale on Saturday... Tornado split Friday doubleheader with SWU... Bucs double up Winthrop to open home series... Lions Win Series Over No. 20 Owls In Friday Double Header... Scots split with Huntingdon in key USA South doubleheader...

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TCCAA Week 2 Series

Roane vs Chattanooga - Tiger HC Greg Dennis told TBR, "We continue to try and mature and develop as a team as we see more and more game-time.  Our guys competed well against Motlow for the weekend but still spent a lot of time shooting ourselves in the foot with silly mistakes. This weekend we travel to Roane State and going on the road is a completely different animal in conference.  We will need to do a better job at the plate as Roane pitching has been very solid so far.  Hopefully our pitching and defense will continue to compete well whatever the circumstances and we can work to get something positive out of this weekend against another quality opponent."

Motlow vs Cleveland - Bucks HC, Dan McShea told TBR, "Cleveland State is coming off an exciting 3 game sweep and will be playing with a lot of confidence.  We need to play clean defense and continue to pitch well if we want to compete with this talented team."  Cougar HC, Mike Policastro told TBR, "We played well enough to find ways to win games against Roane late. We were able to compete  in all 3 games. Our starting pitching set the tempo as we try to get offense going consistently. This week as we go on the road  to Motlow we coach McShea and Gaskill has put together a dangerous offensive lineup that is able to throw a big number up at any time. Our pitching must be able to stay ahead in counts and not give up free bases. Offensively we will need to be able to have production throughout out lineup, with a few more guys getting hot. All weekends are a challenging and this weekend will not be any different. We look forward to a very competitive series."

Jackson vs Columbia - General HC, Ty Malik, told TBR, "It was a tough week for us last week.  We did not compete as well as I had hoped.  We made too many mistakes and let it get ugly.  I do think we learned some things and am hoping we can use that this weekend against a very good Columbia team.  This is always a tough matchup for us.  I know Coach Corn will have them motivated and prepared to make it really difficult on us this weekend. " Columbia HC, MIke Corn, told TBR, "Coming off a weekend where we really did nothing well, weíre not sure what to expect.  Our pitching was adequate but every other facet of the game left much to be desired.  Not that we are an offensive juggernaut but only mustering 13 hits on the weekend was mind boggling.  We took strikes and whacked at balls out of the zone.  We were behind every fastball and out front swatting at off speed.  Weíre obviously not very smart, but even we know thatís not a very good combination.  Heading down to Jackson means we could easily start the season 0-6 which is something we doubt a Columbia State team has ever done.  We are mired in a cycle of inconsistency that is a direct reflection of the coaching staff.  Without major adjustments, we are headed on a path that will be an embarrassment to the tradition rich legacy our program is built upon.  That being said, we wouldnít expect us just to lay down and not compete like we did last weekend.  The Chargers will get off the mat at some point and be back in the fight"

Southwest vs Walters - Senator skip, Dave Shelton, told TBR, "I feel like we made some strides this past weekend offensively, but we still are not quite clicking on all cylinders there. We were much better on day two than day one, so thatís encouraging.  Defensively we must become more solid in the infield, as I know we are capable of doing so. I think we pitched it well, especially against a team that is as dangerous offensively as Jackson. They are going to put up a lot of runs this year. Offensively we had much better approaches at the plate than on day one, and did a pretty good job hitting to all fields. This week we get to show our kids how long the state of Tennessee is with that bus ride across our great state to Millington to play Southwest. They have played as tough of a schedule as anyone thus far, and that looks to be paying off for them now that TCCAA play is here with them taking 2 of 3 from Dyersburg last weekend. Coach Schoenrock is obviously doing good things in his first year there to pull off that series win in the first weekend. We know this weekend will be a big challenge, so hopefully our guys will be up to the task."  As Southwest prepares its young team to take on Walters, HC Erik Schoenrock told TBR, "We have to do a better job with getting off of the field with 2 outs, sometimes we get 2 quick outs and loose focus on the mound or defensively and innings get prolonged by doing so. That 3rd out is the toughest one to get, and we have to work harder to get it done. I thought we swung the bat very well against 2 tough arms on Sunday. It was good to see some guys step up that havenít had much success early in the year, it shows that if you continue to prepare diligently through tough times and work hard, the game will find you and reward you. We have another tough test with Walters State coming into town. They have been the perennial team in the league for at least 10 years now and we are looking forward to the challenge they present. They are good in all phases, they are athletic, and very well coached. Coach Shelton and his staff do an outstanding job over there."

