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3/28/117 - The TBR/TCCAA Hitter of
the Week is Andrew Miller of Southwest TN. Miller went
7-11, with a double and 5 HR. He scored 6 runs and had
14 rbi... the TBR/TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Seth
Hougesen of Dyersburg State. Seth tossed a 5 inning
complete game, striking out 7, giving up 5 hits and 1
run. He did not walk a batter... The TBR/TCCAA Series
POW's are Ryan Ricer/Chattanooga, Wil Dalton/Columbia,
Jared Schmidt/Dyersburg and Hunter Wolfe/Walters...
3/27/17 - Blake, pitching for a car ... Matt Taylor tosses two hit shutout for Tribe ... Sullivan South gets best of North ... Burrows fires no hitter in first varsity start ... Bradley bounces back strong ... Columbia splits in Painter Classic ... Spring Hill cruises thru Classic ... Greeneville knocks off CAK ... West Greene holds on for 7-6 win ... Elizabethton hoping to save their minor league team ... Henry County has tough weekend ... Shelbyville wins on walk off HBP ... Patriots score 30 unanswered runs on Cocke Co. ...
http://www.greenevillesun.com/greeneville/spring-sports-round-up-west-greene-holds-on-for-win/article_139f0722-edf4-5bfb-b20e-1babe37b7173.html 3/26/17 - Volunteer and Chattanooga finished up sweeping their respective series... Cleveland got an 8-7 win to salvage a game while the wind let the rain soak the Dyersburg field and cause a rain out on Saturday... Cleveland v Columbia G3 Box ... Cleve and Columbia had a blow out again in the ninth - the Cougars scored 3 on a sac fly, error and a Brett Browning single to go up 8-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Chargers responded with 4 runs to cut the lead to 8-7 on a bases loaded walk, and error and a Wil Dalton single before stranding a runner at first and third to end the game on a strikeout... Chatt beat Jackson 4-2, Nico Lares went 3-5 with 2 rbi for the Tigers... Roane knocks off Walters 9-8 in eight innings to give Walters their first conference loss and elevate Dyersburg into first place at the end of the 4th week... credit the never give up attitude of the Raiders with competing til the end - Cameron Roberts walked, stole second and was driven home by Shamoy Christopher's single... WS v RS G3 Box ... Volunteer and SW had a shootout on Saturday, Pioneers 14-12 ... VS v SW G3 Box ... an 11 run 5th wasn't all the Pioneers would need, but it provided 80% of it ... VSCC scored those runs on 5 hits, the big blow's being Matt Brown's 2 run HR and Alex Lyon's 3 run shot... the big bopper this weekend, however, was SW's Andrew Miller who hit 5 HR and drove in 14 rbi for the weekend, WOW!! Check Twitter >>>> for other scores and stories...
3/25/17 - TCCAA Scores: Vol State swept a DH from Southwest in Gallatin in dramatic fashion yesterday. The Pioneers own game 1 5-3 overcoming 3 SW solo HR's in the process. Game 2 proved to be a wild one as VSCC scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th to win 15-14 after the Saluquis had scored 4 in the top of the inning to take a 14-10 lead... VS-SW G2 Box ... Dyersburg continued its winning ways by demolishing Motlow 13-1 and 14-1... G1 Box ... G2 Box ... Columbia swept Cleveland 8-7 and 9-3... The Cougars scored 2 in the top of the 7th to tie the game, but Charger Dacoda Stone drove in Bryce Giles with a bases loaded ground ball to second base ... G1 Box ... the Chargers used a 4 run 5th to put the second game out of reach. Bryce Giles and Bradley Wils each drove in 2 with singles in the inning in the 9-3 victory... G2 Box ... Chattanooga swept Jackson in a pair of 1 run contests, 5-4, 3-2... In another game in which 7th inning runs were big - Jackson scored 2 in the top of the 7th to tie the Tigers before Tyler Maskill's sac fly ended the game in the bottom of the 7th... in game 2 the Tigers used a 3 run 3rd and hung on for the 5-4 win... Roane State was within striking distance of Walters, at 8-5, when the flood gates broke open in the top of the 7th. The Sen's scored 8 to take game one 16-5...
3/23-24/17 - TCCAA Week 4 Conference Preview: Waiting on SW and Roane
Jackson @ Chattanooga - Greg Dennis/Tiger HC: "We were excited to get out of Cleveland with a hard fought series win and now we get ready to face a tough and talented Jackson State team that seems to be rounding into its own now. We will have our hands full, I am sure, and hopefully the guys will rally offensively and look to be up to the challenge." Ty Malik/General HC: "Looking forward to another tough weekend. Playing Chattanooga is always tough. Coach Dennis is very creative with what they do offensively and defensively. They are coming off a big series win and will be looking to ride that momentum. We need to be better at the plate to give us a chance in this series."
Cleveland @ Columbia - Mike Corn/Charger HC: "Looks to be another exciting weekend series with Cleveland state coming to Mule Town USA. Coach Policastro and staff have one of the most impressive teams in our league this year. Physical top to bottom and very athletic at every position. We know they will pitch it better this week just because of their obvious mound talent. Hopefully we can patch together a few quality starts by keeping those power bats in the ball park. We are still searching for consistency in all areas of the game. We will need to play fast at the top and bottom of our order with our run producing guys coming up with some clutch hits. We know how good Mike’s bunch is so them coming off a sub-par weekend is worrisome. I look for the Cougars to make mid-week adjustments and come in razor sharp." Mike Policastro/Cougar HC: "After dropping the series last week to Chattanooga we have to find a way to right the ship in a difficult road series against a solid Columbia State team. It starts with our pitching, for the most part our starters have given us a chance in all of our games. We have to be able to feed off of that with our offense and defense. In the games we have lost we were one hit or one play away from winning the game. Columbia always presents a challenge for us, they are coming off a sweep last week and will have momentum going into the series. We will have to be clicking in all areas for all 3 games to have a chance. It will be a challenging series."
Motlow @ Dyersburg - Robert White/Eagles HC: "Motlow will come rolling into town with a 9 game winning streak. The Bucks have figured things out and are as dangerous as anyone in the league. I hope that we can limit their offense and be very opportunistic offensively. Up to this point, it has not always been pretty but we have found ways to win. We are going to have to do more this weekend to have a chance of winning the series. This will be a huge test for our squad." Dan McShea/Bucks HC: "We were able to get some things going offensively when we really needed it and played pretty good defense against a very good Roane State team. Our offense really carried us this past weekend along with some gutsy pitching performances. We weren’t as sharp on the mound as we are capable but we showed a lot of competitiveness against some really good hitters. We are starting to come together as a team but we still have a lot to work on. Traveling to Dyersburg to take on the #3 team in the country will be a very tough task. Coming of a championship season, Robert White has his Eagles firing on all cylinders. It’s a great challenge and a great opportunity to face one of the elite teams in the country. We need to continue to build on our successes and pitch well to have a chance this weekend."
