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4/22/19 - TCCAA Week 8 In Review: RAIN... haven't we had enough this spring. Again, rain played havoc across the state as games were cancelled, rescheduled and Motlow and Vol will play two today. Way back on Thursday Cleveland and Southwest split their two games, The third was cancelled. Cleveland's Ryan Inches tossed a 4 hit shutout in the 6-0 win as Lance Dockery and Brock Browning drove in two runs apiece. Chattanooga swept Dyersburg as well. Ty Delancey and Branson Browning drove in both runs in Chatt's 2-1 win in extra's and that propelled them on to a 12-2 win in the second game. Walters and Columbia also split a pair of games with the Senators winning 12-1 and the Chargers winning a 1-0 ball game. Columbia took advantage of a hit, a walk and an error to score a run on Daniel Freeman's ground out to SS. Jackson and Roane also split with the Green Jays taking the nightcap 9-7 and losing the opener 7-6. Vol and Motlow will play a DH today.
HS stories: Wilson Central beats Soddy Daisy... Elizabethton celebrates 100th season tonight... Cyclone Seniors Make One Last Stand... Unaka's Ramsey a leader on the field, court and diamond... Martin debuts with Rangers... Sycamore beats Creek Wood... Oakland sweeps Lavergne... Ravenwood splits with Centennial...
4/18/19 - TCCAA WEEK 8 PREVIEW:
Volunteer at Motlow - Pioneer skipper Ryan Hunt on his team's trip to Lynchburg, "This weekend we have Motlow. Motlow is a very good team. They have one of the best staff's in the conference and guys that can really swing the bat. We are still struggling to find ways to score runs. Still searching for that big hit when we need it. We have our work cut out for us thatís for sure." Dan McShea of Motlow added, "Once again, we will have adverse weather conditions for our conference weekend. The Pioneers come to town for our last home series and we are still trying to find a way to be more consistent. They are a team that will not beat themselves. They are well coached and they do everything right. We will have to pitch well and find a way to drive in some runs this weekend if we want to be able to compete with this team."
Dyersburg at Chattanooga - Eagle HC Robert White told TBR, "We head to Chattanooga as the conference season winds down. We have our hands full with a very talented Tiger bunch that has played well all season. Just by glancing at their stats offensively they are super solid and their pitching staff is extremely efficient. We have been up and down all year just keeping our heads above water. It seems as if every weekend, we have a huge let down that costs us a game. For us to finish the season with a top 6 seed, we are gonna have to play better baseball in every phase. I look for this weekend to be a great series!"
Tiger HC Greg Dennis added, "We are excited to have Dyersburg St in this weekend and hoping that the weather holds up for us for a change. Robertís guys have had another really solid year and he does a super job of preparing them each weekend. We will need to really pitch it well and swing it solid in order to find some success. Hopefully, the guys are up to the task!!"
Southwest at Cleveland - Saluqi HC Erik Schoenrock on Cleveland, "We travel to Cleveland coming off a good weekend for us in Harriman. We finally were able to execute in big moments offensively and will need to continue to do so moving forward. Cleveland is playing well and will be a tough matchup for us. They have some really good arms that we are going to face and also some guys with some solid offensive numbers so we will need to play well in all phases to have a chance to compete there. Coach Policastro does a great job with their program and he will have his guys ready to play!" Cougar HC Mike Policastro added, "We bounced back last weekend and pitched well and played good defense. We were inconsistent offensively but Vols pitchers did a really good job against our hitters. We were able to put together a scoring inning in each game. This week Southwest comes in for our final home series of the year after sweeping last weekend. We will have to pitch as well as last week and find a little more consistent offense against good arms to try to win the series. It will be a short week because of weather so we will see how we handle it."
Roane at Jackson - Green Jay HC Ty Malik told TBR, "We are in a must win situation this weekend to have a chance to be where we need to be. We have struggled at times offensively and Roane is coming in with some solid arms that have kept them in almost every game. Weather will play a role of course. I think this will be a tough series that we need to find a way to win." Raider skipper Zack Sterner added, "
Walters at Columbia - Senator HC Dave Shelton's comedic side came out this week. "Umm letís see. Comments on weekend. We are battling Mother Nature as usual with heavy rains in forecast. I wish I had a dollar for every time I have looked at a Weather App this year. Columbia hotels are expensive. We need to win to try to hold on to this small lead in the conference, and Columbia needs to win try to avoid the play-in game. So both teams have a ton to play for. Coach Corn is about half-crazy. But all of us non-umpires love him, so I look forward to seeing him this weekend. We will have to figure out how to deal with their pressure, and make sure we donít succumb to the timing picks at 2nd, the hidden ball trick, the catcher-thrown pop-up on a stolen base, or the thrown potato play. The chances that they will bunt, slash, hit & run, and attempt steals are about the same as the chance of rain on Thursday night, so we must be ready to deal with it. The only question seems to be if we will see more rain showers or catcher back-picks this weekend in Columbia? We probably should not be shocked by either." Charger HC Mike Corn on the Sen's, "Hard to believe we only have two weekends left in the regular season. Another year passing us by in a blink of the eye. Rain, rain go away is the chant here in Mule Town as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior this Easter weekend. Baseball is so secondary when you think about the dedication and sacrifice He made for us. Looking forward to seeing my old buddy off of Clear Branch. What a great friendship we have had over the years. Right now our plans are to try and get a single game in late on Friday and the double on Saturday. We may need to pull out the potato play to get us out of a jam...who knows what you might see! Chargers-Senators. Dave Hall Field. Boom goes the dynamite."
4/17/19 - The TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Xavier Torres from Motlow State. Xavier went 5-9 scored 4 runs and stole 6 bases while driving in 2 runs as well. The TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Jonathan Hickman from Cleveland State. Jonathan tossed 8 innings of shutout baseball while striking out 7 and allowing only 2 hits. Other series POW's are Noah Fitzgerald/Chattanooga, Drew Haynie/ Walters and Kendall Franklin/Southwest.
4/14/19 - TCCAA Roundup: Cleveland and Southwest swept their respective series with great pitching performances in all 3 games. The Cougar pitching staff only allowed two runs vs Volunteer all weekend. Walters won their series and renamed their bullpen after former pitching coach Joey Seaver who passed away suddenly last December. College scores and stories are linked up on our Twitter feed to the right of this section >>>>>>>>>
4/11/19 - TCCAA Week 7 Conference Previews - coaches were asked about their focus as the year ends and comments on the upcoming series...
Columbia (13-23/8-10) at Chattanooga (25-10/9-6) - Both teams won their series last week. This should be a very competitive series. Tiger HC Greg Dennis said, "We have played pretty well the last couple of weekend seriesí and honestly, we are just hoping to continue the trend of solid pitching and timely hitting and hope that everyone gets healthy for the tourney. Coach Corn and the Chargers are coming in this weekend and that means a ton of energy arriving. His guys have been playing well as of late and we know that they are very talented so we will need to meet their energy and effort with consistently good play." Columbia coach Mike Corn added, "Heading over Monteagle Mountain this weekend to see the Fighting Tigers of Chattanooga State. Looks as if the weather will play a role in the schedule. Greg has his team competing in each series. Hopefully we can play well and have a chance to be in one or two of the games. The last three weekends, as always, will play a big role in tournament seeding. We need to improve in every single aspect of the game including our coaching decisions.
Southwest (12-28/2-16) at Roane (12-16/4-12) - Roane could jump ahead of Volunteer St if they sweep. This will be a very close tight series if both teams play up to their capablities. SW coach Erik Schoenrock said, "Weíve got to find a way to win close games. 65% of our games have been decided by 3 runs or less - and we are only 7-17 in those games. With almost all freshman in our lineup - they must learn to execute in big moments of games. You canít rely on 2 out hitting to win games consistently but you must have it occasionally to win close games. Roane this weekend will be a challenge for us. Their strength is their pitching staff and our weakness is obviously our lineup so we will have to play extremely well to have a chance in Harriman!" Raider skipper Zach
Sterner added, "Gotta play consistent baseball. We have a chance to be somewhere different but its a week by week thing. Trying to fight for wins and wherever you seed you gotta be really good for 4 or 5 days that week. We host Southwest. They are well coached well and compete at a high level. We have to play clean baseball, pitch it well, and score runners in scoring position to be successful this weekend."
Jackson (24-16/7-9) at Motlow (27-12/12-4) - Jackson hopes to slow down the Bucks on the road. Motlow has played well all season but lost their series last week. I look for the Bucks to come out hungry. Motlow coach Dan McShea said, "The Bucks will have to regroup after a disappointing weekend. We were not able to get going offensively most of the weekend and we were lucky to get out of there with 1 win. Mike Corn and his staff did a great job all weekend and we were not able to answer the challenge. I have to do a better job preparing these young men for the weekend because we will have a huge test with Jackson State. Jackson has quality arms and can put up big numbers on the scoreboard in a hurry. Our consistency as a team has been our biggest issue so I have to do a better job as a coach if we want to be able to compete this weekend." Green Jay skipper Ty Malik added, "Headed to Motlow this week for a crucial and very tough series. Dan has a very good team with some power arms and power bats. We saw them in the fall and it was easy to see they would be in the position they are in right now. Again, we need a weekend where we play good baseball to get us rolling into the tournament. We are sort of in cruise mode when we donít really have the luxury to be that way. I think the focus will be up this week and expect to see a good series."
Dyersburg (29-12/11-7) at Walters (37-6/15-1) - The Eagles have a long trip this week. Walters is playing well and has pretty much dominated games this year. Dyersburg coach Robert White said, "We make the journey to Morristown this weekend. Looks like the weather could, once again, be a big problem. We have been consistently inconsistent all year and could seriously be exposed if we donít come prepared this weekend. We are running into one of the top teams in the country that has plowed through every opponent theyíve faced. The Senators are super talented in every phase of the game. Up to this point in the season, we have not played very well. We start 7 freshman, but our guys need to toss that crutch to the side and start competing at a higher level. We will see what we are made of this weekend!" Senator skipper Dave Shelton added, "Hard to believe there is only 3 weeks of regular season left. With the tournament on the horizon, this is the time when you hope to be playing at your best. So far we have shown flashes of playing well, but we easily get complacent and lose focus, and this is the wrong time of the year for that. Once that tournament gets here, one let-down can lead to your season being finished early. We will have some serious tests over these next 3 weeks with Dyersburg, Columbia, and Motlow coming up. With Dyersburg coming in here this weekend, they will be one of our toughest challenges to date. Both their hitting and pitching numbers are very strong, and their overall record shows the same thing. If our focus level is not up this weekend, it will be a long weekend for the Senators."