Dyersburg vs Volunteer - Pioneer HC, Ryan Hunt, told TBR, "After the first week we still have to get better at executing some parts of our game. Such as bunting and some base running issues. Also our relieves have to be able to get ahead of hitters more and cut down on the walks. We had some breaks go our way that no doubt led us to having a successful weekend. Our starting pitching was outstanding against a very good offensive team. Also we had some huge timely hits all weekend. So hopefully we can carry that over to this weekend. We head to Dyersburg which is going to be a very tough challenge for us. Donít let their record fool you or the fact that they lost their series last weekend. They are still and will be a very good team. They have a very high level talented team. Iím sure Coach White will have his team ready to go this weekend. We no doubt will have to play at a very high level this weekend to be successful."  Eagle HC, Robert White, on the Volunteer series, "Heading into week two of conference play, we have the luxury of hosting one of the hottest clubs around in Vol State.  Coach Hunt and his staff have done a remarkable job and have their team playing great baseball.  They play with a lot of passion and have guys that will flat get after you.  We continued our careless and sloppy play last weekend that has led to a dismal start for the Eagles, but hopefully we will get things turned around very soon.  The talent is certainly here, but our ability to overcome any adversity has been totally extinct since the first pitch of the spring.  We will need to play clean baseball all weekend and pitch it much better to have any chance against the Pioneers."

3/6/18 - TBR/TCCAA Series POW's - Sean Cheely/Chattanooga (6-11 4R 4rbi); Lofton Cotton/Volunteer (6-11 2b 5rbi); Joaquin Estrada/SW (4-8 2-2b HR 7rbi); Austin Henry/ Walters (8-9 2b 3b 5R 9rbi); Brandon Mason/Cleveland (7-11 6R 2-2b)... TBR/TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Landon Knack/Walters (7ip 0R 1H 12K)... TBR/TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Austin Henry/Walters (8-9 2b 3b 5R 9rbi)... other significant pitching performances were turned in by Jacob Cole/Volunteer, Collin Grove/Cleveland, William Woods/Dyersburg, and Chase Douglas/Volunteer...

3/5/18 - TCCAA Scores... Weekend highlights: Cleveland swept Roane, one of 3 sweeps this weekend. What made this one different? The Cougars won all three in their last at bat. On Saturday, Noah Peterson's btm 7, one out hit by pitch forced in the winning run. In game 2, Logan Peterson found himself in a big situation. The Cougars had just given up 2 runs in the top of the eighth and trailed 2-0. Batting third, Peterson got in the box after 2 consecutive singles and drove the ball out of the park for a game winning 3 run HR.  In the series finale Sunday, Hunter Oliver delivered a 2 out bases loaded single to drive in the game winner. Oliver was 0-5 before the at bat... sweeps come and go, but to win 3 games in your last at bat... WOW!!!! And very, very tough luck for Roane State... Volunteer St got great starts from Jacob Cole and Chase Douglas and overall great pitching to sweep the Chargers in Columbia, not an easy feat... Douglas gave up 2 hits and a run in a 3-1 Pioneer win on Sunday and Cole started it off on Saturday with an 8 inning effort, allowing just 3 hits and an earned run in the 6-2 win... Walters swept Jackson as Austin Henry a hit in all seven plate appearances on Sunday, notching five singles, a double and a triple and drove in eight runs as the Senators closed out a three-game sweep with 13-2 and 14-4 victories... Eagles dominant in road sweep of Coker...Three homers power Lipscomb to 12-4 win over NKU... Strong sixth inning sparks ETSU to 8-2 win over Memphis... Blue Raiders pick up extra inning win over Tennessee...Troy edges Golden Eagles in seesaw battle in series finale... Brady Jones Hurls No-Hitter against No. 6 William Carey...  Wolves Sweep Bucs in Sunday DH... Emmanuel scores late to top King... Payne, Ney Ignite Flames Victory... Railsplitters split SAC twinbill against Anderson...Scots complete the sweep of Brevard with 9-4 win... Pioneers fall to No. 9 Wingate in weekend finale, TC wins series... Union baseball rallies to win game three versus Shorter...  