Southwest @ Volunteer - Ryan Hunt/Pioneers HC: "We have SWTN coming in this weekend. As always it's going to be a tough weekend. We need to have a succesful weekend with where we are at in the standings and try to get some momentum heading down the final stretch here."
Walters @ Roane - Dave Shelton/Senators HC: "Our home confines were friendly to us last weekend, as we had a good bit of help from a west wind that pushed a few of our balls out of the park. Without that help, it may have been a different series against Vol. Going on the road to Roane State, I don’t expect their place to be as friendly to us, as it never is. Coach Sterner has done an unbelievable job there since taking over, taking the Raiders to the point where they can beat anyone on any given day. Having seen them win series this year at Chattanooga State and Spartanburg Methodist, we know what they are capable of and know that we will be in for a dogfight down there. They are coming off a tough road weekend, so I know they will be hungry to get back on the right track. We will have to match their intensity if we want to have a successful weekend in Harriman."
3/22/17 - C.J. Brown of Motlow State is this weeks TBR/TCCAA Hitter of the Week. Brown went 5-11, scored 7 runs, had 7 rbi on 2 doubles and 3 home runs. Jake Rogers is the TBR/TCCAA Pitcher of the Week. Rogers pitched the Cleveland State Cougars to a win on a complete game (7ip) 5 hitter, allowing 1 earned run and striking out 12 Tiger batters... Series POW's are: Chandler Adkins of DSCC, Duncan Pence of WSCC (had 4 solo HR), and Garrett Dalton of Columbia St. Dalton went 7-8 with 2 HR...
3/21/17 - Ooltewah beats McMinn for Wildcat Classic Title ... Bradley Central splits pair ... WV Mustangs down Wildcats again ... Cavs take one of three in tourney over weekend ... Munford's 4th dooms Trojans ... Choctaws fall to McAlester in Lewis Harris ... Science Hill off to good start ... Hilltoppers win, lose and draw in Grand Slam tourney ... Citizen Times Hardball Classic Round up ... Pendergrass, Wilkerson impressive in Rhea County's tourney wins ... Community Vike's survive hitting onslaught ... Shelbyville splits with Coffee ...
3/20/17 -TCCAA Scores: Motlow completed the sweep of Roane State 10-9, 9-3. Mt Juliet alum, CJ Brown had a big weekend with 5 hits, all extra bases (2 doubles, 3 HR) and 7 rbi. Marlon Nava (7-14) and Colin Guscoff (5-12) also had big series' offensively. Columbia completed the sweep of Southwest, Walters completed it's sweep of Volunteer State with 6-5 and 7-1 wins. G2 Box ... G3 Box ... In game 2, Pioneer right fielder, Baylor Steelman dropped a 3 run bomb to cut the lead to 6-5 in the final frame. Daniel Lankster delivered a two out double for Vol, which set up the Pioneers top hitter, Alex Lyon, with a chance to tie the game. Nile Ball came in for the Sen's and got Lyon to strike out to end the game... Walters had 4 more HR today, Pence hit is 4th of the weekend, all solo shots... Dyersburg, just like Walters, won it third consecutive series 3-0 to go 9-0 in conference play beating Jackson 9-4 and 9-7... both have tough series coming up, but the showdown is just 3 weeks away... Columbia completed a sweep of Southwest, winning 13-7...
3/19/17 - TCCAA Scores: Walters blasted 6 HR and beat Volunteer 17-1. Dylan Harris, Hunter Gilliland, , Elijah Helton and Duncan Pence hit HR's. Pence had 3 solo HR in the game and hit two of them in the fifth inning, leading off and ending the scoring for the Senators in the fifth. Hunter Wolfe and Kyle Ouellette also had 3 hits for the Morristown bombers... WS v VS Box G1 ... Shelton said, “Any time you can start the weekend off with a game like that, we’ll take it. Our bats have been heating up here lately and I thought we did a really good job. “The pitcher (Drew Hall) that started for Vol has been really good all year. But I think he had a little more trouble today locating his secondary pitches and we took advantage of it early on. It was a good day for our hitters.” *from WSCC SID ... and now for some more offense - 22-14, that's right, Chattanooga beat Cleveland today to win the series as 36 runs were put on the board... The Tigers scored 14 runs in two innings - 6 the 4th and 8 in the eighth. Ethan Cummins went 4-6 with 6 rbi, Nico Lares went 4-6 with 5 rbi, Brody Thomasson was 3-6, 3rbi and Tyler Maskill was 3-6, 3 rbi... Cameron Payne was 3-6 with 5 rbi for the Cougars. ClS v ChS G1 Box ... In a more conventional game, Dyersburg defeated Jackson 7-4. Hagan Severance and John Ham homered for the Eagles while Chandler Adkins pitched in with 2 hits including a double and 2 rbi. Mike Conn had 2 hits for Jackson... DS vs JS G1 Box ... Motlow beat Roane 14-3 ... Brian Rosario got the win and Jacob "Shaggy" Freeland had a 3 run bomb and CJ Brown blasted a 2 run HR for the Bucks Columbia State swept DH from Southwest 9-2 and 10-3... David Looney tosses a complete game in game one of the series as the Chargers won 9-2. Haddon Adams' 2 run double got the Chargers off and running. Marlon Nava had 5 hits and Colin Guscoff had 3 to lead Motlow offensively... More on twitter>
3/18/17 - Cold Weather Research UPdate: Received another response from a state organization touching a TN border - The president told me this: "our medical committee has found no evidence that there is an objective standard. Frankly, the common sense of coaches and game administrators prevails in the vast majority of cases and our medical committee has not seen the need to further address the situation." As I have read articles on games played this week with wind chills in the low/mid 20's and snow falling, I am not sure "common sense" is very prominent in any decision made regarding playing games in weather. Fort Bend TX School District Cold Weather Policy (Temp/WChill from 29-24F 45 min outside only - cancellation of games/practices) ... Muhlenburg College rule for practice or events(games) at wind chill of 25F only 45 minutes - so if you can't play your event/game in 45 minutes? You don't play... The policy also says that actual temperatures don't have to be at or near freezing, they only use windchill... Brockport College Policy ... Trinity College Policy (page 18) ... Catawba policy (no more than 120 minutes from 35-25F or windchill + 10 min warmup period in a enclosed building after 60)...NATA Position Statement ... I use Twitter for a lot of news stories - why? you can read the article without answering surveys and for most you don't get blocked after reading 5 stories in a month... USE TWITTER - feed here>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Twitter Feed HERE >>>>>>>>>> TCCAA Scores: Cleveland and Chattanooga spliit a DH today. Chatt wins game one 4-3, Cleve takes game two 5-1... all other series begin on (Saturday) today - Chatt had a 4 run 4th inning which provided all their offense in the win - big blow: Brady Duncan's two out single to score Brian Frias and Caleb Jeter... Cleveland responded to Chatt's Ethan Cummin's solo homer in the top of the second with a 3 run inning which propelled the Cougars to victory. Big Blow: John Sharpe's two out single drove in Billy Brand and Brett Browning to make it 3-1... Signal Mtn beats Grundy 4-3 ... Cold Weather brings challenges to prep baseball ... Rebel's Montgomery gets CG shutout ... Ooltewah beats Central 9-3 ... Dyer Co. falls to Lewisburg MS ... Jason Lowe gets first win at North Greene/Greeneville beats Crockett ... Rhea County tops Warren Co. 13-8 ... Shelbyville splits pair with Coffee County ... Spring Hill completes sweep of Marshall Co. ... Robertson County Baseball: Who to watch/what to expect! ...