Cleveland (20-15/9-7) at Volunteer (16-21/6-11) - The Cougars are coming off a tough series loss to Walters while Vol just can't get over the hump in close games. The Pioneers are 3-7 in conference play in games decided by 2 runs or less. Cleveland coach Mike Policastro said, "We come off a weekend series against Walters State where we did not play very well in any phase. As we travel to Vol State this weekend we know we will have to bounce back and play much better. Ryan has had his guys playing well all year, they play a lot of close games and their pitching staff does a good job of keeping them in games. We will have our work cut out for us. Offensively our line-up will have to have much better approaches and at bats this weekend than last weekend. Our offense must be able to be more consistent one through nine and be able to get the timely hit. Our pitchers will need to be competitive in the strike zone and stay away from big innings. With three weekends left in the season everyone is playing for post season seeding trying to get in the top six. Both teams should be ready to get after it." Volunteer skipper Ryan Hunt added, "We need to be able to somehow get a little more offensive going. We are putting way to much pressure on our pitchers to almost go out and have to throw a perfect game. That is one thing we have got to do heading into these last few series. As far as the tournament goes we are trying to put ourselves in a good spot standing wise and hope to stay out of the play in game. We need to compete as hard as we can and keep believing that good things will happen but in order for that to happen we have got to do the little things better!! This weekend we host Cleveland. They are always a tough series for us. They pitch it well and have a very good balanced team. We will have to play very good baseball in every phase to have a good series. Hopefully our guys are ready for the challenge and ready to compete!!!"
4/9/2019 - Week 6 TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Alex Haynes from Walters State. Alex went 7 innings allowing 3 hits and 0 runs while striking out 9 batters in a 9-0 Walters State win over Cleveland. The TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Cristian Martin from Dyersburg State. Cristian went 9-11 with 2 doubles, a home run and 5 rbi for the weekend. Other Series POW's are Travis Reaves/Jackson, Dorian Berry/Columbia and Chris Taylor/Chattanooga.
4/8/19 - Walters finishes off sweep of Cleveland with an 8-7 win yesterday. The Senators withstood a furios 4 run 8th inning rally to hang on.
4/7/19 - Walters (14-1) wins series with Cleveland (9-6) and goes for the sweep Sunday afternoon. The Columbia St (8-10) series win over Motlow (12-4) dropped the Bucks to a 3 game deficit in the loss colum with three weeks left in the season. Chatt's (9-6) sweep was huge as it jumped up into 4th place behind Dyersburg (11-7) at 3rd. TCCAA Hitting and PItching Statistical Leaders... TCCAA Team Statistics... Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for scores, stories from high school, college and minor league TN teams!!
4/4/19 - TCCAA WK 6 CONFERENCE PREVIEWS
Volunteer at Jackson - The Pioneers are fresh off a 3 game sweep of SW and will invade Jackson to take on the Green Jays. VSCC HC Ryan Hunt told TBR, "This week we head to Jackson which is always a tough place to play. They are a very talented group. We played them in the fall and they dominated us. We will need to play at a high level this weekend to have a good series. Going to be a tough series. Hopefully we will be ready to compete this weekend, if not it may be a long one for us." JSCC skipper Ty Malik added, "Looking forward to a tough series against Vol. They have a very good staff that can give us fits if we donít out think them at the plate. We continued our string of bad physical and mental breakdowns in the field last weekend. Right now, our best way to combat that is to score runs until we learn from all those mistakes. Unfortunately, we havenít been much of a threat at the plate in 3 weeks. We need a good weekend that can catapult us to a strong finish. Itís the time of year to start playing your best, I hope we havenít already done that. I really like what Coach Hunt and those guys do. I know this will be a close, tough series."
Walters at Cleveland - The Cougars are on an offensive roll, scoring 39 runs last weekend. This should be a very good series. Cleveland's Mike Policastro said, "We have another challenging weekend as we host Walters State. Dave has another very good club that can beat you in many different ways. There offensive is explosive and their pitching staff is capable of shutting down any offense. We will have to play really well all weekend in all phases to compete. Our pitching staff will have to manage the game and be able to make pitches in critical situations, we will need to play well on defense and not allow free bases to avoid the big inning. Offensively we would have to have quality at bats throughout the line-up and be able to capitalize on any scoring opportunities that we have. We are looking forward to competing against the Senators." The Sen's are dominating league play with only one conference loss coming into week six. WSCC HC Dave Shelton added, "Holy cow, could a team be any hotter than Cleveland right now, after what they did in Columbia last weekend. Going to Columbia and putting up 39 runs in 3 games isnít something that has been done very much, if any. Combine that with their pitching numbers on the year and that should open our guyís eyes as to what we are up against this weekend. We finally have a somewhat relaxing midweek, only playing an exhibition against the Tennessee Smokies after having 4 midweek games each of the past two weeks. So hopefully we will be a little more rested. I thought this past weekend at Roane, our hitters made strides and did a pretty good job against 3 quality starters. We had tough at-bats and were able to battle when we were down in the count. We will need more of that against Cleveland this weekend. And we will need our pitching to continue to throw strikes and attack hitters and keep our defense awake. Hopefully we will be ready to compete for all 23 innings."
Roane at Dyersburg - The Raiders make the long trek across the state to take on the Eagles of DSCC. Dyersburg HC Robert White told TBR, "Headed into week 6 we host the #RoadRaiders! Zach has a one of the top pitching staffís in our conference. We have not played well at all the past 2 weekends, but hopefully we can find a way to get back on track. I think runs will be at a minimum in this series, so weíre gonna have to play flawless to have a chance."
Motlow at Columbia - The Bucks will roll into Muletown ready to play as HC Dan McShea told TBR, "We travel to Columbia State on a short week to take on a Charger team that has always been very hard to beat, especially at their place. This past weekend, we really struggled to get the offense going much of the weekend. We were held in check by some really good pitching but we must find a way to get runners in more consistently. We have 3 midweek games during the week leading up to the Columbia series as well so we need to do a good job of preparing ourselves physically and mentally for the upcoming weekend. Coach Corn and his staff will always have a very well coached, disciplined team that can beat you in several ways and this year is no different." Charger HC Mike Corn has had this one circled for a while... "We have been traveling a frustrating road all season. This Mule Day weekend will be no rest for the weary. The rutting bucks are being very stingy on the mound and putting on display all that ability we saw in the fall. Hats off to Dano for putting together and mentoring this talented group. The Chargers will keep on pounding the stone. The water that softens the potato will harden the egg. Each of us will grow in one way or another regardless of how we finish the season. In the great words of Samuel Smiles, ďIt is not ease, but effort-not facility, but difficulty, makes men. There is, perhaps, no station in life in which difficulties have not to be encountered and overcome before any decided measure of success can be achieved.Ē
Chattanooga at Southwest - The Tigers will travel west to take on the Saluqi's this weekend. Greg Dennis, Chatt HC, told TBR, "We are trying to ready ourselves to make the long drive across the state to play in an always tough environment against SW Tennessee. As long as I have been here that has always been a difficult task and am sure we will have to really prepare ourselves to get off of the bus and meet the energy and effort that the Saluqis are going to bring to the game." SW HC Erik Schoenrock added, "We have Chattanooga coming to town - they are playing well right now and it will be a challenge for us to contain their offense. Coach Dennis does a good job preparing their guys and we will need to be firing on all cylinders to have a chance to compete this weekend."
4/3/19 - TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Dalton Wilder from Motlow State. Dalton threw 8 innings in a 2-1 win over Dyersburg, striking out 17 batters and allowing 2 hits and an unearned run. The TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Lance Dockery from Cleveland State. Lance went 9-12 with a double, triple and two home runs and scored 11 runs plus he had 5 rbi. Other series POW"s were Noah Fitzgerald/Chattanooga, Zebulon Matthews/Walters and Jordan Jackson/ Volunteer.
4/2/19 - Ravenwood sweeps Dickson... CPA sweeps MTCS... Smyrna sweeps Lavergne... Ensworth takes series vs Lipscomb... Ezell Harding sweeps FRA... JPII wins 2 at Serv Pro Classic... Hendesonville shuts out Lebanon... Meigs shuts down Chiefs... East Hamilton stays perfect... CCS tops Lookout Valley 2-1... Black, Bears blank Mustangs... Unaka and Hampton win... Rugged FL tests followed with FHJS blasting Heritage... Lewis' walk off double leads Trojans past JeffCo... Canes erupt in 7th, blow out Cocke County...
4/1/19 - First 2019 High School Rankings - Class A, AA, AAA and D2 A, AA
3/31/19 - TCCAA Weekend Rewind: Volunteer State won a pair of games by a score of 3-2 on Sunday. Bill Hamilton drove in all 3 runs in game one and
Zeke Lecomte walked off the Saluqi's in game two with a one out single to score Cole Flatt. SW had tied the game in the top of the 7th on a Jackson Little SAC fly. The series will conclude tomorrow with a 9 inning game starting at 1pm. Walters, Cleveland and Chattanooga all swept their opponents without a close game in the bunch. The Cougars racked up 39 runs while Walters and Chatt each scored 35. Micah McClellan's rbi single in the second inning held up as Motlow beat Dyersburg 2-1. Both Dyersburg/Motlow and Vol/SW series will end tomorrow... Bryan splits, drops series... Phoenix sweep Shawnee State... Martin sweeps Stillman... Milligan swept by TN Wesleyan... Tusculum splits with Coker, wins series... Trevecca earns split with KY Wesleyan... Kings splits DH with Belmont Abbey... West GA sweeps Flames... 'Spliters take one of two vs Findlay... C-N wins series with split... see D1 and HS results in Twitter feed >>>>
3/29/19 - Several HS tourney's going on this weekend - check the Twitter feed to the right for scores and story links to these statewide tournaments...
TCCAA Week 5 Series Previews - I misidentified one of the weekly award honoree's last week - used his brother's name (Nathan) thinking it was the same person - sorry for the mistake Chewy!
Jackson at Chattanooga - Tiger HC Greg Dennis had this to say about his week 5 matchup with the Green Jays, "We are still struggling to find our identity as a team as we play each weekend. I think we are making headway and then we fall backwards again and seem lost. Hopefully, we can find a way to create positive forward movement as Jackson St comes in and plays us this weekend. They have been steady this year and hot as of late and we know that they are plus guys at the plate and on the mound and that is a tough combo. Our goal is to limit big innings and try and find ways to create positive situations for us offensively. Should be a great series!!" Jackson skipper Ty Malik added, "Very nervous about the trip to Chatt this weekend. Think we took a step back last weekend, but were fortunate for it to end up the way it did. Felt we were very complacent in our midweek game, so the vibe is telling me letdown this weekend. Playing Chatt is always tough enough and if we donít play better than we did over the past week, it will be a long trip back to Jackson. From the looks of it, Chatt has potential to pound us and if we donít play better defense than we have, the score will add up quickly. Offense at times, has been a masking tape for us. However, we lacked intent and focus at the plate last weekend and this midweek. We need to be better in all phases to win this series."
