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Farragut 2020 Tourney Information
April 2-4 Demarini Tournament
- 4 game Guarantee- 6 sites
- 300 dollar entry fee- bring your own balls to rotate putting in.
April 16-18 Scott Dean Memorial Tourney( 6 sites)
300 dollar entry fee- bring balls
4 game guaranteeMatt.firstname.lastname@example.org Let me know what day you want to start playing on -thurs or fri) 865-358-3141
2020 SMOKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC APRIL 2-4
PLAYED AT PIGEON FORGE, SEYMOUR, SEVIER COUNTY AND GATLINBURG PITTMAN HS'S
$300 ENTRY - USE YOUR OWN BASEBALLS
CONTACT MIKE GUINN AT email@example.com or 865-659-0177
"Let me know what day you want to start playiug - Thursday or Friday"
The 2020 Middle TN Invitational will be hosted by Christ Presbyterian Academy and Sycamore High School April 2nd through April 4th. The cost for the tournament is $250 plus 2 game balls per game. There is a 4 game guarantee. If you are interested in participating please contact Larry Nesbitt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matt Carrigan (email@example.com)
The Donny Everett Classic will be held April 9-11 2020. Host sites will be Clarksville High and Rossview High. 300.00 dollar entry fee plus baseballs. Contact Brian Hetland 931-206-8055 for more information.
2020 Franklin County Rebel Classic April 2-4 $75 per game/ Each team provides playable game ballsContact Mike Carter at 423-435-1131 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Sevier County HS Tournaments for 2020
March 11-14: Playing 4 A Cure
March 19-21: Bear Classic
March 26-28: Bear Invitational
If interested contact Casey Taylor at 423-829-6854
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2019 FINAL NOMINATION LIST(PDF)
IF ANY COACH WOULD LIKE to SEND IN A NOMINATION AT THIS POINT I WILL STILL TAKE THEM THROUGH THE END OF JUNE -
7/3/19 - I have recieved new nomination forms from a few schools - Ravenwood, Bledsoe County, Peabody, Brentwood and Dresden - in the next few days I will add the info from these forms to the existing database! Thanks coaches!!! Finished the pitching statistical leaders tonight... IF you see you have a player who woud fit within the numbers in any stat send me his name and information - DO NOT SEND stats that I would add to the BOTTOM of the list - I already have several that I could add... I have also made a few updates to lists where I missed the stat, etc
6/26 - Finished up the Offensive Stat Leaders today while waiting to go to CWS Game 2 tonight! Will finsh up the pitdching stats over the weekend!!
6/24 - Have not finished with Stat leaderboards yet - when CWS is over I will gt those done, I promise! On to the CWS - Game 1 of the finals is tonight - I am here in Omaha and will report on the atmosphere and layout and things you could do if you choose to come to a CWS in the future - the city is growing and there is consturction going on all around, new roads, etrc. Here are some links to some good info you may have/have not seen leading up to tonights game one. Pre Series Press Conference Transcript (for you readers out there)... Vandy beats Louisville to advance to finals...
6/22 - 2019 Ultimate 9 Team - Best nine statistical performances by position - provided your coach sent me a nomination!
6//19- 2019 TN Baseball Report All State Teams
6/18 - 2019 Tennessee Baseball Report All 2 Way Team
6/16 - Vandy uses strong outing by Drake Fellows and a monster day at the plate by Austin Martin to beat Louisville 3-1. The Dores only had 5 hits and missed a chance early on with first and third with no out situation in the bottom of the second inning. Fellows struck out 6 Cardinal hitters and got out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth, allowing the only Louisville run of the game. Julian Infante doubled with one out in the 7th to set up Martin's big fly and game winner. Tyler Brown picked up a 5 out save keep Vandy in the winner's bracket of the CWS. Game 2 vs winner of Mississippi State vs Auburn game at 6:30 this evening - Lexington HS alum, Ethan Small will be on the mound tonight for the Bulldogs.