3/17/17 - Baylor tops McCallie 6-3 ... Dyersburg falls to Haywood and Ripley ... Choctaws fall to Briarcrest ... Ferguson's walk-off grand slam lifts West past Chiefs ... Citizen Tribune Hardball Classic opens today ... Community beats Forrest 4-3 ... Patriots sweep Sevier Co. in opening series ...
TCCAA Week 3 Conference Previews:
Chattanooga @ Cleveland - Cougar HC Mike Policastro: "We have played fairly consistently this season. As we get into the meat grinder of the conference schedule we need to continue to get effective starting pitching as well as our offense being able capitalize on scoring opportunities. This week as we host Chattanooga State we know that we will have to find opportunities for our offense to put runs on the scoreboard. Their starters are all capable of dominating the game. Their offense can be explosive. Our starters will have to stay ahead in the count and be able to make that big pitch when they need it. It should be an exciting series." Tiger HC Greg Dennis: "This weekend will be another tough test as we run in to a red-hot Cleveland State team that is hitting it really well and pitching it among the very best nationally. We haven’t seemed to find our step as of yet and are hopeful that we will be able to put it all together this weekend against a quality opponent."
Dyersburg @ Jackson - Eagle HC Robert White: "Tyson once again has a solid team. They are coming off a big sweep last weekend. Traditionally The Generals swing the bats as well as anyone in our league but they have added a quality weekend rotation to this year's squad. We are going to have to play better than we have the past two weekends to win this series. We need some guys to step offensively and give us some run support at "The Jack". This should be a great series!" Generals HC Ty Malik: "Its going to be another tough weekend. We are depleted on the mound right now so we will have to try to outscore them. Hopefully we can do it. I think the series will come down to who’s offense has the most productivity and puts up a crooked number or two. They have shown an ability to do that and we have only shown flashes, so it should be interesting."
Roane @ Motlow - Bucks HC Dan McShea: "We had a tough weekend against a very good Cleveland State team. Offensively, we have to cut down on our strikeouts and have a better plan in the box because we are going to see some good pitching this weekend again. Coach Sterner has always done a good job teaching his pitching staff and this year they have some talented arms that will be well coached. As a pitching staff, we have to eliminate the big inning. When we do that, we give ourselves a good chance. I expect this to be another exciting weekend with some good college baseball." Raider HC Zach Sterner: "Coming off a hard fought series win against Chattanooga State, who challenged us with really good arms on the mound... I like where we are and what we can do offensively, but still searching for more consistency from the plate and on the defensive side of the ball as well. We will need all of those things to play well against a very talented and well coached Motlow State club. We understand how explosive they can be offensively, so we will need to be sharp on the mound to have a chance to win the series."
Columbia @ Southwest - Charger HC Mike Corn: "Tough start to the season for the Chargers so far. Hitting .194 in conference play heading into week three makes it hard to be successful. Unless we start making firm contact with runners in scoring position, we may have another long weekend. On the bright side, we have been right in 4 of the 5 TCCAA losses while struggling offensively. Heading to Memphis may not be what the doctor ordered if history repeats itself. Traditionally, we have not played well at USA stadium. The Salukis will be fired up as they try to get on track in conference play. We will need to match their scrappy play with some resiliency of our own if we want to compete." Saluqi HC Phil McClure: "Our team continues to find our identity. We are coming off being on the road for two straight weeks and are really excited to get back to our home turf. The strain of playing the top teams in our conference the first two weeks should be what our guys need to prepare for a tough weekend with Columbia. I look forward to seeing how our team will respond from a very tough road duration."
Volunteer @ Walters - Senator HC Dave Shelton: "In general, we have been playing pretty good as of late. But that is always when it is scary because it is really easy for a team to get complacent. In this conference you have to battle that complacency every week because it can lead to getting swept on any given weekend. Vol State has gotten off to a tremendous start to the season going 14-7 to begin the year. They are averaging almost 6 runs per game and have pitched it tremendously thus far with barely a 3.00 ERA. I am really impressed with the job Coach Hunt has done with his program thus far, and I know this weekend will be a dogfight. We will need to be at the top of our game in order to have a successful weekend against the Pioneers." Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt: "We are doing fairly well so far. Ran into a very good Dyersburg team last weekend that swept us at home. But we have to put that behind us now and look ahead to this weekend. It doesn't get any easier with us traveling to Morristown to take on Walters St. They have played a top of line schedule as they always do and their record speaks to the talent level they have. We will be in for a huge challenge. We have to just compete as hard as we can and execute the game to be able to have a successful weekend."