3/4/18 - Cleveland 4 Roane 3; Volunteer 6 Columbia 2; Walters 4 Jackson 0; Dyersburg 9 Southwest 2... Chattanooga vs Motlow begins today (Sunday) everyone else will finish up with a DH... Phoenix walk-off twice in 3-0, 6-4 victories...Lions Conclude Series With 5-1 Loss At Belleville... Harper, Mefford shine as Buffs split DH with Montreat... Griffinís group grabs two at Coker... Bats come alive as King sweeps Emmanuel... Scots defeat Brevard 7-6 in extra innings; Second game halted by darkness with MC leading 9-2...  Bat Govs rally late to down Sycamores... Belmont Rally Falls Short... Ninth-inning home run sinks baseball against NKU... Bucs fall to MTSU for first tournament loss...Memphis Drops Pitcherís Duel 2-1 to Tennessee... Blue Raiders explode offensively to a 16-8 win... Ham hits for cycle, Golden Eagles even series with Troy... Vandy blanked by Cajuns... 

3//2/18 - TCCAA Series Changes: Cleve vs Roane Sat/Noon, Sun 1pm; Chat vs Mot will play Sun/Mon and times are still TBD; Vol at Col Sat 2pm/Sun Noon DH; Jack at Walters moved to Sat 2pm EST/Sun Noon DH; SW vs Dburg will play at USA Stadium Sat 3pm/Sun Noon DH

2/29/18 - TCCAA Week One Conference Series Previews:

Chattanooga vs Motlow -  The Motlow Bucks (10-7) have jumped out of the gate mashing, leading the nation with 30 HR's. Troy Weatherly has 9 and is second in the nation in the HR category. Coach McShea added, "This has been a very wet start to the baseball season.  We have spent a majority of practice time indoors to this point but we were fortunate to be able to get some games in this week in replacement of cancelled games.  I like the potential that this team has shown at times but we have a long way to go to get to where we need to be to compete in a very tough conference.  Chattanooga is once again going to be a tough team so we will need to forget about our excuses and execute the task at hand.  It is always tough to play on the road in this conference and I know Coach Dennis will have his guys playing well."

In Chatt town, Greg Dennis and the Tigers (7-4) have shutouts in four of their seven wins and averaged just under 9 runs in those wins. Coach Dennis told TBR, "We have been really hamstrung by all of this rain and havenít been able to play nearly the amount we would have liked to have played.  With 23 freshmen out of 26 guys this is very problematic.  It is what it is though and we have to just find a way to make the best of it in the long-run.Early on Nolan Machibroda has hit the ball pretty well and Vinny Vega and Gavin Harmon have had solid early campaigns thus far.  On the mound we have gotten much better production, early on, than we did in the fall and hopefully, there is more to come.  We havenít hit the ball nearly as well as we had hoped but with this many 1st year guys, I guess it is to be expected. We saw Motlow this spring and they were physical and aggressive at the plate while very competitive on the mound.  We will have to find the right formula to encourage some hitting from our guys at the most opportune times. Hopefully, these young guys get the right mindset to begin conference and can get rid of the early butterflies and bring their ďAĒ games to the field this weekend.  Should be a tough series with a tough opponent!!"