Walters at Roane - Walters HC Dave Shelton told TBR, "Of late we have been battling some issues which just about every team faces at some point. A hint of complacency has shown itself at times, and this has led to some mental breakdowns and lack of focus at times. This was never more evident than last weekend in our loss to Vol. And hats off to them as they did an outstanding job of capitalizing on our mistakes. In this league, if you cannot remain hungry and focused, you are going to lose, simple as that. If you are not mentally tough enough to overcome periods of adversity during the season, you are going to lose. And if we cannot fix some issues before traveling to Roane this weekend, we are going to lose. Playing at Zack's place is always challenging, and going up against the pitching staff he has put together this year will present an even greater challenge. They have an impressive collection of arms that can shut you down at any time. Hopefully our kids can go there ready to focus and compete for 23 innings this weekend. If not, it will be a long weekend for the Senators." Raider HC Zack Sterner had this to say, "Faced 3 really good arms who did a great job keeping up off balance. We pitched well enough to win 2 games. We have #1Walters coming into town. They are, as always, a really good club with some different dynamics this year. We have to put together a solid weekend on the mound and offensively we are just trying to minimize our punch outs."
Motlow at Dyersburg - Motlow HC Dan McShea told TBR, "Once again, rain will play a factor as we travel to take on a very talented Dyersburg State team. Anytime we face the Eagles it makes for a tough weekend, but going on the road and playing in wet conditions makes things even more difficult. We will have to continue to pitch well and put up more runs than we have if we want to be able to compete this weekend. It should be an exciting series." Eagle HC Robert White added, "Last weekend Jackson outplayed us in every phase and taught our young team what happens when you give a good offense extra opportunities. I give credit to Jackson for taking advantage of every mistake we madeÖ..our defense was definitely exposed. As we head into week 5 we have a difficult challenge against Motlow. Dan has a really good group of players that have played really well so far in conference. Their pitching staff is extremely talented and have been dominating pretty much every offense. They also have several guys in their line-up that can do damage, so we will have to execute pitches much better than we have been doing. For us to have any success, we must play better defense and not give Motlow extra outs. We have pushed the series back to Sun/Mon because of the weather moving in Saturday."
Cleveland at Columbia - Cougar skip Mike Policastro on his trip to Muletown this weekend, "Going to Columbia has always been a challenge for us and this year will be no different. We will need to play error free baseball all weekend and be able to handle the pressure Columbia puts on our defensive by not allowing free bases and being able to control their running game. Our starting pitching will need to be able to stay maintain their composure with runners on base and be able to make a pitch when it matters. Offensively we will need to take advantage of the minimal scoring opportunities that we have throughout games. Our line - up will have to produce one through nine for us to have a chance to compete in the series." Meanwhile in Columbia, zen master Mike Corn had this to say, "We caught every break down in Millington last weekend so we need some of that luck to carry over with the Cougars coming to town. Additionally, this is the first mid-week where we didnít lose a single game so our guys should be feeling pretty good about themselves for once. Weather looks to be a factor on Saturday with the double header on Friday looking eminent. This will change the pitching strategy for some teams but we will pretty much stay with the same approachÖseven come eleven, back door little joe...no whammy, no whammy, no whammyÖSTOP. Cleveland on the other hand is throwing whiffle balls and lightning bolts. They are pitching at such a high level we will be gauging our success on how many times we can foul it off rather than hits and runs. That strikeout to walk ratio is intimidatingÖalasÖ.I suppose we will still show up and give it a whirl. I learned back on Rock Creek, no matter their stats, no matter their recordÖthey put their pants on just like we do, one leg at a time so donít completely count us out. Coach Ammons and Coach Crutcher have been getting these guys better day by dayÖat some point we think it will begin to show. Mule Town USAÖDave Hall FieldÖman, I love this place! Go Chargers!"
Southwest at Volunteer - Volunteer's Ryan Hunt told TBR, "We host SW TN this weekend. Our Series has been moved to Sunday and Monday because of the rain on Saturday. Itís going to be an important series for both teams as we both look to try and get some type of momentum in conference play. We need to play solid baseball this weekend to hopefully have a successful weekend and be able to positon ourselves better in the conference standings."
3/26/19 - TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Kobe Foster from Motlow State CC. Foster tossed a complete game striking out 15 batters, allowing 3 hits and 1 unearned run. TCCAA Hitter of the Week is going to be 2 guys this week for the first time in 2019 we have Co-Hitters of the Week. Bryce Hodge from Walters State went 8-12 with a Grand Slam and 6rbi . "Chewy" Sanders went 7-10 with two doubles and 3rbi and stealing 6 bases out of the leadoff spot for the Bucks. Other Series POW"s include Tucker Mendenhall from Cleveland, Sergio Patsy from Jackson and Alex Carignan from Columbia.
3/25/19 - NAIA schools are at the midpoint of their conference seasons and here is how our guys are stacking up at this point:
Bryan 20-9/8-4 2nd
TN Wesleyan 25-6/7-4 3rd
Milligan 10-14/4-8 8th
Bethel 17-11/8-4 3rd
Martin 18-12/5-6 7th
Cumberland 20-9/5-1 Tie 2nd
Freed-Hardeman 26-6/15-2 1st
3/24/19 - Our first high school polls will come out on April 1st... make sure you get your game scores to Coach T - that is the best resource for me! Spent time at Vandy and First TN Park this weeekend shooting baseball games - game pics are located Vandy vs Florida game... Sounds vs Rangers game... The Dores absolutely obliterated Florda this weekend, outscoring the Gators 34-6... Next weekend the Dores host UT who also had a huge weekend winning their series vs South Carolina. Hawkins Field should be packed - I'll be there to shoot the Sunday game! In TCCAA action this weekend Walters won their series with Volunteer St but the Pioneers broke a 19 game losing streak to the Senators with a 7-5 win on Saturday. The streak dated back to 2013. For the first time all season, the home team won the first game of the series for all 5 series... Motlow was the only team to sweep and Columbia was the only series winner on the road s 4 of 5 home teams won this weekend...
TCCAA Scores... Rhett Baldwin's rbi walk off double in the bottom of the eighth won the series for Cleveland over Chatt St... Derick Junker's 3 run HR gave Jackson enough runs to win 4-3 over Dyersburg in game 2... Zeke Lecomte's SAC fly and Lane Harris' rbi single in the sixth put Volunteer State up 7-4 and helped the Pioneers break the 19 game losing streak to Walters... As usual read the Twitter feed to the right to catch up on game story links from tweets...
3/21/19 - TCCAA Week 4 Conference Preview:
Chatanooga at Cleveland - Big rivals playing in week 4, Cleveland HC Mike Policastro told TBR, "We will have our hands full as Chattanooga State comes to town for the weekend. The Tigers have an experience and explosive line up that we will have to try to contain. They are capable of minimizing any offense we try to get going. After dropping two our of three to Motlow last week was disappointing because we had opportunities in the two games we lost. Our offense needs to be more competitive and functional throughout the line up. Our starting pitching has given us a chance in all three series so far. They will have to be spot on in not letting the Tigers have big innings in games. We will need to play good defense and win the free bases. We look forward to a competitive series."
Volunteer at Walters - Volunteer coming off a tough week in which they were swept by Dyersburg now have to go to the #1 team in country. Not an envyable task. Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt told TBR, "We have a very tough task ahead of us the weekend when we travel to play the #1 team in the country in Walters St. We are going to have to play at a very high level to compete with them this weekend. Should be able to tell pretty quickly who likes to compete on our team this weekend." Walters HC Dave Shelton added, "It finally appears we will have a home game where weather should not be a factor this weekend. Vol is an extremely dangerous team right now. I hate facing a conference foe coming off two consecutive rough weekends, because I know they are due to break out, and will be hungry to do so at our place this weekend. Coach Hunt and his staff have really done a good job since arriving at Vol, and they do a tremendous job of coaching their kids the right way. At Southwest last weekend, we started showing signs of having an ability to make adjustments at the plate. I thought we did a good job of taking what we were given offensively, and not trying to do too much individually playing in a big park like USA Stadium, so that was encouraging. We must continue to work on becoming ďcompleteĒ hitters and adjusting to each new situation of each at bat, and each pitch even."
Dyersburg at Jackson - Two hot teams meeting in Jackson... should be a good one. Jackson HC Ty Malik on Dburg, "Dyersburg has been a very tough challenge for us over the years and especially the last few. It seems again like they are one of the top teams in this league and have had a great start. They seem to pitch it extremely well and will do plenty at the plate to make you match them offensively. They will force you to play perfect baseball or it will blow up on you quickly. We have to limit the big innings and find a way to put barrels on the ball." Dyersburg HC Robert White added, "We survived another weekend not playing well, but hopefully the weather is gonna cooperate this weekend and we can actually play in dry conditions without a 20 mph north wind!!! We make the trip to Jackson to play a team coming off a huge sweep. Tyson has a good group of guys and playing them at the ďJackĒ makes it even tougher on us. We just need to hang close and hopefully we can get a clutch hit or two. I have a feeling that we will need to score a lot of runs to have a chance to win a single ballgame this weekend."
Roane at Motlow - This, I think, will be a very interesting and close series. Look forward to seeing how this one comes out this weekend. Motlow HC Dan McShea told TBR, "We have Roane State coming to town this weekend and it looks like we will have the first good weather weekend of the year. I expect to see a lot of good arms from the Raider pitching staff with some good young talent all around. Coach Sterner and his staff have done a great job of putting together a talented team." Raider HC Zach Sterner added, "Playing at Motlow is always a tough challenge, and even tougher when they are red hot! For us to compete this weekend we have to be more consistent pitching from our starters to our guys who come in relief and minimize our strike outs offensively."
Columbia at Southwest - Columbia will try to rebound from a rough weekend as they travel to Memphis this week. Charger HC Mike Corn said, "Boy we are coming off a weekend where we were totally dominated by the Jackson buzzsaw and now running into the 17-4 Vols of John A. Logan mid-week. The Chargers are just trying to tread water but I am SO, SO THNAKFUL that we have a group of young men who respect the game, the umpires, the opponents and the fans in the stands. The game of baseball and most certainly the game of life will humble all of us at some point. Heading down to Millington to face the much improved Saluki Dogs looks to be an interesting match-up. Both teams appear like mirror images on paper. Seemingly we have two squads who rely on the running game but are struggling to steal first and score runs while needing to throw more strikes on the mound. We could be looking at a series of attrition. Weekends four, five and six should be where hitters start getting into the groove and teams begin to reveal who they are going to be." 2nd Yr Saluqi skipper Erik Schoenrock added, "We have Columbia this weekend at home - Coach Corn and his staff will have their team ready to play hard. They have played just as tough of a schedule as we have, so you can't pay any attention to their record. If we are not ready to play against the Chargers then they will expose you in a number of different ways. We need to have 2 good days of practice to get ready to get out of our recent slide."