COLD WEATHER POLICY - UPdate: I am receiving feedback this morning from athletic associations - I am starting to believe there is NO cold weather temperature guidelines because of...... come on...... you should have guessed by now....... that's right ... FOOTBALL - yea, football championship games to be exact - think about it for a minute and you'll get it - how many championship games are played in absolutely horrible conditions at or below freezing not only in TN, but in states across the country - Almost every _HSAA has a heat policy in which high temps are given and whether you can practice or play in them is allowed, I have found "cold" weather guidelines for practices, but for games it's different - which makes no sense - if you can't practice for more than 45 minutes at wind chill of 32F or below without 15 minutes warm up period how can you play a game which takes 1.5-2 hours with a 10 minute halftime? or a 7 inning game with no chance to go inside and warmup?... an informal poll of MLB players said, 32F should be the drop dead lowest temp that a game should be played... Personally - and I've seen this a bunch on message boards, etc and it used to be, I repeat, used to be rule of thumb - 50F was about as low as you'd play ball ... it seems now as now its more like "lets see how low it can get and we are tougher than everybody else, and if you (as a coach) say you won't play in cold weather you are not a MAN... 45F is as low as I care to go... For example, today in Nashville the high is supposed to be 42F at 4pm (WC 35F) if you play at 4 that's about the lower limit of "comfortable" if you schedule your game at 7pm (don't know why people do this in March, but they do) the temp. will be 37F/31WC and by games end it will have dropped to to around 30F/24WC which is way too cold to be playing baseball... "That's how it is now" is not a good reason either - we need some people to bring some common sense back in to HS sports - what about bats? Bat manufacturers say do not use BBCOR Composite bats below 50F at $300-450 a pop do you use your bat in temps lower than 50F? Manufacturers warranty does not cover breakage when used in low temps... As I get more info, I'll pass it on... Interesting blog post from WKU student on MLB and weather ...
3/15/17 - This week's weather got me to start thinking about how darn cold some of these game scores I'm tweeting must have been played in... so I looked around on the net to see if any schools, state athletic organizations, etc had any cold weather guidelines... Tennessee, like many states, only has protocol for hot weather which normally effects fall sports like football, girls soccer and cross country. I am going to post some of the findings and links - Frisco TX Independent School District Guidelines for Weather *all the Texas schools I found used the same identical cold weather standards ... Washington County (Virginia) cold weather protocol ... National Athletic Trainers Association Data/Info (individuals over 50 are at a much higher risk for hypothermia-umpires/parents/some coaches for example) ...NFHS Cold Weather Guidelines (vague from giving actual temperature/windchill advice) ... ... Windy and wet conditions speed up body temoerature loss 3-5 times faster than normal. I have emailed several state associations for comments or answers about why the do or don't have policies on extreme weather (cold and hot)... stay tuned for more info on the subject as I collect it... TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Kyle Oulette of Walters State. Kyle was 8-11, with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, scored 7 runs and 11 rbi... TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is again will be shared by Broyles and Stratton. Ronnie Broyles/Dyersburg gave up 2 hits in a 3-0 shutout over Vol while striking out 11 batters and walking 1. Hunter Stratton/Walters threw another no hitter in 5 innings, striking out 8 and walking 3... Great job by all this week!
3/14/17 - Scores of interest - AAA State Champ Siegel beats Smyrna 7-2... Arlington swept a DH, defeating periennial MS power New Hope 6-5 and Clinton MS 5-2... Pensecola Tate HS's "Aggie Classic" has grown ... Knox Catholic, Houston and Bartlett are competing in Pensecola this week - Houston beat Jenks OK 7-5, KCatholic lost to Mustang OK 13-3 and Bartlett lost to North OK 13-0 yesterday... We have a large contingent of schools in Gulf Shores, AL for the Gulf Coast Classic - Farragut beat East Webster MS 13-2 and Randolph 17-3, Mt. Juliet lost 2-1 to East Limestone AL, St. George's lost to Grissom 3-1, St. Benedict won a pair of games as well. There were a couple of no hitters last night - Cody Spurgeon/Clarksville tossed a 5 inning no-no in a 10-0 win over Mont. Central... Greeneville's Austin Collins also tosses a no hitter in a 2-0 win over Pigeon Forge... Dyer County's Jordan Fowler also tossed a no hitter as the Choctaws defeated Germantown 8-0... In Class A, big first day District 3 series split as Grace Christian and Rockwood split a DH... Day one, week one of HS baseball is going to be played under not so good weather as cold temps and rain are predicted to fall throughout the week... Errors hurt Sulllivan North in opener ... Dyer Co. no hits Gtown ... Dyersburg St. crushes Crowley's Ridge ... 2017 Maury County Baseball Preview ... Greer's big day carries Chuckey-Doak to opening day win ...
3/13/17 - High School Opening Day - hopefully the weather cooperates for you today! A couple more HS Team Previews - Dickson County and Clarksville ... Get yours in this week - last call for HS Team Previews! Jackson State completed a 3 game sweep over Columbia as did Walters St over SW and Dyersburg over Volunteer... Roane State won game 3 to take its series over Chattanooga... Cleveland won its series with an 11-2 win in game 2... Boxes reported so far: Walters v SW G1... G2... G3... Cleve v Mot G1... G2... G3... Chatt v Roane G1 ... Dburg v Vol G1 ... G2... G3... still waiting on G2/3 from Chatt/Roane and all 3 from Jack/Columbia... will post when received... Vandy splits with St. Mary's ... Peay sweeps Jacksonville St with aid of walk off HR ...NAIA Baseball Poll #1 ...
3/11/17 - In TCCAA action Walters absolutely blew the doors off of Southwest winning 17-2 and 15-0. Hunter Stratton threw his second consecutive no hitter. It wasn't as clean as he walked 3 and hit 2 batters but it was just as effective. Hunter Wolfe went 4-4 with 3rbi... In game 2, Sam Gardner tossed a 5 hit shutout and Kyle Oulette went 4-4 with 5 rbi a double and a HR... Cleveland overcame a bad first inning to claw back and win 8-5 over Motlow. Lane Whitsell did all the damage for the Bucks, going 2-4 (2HR) with 5 rbi. Cleveland took back the lead for good on Jordan Ransome's 2 run HR in the 4th and never looked back... Ronnie Broyles dominated again, tossing a 2 hit shutout and striking out 11 Pioneer batters in game 1 of their series. VSCC held the powerful Eagle "O" to 3 unearned runs but could not muster enough offense to win. Ladarius Williams and Bentley Jones each drove in a run for the DSCC 9... In game 2, another tight game, DS won 6-4. Kameron Armstrong went 3-4/rbi while Andrew Swanson and Chase Slone each had 2 hits for the Eagles. Volunteer, down 6-0 in the 5th, battled back to score 4 but it wasn't enough... Jake Lyle was 2-3 with a 3 run bomb while Daniel Lankster and Alex Lyon each had 2 hits for the Pioneers... Roane beat Chatt on the road 10-7, while Jackson swept the Chargers at Columbia 4-1, 5-3... 4 YR Schools: Carson Newman offense explodes in sweep ... Cumberland mashes C'ville ... Freed drops pair at Park ... Mt Olive sweeps King ... LMU takes game one vs Lenoir Rhyne ... Scots down Averett 7-3 ... 9th inning rally falls just short for Milligan ... Tusculum gets SAC sweep over Newberry ... TN Wesleyan splits with Union KY ...