Cleveland vs Roane -  The Cleveland St Cougars are 8-5, having won four of the last five games and are 5-2 at home. The Coug's have always been a tough team to beat at home. Coach Policastro and company open with Roane, who they lost to on opening day by a score of 4-3. Coach Poly told TBR, "We have been fortunate to be able to have a consistent schedule the past week. We have been able to dodge the rain for the most part." "Our most consistent offensive production has come from Noah Hill, Logan Peterson and recently Hunter Oliver. Those have been the most consistent offensive players for us. We will lean on our starting sophomore pitchers Hooper Mills, and Ryan Lloyd to give us quality starts. Also, our line up has to get deeper with more quality at bats throughout the lineup, added Policastro.  Coach Poly told TBR this about the opening series, "To date we have been inconsistent, we have pitched well and played better defense for the first month, but offensively have not put it all together yet. Hopefully we will be able to figure it out. We open up with Roane at home this weekend. They are always a difficult series for us. They play with a lot of energy, we will need to match there energy and be functional throughout the series and capitalize on any opportunities we have. It is always a competitive series."

Up on the mountain, the Roane St Raiders (2-7) are excited to get the conference series season going. Coach Zach Sterner has taken advantage of indoor facilities to get a bunch of work in even in the bad weather we've experienced over the last month. The Raiders have beaten Cleveland on opening day 4-3, but have lost seven of their last 8 games.  Coach Sterner told TBR, "Preparation hasnít really been a huge factor in my opinion. You can still simulate live ABís etc, I guess the only thing you donít get with all the rain is actually being out on dirt that you will play on. We are fortunate to have an Indoor Expo and an Outdoor Expo on campus that we have full access to. We are able to get most of our day to day fundamental work in, so no excuses from us! "  TBR asked how the pre conference season has progressed so far. Sterner told us, "The first month was kind of up and down for everyone still figuring it out and what they can and canít do to help us win. Jared Ruan has really stepped up contributing offensively both himself and as the vocal leader of the offense while leading the team in QABís. Our middle of the line-up Drew Patterson, Chris De Los Santos, and Luis LaMarche are starting to settle in and are seeing the ball better while putting better contact on the ball. The Orr brothers might have found a little nitch about themselves that worked out over the weekend. Still waiting for 2 or 3 more hitters to get settled in locked in. Lastly dugouts have been keeping the games lose and exciting which is always fun to be around. Whatís impressed me so much about this team is these guys really do care about each other on and off the field and love to compete. They are always trying to get better when the lights arenít on and always willing listen and try something uncomfortable. Very selfless ball club that has been playing really hard, just not finding or getting any breaks along the way. Still trying to see who is going to step up out of our bullpen and be a dude that guys can trust and know they can do their job. They are young but I know we have them so defiantly looking for a better job there." Concerning what it would take to win the Cleveland series Sterner told TBR, "SimpleÖ. over 63% QABís, Minimize freebies, and play really good defense. Coach Poly and Aaron always have a competitive club year in and year out and this year is no different. They got a couple guys that can win on the weekends with handful of hitters. We will have our hands full knowing that these 3 games will be different than our first encounter.  "

Walters vs Jackson - The Jackson St Generals will travel to Morristown this weekend for a Sat/Sun series with arguably the most potent team in the conference. After sitting out of the mix last year, Walters will undoubtedly be on a mission to return to Grand Junction. The Generals (9-4) have won four in a row heading into the series. Coach Ty Malik told TBR, "The rain has played a role but it has affected the vast majority of teams.  Weíve been fortunate to get a decent amount of games in at least to see where we are at going into conference.  Weíve had some guys play really well and I think we have some guys that are starting to get there.  Weíve been a little inconsistent with overall play but have shown glimpses of being able to swing it, pitch it and field it.  We need to focus a lot more and not be so willing to give up free bases or extra outs.  That will kill us throughout the conference year. Our discipline at the plate will have to be paramount this week to have a chance and we canít make mistakes defensively or on the mound."