3/19/19 - The TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Korey Wasson from Dyersburg State CC. Korey tossed 6 innings of shutout baseball, striking out 6 and allowing 4 hits. The TCCAA Hitter of the Week is DJ Wright from Jackson State CC. DJ went 6-10 with two doubles, a triple and two HR. He scored 8 runs and had 8 rbi as well. The other Series POW's are Sam Stohr from Motlow (5-11/5rbi), Noah Fitzgerald (7-10, 4rbi) and Bryce Hodge from Walters (8-14/9rbi).
3/17/19 - Big exhibition game at First Tennesse Park next Sunday as the Texas Rangers come to Nashville to take on the Nashville Sounds... two TN boys will be on the rosters - Zac Curtis/Hendersonvillle HS/Vol State/MTSU and MIke Minor/Forrest/Vanderbilt... also Vanderbilt will play Belmont Tuesday night at the park...
TCCAA Week 3 Recap: Walters (20-4/7-0) scored 40 runs and allowed 6 in their 3 game sweep of Southwest. The Senators look like they could be dominant in 2019. Bryce Hodge had a big weekend with 8 hits and 9rbi for Walters. Jackson (14-11/3-4) rebounded from their loss to Walters last weekend to sweep Columbia (9-16/4-5) with a couple of suprisingly high scores (12-3, 13-2). The Blue Jays had 36 hits including 10 doubles and 5 HR... Dyersburg (17-7/7-2) scratched and clawed their way to a sweep over VSCC (6-15/1-7). The Eagles had only 4 extra base hits all weekend and struck out 23 times but managed to create scoring opportunities in all 3 games. Eagle pitching was very solid allowing only 3 earned runs. Korey Wasson tossed 6 shutout innings in game 2. Motlow St. (15-7/6-1) struck out 31 times, yet found a way to win the series 2-1 over Cleveland (10-9/4-3). In game one, Sam Stohr's grand slam in the seventh inning put the Bucks up 7-5 and ended up as the game winner. Gunner Ricke's rbi single in the third to score Patrick Musi and a give Motlow a 2-1 lead won game two. Chatt (14-8/2-4) won their series with Roane (7-8/3-4) 2-1 as Kyle Nunn tossed 5.2 innings of shutout ball in their 7-0 win on Saturday.
Bethel extends win streak... Bryan wins series over #2 TN Wesleyan... Phoenix sweep pair on road... Lions sweep Hannibal-Lagrange... Buffs win finale vs Montreat... 3 run 8th leads Rhodes to win over #23 Birmingham Southern... Bucs earn historic win over Delta State...
3/14/19 - TCCAA Week 3 Conference Series Preview:
Roane at Chattanooga - Roane heads south to take on the Tigers of Chatt State this weekend. Raider HC Zach Sterner told TBR, "(we) pitched it well and played solid defense over the weekend. Gotta find ways to minimize our strikes outs and make more action happen offensively. Credit to AB with a great game plan and his arms executing that plan. Traveling to Chatt as we expect our first 3 game series of conference play, so that's pretty exciting!! Always a tough place for us so expecting a good week of practice in prep for this weekend. They will be a tough club, as always, so we will have our hands full." Chattanooga HC Greg Dennis added, "We have played okay in limited doses and just need to stack up some more games. We competed well against Motlow St and will need to do so against a Nationally Ranked pitching staff at Roane. They have played and pitched really well and Coach Sterner has them working well together. We need to play well in all 3 phases and hope to scratch out enough runs."
Motlow at Cleveland - The Cougars will host the Bucks this weekend. Cleveland HC Mike Policastro had this to say about the matchup. "We were able to pull out a come from behind win in game two at Roane State and get a split on the day. Both teams pitched really well in two one run games. Going into this weekends against a Motlow team that is playing well will be a challenge for us. They have pitched well this season and their line-up can do damage. We have gutted three conference wins by one run in the last two weekends. We are learning what it takes to have success on the weekend. This weekend will be no different, our starting pitching has been able to give us quality outings and will need to do so this weekend. Offensively we would need to try to put quality at bats together and be able to get the big hit when needed." Motlow was only able to get one game in last week in their series so they are hoping the weather will give them a break this week. "The rain played a big factor in our weekend series against Chattanooga. We only got one game in but it was a close ball game that went into extra innings. For our team, it was good to get that experience against a good baseball team. We need to continue to improve offensively. We had some bright spots but we still need to be more consistent throughout the game.
This weekend we will be traveling to Cleveland to face another tough opponent. It is always tough to go into their place and play and I expect nothing less this year. We need to be competitive at the plate throughout the lineup and pitch well if we want to have a chance this weekend."
Walters at Southwest - Walters makes the longest haul in the league this weekend. Senator HC Dave Shelton told TBR, "This weather has been brutal on everyone. We are all rusty from a lack of consistent playing games and lack of on the field practice. I feel like itís an absolute battle each weekend just to get any games in at all. I felt like we pitched it really well at Jackson, and had a few timely hits against them, They are going to be a team that keeps getting better the more reps they get outside, so I feel fortunate we played them when we did. I have not had a chance to look at Southwest much thus far, as we didnít get home until 2:00 AM Monday, now preparing for midweek games on road at Spartanburg Wednesday, then back on the road to Millington early Thursday morning. I can give you a way better scouting report on our bus than any team in our league, as well as some key places to stop and eat along I-40. I know Erik and his staff are working hard to get things built there at Southwest, and they are doing things the right way, so we can expect a well-coached team this weekend. We will need to continue to improve offensively if we are to have success in Millington." Saluqi HC Erik Schoenrock told TBR, "Give credit to Dyersburg... they were tough to pitch to all weekend and we didn't get ahead of enough hitters to give us a chance in the first 2 games. I thought we had pretty good at bats the whole weekend even though we didn't score a bunch of runs. I was proud of our guys for finding a way to win in game 3 on the road after being down 3-0 in the 5th inning. Hopefully a win like that can get us going. We have Walters coming into town, obviously that presents a challenge. They seem be firing on all cylinders and we will have to pitch it well and defend it well to have a chance. Hopefully our young hitters are young enough that they don't know what they are going to be getting themselves into this weekend. If we play with sustainable, real energy we have a chance to play well this weekend."
Dyersburg at Volunteer - The Pioneers lost a tough series at home last week to Columbia and now face a very tough Eagle squad this weekend. VSCC HC Ryan Hunt told TBR, "It was tight series all 3 games that could have went in our favor but Columbia capitalize on opportunities more than we did. Both teams got really good pitching all weekend. We just made some mistakes and couldnít really get anything going offensively all weekend. I did like how we competed this weekend. We just have to keep pounding away and things and keep fighting. If we can do that maybe the bounces will start going our way. Tip your hat to Columbia they got the big hits and key defensive plays when they needed them. They will be a really good team when itís all said and done. We have Dyersburg coming to town this weekend. They are always a force in this conference and a team that has pretty much had their way with us the past few years. We will have to play very sound baseball to have a successful series. Hopefully our guys can stay positive and come out and play with passion and we will see how things go." Dyersburg HC Robert White said, "We head to Middle Tennessee to take on a solid team in Volunteer State. Coach Hunt always has a very disciplined group that plays extremely hard. Just from seeing a few box scores, it looks like the Pioneer pitching staff has several quality arms and some guys throughout their line-up that swing it well. We have played well at times, but the consistency and focus has been a major issue for us. I have to give a lot of credit to Coach Shoenrock for rallying his troops in game 3 last weekend. For us to win at Vol, we're gonna have to be firing on all cylinders and cannot have any more let-downs. This is a pivotal series for both teams, so I expect it to be a good one!"
Jackson at Columbia - Muletown hosts the Blue Jays this weekend. Charger HC has been frustrrated with his team's play so far. He told TBR, "We are coming off a nip and tuck series in Gallatin as the Chargers continue to really struggle at the dish. Hats off to Coach Hunt and his young men as they out played us in all phases of the game. After an ugly mid-week contest on Tuesday, the coaching staff is desperately trying to understand the ridiculously high swing and miss rate our team is displaying. It is our job to solve this debilitating strike zone recognition mystery we have had throughout the first half of the season. I am no expert, but taking strikes and swinging at balls is not a recipe for success no matter what do damage launch flight angle attack turn lift philosophy you may subscribe to this week. Additionally, the last time I checked Twitter, being late on fastballs and out front of off speed typically does not do damage, launch nukes, yield quality at-bats, extra base hits, high batting averages, acceptable ops+ and will certainly negatively affect a player's wins above replacement. Moving forward, we must convince our hitters to accept their role, have a plan based on that role, then simply execute swings that match the game situation and be willing to adjust as the variables change. Defensive swings in plus counts...big swings in negative counts. Pop ups when all the team needs is a ground ball and a two hopper to short when we need someone to barrel a ball into the outfield. Swing and miss the hit and run. Over aggressive with nobody on base. Timid and under aggressive with runners in scoring position. Pulling back and taking strikes in drag opportunities. Bottom line...we have done an abysmal job at preparing our hitters for this season. Poor coaching. Poor teaching. Poor job at getting our guys to play the game in the correct manner. Extremely Poor leadership at the top. Now...we have a phenomenal group of young men. Fine students and fine human beings...most of which you would want your daughter to marry. They will continue to play hard and will not be a pushover. If we as coaches, can generate a little more toughness in the moment, a little more resilience to failure, and we continue to grow as a team you, may see these guys have a chance come tournament time. If we don't, we will remain on this current Boeing 737 to nowhere. Conference weekend numero tres...we need Mother Nature to supply us a Mule Town north wind to help keep those powerful Green Jays in the yard. They are coming off an offensive explosion mid-week so they will be red hot. Looking forward to another TJCCA battle!" Now if you can't get excited about playing after that... are you dead? Jackson skipper Ty Malik added, "Playing Columbia is always a daunting task. Coach Corn does a great job getting his guys to play a brand of baseball that is a tough matchup for a lot of teams. You have to prepare for so much and play a perfect game to stand a chance. They are a talented team that will make you pay if you give them extra outs. I hope we are focused and prepared enough to play a perfect series." Who's headed to Columbia?