A day early - SUPER FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE TEAM... FINAL HS POLLS
6/15 - TN BASEBALL REPORT ALL REGION TEAMS... AM /WORKING ON STAT LEADERS AND FINALIZING HS POLLS THIS WEEKEND - NEXT WEEK WE WILL POST SUPER FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE TEAMS ON MONDAY... ALL 2 WAY TEAM ON WEDNESDAY AND ALL STATE TEAMS ON FRIDAY - THE ULTIMATE 9 TEAM WILL BE POSTED ON SATURDAY
6/9 - 11pm UPdate - It has been a long last two days at the Super Regional at Vanderbilt - I have spent many hours going over a few thousand pix from last two days - Game 2 Pix - Rocker No Hitter!! WOW... Game 3 - Omaha here we come... due to time constraints I will post article links about these two games vs writing up something this time... Rocker Rolls... Omaha bound... Not Done Yet
6/5 - JCFP SUPER 22 TEAM... The MidTN All Star Game will be played Saturday June 8th at Drakes Creek Park. The A/AA vs D2 game will be played at 11am and the AAA East vs West game will be played at 2:30pm. Tickets are $5 which gets you in for both games.
6/3 - MLB DRAFT LINKS and INFO
MLB Mock Draft First Round Projections... MLB Network will carry the first two rounds of the draft tonight - 5pm Draft Preview and 6pm Rounds 1/2 of the MLB draft -- Tuesday Noon Rounds 3-10 on mlb.com and Wednesday at 11am rounds 11-40 on mlb.com Here are some links that will help you keep up with the draft >Draft Tracker (can input what you are looking for)... When the draft is over you can use this Baseball Reference tool to input what you are looking for and find out all the info - MLB Draft Picks from TN (scroll down and see all the options)
6/3 - NCAA D1 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT ... D1 BRACKET ,,, Ty Duvall broke open a 2-1game with a 2 out grand slam as Vandy rolled over Indiana State 12-1. Julian Infante, named tourney MVP, had two home runs after Phillip Clarke homered to tie the game at 1.
"Seeing that ball leave the yard was probably one of the best feelings I'ver ever had", said Duvall. Interestingly enough my family was siting in RF and retreived the ball which we gave to Ty after the game. The Vandy offense exploded after the Duvall slam, scoring 6 more times.
Clarke went 2-4 with the HR and a triple and 2 rbi. Pat DeMarco was 2-5 with 2 rbi, Infantre 2-4, 2 HR and Duvall was 2-3 with the slam and 4 ribs.
Mason Hickman got the start and after giving up a first inning HR settled in and threw a nice 7 innings. He gave up just 3 hits while striking out 9 and walking only 2 batters. Zack King finished the game in strong fashion allowing no hits and striking out 3 Indiana State hitters.
Vandy will host Duke next weekend in the Super Regional round of action. This will be the 8th time in 10 yrs that the Commodores have reached this round. Game Pix
Tennessee staved off elimination as Jake Rucker singled home the winning run in the 10th to beat Liberty but North Carolina won the nightcap to elimninate the Vols. UT won 40 games for the first time since 2005. Heels eliminate Vols 5-2
6/2 - UT gets first tourney win since 2005... Deep Impact (Vandy beats Indiana St 8-5)... Wesleyan wins 2nd NAIA World Series... GAME PIX DAY 2 OF VANDY REGIONAL ... Ohio State outlasted McNeese State in 13 innings by a score of 9-8. Indiana State will play the Buckeyes at 2pm to see who plays the Commodores at 8pm in the first championship game. IF neccessary will be played on Monday. UT must win today to setup an opportunity with North Carolina tonight... Final prep polls will be done this week - most likely Wednesday -
5/31 - Vandy Regional : Game 1 - Indiana State's Tyler Grauer threw four scoreless innings to preserve a 6-5 Sycamore win over the Cowboys of McNeese State. Sycamore 3b Jake Means led the offense going 3-5 with 2 rbi. Means doubled in the first 2 runs in the 3rd to get things started Game PIx
Game 2 - Vandy methodically dismantles Ohio State 8-2. Fellows goes the distance after rough start and escaping a bases loaded jam in the 4th. Game PIx
Tennessee Wesleyan wins 2nd NAIA World Series as Summertown's Bryce Giles is named the MVP. The Bulldogs beat St Thomas 6-2 ESPN Video of Game
5/30 - Wesleyan drops contest to Science and Arts in NAIA World Series... TWC got the bye to the Championship game at 7pm PDT which is 9pm CDT and 10pm EDT. They will play the winner of the Science and Arts vs St. Thomas game tonight at the same time as Friday's game. Walters State lost to Central Arizona 12-5 in 10 inings today to finish 3rd in the 2019 JuCo World Series - A FANTASTIC SEASON BOYS!! Iowa Western comeback beats Walters... Senators finish third in Series
5/29 - We will be covering the Vandy Regional as planned. Got word on credentials today! Will be shooting for College Baseball Daily as well!! As ususal McCall will man the first base line and I'll be moving around for different shots. Plan to do both openers and then stick with the winner's backet after day 1.