Coach Dave Shelton has his Senators rolling along at 15-3 and  a 7 game winning streak heading into the series this weekend. Coach Shelton told TBR, "We have discontinued all baseball work and began gathering animals in pairs of two up here in East TN. Honestly I feel for Northern teams a little more now with how much we have been indoors. We have been able to travel and play games (16 road, 2 home) thus far, but our practice time on the field has really suffered. I am not much on making excuses, but I would like to think that has something to do with our poor defensive play thus far. I hope so anyway. I guess the only bright side is everyone has pretty much been in the same boat and dealing with the same issues, said Coach Shelton.

 Anyone stepped up so far? "As far as guys stepping up, a big one has been Landon Knack, both on the mound and at the plate. So far he is our leading hitter with a .429 avg and .857 slugging pct, and has been great on the mound going 3-0 with a 0.60 ERA. We havenít really been able to click on all cylinders yet. Our hitting has been a little inconsistent at times, our defense has been way below what it is capable of, and our pitching as a whole has room for improvement. We are just beginning to play a little better as a whole, so hopefully we can continue that into conference play." Coach Shelton added, "with Jackson coming to town, as always we must find a way to control that potent offense of theirs. They are always one of the most dangerous offensive teams in our league, and their numbers point to that being the case again this year. I know they also have some good arms we will have to contend with as well, so this weekend will be a big challenge for us. "

Southwest vs Dyersburg - Southwest hired Erik Schoenrock last summer to take over a program that needed change. The Saluqi's are 2-10 heading into the conference season and with 20 freshmen on the roster will need some time to find the right combination. We asked the coaches about the rain and preparation to get to this point and how it has gone so far, Coach Schoenrock told us, "This is as much rain as I have ever seen in the month of February, it has been interesting trying to make a plan for our team. Thankfully, we have an large indoor facility here in Memphis that we can get work done at. We have also mixed in some extra lifts so that we can maintain the jumps we made in the weight room in the fall & winter. We have had a few guys play to their potential that we see in them. 3 guys in the middle of our order have done what we expect them to do with driving in runs Ė Blake Daniels, Jacob Nobles, & Blake Donels. On the mound, freshman Brayden Green has been a big time strike thrower and has earned the right to say he is our Friday Night guy as of now." How has the team responded and prepared for this weekend series? "Iím impressed with how our guys have remained positive and energetic through a very difficult 10 game start (all on the road, 8 games against top 10 nationally ranked opponents). We are still figuring out what roles our guys in the bullpen need to be in for us to have success, but that is probably the case with most teams this time of year. We have to be better at challenging hitters and letting our athleticism work to our advantage on defense.Obviously we have another tough test this weekend hosting Dyersburg. They are proven to be an elite team in our conference and in the country. We preach to our guys to compete against the game, not the opponent. We are fighting each day to do little things the right way and change the perception of our program."

In a clash of total opposites, 2x defending Region 7 champ Dyersburg has been an extremely powerful team for the last two seasons. This year the Eagles are 6-4 heading into the conference fray and Coach Robert White has not been too happy with how things have gone so far. The Eagles are replacing several starters this season and the transition is not going well so far. Coach White told TBR, "Opening up with Southwest is always a tough task and this year will certainly be no different.  We are not playing very well and Erik will have his guys ready to play the Eagles.  I donít know much at all about the Saluquiís, but one thing is for sureÖ..they will be full of energy when we step off the bus.  Up to this point, we have played with zero passion and been flat every single game.  Poor pitching, poor defense, along with a very selfish offense has led to 3 losses late in games with a 4-run lead or more.  We will have to do a 360 if we have a chance of winning this series."