3/9/17 - TCCAA Week 2 Series Preview: Roane St @ Chattanooga St - In what was the tightest series of week one, Chatt lost a tough battle with Motlow in which the offense did not produce as needed to win. Tiger skipper, Greg Dennis, told TBR "Coming off of a tough series with Motlow State we saw some good and bad things overall. Our front-line pitching held up pretty well and our defense was better than it has been, but we weren’t nearly as successful at the plate as we are going to need to be in order to be relevant in conference this year and you have to credit Motlow’s effective pitching." This week's matchup with Roane presents itself as another tough series as the Raiders have shown they are an improved team on the field. "Roane State (11-9) presents another challenging weekend for us as Coach Sterner’s team has been good in the fall and spring this season. We are going to need to be better at the plate and still maintain some discipline in the field. They have swung it really well thus far and are very capable on the bump." Roane HC, Zach Sterner added, "We have to capitalize on Friday wins. Faced two arms that threw well and we had a hard time finding a big hit with runners on. This weekend we have to be better with getting on and being able to move runners. We have to do the little things right and play clean defensive to win a series on the road against a solid Chatt State (9-8) club."
Motlow St @ Cleveland St - Both clubs won their opening series 2-1 and come into this week's matchup having shown the ability to keep games close and low scoring. Bucks HC Dan McShea told TBR, "We will have our hands full when we travel to Cleveland (12-3) to take on a talented team that is playing well. This has always been a very exciting weekend when we have played Cleveland over the last several years. Mike and his staff have done a great job of putting together another talented team that has the potential to beat you in many different ways. They have pitched well and have shown the ability to put up some big numbers offensively. Playing in this conference is tough enough but playing on the road is especially difficult. We need to continue to improve offensively and we have to limit the big inning." Veteran HC, Mike Policastro of Cleveland St told TBR, "I thought we bounced back well after losing the first game of the series on the road. Our pitchers gave us a chance in all three games, even after we spotted Roane State 6 unearned runs in the fourth inning. Hooper Mills competed after that which gave our offense a chance to get back in the game. In games two and three both Jake Rogers and Cory Linz set the tempo by keeping Roane off the scoreboard. Our offense was able to find a way to put up enough runs, giving us the sweep on Saturday. This week we hope to be better offensively with our middle of the order guys contributing. Motlow (9-13) is always a tough draw for us, we have them at home but it usually does not matter. We know that they will have a good offense and able to have a big inning at any time during the game. They will have momentum after taking two of three last weekend. We hope continue to play solid baseball with effective pitching and timely hitting. We need to minimize free bases to keep Motlow's explosive offense from putting up crooked numbers.This is going to be another competitive conference series as they all are."
Jackson St @ Columbia St - The Generals (11-9) were held to 4 hits for the entire weekend, a team that is notorius for its offensive production over the years will definitely be looking to bust out this weekend. Columbia (10-11) has been on a roller coaster all season. Jackson St HC Ty Malik told TBR, "Going to be another tough weekend with us going to Columbia. Coach Corn does a great job with his guys and it is always a very tough matchup for us. We are not playing very well right now and it looked as bad as it could look last weekend. Oddly, our guys have some confidence about them and I hope it shows this weekend. I think they have flushed last weekend and are looking forward to playing. I have not done a good enough job getting what I want out of them, but I think we just need some things to go our way and gain some confidence." Columbia St HC Mike Corn, had this to add, "The Chargers are limping into week 2 plagued by erratic play and poor coaching decisions. We are a greatly underachieving group at the moment that needs to find its identity, and quickly. Coach Malik’s Generals will march a scary offense and stout starting staff into Columbia this weekend. No one is fooled by their performance last week against Walters. Jackson will hit and hit often. Our job on the mound will be to limit free passes which would curb some of the damage from those extra base hits Jackson is known for accumulating. Offensively, we will need to find a way to produce runs without playing reckless. Two teams that truly play on the opposite ends of the offensive spectrum The Generals will to swing for the fences and we will attempt to dribble the ball around enough to give ourselves a chance."
Southwest TN @ Walters St - Walters (22-4) is ranked #2 in the nation and has been banned from post season play this year due to the use of an ancient form used for the past 20 plus years in which fine print was used against them even though they have shown the "fine print" was not used they way it was printed - long story short, The Senators got messed on by the NJCAA. Needless to say, that form has been changed to keep away from those problems, but at the cost of a shot at post season play this year. Southwest TN (3-20) can't seem to get over the hump as they play very competitively but just can't get the big pitch, play or hit at the right time to win... Senator HC, Dave Shelton told TBR, "I was pretty pleased with our guys last weekend. Going to Jackson is never easy, and I feel they have a really good club this year. For our pitcher’s to go there and perform the way they did with the way Jackson can swing it was a pretty big surprise. I was also pleased with our hitters, because I felt like they were more focused and had better approaches at the plate than they had all year, so that was encouraging. Southwest coming here this weekend is scary, as I know they are due for a big weekend. They have several guys back who played very well against us last year, and it seems like they always swing the bats well here at our place. Hopefully we can build off last weekend’s performance and play well this weekend." Southwest HC, Phil McClure, told TBR this,"Last weekend was a slow start for SW. We overcame some major odds and put together a tough game three. Dyersburg has some strong talent and is very sound in their hitting and defense. This weekend we hope to make a positive move in the correct direction. Our pitching staff has been moving in the right direction to compete this weekend. I am looking forward to a solid series with the number two team in the nation."
Dyersburg St @ Volunteer St - The upstart Pioneers have surprised folks so far this season, having jumped out of the gates 12-4 and winning its first series vs Columbia St. Ryan Hunt's club is going to be tested this weekend by the 2016 Region VII Champion and #3 ranked, Dyersburg St Eagles (18-2). The Eagles appear to be loaded up this year so this could give us a good idea on just how good the Gallatin 9 are this season. Meanwhile, DSCC leads the league in BAvg at .396 and averaging 9.8 runs per game. Vol has only given up 2.38 runs per game, something is gonna change. Time will tell what that is... Robert White, Dyersburg HC, told TBR "Volunteer have been playing extremely well and are coming off a big series win. Coach Hunt has done a superb job and I look for this weekend to be a difficult one for the Eagles. We are very immune to playing on the road, so I do not think that will affect how we play. However, last weekend’s performance will not be enough to win a series at Vol. Hopefully our guys will be up for the challenge!" Pioneer skip, Ryan Hunt told TBR, "(I was very pleased), any time you take 2 of 3 in a weekend series in this league it's big. The series could have gone in their favor but we where lucky to come away with the series win. This weekend we have Dyersburg, the #3 ranked team in the country. WE have a big challenge in front of us. They have a very strong team in every phase of the game. We will have to play at a very high level. We will have to continue to get good starting pitching and play solid defense and get some timely hits to have a shot at this series."