HS nominations are still coming in - but we are still needing state tourney teams to get their nominations in!! I would really like to wrapt this up by June 1st
Nashville Regional Info... NCAA 2019 Regional SEchedules... North Carolina Regional (UT is in this)... Vols selected for Chapel Hill Regional
5/27 - My youngest daughter, McCall and I drove to Hoover yesterday to take in the SEC Championship game - Vandy vs Ole Miss - Nice drive down and the first inning had me a little perturbed after a 4 hour drive... this might seem likely blasphemy to some but the coach side of me has a hard time understanding how you leave a pitcher in long enough to give up 6 runs in the first inning of a championship game or how a right fielder doesn't dive after a fly ball on the line and lets it drop... but it ended up that Ole Miss couldn't finish and the 'Dores capitalized late like the Rebels did early. Long drive home. Did I mention how hot it was in Hoover yesterday? Dores delover SEC in style... History Makers...
NAIA World Series: FHU falls in game one...Lions season ends in rematch of 2018 title game... Bulldogs win NAIA Series opener...TN Wesleyan blows up Gwinnett (Live Stats)... TWC BEATS GWINNETT (THERE WILL BE RECAP AND VIDEO AT SOME POINT)
JuCo World Series - Walters is playing tonight - Listen Live... Live Stats vs Navarro
THE SENATORS WIN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH ON A WALK OFF 2 RBI SINGLE BY SS MICHAEL ROBINSON ON A 3-2 2 OUT COUNT!! GAME OVER AT 11:45PM CDT
5/26 - UNfortunately FHU was eliminated in two games from the NAIA World Series. Here are Coach Estes' thoughts after the series - "The story did not end up how we wrote it up in our heads. Three long games on Friday along with a rain delay forced our start with Lewis Clark to be pushed back 10:30 pm local time. Having only been here a few days, our bodies are still on central time which is two hours later. Lewis Clark struck a big blow in the first, scoring six early runs before we even came to bat. Austin Steel (Stewarts Creek HS) was able to come in and keep us in the game, but we fell short 10-5 in the opening game. The toughest part of losing game one and getting to bed at 2:00 in the morning was facing the defending National Champion in an elimination game at noon. Our graduate assistant coaches stayed up getting laundry done and we awoke at 8:30 for breakfast and then headed to the field for batting practice. We traded blows with Southeastern the first several innings, but were not able to keep their bats cooled off. The end of the season is always emotional because you realize that your team will likely never be all together in this type of setting again. We are appreciative of the seniors that have helped pave the way for future student-athletes and we are excited for the underclassmen that have an opportunity to come back and build on the foundation that has been laid. he reward in this case is the journey and not the destination. Lives have been impacted and bonds have been formed that will transcend time and distance and provide positive memories for years to come."