Columbia vs Volunteer -  The Chargers have been inconsistent, may be the weather has prevented most teams from being truly prepared, although they would never use it as an excuse. Charger HC, Mike Corn is no exception. He told TBR, "The precipitation pattern here in southern middle Tennessee has certainly been a challenge to start the season but I donít think anyone would trade it for the typical cold.  Besides the moving of game times and locations, I donít think it has affected our ability to prepare for the conference gauntlet.  Offensively we have had our bright spots but hitting in the clutch has prevented us from winning a few games we were in position to find victory.  If our sophomore table setters are able to get on base, we can apply a little pressure.  That has been our recipe for success so far through 15 games.  We havenít been overly impressive in any aspect of the game so far.  We have many holes in our armor that will need to be plugged if we are going to have any success against a great Vol State team.  The lead-off walks and striking out with runners in scoring position is on the what not to do list of every successful team.  So far, these two specific items have been our Achilles heel." What will it take to be successful this weekend? For us to be successful this weekend, we will need to focus on two things, on base percentage and pitching to contact.  If we can generate a steady stream of our guys getting on base, we can try to push to envelope and create a little havoc.  If we are unable to bunt and run, it may be a long weekend for the Chargers.  Vol will field a strong line-up but we must make them beat us with hits rather than creating runs for them with freebies. Itís always exciting to get the conference schedule rolling.  No matter who you play, there will be a different feel in the dugout.  The Vol and Motlow seriesí have always been a little special because of the good old Kenny Thomas, Don Rhoton and Jim Painter, TJCCAA West rivalries that were instant classics.  Coach Hunt is doing big things with the program nowadays so we better show up with our best effort if we donít want to be embarrassed at home", added Coach Corn.

 

Volunteer State has gotten off to a very hot 8-3 start winning the last 8 to head into the first conference weekend. Ryan Hunt, in his third year as Pioneer skipper with possibly his best team so far. Hunt told TBR, "The rain has hampered us and Iím sure everyone else. We just havenít had much practice time on the field to be able to work on in game situations. We have done what we can inside but luckily we have been able to get most of our games in. Our SS Jake Lyle, a ETSU commit, has really played well here in early part and hopefully he will keep it up. We will be leaning on him heavily from a offense and def stand point. We will also have to have a few guys step up their game with the bat for us to compete at a high level. Other guys we are leaning on is our starting pitching. They have to be able to pound the zone and make sure we hit our spots and keep us in games.

How do you feel about the team heading into first week of conference play? "We really play hard and compete which one of the things we try to hang our hat on and not worry about the results of the scoreboard. One of the things we really need to be better at is our walks and getting off the field with two outs. We have gotten better lately but we for sure need to get better in that area heading into conference. We will have to play very well in all areas this weekend to have a successful start in conference play. You can not make a lot of mistakes against a team like Columbia St or they will for sure make you pay. Columbia is always a very well rounded team and they are always very well coach. I think Columbia St is a very talented this year and even better than they was last year in which they finished runner up in the district just shy of making a trip to Grand Junction. They have played a tough schedule so far against some of the top teams. Columbia St will be a very tough challenge for us this weekend", added Coach Hunt.
 

2/28/18 -   TCCAA CONFERENCE WEEKEND 1 PREVIEWS WILL BE POSTED FOR THURSDAY VIEWING... Austin Brenner Walk Off Boosts Bethel to Win over ONU ... Lions Fall 6-3 To Christian Brothers In 12 Innings...Sierra hits four homers in 15-8 CU victory... Home runs lift King over Eagles...Trojans Surrender Lead in Loss to Chargers... Union baseball rallies to win game three versus Shorter...  Flaherty's big night unable to tow Bat Govs past Commodores... Midweek Slide, Belmont falls... Lipscomb falls in midweek action at Tennessee Tech... Ouellette Walks Off to Give Memphis Win Over SEMO... Charleston, Ammons, Heflin Lead UT Past Middle Tennessee... Golden Eagle offense at it again on way to 27-7 victory over Lipscomb...

2/19/18 -Phoenix sweeps Saints with 7-6, 8-7 wins... FHU Baseball Takes Down Bethel 5-3 On The Road... 