4 YR Schools Weekend Series Info: Carson Newman and Tusculum host SAC series while LMU is on the road... Vandy and UT are hosting non conference series - TN Wesleyan moved up their series on the road starting today - Milligan travels to Reinhardt... Martin Methodist travels to Blue Mtn while Bethel hosts Cincinnati Christian... Cumberland is at Campbellsville starting today... Maryville travels to Averett... Rhodes is in Florida on Spring Break playing various teams thru Friday - Sewanee hosts Millsaps... Lipscomb is hosting Big Ten foe, Michigan... Bemont is on the road at EKU, DH tomorrow at 11am... TTU hosts UT-Martin - DH beginning at 1pm tomorrow... Austin Peay is hosting Jacksonville St in OVC action at 6pm... finally, Middle TN travels to Indiana - could be a cold weekend, huh? Good luck to all of our TN teams!!
High Schools are a mere 72 plus hours away from opening day - hopefully we don't get too much snow in East TN and everybody can play on Monday!!
3/7/17 - Jake Lyle/Volunteer, Zach Ehrhart/Motlow, Payton Marshall/Walters, Ronnie Broyles/Dyersburg and Corey Linz/Cleveland are the TBR TCCAA Week 1 Series Players of the Week... League wide honors go to Ronnie Broyles of Dyersburg and Hunter Stratton as Co-Pitchers of the Week. Broyles gave up one hit and struck out 12 in a 10-0 win over Southwest while Stratton tossed a no hitter and struck out 12 vs Jackson... The Hitter of the Week is Payton Marshall of Walters State. Marshall went 6-11, scored 5 times, had a double, triple and two home runs and drove in 4 as well...
3/6/17 - Vandy salvages series with 11-3 win ... Memphis wins series with 9-8 victory ... Blue Raiders win series over Kennesaw St ... Lipscomb wins in 11 over Auburn ... UT tops Norfolk ... Belmont beats Ga Tech ... D1 Baseball Rankings ... CN falls in finale ... Lee takes series ... Tusculum takes series ...
3/5/17 - TCCAA Game Notes: Walters and Dyersburg both swept their series to take lead in conference after week one. Walters pitchers, Sam Gardner, Harrison Spencer, Hunter Stratton and Ricky Karcher, gave up 4 hits all weekend for the most impressive pitching performance I have seen in 14 years of covering TCCAA baseball... WS-JS Box G2 ... WS-JS Box G3 ... Dyersburg dominated with a pair of 10-0 wins before winning in walk off fashion in game 3, 7-6... Ladarius Williams singled home Kameron Armstrong with the winning run with 2 outs ... Williams, Armstrong and Chase Slone all had 2 hits for the Eagles. DS-SW Box G2 ... DS-SW Box G3 ... Cleveland rebounded on Saturday to take both games and win the series with Roane State - Box G2 ... Cory Linz tossed a 3 hit shutout in game 3 ... Jake Lyle, Alec Harris, Collin Hopkins and Matt Brown all hit solo HR's as Volunteer State beat Columbia 4-3 in game 2 to win the series ... Columbia fought back to take game 3, 7-4 ... Chattanooga State scored three runs in the 6th to beat Motlow in game 2 of their series ... CJ Brown returned the favor for Motlow State in game 3, blasting a walk of HR after the Tigers had evened the score in the top of the 7th at 4 all... Chat has not uploaded their info yet so final boxes not available yet... check the Twitter feed for all other scores and updates to Sat. games.
3/4/17 - TCCAA Week 1 Series Notes: Walters State was the only road team to win on opening day of TCCAA play with a 14-2 win over Jackson State... Payton Marshall and Hayden Wolfe had 3 hits, including a HR/3 rbi each for the Sen's. Dylan Harris also had 3 hits for WSCC who had 16 hits on the day. Jackson's Albert Lozada went 2-2 with a HR. The winning pitcher was Sam Gardner who went 6 innings, giving up a run and striking out 13 batters... Volunteer State scored at least a run in the first 3 innings and put up a 4 spot in the 6th to put the game out of reach which lead to a 10-0 Pioneer victory... Alex Lyon was 3-4 with 4 rbi and jake Lyle went 3-4 with 3 rbi to lead the Pioneers. Drew Hall got the win, tossing 6 scoreless innings while striking out 10 Charger batters. Daniel Lankster got the Pioneers started with a double, scoring on Lyle's first hit... Dyersburg put up 4 in the fourth and 6 in the fifth to blow out Southwest 10-0. John Ham went 4-4 with 3 rbi and Kameron Armstrong went 3-5 with 2 rbi. Hagan Severance & Chase Slone added 2 hits apiece for the Eagles. DSCC's Seth Hougeson improved to 4-0 tossing 6 shutout innings... Roane State used a 6 run 4th to defeat Cleveland State 8-5. The Raiders took advantage of 2 Cougar errors, 2 HBP's, a walk to score 2 runs and then back to back doubles by Camron Roberts and Tyler Culpepper to give RSCC the 6 run lead. Luis Lamarche had 3 hits for Roane while Cleveland was led by John Sharpe and Trent Elliot with 2 hits apiece. Dalton Long got the win, tossing 5 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 8 batters... Motlow State won the closest game of the day, a 4-2 win over Chattanooga (did not have box posted at press time). Zach Ehrhart went 2-4 with 2 rbi and CJ Brown was 1-3 and an rbi. Luke Allison also had 3 hits for Motlow. Jacob Freeland had 2 hits and scored 2 runs for the Bucks. Bryan Rosario got the win to improve to 3-2 with a solid 7 inning effort... Carson Newman 8th inning stampede leads to win ... Phoenix split on Friday ... Freed splits with Woods ... LMU falls in G1 of Coker series ... Covenant tops Maryville 3-2 ... Milligan explodes for 25 hits to beat Truett McConnell ... Union up to 6th in D2 South Region Poll ... Ga Tech stings Belmont 12-3 ... Lipscomb shut out by Auburn ... ETSU falls 7-3 ... Memphis snags series opener ... Middle wins 3-0 with 2 man shutout ... Rodgers blasts 2 HR as UT wins home opener ... TTU wins ... UTM falls 3-2 ... Vandy's roller coaster ride continues, fall to Cal St. Northridge ...