3/13/19 - The TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Lincoln Bowman from Roane State. Lincoln tossed 6 innings of 1 hit ball with 9 K"s and a walk. He allowed no runs in the combined 1-0 shutout of Cleveland in game one of the shortened series. The TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Daniel Freeman from Columbia State. Daniel went 4-11 with 2 game winning home runs and 5 rbi on the weekend. Other series POW's are Bryce Hodge/Walters, Sam Stohr/ Motlow and Louis Rodriguez/Dyersburg. - Keep looking at Twitter feed>>>
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3/12/19 - Weather again played a role in the TCCAA series play as games were cancelled or moved back two days... Walters swept a pair from Jackson to run its winning streak to 18 games. We only have one result from the Motlow - Chatt series. Motlow won 6-5 in 10 innings. Dyersburg took 2 of 3 from Southwest. Cleveland and Roane split a pair of games. Columbia swept Volunteer in three very close games - we have pix up on our facebook page from Sunday's game... POW winners will be posted tomorrow due to games being pushed back.... High School season opened yestrerday - check the Twitter feed for all of the posted scores>>>>
3/8/19 - TCCAA Week 2 Preview - Weather changes will most likely be made to schedules.
Cleveland at Roane: The Cougars travel up the road to Roane State to take on the Raiders this weekend. Cleveland HC Mike Policastro told TBR, "We pitched and played as well as we could in winning our games against a very good Jackson State team. We played with focus and energy, hopefully we will be able to duplicate the effort on the road against a solid Roane State team. We have not have found the road successful this season. In having a chance to win we will need to pitch as well as we did last week along come up with timely hitting." Raider HC Zach Sterner added, "Started very slow Saturday but a lot of credit to Corey Wilson on keeping us off balance all game and having a game plan! Played solid the 2nd game but still feel we can and have to be better in some areas. We have to be locked in, ready, pitch one of inning one in game one and not have hiccups early. Calling for over an inch and half of rain starting Thursday night through Sunday and a little rain for Monday. So, once again weather will play a factor in this weekendís series against a Cleveland State who is playing good baseball and finding ways to win right now."
Columbia at Volunteer: The Chargers travel to Gallatin to take on Ryan Hunt and the Pioneers this weekend. Charger HC Mike Corn told TBR, "The Chargers continue to play poor baseball in all facets of the game. Unacceptable performance by the players and the coaching staff. We are simply not getting it done. We must find a way to motivate our young men to compete in the moment. The amount of crucial, game on the line mistakes we are making is placing us in positions we just aren't ready to climb out of yet. The Chargers must find a way to throw it over the plate and put it in play. I said it before the season and it is worth repeating...we need blue collar baseball to be executed for us to be successful. There is nothing sexy or glamorous about what we need to do...reduce offensive strikeouts and defensive free bases. It is truly that simple of an equation." Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt added, "After the first week we are still struggling to score runs and be consistent all around offensively. We got good starting pitching for the most part. We just have to keep plugging away and compete. We have a very tough opponent this week in Columbia at our place. They are always a tough team all around. We will have to be on top of our game to be successful. Going to be another challenging weekend with the weather. We may have to adjust our games but no decision has been made yet."
Walters at Jackson: The Senators will trek down 1-40 to Jackson to take on the Blue Jays in week 2. HC Dave Shelton told TBR, "I thought Chattanooga did a very good job in Week 1 in keeping our hitters off-balance. At times we looked like we were at least trying to make adjustments at the plate, so that was encouraging. Thankfully our pitching and defense did a good enough job carrying us to a couple of wins, but both games could have went either way. Going to Jackson is always one of the tougher places to play in our league. Their team is usually built for their park, and they can always hurt you with one swing of the bat. This year, they have some good arms to go with those bats, so this trip will be even more challenging. I know they will be hungry coming of last weekend at Cleveland, losing on a couple of walk-offs, so hopefully our guys can match their intensity and be ready to compete. Blue Jay skipper Ty Malik is hoping Lady Luck will shine on his squad this week, "Looking forward to see if we can bounce back from last weekend with Walters coming to town. Played some tough games that didnít go our way in the end last week. Felt our effort was there, but we just didnít do enough offensively for us to win. Hope we can do more this weekend. Walters is a very talented team that will put stress on us in all phases. We need to be able to hit quality pitching and find ways to score. We also need to find a way to be focused on every hitter that we face on the mound. Canít give up at-bats and canít take a hitter off as there wonít be a break in their lineup."
Chattanooga at Motlow: The Tigers will travel to Tullahoma to take on the Bucks of Motlow State this weekend. Tiger HC Greg Dennis told TBR, "This past week we played pretty well against a solid Walters State team and pitched it very well for the most part. Our hitting showed some rust and that isnít a good staff to be struggling against. All-in-All though, I thought we competed well and gave ourselves a chance to win either game. This week we are going to Motlow to take on a red-hot Bucks team that is coming off of a sweep behind great pitching. Dan has what could be as good a staff as anyone in the conference or even district and they seem to be throwing really well. His offense is always good and playing them there is never anything but a hardship!! We need to wake up the bats some and continue to pitch it better as we did this past weekend. Hopefully, the defense can stay tough and we can stay in some games and find a way to close some out. Dan McShea is looking for consistency as his Motlow squad prepares for week 2 of conferenc play. "After playing one week of conference play, we are still a team looking for some consistency. I like the way we battled through the entire weekend but we need to continue to improve in all phases. We need to continue to work hard every day. We cannot be satisfied with success in one weekend if we want to be a good team. Chattanooga State has a talented team with a lot of returning players. Coach Dennis and his staff have done a great job and will have their guys ready to go. If we can avoid the rain, this should be a pretty exciting weekend."
Southwest at Dyersburg: The Salugi's make the short trip to Dyersburg for a West TN showdown this weekend. Eagle HC Robert White told TBR, "We match up in week #2 against Southwest, a team that has played a very tough schedule and are much improved. The Saluquiís are well coached and will be looking to get in the win column after a tough series against Motlow last weekend. Somehow we survived against a Columbia team that will be more than a handful for teams in May. Last weekend, we just played mediocre baseball and somehow came out with the series win. For us to continue winning seriesí, we have to get better starts from our pitching staff. Our offense shows the ability to be productive at times. The weather is once again going to be an issue so we donít know what days we will be playing quite yet. I look for this series to be another tight one!" 2nd Yr Saluqi HC Erik Schoenrock is pleased with his team's early progress. "Our young hitters learned first hand that you can be humbled very quickly if you don't make adjustments when you face the good arms in our league. I thought we pitched well enough to win and 2 of those 3 games could have gone either way. We have to tip our hats to Motlow - they did a really good job attacking us on the mound and made the plays to win the close games. I like where we are at, we just need our youthful lineup to make adjustments now that they have seen the quality of the arms we are going to face all conference season. We are at Dyersburg this weekend. They have played on our field in a tournament earlier this season so we watched them play, it is going to be a challenge for us on the road. They can really pitch and have quality position players in their lineup. Coach White will have them ready to play and we will need to come up with some big hits and play clean defensively to have a chance up there."
3/5/19 - TCCAA Player/Pitcher of the Week Awards for Week 1: TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Kobe Foster of Motlow State. Kobe tossed a complete game no hit shutout with 12 strkeouts. He was a hit by pitch away from a perfect game... the TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Jerry Hammons of Walters State. Jerry went 4-6 with two doubles and a game winning HR in game two of the rain shortened series. Other series POW's are Koby Silvy of Roane State. Kolby tossed a three hit shutout with 9 K's. Jonathan Hickman of Cleveland State who went 4-6 with 3 rbi and picked up a win in relief. Josh Nellis of Dyersburg went 4-12 with a double and 4 rbi. Congrats to all POW's this week!!
3/3/19 - TCCAA Weekend Roundup - Rain hampered play this weekend as three series did not get completed due to the weather. Motlow was able to sweep Southwest to take the conference lead after the first week of play. Walters won two over Chattanooga. In a 1-0 win, the Senators Jerry Hammons went 2-3 with a solo HR in the sixth which was the game winner as Corey Stone tossed a 2 hit shutout. Stephen Cullen's 3 rbi lead Motlow to its opening 11-8 win over SW. Motlow's Gunnar Ricketts went 4-8 in the series and Kobe Foster went the distance with 12K's and no hit the Saluqi's in Saturday's 3-0 victory. Cleveland had two walkoff wins on Saturday as the Cougars took advantage of two 7th inning errors to plate the winning run in a 6-5 victory. Alex Coulter scored the winner after a one out single. In the second win, Jonathan Hickman drove in Tucker Mendenhall from third base. Mendenhall stole 3b just prior to the hit which eliminated a play at the plate... make sure to view the Twitter feed >>> I update scores and link game stories there as well! Scores
2/28/19 - Week one of TCCAA play begins on Friday. Here is a look at the 5 series to be played this week:
Volunteer traavels to Roane - The Raiders are on a 4 game winning streak entering the series at 4-4. Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt told TBR, "We are 3-7 so far this season. We have played some top quality competition. We have been competitive for the most part. Still have a long way to go. We face Roane for the first conference weekend and it will be a tough weekend for us. Roane has some quality arms that will be a challenge for us. They are an all around better club this year so we will have to play good baseball to have a successful weekend."
Chattanooga visits Walters - Chatt (6-4) faces a stiff challenge with #2 ranked Walters (10-3). Tiger skipper Greg Dennis elaborated on the series, "We have played okay so far but are still a long way from where we need to be. Our hitting has been spot-on for the most part and defensively we have played really well so far. Pitching wise we are struggling some and hopefully that will come around to give us a chance in all 3 areas. That being said, we are heading into Morristown to face the #2 team in the nation and need to be effectively ready to try and hit on most if not all cylinders. No one needs to tell us how good Walters is every year and we know we are going to have to try and play clean baseball as much as we can to stay competitive with them. The key I think is going to be pitching competitively all weekend and being willing to attack the zone with multiple pitches and be comfortable in uncomfortable moments. Hopefully we can!!" Dave Shelton added, "With the weather, I donít think we have been able to progress like I would have hoped so far, but I know everyone is dealing with the same issues. Our hitters have not gotten the live reps that they would have, with us missing out on 8 games due to weather thus far. With a young inexperienced team, that is definitely not what you want going into conference games. We know very little about Chattanooga this early in the year, other than they always have a very good squad and are always well coached. They have a few guys back who performed very well last year as freshmen, and I know those guys will be much improved. For us to have a chance to be successful this weekend, we will need to be way better offensively than we have been. Our approaches at the plate have really shown our inexperience thus far, so those must improve. Hopefully the weather will allow us to get this weekend in because we need every game we can in order to develop right now as a team."
Jackson treks to Cleveland - Cougar HC Mike Policastro has not been pleased with the beginning of the season, He to TBR Wednesday, "We have not played well in February, we have been inconsistent every phase, along with battling injuries to key players. Opening up with Jackson State this weekend will be a challenge, they are very physical and can put up a big inning quickly. Keys for us this weekend will be to see if we can play with a sense of urgency, compete in leverage situations both offensively and on the mound and find a way to put a complete game together in all phases." Cleveland comes into the series with a 4-6 record. Jackson HC Ty Malik added, "Looking forward to opening week of conference. Per usual, the weather will play an interesting role. Traveling to Cleveland is always tough. I donít know much, if anything, about Cleveland. What I do know is that they will test our approaches at the plate. I always think they are one of our tougher matchups from that standpoint. We have shown signs of being offensive and hope that continues. We are continuing to grow and become better hitters mentally, but still have a ways to go. We havenít pitched as consistently as I thought we would, but I know we have the ability to throw good games and give us a chance. Our key most weekends is to be able to score runs in bunches and make it easier on our arms until they become more consistent. We will have to do that to gives us shot at winning this series." Jackson is currently 7-5.