2/18/18 - Vial's gem paces Govs to shutout of Fighting Illini... Belmont defeats Youngstown in finale... Cate dazzles as C-N one-hits Timberwolves to earn twin-bill split... Blackwell posts three hits, four RBIs in CU split with St. Francis... Diamond Bisons fall 6-3 in Sunday finale...Bucs take season opening series against Northern Kentucky... King sweeps Mars Hill, Mirabal tosses no-hitter... Railsplitters extend winning streak to seven with ... Scots sweep Hiwassee to start season 6-0... Memphis Wins WKU Series... Baseball earns season-opening sweep vs. Western Illinois... Vitello Earns First-Career Win as Vols Split Sunday Doubleheader... Tech splits doubleheader with Little Rock, claims series with massive 17-7 win... Trevecca Trojans Drop Series Finale against (23) North Georgia... Tusculum splits pair at Pioneer Double-Round Robin... Vandy thumps Duke, wins series... Vandy vs Duke Photo Gallery...

2/17/18 -Kueber's big day lifts Govs past Jackrabbits in season opener... Cain's Grand Slam Helps Bryan Down Old Rival... Dodson leads Bisons in win over UNC Asheville... Lee Loses Two Close Contests To No. 19 Mocs...Tigers Shut Out WKU on Opening Day... MT takes season opener behind dominant staff... Buffs rally to earn doubleheader split... Lynx defeat Greenville 8-6... Tech claims season-opening victory over Little Rock behind power pitching, bats...Vandy falls short in 5-4 loss...

2/16/18 - Weather is the story... bad weather that is - many series have been shifted or cancelled- check the twitter feed here for updates... Team Previews from Franklin County HS and Antioch HS... Golden Rams Use Fast Start to Top Lee, 8-4...

2/10/18 - Coach Rusty Thompson gets Milestone Victory with Bat Cats Sweep of Cincinnati Christian... Lions Extend Winning Streak To Eight With Sweep Of IU Kokomo...Pitching powers Eagles to twin-bill sweep of Cavaliers... Miscues hamper baseball in 9-1 loss... Lions Split Twin-Bill With Midway University In Friday Series... Complete games lead King to sweep of Davis & Elkins... Railsplitters throttle Ohio Valley in doubleheader sweep ...RedHawks Best No. 6 Spartans on Opening Day... Seventh-inning small ball sends Scots past Johnson, 4-3...  Buffs rally to earn doubleheader split... Baseball falls 10-4 to Belmont Abbey in home opener...Union baseball splits Friday double-header versus Maryville ... See all the JuCo scores and info in the twitter feed >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

2/8/18 - Gallatin HS checks in with their 2018 preview... Coaches send your preview NOW!! Go to http://tnbaseballreport.com/nominationandpreviewform.htm#PART_2 and fill out the Team Preview Form...

2/7/18 - Lions Prevail Over Martin Methodist 5-4 In Home Opener ...LMU demolishes Claflin 21-4 ... Coaches send your preview NOW!! Go to http://tnbaseballreport.com/nominationandpreviewform.htm#PART_2 and fill out the Team Preview Form...

2/6/18 - Ozment honored ...

2/5/18 - Bethel drops season opener ... Once Again Lions Topple No. 18 UNOH And Rout Rio ...  Langhorne, potent lumber muscles C-N over Pfeiffer ... Big Innings Carry Rangers Past Bucs ... Phoenix completes sweep with 10-3, 7-3 victories ... Mirabal gives King split at Anderson ... Railsplitters fall to Pacers in series finale 10-5 ... RedHawks Best No. 6 Spartans on Opening Day ... Buffs victorious in rubber game at USC Beaufort ... Lynx throw 12 Strikeouts; Fall to George Fox 3-1 ... Lynx defeat Concordia Texas 13-6 as Cleanthes earns 400th Career Win ... #13 Bulldogs Split Doubleheader ... Finchum drives in game-winner in Tusculum's 4-3 victory at Lynn ...Union baseball sweeps opening day double-header ...