3/4/17 - TCCAA Conference Week 1 Previews (All Coaches were asked about their pre-conference schedules and results and about their upcoming opponent in Week 1 of TCCAA play...
Chattanooga @ Motlow: Bucks HC Dan McShea had this to say, "We scheduled a pretty rigorous non-conference schedule in February so that we can hopefully be better prepared to play one of the toughest conference schedules in the country. We have had some ups and downs as a team and we are still learning to play good team baseball. At times, we have shown the ability to be able to compete with anyone. Other times, we have really struggled. Hopefully, we will be able to put it all together when Chattanooga State comes to town. Greg has done another great job of putting together a very good team. I expect to see a very disciplined team that will be tough outs at the plate and will pitch well all weekend. Our biggest challenge will be ourselves and how we prepare. We know that Chattanooga State will be very talented and will be well coached so we need to focus on preparing properly all week. We need to focus on what we can control and execution of each task individually and as a team. We cannot let poor weather affect our ability to mentally and physically prepare for what looks to be an exciting weekend." Tiger HC Greg Dennis said, “We have really struggled this year from the get-go and have continued to do so thus far. Obviously, as head coach, I take a lot of the responsibility for this and am hopeful we can get it corrected. The spring is a long run and hopefully we can get on our stride sometime soon and see about steadying our course. Playing Motlow is always difficult and especially at their place. Dan and Cody have done a great job of bringing in quality guys and coaching them up. We saw them this Fall and they put it on us pretty good so we know that things can get out of hand pretty quickly if we don’t come out with a strong sense of purpose and a determined effort. Hopefully, the guys are up to the challenge.” 2pm Friday Noon DH Sat
Cleveland @ Roane: Cougar skipper Mike Policastro told TBR "We have played well this month in our non conference schedule. Our offense has been productive and we have been able to have effective starting pitching. We are still trying to get the bullpen situated. We open up at Roane State which is always challenging. They also have played well in February. It will be a very competitive series. We hope our offense can continue to be productive. Our rotation will be freshman Hooper Mills and Cory Linz along with sophomore Jake Roger's. They all have thrown well this past month. We are going to be hitting on all cylinders to have a chance to win the series." Raider HC Zach Sterner on the series, "Been a rollacoster so far. (We have) Been good and have been really bad. Cleveland is a good ball club with some very good talent. It will be a dog fight all 3 games." 1pm Friday 11am DH Sat
Walters @ Jackson: General HC Ty Malik had this to say, "Pre conference results have been mixed. Had a slow start but have played better of late. Some freshmen have taken their lumps but are hoping and expected to come out of that soon. We have not reached full potential yet, but I think at some point we will and will be dangerous. With Walters coming in, this may not be the best week to try work things out but we have to compete as best we can. We need to play bigger and better at the plate and on the mound than we have to give us a chance. Hopefully the guys on the mound can keep us in these games and give us a shot. I expect the energy and focus to be at a high level which can only help us." Senator HC Dave Shelton said, "Even though we have started out with a decent record, I can’t say I feel great about how we have played thus far. Our pitchers have done a great job for us thus far, but offensively as a whole we have been pretty inconsistent. We have to get much better at executing situational hitting, and taking advantage of opportunities to score runs when we get them. And really we have to figure out how to get more men-tally tough in dealing with adversity. Hopefully we can figure some things out quickly because as tough as our conference is we will have to play much better if we are going to compete on weekends. Looking at Jackson State’s numbers, I don’t know how they have lost 6 games. Their pitching has been strong, and they always hit. Playing them at their place is always tough, and we haven’t had a ton of success there in the past. Going to be a tough conference opener going there this first weekend." 2pm Friday Noon DH Sat
Southwest @ Dyersburg: Eagle HC Robert White told TBR, "We have played an extremely tough non-conference schedule up to this point. I have been very pleased with the competiveness of our guys. We have many things to improve on, but I feel we are prepared heading into the first week of conference. What a scary team to open the season with! We don’t know much about them, but I can guarantee they will be amped up and ready to make the short bus ride up Highway 51. They return some good players from last year that we need to be careful with in their line-up. For us to have any success against them, we must continue to pitch it well. Opening weekend is always very competitive and I know this series will be a good one!" Southwest TN HC Phil McClure said, "Our non-conference schedule has been grueling. After facing off with LSU-Eunice, we took on the defending Division 2 National Champions Jones County. Our team has not played up to its full potential yet, we have had some very close games that did not turn out our way. Most recently we have picked up a couple wins. After playing such a tough non-conference schedule I think our team has what it takes to compete in the conference. We have a strong defensive and offensive lineup that I am very confident in for this season. We have a great diversity of young and experienced talent that will help us be successful this spring. Opening up with Dyersburg State, we will be put to the test right off the bat. We will have to take our experiences from the non-conference strength of schedule into this weekend as we are on the road. This road test will be a key aspect to see how strong our team is. Behind our experience on the mound, I feel we will be able to make a strong push this weekend." 1pm Friday Noon DH Sat
Columbia @ Volunteer: Charger skipper Mike Corn said, "We had a difficult time of it in the early season but have picked it up a little in the last week. We can contribute our struggles to bad coaching and poor game management. The inability to put our guys in a position to succeed falls entirely on the shoulders of our coaching staff. Moving forward we must find ways to play with more team enthusiasm and individually compete in the moment. We couldn’t be more impressed the way Coach Hunt has turned his Pioneers around from last year. Coming into the weekend they have championship numbers with their pitching and defense and will play opportunistic offense very much like what we try to do. Everyone wants to get off on the right foot in conference play so emotions will be high. Our job at the plate will be put the ball in play against their starters who all have excellent strikeout numbers. If we can keep some runners on base, maybe our running game can create a few scoring opportunities for us. Our pitching and defensive approach will be the same as in any series, throw strikes and minimize the big inning which again has been an Achilles heel for us. This will include handling their bunting game and limiting the run producing opportunities of their red hot 3/4/5 guys." 2nd Yr Pioneer skipper, Ryan Hunt told TBR, "We are 10-3 coming into conference play. I am very pleased so far in how we have come out and played so far. We have competed very hard in every game which a good sign. We played Johnson County and Jefferson College the first weekend which are always good programs year in and year out. We ran into a very good parkland team last weekend as they took 2 of 3 against us. I just hope we can keep up the passion and grit we are playing with. We have a tough challenge in our first week with Columbia coming in. They are always well coached and are always good at every area of the game. They have played a very tough schedule so far. They have one of the best hitters in the state and other guys who swing the bat very well. They always usually have very good weekend arms and I expect it to be no different this year. We will have to play at a high level and play mistake free baseball for us to have a successful weekend." 2pm Friday Noon DH Sat
2/27/17 - Kelly's 5 ribs lead Peay past #6 NC State ... Vandy drops series to UIC ... Alexander leads Memphis to sweep of ISU ... Lipscomb takes down Northwestern ... MT falls in game 3 of Mulemix Classic ... Belmont rallies with 5 runs in 8th to beat Bowling Green ... UTM sweeps Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... TTU wins series in 16-14 slugfest ... HS Previews - Rossview and Ravenwood ... Brentwood Academy ... Peabody ... TCCAA Conference Series will begin this weekend - look for a preview of each series here on late Thursday or early Friday morning... continue to look over the Twitter feed for other updates and stories >>>>>>>>
2/21/17 - Centennial checks in with a 2017 Team Preview! Sean McDermott drove in 2 runs, but Cleveland State lost 5-4 to Gordon State CC... Pioneers win 6th straight game ... Vol State won it's 7th consecutive with a 12-2 win over Cumberland JV on Monday...