Motlow heads to Southwest - Motlow (5-5) has lost 3 in a row heading into week 1 while SW sits at 7-7. Motlow's Dan McShea told TBR, "We have been Jekyll and Hyde so far this season. Iím looking for us to continue to build on our successes and limit our mistakes. Opening conference weekend always takes things up a notch so we need to be up for the challenge when we travel to Millington. Southwest will be a solid team that will be well coached. This early in the season it really is hard to know what to expect from your opponent. Teams can change so much from season to season and even from fall to spring, but Coach Schoenrock and his staff have been doing good things over there and will have their team ready to play. The key for us will be to limit the big inning defensively and to put a whole game together. Everyone has been dodging the rain so much early this season. It is hard for any of us to play as much as we would like before stepping into conference play so we have to find a way to get the most out of every opportunity to get better leading up to the weekend." Second year HC Erik Schoenrock added, "We are .500 going into conference play (7-7) and our coaching staff was aiming for being right there at this point in the season with all of freshman we are playing and with the schedule we have played to this point. Our pitchers were having a tough time with allowing free bases early in the year but have been much better with that recently - allowing our defense to make plays behind them. Our young position players have shown flashes of doing some good things but still have a lot of maturing to do before they become a standout unit.Motlow really impressed me last year with their ability to pitch and also their physicality as an offense. I know they lost a few big hitters from last year but they return a very solid pitching staff and still have an offense that will be tough to deal with. Coach McShea does a really good job with the program so we know we will have to play well to defend our home turf this weekend.We will have to be able to sustain quality at bats against their pitching staff. When we get runners on, we will have to execute in RBI situations much better than we have been recently. On the mound, we have to limit our freebies - they are going to get some big swings off but if we limit the free bases before those swings, we can hopefully limit giving up big innings."
Dyersburg makes the trip to Columbia - Eagle HC Robert White is ready to go to Columbia for the first week. His Eagle (6-5) squad is stil young and coming into its own as several new faces dot the lineup. White told TBR, "The 2019 season for the Eagles has been very similar to the weather! We are still searching for the right guys in the line-up, which may take some time to figure out. Opening weekend of conference is always a lot of excitement. However, we are headed to Mule town to face a very good Columbia State team. Mike always puts together a winner and plays a style of baseball that is difficult to prepare todayís player for. The Chargers return several bats that can do some damage and have a ton of team speed to add pressure on opponents. On the bright side for us, we have pitched it really well holding opponents to a .179 batting average. Itís real simpleÖ..we better come ready to play or it will a long weekend for us! Mike Corn's Chargers (4-9) have struggled to find consistency so far. Corn added, "What a better way to introduce some of our young men to conference baseball than opening with the high flying Eagles of Dyersburg right here in Mule Town USA. Robert and JT have yet again assembled a quality group of players. With so many new faces, we really do not know what to expect other than Dyersburg being fiery and energetic. Our slow start has been typical to our past teams so while concerning, it is not disheartening. We have played a nice competitive schedule and been right in almost every game except one. If we want to start being in the left hand column at the end of the game, we will need a few guys to step up and make a play, make a pitch or put a quality swing on the baseball in pivotal moments. Up to this point, we just haven't prepared our players to succeed in these pressure situations. We look across the league and see a very, very competitive schedule that should be parity stuffed in 2019. Do not be surprised to see many teams in that 14-13, or .500 range at the end of the year."
As usual, we will post game scores, highlights, etc of each series as well as have a series player of the week and conference pitcher and hitter of the year.
2/25/19 - Vandy sweeps Pepperdine... UT sweeps Indiana... Belmont splits Sunday DH... Lipscomb splits Sunday DH... Govs sweep... ETSU completes sweep... MTSU splits DH... Memphis splits... Carrera hits for cycle in loss... Skyhawks make program history... Big inning leads to CN sweep... Cumberland drops 2 at Mobile... Milligan wins series over Brewton-Parker... Trevecca beats Rockhurst... Tusculum sweeps DH
TCCAA Conference play begins this weekend - opening series opponents are Volunteer at Roane; Chattanooga at Walters; Jackson at Cleveland; Motlow at Southwest and Dyersburg at Columbia - Series Previews will be posted on Thursday afternoon - Friday games are 2pm local time and the Saturday DH's will begin at Noon local time...
2/17/19 - Peay can't overcome big Wildcat inning... Vandy blasts Fullerton... Pitching leads Vols to win no. 2... Redbirds top Belmont... Lipscomb rally falls short to Valpo... ETSU offense explodes in win over Iona... Blue Raiders split, win series... Memphis splits on opening day... Tech completes series sweep... Union sweeps with 2 10 inning wins... Skyhawks win 5-4... PItching key in Flames sweep... Freed sweeps home opening DH... LMU drops finale with Lynn... MMC sweeps Cinci Christian... Scots split DH with Lynchburg... Indiana Tech sweeps pair from TWC...
2/16/19 - Carson Newman wins serries opener... Bryan holds off Cumberland to win 7-6... Flames drop GSC opener... Blue Raiders win in Toman debut... Vols blank Mountainers 6-0... TTU kicks off Holmes era in style... Tusculum sweeps DH... Wesleyan takes down Gwinnett... Dores cruise by Virginia
2/15/19 - D1 opens today - Indiana at Memphis 5pm; Kentucky at Austin Peay Noon; Appy State at Tennessee 4:30; Vandy vs Virginia on MLB Network at 6pm in Arizona; MTSU playing now vs Bowling Green; Belmont vs Illinois State at 3:30pm; Valparaiso at Lipscomb at 1pm; Iona at ETSU at 1pm; Western Illinois at TTU at 11am and UT-Martin vs South Dakota St at Russellville, Arkansas...
2/14/19 - Bethel sweeps Culver-Stockton... FHU sweeps Blue Mountain... Union ninth inning rally earns sweep...
2/3/19 - Aiken squeaks by LMU 4-2... Hiwassee sweeps Marian in opening day DH...
2/2/19 - SPLITSVILLE: Bethel opens with split... Bryan gets a split on opening day... #2FHU splits with #4 Faulkner... Redhawks split on opening day... Milligan splits opener... Tusculum splits opening day DH... Union wins opener... King drops opener... Aiken tops LMU in opener
1/31/19 - TCCAA Team Previews - We are finished Roane State is up and all 10 are in the house - laptop was in the shop for a couple of days - and we are back in baseball mode!
Division 2 Preseason Preview: In the Gulf South Conference we have three schools - Lee, Union and Christian Brothers... In the coaches pre season poll CBU was picked last of 13 while Union was picked 10th... CBU had two players highlighted on the GSC Newcomers list - Tyler Flynn of Millington and Griffin Miller from Milan... also returning for the Bucs are the top two hitters from last season, Jeff Goodwin and Jaime Soto. CBU opens Feb. 2 at Northwest Oklahoma State at 1pm (DH)... Union returns 11 seniors including Nolen Milton (.315) and top pitcher Scott Shearer... the Bulldogs brought in 15 JuCo and other transfers this year to bolster their team. Union opens on the road Feb 5. vs Ouachita Baptist in Arkansas... Lee (27-26) reached the finals of the GSC tourney for the first time last season. Mark Brew is in hopes this is the breakthrough the Flames have been looking for in the move up to D2 baseball. Lee was a perenial NAIA World Series contender...Brew has 4 everyday starters back: Sr 3b Miguel Pimentel (.372), Sr 2b Tyler Payne (.304) Jr OF Dalton Ney (.287) and Sr SS Fernando Ortiz ... Pitching will be the unkown factor in 2019 as the Flames lost most of their staff... In the Conference Carolina's, King is ranked 6th after a 29-19 finish in 2018. The Tornado bring back Sr. OF's Tony Valdez and Kevin Barbato along with top pticher Ashton King... The Tornado will open up tomorrow at 3pm at Anderson University (game moved up due to incoming weather)... GMAC's Trevecca Naz team is preseason ranked 5th in 2019. The Trojans return their top stick in Sr IF Ethan Harrison (.362) along with Sr C Sam Mang who hit 13 HR and 53 rbi... Sr P Jake Roberson (7-2) also returns as the top pitcher. The Trojans open the season on Feb. 8 at Montevallo... lastly we have the SAC where we have 3 teams - Carson-Newman, Tusculum and Lincoln Memorial... world reknowned catching guru leads the Eagles of CN into 2019 with a preseason SAC ranking of 4... The Eagles lost two MLB draftee's but return a solid pitching staff. Greg Valentine, Matt Bradley, Kyle Cagle and Dalton Long will be looked upon to eat up innings for the Eagles... behind the dish, 2nd team conference Ethan Goforth returns for his junior season... 6 of the top 7 hitters return and the infield is anchored by Soph SS Micah Genter... CN opens tomorrow at Limestone... at LMU, the two time defending SAC champ opens against TN native Kenny Thomas at USC Aiken tomorrow 4... The Splitters return SAC Pitcher of the Year in Ethan Elliott and Joe Bobiak (7-1, 68 IP) on the hill as well as OF's Seth Hunt and Will Reddick. SS Tyler Adams anchors the IF. All 5 were named preseason all conference... lastly we will look at Tusculum. The Pioneers return All American 2b Daulton Martin and All SAC OF Jarel McDade to lead the team in 2019... RHP Charles Hall returns for his senior season to anchor the pitching staff. Hall went 4-3 in 73 IP last season and is a preseason all conference pick... Tusculum opens tomorrow at Berry College at 1pm...
1/27/19 - TCCAA Team Previews - Motlow in tonight - should get Roane shortly!!
1/25/19 - TCCAA Team Previews added today - Cleveland, Columbia, Jackson and Southwest...
1/24/2019 - D2, D3 and NAIA clubs will open their seasons next weekend - stay tuned for coverage of game recaps and scores beginning on February 1st! Perfect Game touts Commodore talent...
1/22/19 - TCCAA Team Previews for the 2019 season are underway... Chattanooga, Dyersburg, Volunteer and Walters have all checked in! Reds name Cotham assistant pitching coach... Sonny Gray reunites with Johnson and Cotham with Reds...