2/1/18 - Don't forget 45th annual Groundhog Day Luncheon on Friday at MTSU!! Vandy will have 11 national TV appearances this spring...

1/29/18 - CONGRATS to Ryan Weathers, of Loretto HS, for being named 1st Team Pre-Season All-America by Collegiate Baseball Magazine and to Joshua South/Cookeville RHP for being named to the 2nd Team... Walters State opened up TN college baseball over the weekend with a 3 game sweep of USC-Salkahatchie, including a perfect game by Brett Jones (73 pitches no less)... This week most all NAIA, D2, and D3 schools will open their season (all game times are local) - on Thursday Feb. 1: Bethel takes on Columbia at 3pm and Tusculum travels to Embry Riddle for a 3:30 contest. Friday is a big day for openers: Bryan vs Rio Grande at 3pm and NW Ohio at 5pm; TN Wesleyan @ Middle Georgia 3pm; Milligan DH at SC Beaufort 2pm; Cumberland @ Reinhardt 3pm; Martin Methodist at Missouri Baptist 3pm DH; Sewannee @ LaGrange 5pm; Carson-Newman @ Limestone 4pm; LMU @ USC-Aiken 4pm; Rhodes takes on Pacific Lutheran in Austin, TX at 5pm... We also have 3 season openers on Sat. Feb 3 - Union hosts Ouachita Baptist at 3pm; Christian Brothers hosts NW Oklahoma State at 3pm and lastly, Lee hosts Tuskegee at 3pm

TCCAA Openers - 2/1: Southwest TN @ LSU-Eunice 6pm 2/2: Chatt State at Georgia Highlands 3pm; Motlow @ Wallace St - Hanceville 1pm DH  2/6: Columbia St @ Wallace St-Hanceville 1pm; Cleveland St @ Roane St 2pm  2/9: Dyersburg St vs Mississippi Delta @ USA Stadium 10am; Volunteer St vs Johnson Co. CC @ USA Stadium 3pm

1/25/18 - Volunteer State , Jackson State and Motlow State CC check in with their 2018 preview and we are COMPLETELY DONE WITH TCCAA PREVIEWS FOR 2018. Thanks to all the coaches for getting the info to me!

1/24/18 - Team Previews from Blackman and Forrest HS are online... Coaches send your preview NOW!! Go to http://tnbaseballreport.com/nominationandpreviewform.htm#PART_2 and fill out the Team Preview Form...

1/22/18 - Baseball Notes: ETSU and UT both have new coaches this year... ETSU's long time coach, Tony Skole, left to coach at The Citadel where he is an alum. New coach, Joe Pennucci has been an assistant  at Stony Brook, who made some noise on the national scene in a 2012 trip to the College World Series... UT released Dave Serrano and hired Tony Vitello from Arkansas. Vitello has been a top flight assistant at Missouri and TCU as well. This is his first head coaching job... UT Martin's Rick Robinson stepped down on December 7 and assistant coach, Ryan Jenkins was named interim HC a week later...

1/19/18 - Columbia State checks in with their 2018 Team Preview... and Farragut is our first HS Team Preview ...

1/16/18 - Roane State checks in with their 2018 Team Preview...

1/15/18 - TCCAA Team Previews are in for 3 schools - Chatt St, Dyersburg St and Walters St have their preview online...

1/11/18 - TBCA Clinic is this weekend at Marriott in Franklin, TN... I'll be there shooting pix of award winners for the TBCA... Juco coaches are sending in their 2018 Team Previews - we will have those up next week!

High School Coaches - Go to http://tnbaseballreport.com/nominationandpreviewform.htm#PART_2 and fill out the Team Preview Form and we will start posting your previews for the upcoming season as they come in...

 

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MLB Draft History Part 1: The 60's

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

 

   MLB Draft Part II: The 70's

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

 

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