2/19/17 - TCCAA Sunday recaps - Walters State (14-2) beat Catawba Valley 9-7. Kyle Oulette went 4-5 with a HR and Duncan Pence was 2-5 with a HR and 4 ribs, Peyton Alford picked up his 2nd win of the season... Columbia State fell to Chipola in FL 9-3 to end the Sunshine State road trip... Roane dropped a pair to Olney Central 6-2 and 9-8 today ... Volunteer beat Lake Land 3-1 as Eddie McDaniels singled in the game winner with bases load and no outs and Jake Lyles walked, forcing in Daniel Lankster with the insurance run. Lankster had driven in the first run for VSCC ... The Pioneers are 5-1 on the season... Southwest split with Southwest IL CC - no scores available at update time ... CN wins series with pitching ... Cumberland completes sweep ... FHU rallies to win 7-6 ... King splits, wins series ... Flames drop game 3, win series ... LMU splits twinbill with Ohio Valley ... Scots drop last game of series to MacMurray ... Milligan sweeps UofCumberlands ... Trevecca splits pair with Wayne State ... Bellarmine salvages series w game 3 win over Tusculum ... Union completes GSC sweep ...
2/17/17 - Dores’ late rally falls short in loss ....
2/14/17 - It ALL breaks loose this weekend - TSSAA practices got underway yesterday, now D1 joins everybody else and baseball is in full swing this spring... among opening matchups for 2017 - Memphis hosts Tennessee, Vandy visits San Diego, Middle Tennessee travels to Georgia Southern. while all 4 TN OVC schools host games over the weekend as well... we will update scores/etc on our Twitter feed and link stories on the site here as well... JuCo ball will be in full swing this weekend as well as all 10l TCCAA teams will play on Saturday - so here we go!! HS coaches get your previews in - fill out your PREVIEW FORM ... Unicoi County... Haywood County... 2016 AAA Champ - Siegel...
2/2/17 - NAIA, D2 and D3 Schools will get cranked up over the weekend - check our Twitter feed >>>>>> and look here for links to stories and scores from weekend play!!
1/28/17 - final TCCAA preview is in... read them all... Walters St opened today in South Carolina, defeating USC-Salkehatchie 12-1 and have a DH tomorrow - the rest of the league opening dates are as follows: Chatt 2/3 at Georgia Highlands, Columbia 2/2 at Snead St AL, Cleveland hosts UofCumberlands JV on 2/6, Jackson opens late on 2/25 at Marion Military, Motlow opens at Wallace St AL on 2/3, Southwest opens at LSU-Eunice on 2/2 and Volunteer opens 2/10 vs Johnson Co. at USA Stadium in Millington, TN... Baseball is HERE!! HS coaches - you can begin sending your 2017 TEAM PREVIEWS in this week!!
1/20/17 - Columbia, Jackson AND Southwest check in with their TCCAA Preview ...
1/19/17 - Walters, Dyersburg and Cleveland State check in with their team preview - TCCAA Previews ...2017 NHSI features Arlington HS (TN) ... TN Teams and Boys named pre season CB/Louisville slugger D1 All Americans ..
1/12/17 - We have our first three TCCAA (JuCo) Team Previews posted - TCCAA Previews - Chatt, Roane and Volunteer State are UP!
1/5/17 - TBCA Clinic is next weekend at the Marriot in Franklin, TN - check out TBCA for more info... in the next few weeks we will begin our 14th year of coverage of HS, JuCo and 4Yr College Baseball... We will have some coverage from the TBCA Clinic and start out with TCCAA Team Previews for 2017 in latter part of the month... We have our HS Players To Watch for 2017 List ready - these are players who have committed or signed with schools already, so they are definitely "a player to watch"... If we have missed a kid who has committed or signed we will be glad to add them to the list, but they must be committed or signed in order to be on this list... Owenby named pre-season AA ... Hendrix to local HOF ... Puckett named pre-season AA ...
7/3 - All 2 Way Team is posted - Done for HS stuff for 2016, continue to follow as we primarily do updates on Twitter (feed above) - I'll be working on Professional updates rest of the summer and will have (as usual) the MLB Playoff links you'll need to keep up with MLB Playoffs in October - check back at playoff time - will also try to do some updating on the HS Record Book - if you have any that would go in - let me know - especially Career Records!!
6/28 - Took me awhile but here is the Ultimate 9 Team - minus one coaches quote (will add when received) - only thing left is the All 2 Way team which I hope to have done by Wednesday of this week... if you have a player who would fit into any of the categories, stats, Fresh/Soph, 2 Way please send me the info - I'll add them in! Coaches, remember if you want a certificate for your player - email me, I'll send you something you can print...
6/23 - All State Teams are posted ...
6/21 - All Region Teams are posted ... Regional POY's were announced on Twitter today - scroll through the feed above to see the winners - they are also denoted on the website with an asterik by their names... YEARLY Disclaimer: All picks are based on their HS statistical season and our take on them - by no means do they reflect future potential at any level (college or pro) - as always there are several players who could indeed have won or been placed on post season award teams - and certainly we had to have their information sent to us in order to make a determination... Knox News All KIL Baseball ... Pence Knoxville Area POY ... Walters State southpaw, Jake Miednik, named NJCAA Pitcher of the Year ...
6/15 - 2016 Pitching Stat Leaders ... continue to check twitter feed above for articles, etc about TN baseball -
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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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