1/21/19 - 2019 TN NAIA Preview: 2018 NAIA Runner-up Freed-Hardeman begins the 2019 season with a pre-season rank of #2 in the country. Two other TN schools, Tennessee Wesleyan (12) and Bryan (15) are also in the Top 25 poll. Cumberland recieved votes for the poll as well. As usual TN will be well represented by some quality baseball teams in 2019. Starting off with the #2 ranked Lions of FHU, who return All-American Josh Sears, a sophomore DH primarily. The Lions lost their closer Beau Caveness, but return Austin Steel (11-2), Connor Creasy (9-0) and Jared Humphry (8-4) as well as Wes Brooks (.356/16/56), Bryce Lester (.355/42bb's/22sb) and De'Mikyle Holmes (.324/5/33) to lead the offense. Over in East TN, TN Wesleyan returns Aloysius Cruz (.355/13/41), Malik Stephens (.285) and Braden Mosely (.272). as well as three pitchers with expereince in Cole Bellair(6-1/2.84), Philip Sieli (5-2/3.28) and Jack Granath. Sieli and Granath were in top 5 ERA's in the AAC conference play last season. Bryan is right behind TWC in the polls. The Lions won their first ever AAC regular season title last year and they also have a new man at the helm as associate head coach Clint McAuley takes the reins. Returning to Dayton is 2019 Pre season All American Stephen Chamblee who went 11-1 on the mound averaging 11.5 K's per game. Wade Weinburger was honorable mention All America last season hit .316 with 22 bombs and a school record 74 rbi (also league leader). Other key contributers will be Lake Burris (.336/14/60) and David Scoggins (.317/13/50). At Bethel, Rusty Thompson enters his 12th season with 5 starters returning. On the mound Trevor Bishop, 2nd team All-SSAC returns to lead the pitching staff. The infield will be anchored by Austin Brenner and Jack Surber who both started last season. Another 2nd team all conference player, Lucas Riddick will anchor the outfield for Thompson. In Lebanon, Woody Hunt, who picked up his 1500th win as a coach last season, was picked pre season #3 in the MSC but has only 3 everyday players returning. Jared Schmidt (.302/9/36), Mykel Gordon (.278/11/43) and Peyton Wheatley (.248) will lead the Phoenix into battle backing up three returning pitchers - Thomas Galart (7-4/3.25), Polo Portella (8-3/4.76) and Blake Young (5-2/3.40). In Pulaski, Mitch Hill comes in to take over the head coaching duties. Hill was previously the head coach at Alabama A&M for 5 years. Freshman Lance Pope was the MVP of their fall world series. 2018's leading hitter, John David Isbell (.337/3/37) returns for his senior season to lead the offensive attack of the Redhawks. The Redhawks will be a mystery team early as several newcomers establish themselves including several JuCo transfers, mostly out of Alabama schools. Milligan starts 2019 with a new head coach as well. David Grewe took over the Buff's last August. Grewe has D1 experience with several schools over the past 13 years. Milligan lost basically their entire offense from a year ago due to graduation and AAC Freshman of the Year, Garrett Hartley has also left the program, so this will be a huge rebuilding year in Elizabethton...
1/12/19 - TBCA Clinic Award Winners
12/27/18 - TBCA Clinic Information... Pre registration is due by January 1 - the clinic will be held on Jan 11/12 at Marriott Hotel in Franklin, TN... 2019 TBCA Hall of Fame recipients... congrats to Josh Bayless, of Cookeville HS, who was named the ABCA High School Asst. Coach of the Year...
/7/16 - Where Are They Now - A look back at the MLB draft of TN players since 2010 - we will start looking back at the top 5 draftee's from each class beginning with 2010: Drew Pomeranz was drafted first round, number 5 overall pick by Cleveland - today Drew is on the Boston Red Sox roster and on the 10 day DL... Bryce Brentz was the 36th overall pick by the Red Sox, today Bryce has finally gotten an opportunity to play with the New York Mets in the MLB (Happy for Bryce, toiled quite a while in the Red Sox organization)... the third TN pick was Blake Forsythe from UT/Christian Bros HS, he was picked in the third round, number 89 overall - today Blake is out of baseball, he played 6 seasons of mostly A/AA ball and 23 games in AAA before calling it a career... the #4 TN pick was Bryan Morgado from UT, he was picked in the 4th round, number 141 overall. Bryan pitched for 7 years in pro ball, the first three all at the A level and the final four in Indy ball.... the #5 TN pick was Stephen Pryor from Tennessee Tech. Stephen was selected in the fifth round, number 162 overall. Pryor pitched 6 years of pro ball, playing 34 games in the MLB and finished with a career 3-1 record. Pryor retired after the 2015 season...
7/10 - Ultimate 9 Team is posted - see each player video on Twitter Feed here >>>>>
7/6 - I have completed the 2018 MLB Draft List - anyone drafted who has a TN connection - we had 36 this year, smallest number since 2012 when we had 32 draftee's... The Ultimate 9 team has been chosen and we will begin announcement of the 9 starting Monday on Twitter - bats are now being made!
6.28 - Final polls for 2018 are posted - The All Class Top 10 is above
- We have All 8 - All Region Teams posted as well as both Statewide
Stat Leader boards for offense and pitching!! Rankings and Post Season
I will post the final Rankings most likely over this weekend - also we
have two more things left - All State and the Ultimate 9 team (the 9
players who make this team will recieve a Wooden commemerative baseball
bat from BOMSS bat company...
6/18 - First 4 All Region Teams Posted - Monday's effort will be to completely finish both stat leader boards and to do Region 5-9 All Region Teams ( Certificates will be available)
5pm Monday - All offensive stat leaders are finished - See where you stack up!
Offensive Stat Leaders
6/16 - Added Runs, Hits, Doubles, Triples, and HR to the statewide stat leaderboard... Stat Leaders...
6/15 - ALL 2 WAY TEAM - WORD FILE, BEST VIEW ON COMPUTER
6/14 - 2018 Super Freshman and Sophomore Team + Top 20 Batting Averages added...
will be working on All Region Teams the next two days as well as adding
a couple of new stats each day til we finish - hope to have everything
done by next weekend...
- well, my planned trip to Omaha fizzled today - had credentials lined
up to cover Vandy and Tech next week.... shucks.... working on
statewide stat leaders and the super freshman/sophomore team as well as
the All 2 Way team - hope to have them done this week - still
looking for Stewart County, Dyer County, Upperman and Walker Valley
stats and nominations!! Game 3 Super Regional Gallery
6/10 - Dores fall 10-8 in game 1... Dores rebound, win on Bleday walkoff... TTU takes game one from Texas... game pix from Vandy - Miss St on our facebook page - Game 2 pics will be
up Sunday afternoon... Team Tennessee is playing at the Jr Sunbelt -
get results on our Twitter feed to the right of this news
6/8 - Super Regional Previews
#11 Tennessee Tech (52-10) @ #8 Texas (40-20)
G1- 3pm Sat ESPN2 G2- 3pm Sun ESPN2 G3- 1pm Mon ESPN2
Texas: 5x National Champions (last 2005) Last Super Regional and WS appearance - 2011
TTU: First ever appearance in Super Regional
though Texas has a great tradition of excellence in baseball, NONE of
the current team has ever gone this far, having home field will be an
advantage for the Longhorns although the Eagles from TTU showed last
weekend that they can win on the road in a tough environment. Five
Longhorns were drafted, the first was Kody Clemens at #79. TTU
had 8 players drafted beginning with Ethan Roberts at #128.
Texas has three good pitchers, not big strikeout guys, with Nolan Kingman, Chase Shugart and Blair Henley. Bullpen is shallow but pretty good with Josh Sawyer and Andy McGuire. Kody Clemens is on fire hitting .346 with 21 HR and 68 rbi. He is the one guy you have to really watch carefully. TTU has a team batting average is .342 (#1 in the nation).... just think about that, the lowest BAvg in the lineup is .310. Chase Chambers is the big bopper hitting .404 with 18 HR and 67 rbi.
My pick: TTU in 3
#16 Mississippi State (35-26) @ #15 Vanderbilt (34-25)
G1- 7pm Fri ESPN2 G2- 8:30pm Sat ESPN G3- 5pm Sun ESPN2
Vanderbilt: 3x WS/1 National Championship, Last Super Regional (2017)
MIssissippi State: 11x World Series/ 2nd in 2013, Last Super Regional (2017)
Vandy swept MSU on the first weekend of SEC play in Starkville. At this point, that may as well have been 10 years ago, two totally different teams at this point. Ethan Small, a TN native (played at Lexington HS) will start game one vs Drake Fellows - very good matchup to watch. Both teams caught fire in their respective regionals with big offensive numbers. After game one Vandy will usually matchup, Patrick Raby had been #2 most of the spring but only threw in a short relief stint. Mason Hickman has been the Sunday guy all year and if it goes three games I would expect to see him get the start. MSU has had the same problems getting quality starts from #2 and #3. Konnor Pilkington is set for game 2 and Jacob Billingsley for game 3 at this point. This series will more than likely come down to which team pitches and plays defense best. Vandy defense is ranked #3 in the nation with a .982 fielding percentage. Jake Mangum is the big bat for the Bulldogs hitting .354, the rest play solid team baseball.
My pick: VU in 3
Draft Day 3 - Lotta TN guys drafted on day 3 (33) - All updated on twitter feed> >>
Name - schools attend - drafted by
16/470 LA Woodard MTSU by Mets... 17/505
Trevor Putzig TTU by Orioles... 18/530 Chase Chambers Farragut/TTU by
Mets... 18/541 Dylan King Riverdale/Belmont by Angels...
19/572 Hunter Wolfe Dobyns Bennett/Walters St by Royals... 19/577
Alex Junior Goodpasture/TTU by Yankees... 19/581 Zach
Linginfelter Sevier Co/UT by Nationals... 20/607 Marcus Evey
Blackman/TTU by Yankees... 20/612 Austin Dennis MTSU by Astros...
20/613 Jake Miednik Walters St/FAU by Indians... 21/619 Hunter Oliver
Cleveland/Cleveland State CC by Reds... 21/624 Will Gardner Morristown
West/TTU/Carson-Newman by Pirates... 22/645 Maddux Conger Vanderbilt by
Tigers... 23/682 William Woods Peabody/Dyersburg St CC by
Braves... 23/697 Justin Wilson Oakland/Volunteer St/Vandy by
Yankees... 24/706 Preston White MUS/The Masters by Giants... 24/712
Rusber Estrada SWTNCC/Faulkner by Braves... 25/741 Lee Solomon
Lipscomb by Padres... 25/743 Alonzo Jones Vanderbilt by Athletics...
26/774 Ethan Paul Vanderbilt by Pirates... 26/789 Ethan Small
Lexington/Miss. St by Dbacks... 30/889 Jacob Wyrick Cleveland/MTSU by
Reds... 30/914 Matt Cogen BGA/Old Dominion/Belmont by Dodgers... 31/925
John Ham Dyersburg St/TTU by Orioles... 31/927 Stephen Scott Vanderbilt
by Marlins... 31/930 Michael Costanzo Austin Peay by Rays... 31/942
Riley Cabral Chipola CC/Memphis by Astros... 33/988 Penn Murfee
MBA/Vandy/Santa Clara by Mariners... 34/1021 Paul McIntosh Motlow St CC
by Angels... 34/1023 Benito Santiago UT by Cardinals... 36/1082 Elijah
Pleasants Rossview HS by Royals... 38/1149 David Garza TTU by Dbacks...
40/1204 Tyler Webb Memphis by Twins...
6/5 - MONDAY.... what a day! Tennessee Tech beat Ole MIss twice on their home field to advance to their first ever (only OVC team to ever make a super) super regional.... 15-5, 3-2 in to contrasting games... TN draftee's on day 1 of the MLB Draft: #7 overall, Ryan Weathers from Loretto HS... #22 overall, Ryan Rolison from USJ/Ole Miss... #58 overall, Jonathan Bowlan from Arlington/Bartlett/Memphis... When available story on TTU wins will be here...
Additional draftee's through the first 10 rounds: Round 3 #86 Connor Kaiser from Vandy... Round 7 pick #219 Travis Moths (William Blount HS/TTU)... Round 7 pick #221 Chandler Day from Vandy... Round 10 pick #292, Brett Langhorne from Carson-Newman...
Weathers (Loretto) LH pitcher from a small school in TN who has done
just about everything a boy could do by the time he is 18... US
National Team, Gatorade National POY, won a state championship in
basketball and baseball... another Vandy conmit, can't see him making
it to West End...
Rolison (Rockies) from USJ in Jackson, TN and played collegiately at
Ole Miss. Rolison is a great left handed pitcher and I think he will do
Green (Yankees) from Karns has had a up and down HS career with two
transfers but has maintained excellent play wherever he has been...
originally committed to Kentucky, he later changed to a Vandy commit...
will he go to West End or play for the Yanks?
Bowlan (Royals) attended Arlington HS his first three years and then transferred to Bartlett for his final season. A three sport player in high school, Bowlan fancied the strikeout, his 104 K's was the first Tiger pitcher since 2013 to do so. His dad Mark, was also drafted in '89 by the Cardinals.
Kaiser (Pirates) from Vandy has really blossomed into a fantastic SS
defensivley and with the bat. This year his bat really came alive and
he has rounded into a great player...
Langhorne (Braves) is the 19th player in history to be drafted out of CN. He is the first since Steve Chisek and Matt Teague where drafted in 2007.
Moths (Diamondbacks), a TN boy! Graduated from William Blount HS and
was both a reliever and starter at TTU. Career record of 25-10 and has
won 13 games so far this season...
Day (Nationals) of Vanderbilt, developed over the season into the
closer role for the "Dores and has pitched extremely well down the
Vanderbilt mashed Clemson 19-6 Sunday night as Connor Kaiser hit 3
bombs and 10 rbi as the team had 9 HR on the day (broke previous school
record of 6 in 1991)... Video Replay of Game vs Clemson... box score...
HOW TO WATCH THE MLB DRAFT... MLB DRAFT CENTRAL... MLB DRAFT TRACKER...
TENNESSEE DRAFT PROSPECTS...
- MESSER OUT AT DYERSBURG... Mt. Juliet's Ethan Smith likely high draft
pick... Weathers named Gatorade National POY... Fellows deals, Dores
win 2-0 ... TTU wins opner in Oxford...
Dores beat Clemson 4-3 to reach championship game on Sunday night...
story link when available... Walters falls 10-7 to Chipola who repeats
as NJCAA Champion... The Senators finish 60-8 - one heck of a season!!
- Walters State lost to Chipola 8-6, FHU falls 6-3 to finish as
NAIA Runner-up for 2018, one heck of a year!! Walters won a coin flip
and will play the winner of Chipola vs San Jac on Saturday for the JuCo
title... will link up stories and more Friday morning,,, NAIA WORLD
SERIES CENTRAL... NCAA D1 Baseball Regionals... Oxford Regional Preview
(Tennessee Tech)... NCAA Field of 64... Clemson Regional Preview
(Vandy)... Clemson Regional Central (Live Stats/Info/Box Scores/etc)...
Oxford Regional Central
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|The MLB Draft started in 1965. Twenty teams drafted players and there were 10 rounds of the draft. Of the first 5 years of the draft, this draft had the most players reach the major leagues and play at least part of one year. 68 of 200 draftee's made the big leagues at some point of their career. 13 of the first round picks played in the show. In '66, 51 of 200 players made it. In '67 only 43 players made the MLB, while in '68 the number bounced back up to a second overall with 57 players eventually playing major league baseball. The fifth year of the draft, 1969, saw 51 players make the MLB. Below is a breakdown by round of the players who played big league ball at some point in their career for at least part of a year. These are statistics from the June Regular draft. In the beginning of the draft MLB had 4 drafts - January Regular, January Secondary, June Regular and June Secondary. The numbers reflect the players who signed when drafted. The player is credited in the year in which they signed to play - if they were drafted more than once, which some were - we didn't count the player twice. Also, the draft actually went more than 50 rounds, but I cut my research off at 50. After the first round, the chances of becoming a MLB player fall off significantly... as I reveal the 70's, 80's, and 90's you will see the overwhelming evidence of this...|
|Year/Round||1965||1966||1967||1968||1969||60's Total||% MLB by Rd|
|# of Players who made the MLB for at least a cup of coffee/Total # Drafted|
|1||10||11||12||9||16||65/104||62.5 - 1:1.6|
|2||6||5||7||7||8||37/104||35.5 - 1:2.8|
|7||3||2||0||7||3||17/108||15.7 - 1:6.4|
|8||1||2||0||3||4||14/108||13.0 - 1:7.7|
|31-40||5/129 3.9%||8/142 4%||5/160^^ 3.1%||4/144 2.8%||6/175 3.4%||28/750 3.7%||1:26.8|
|41-50||4/64 6.3%||2/66 3%||4/124 3.2%||0/60 0%||3/87 3.4%||13/407 3.2%||1:31.3|
|Notable draft picks from 60's|
|*- Bucky Dent||**-Nolan Ryan||***-Ken Griffey||^- Bob Forsch||^^ Mike Marshall 37th round|
|In 1965 TN had 14 players drafted that were either from TN or played at a TN school. Of these, only one, Clyde Wright made the big leagues. Wright, who played at Carson-Newman College, was drafted in the 6th round, 107th overall. Wright pitched in 9 seasons of MLB, mainly for the California Angels.|
|TN only had 5 draftee's in 1966, none of which ever played MLB.|
|In '67, 18 players were drafted from TN schools. Two players, 2nd round pick David Sells of Sullivan South HS. Sells played parts of 5 seasons with California and the LA Dodgers. That same year, Sam Ewing of Overton HS was picked in the 45th round. Ewing played parts of 4 seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Toronto. Ewing was the lowest TN pick in the 60's to ever make the big leagues. Ewing left for pro ball in '71 when he was drafted in the January Secondary.|
|1968 saw three TN draft picks find big league diamonds. Wayne Garland (Cohn HS/5th round), Ross Grimsley (Frayser HS/8th) and Mike Willis (Hillsboro HS/25th round). TN also had a June Secondary draftee, Ed Goodson of ETSU, drafted as the third pick of the draft who played big league ball. Garland and Grimsley did not sign in '68. Both were drafted again in 1969 and signed.|
|In '69, other than Garland and Grimsley, TN had 19 players drafted total. None of these guys ever played an inning. Among the drafted was future Motlow State skipper, Don Rhoton. The lowest ever draft pick to play in the big leagues from the 60's was drafted in 1969 - 75th round/1026 overall - Al Cowens... Cowens played 13 seasons with KC Royals, Detroit, California and Seattle. Interestingly enough, Nashville native, Butch Stinson was drafted from Cohn HS in the 75th round but did not sign.|
MLB Draft Part II: The 70's
|Year/Round||1970||1971||1972||1973||1974||1975||1976||1977||1978||1979||70's Total||% MLB by Rd|
|# of Players who made it to the MLB for at least a cup of coffee / # Drafted total|
|31-40||4/135 2.9%||7/101 6.9%||4/98 4.1%||3/61 4.9%||5/70 7.1%||3/30 10%||5/53 9.4%||3/63 4.8%||3/69 4.3%||8/107 7.5%||45/787||5.7|
|41-50||0/53 0%||1/23 4.3%||0/19 0%||2/25 8%||0/2 0%||0/0||0/0||0/2 0%||1/15 7%||1/11 9.1%||5/150||3.3|
|Overall %||11.3 %||12.3%||12.9%||12.5%||15.3%||15.3%||16.3%||16%||16.6%||16.9%||14.5|
|Top TN Pick by Year|
|1970 - Eddie Sherlin/Gallatin HS 4th Rd/#85|
|1971 - Larry Herndon/Douglas HS (Memphis) 3rd Rd/#54 (MLB)|
|1972 - Bobby Goodman/Bishop Byrne HS (Memphis) 1st Rd/#5|
|1973 - Butch Stinson/Lipscomb U 7th Rd/#143|
|1974 - Ted Shipley/Vanderbilt U 1st Rd/#14|
|1975 - Bo McLaughlin/Lipscomb U 1st Rd/#14 (MLB)|
|1976 - Dom Chiti/Raliegh Egypt HS (Memphis) 2nd Rd/#27|
|1977 - Scott Sanderson/Vanderbilt U 3rd Rd/#54|
|1978 - Michael Taylor/Columbia State CC 3rd Rd/#62|
|1979 - Atlee Hammaker/ETSU 1st Rd/#21 (MLB)|
|Other Notable Draftee's|
|Charlie Lea drafted 4 times - 1975 June Reg 15/342, 1976 June Sec 2/37, 1977 Jan Sec 4/61, 1978 June Reg 3/62*|
|* - 1976 2nd Round: #27 Dom Chiti RHP Raliegh Egypt HS (Memphis, TN)|
|^-1975 4th Round: #93 Mike Wright SS Father Ryan HS (Nashville, TN)|
|#- 1976 5th Round: # 118 Mike Smithson RHP UT(Hickman Co. HS)|
|&- 1974 6th Round: #131 Eddie (Ed) Whitson RHP Unicoi Co. HS (Erwin, TN)|
|**- 1970 8th Round: # 171 Phil Garner IF UT (Bearden HS) (Knoxville, TN)|
|!- 1975 15th Round: #342 Charlie Lea LHP Kingsbury HS (Memphis, TN)|
|@- 1976 17th Round: #405 Rick Honeycutt UT (Chattanooga, TN)|
|^^^- 1978 17th Round: #431 Mark Smith David Lipscomb HS (Nashville, TN)|
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