5/25 - FHU Lions HC Jonathan Estes World Series Diary Day 3: "This morning we started the day with an 8:00 batting practice at Harris Field, the site of the World Series. It was good for our newcomers to get on the field and set how the infield plays and take in some of the sights and sounds of the ballpark. It will be a lot different tomorrow night at 7:00 when 4,000 Lewis-Clark fans are cheering on their hometown team. We can't wait. After batting practice we took our team pictures. They have a giant video board where all of the players will have their headshot on the board whenever they come in to pitch or bat.After practice and pictures, we went to two different schools to participate in Champions of Character activities. Our guys talked to the kids, answered questions, read books, were read to, played at recess and signed a bunch of autographs. It was a great experience and one that will be remembered for a long time by both our players and the kids that we met."
5/24 - FHU Lions HC Jonathan Estes World Series Diary Day 2: "We started the day with a 90-minute practice at one of the area high schools. Taking batting practice with rolling hills/mountains in the background is a beautiful sight that most of our guys appreciate. It was good to get on the field and get a quick practice in. It was our first on-field practice since before the Opening Round. At lunch, we went back to one of our favorites from last year- Tomato Bros. Italian Restaurant. They are one of the major sponsors of the tournament and do an awesome buffet for our guys."
TSSAA State Tournament: This year has been a very unpredictable year with several upsets along the way. Baylor and CAK both won the D2 titles today. Baylor was a class above the rest all year and showed why with outstanding pitching during the Boro run. CAK and CPA were very close all year and it seemed like those two would battle for the championship. Tommy Pharr and company won both games vs CPA in walkoff fashion and both games could have gone the other way.
In Class A, Trinity Christian survived the upset bug going around and will take on Greenback who won twice on Thursday to reach the final. Reese Plemons hit a walkoff HR to seal the 5-4 second game win. I look for TCA to win, but don't count out the Cherokee's, they are a hard nosed and determined bunch of players.
In Class AA Covington seems to be a team of destiny, the Chargers have gone thru adversity squared this season and look poised to take the title today. Cinderella (Forrest) has played lights out and survived a Sequatchie scare on Thursday. Look for Tyler Warmath to start for Covington. He threw 69 pitches on Tuesday. They also have Christian Delashmit available as he only threw 53 pitches on Wednesday.
Forrest has day one starter Kain Moses ready to start. Moses is a freshman. The Rockets however have used the other starters over 75 pitches and any relief will be Johnny Wholestaff.
In Class AAA Farragut has found a way to win in just about every situation and take on Bradley Central who wins without hits. They beat Riverdale again with only one hit. So if the Ad's can eliminate walks and errors in will be tough sledding for the Bears. Bradley will be on #4 starter Friday. The Ad's will more than likely counter with #1 Ryan Hagenow who threw 74 pitches Tuesday. They also have all 3 pitrchers from the Wednesday game which gives them a big advantage on the mound. Bradley takes advantage of every mistake so the key is again, will Farragut play a clean game, if so the Ad's will win their 10th title and first since 2014.
SEC Tournament - Vandy beats Ethan Small 1-0
OVC Tournament - Final Five includes Belmont and Peay
ASun Tournament - LIpscomb knocked out in 12 innings
SoCon Tournament - ETSU falls 2-1 to Wofford
5/23 - TSSAA State Tournament: UPSETS!! Man what a year for the tables being major damage by traking out Loretto. Can ;they take down TCA twice? 2pm today at MTCS we will see... Summertown has kinda flown under the radar this year but have scored 25 runs in two games to dominate their bracket. Greenback has to beat them twice today... in AA, Forrest... yes, Forrest has come out of nowhere to play lights out baseball for the last two weeks and are on the verge of being in the title game tomorrow. They will need one win over a tough, scrappy Sequatchie team that overcame a 12 inning loss in their opener... Covington, looks to be the head of the class in AA nad they are definitely playing for more than just a win... everyone knows the story, i fyou don't... GOOGLE IT! In AAA Farragut is well, Farragut. Success is a funny thing... it almost propels itself it seems... in the other bracket a rematch of game one in which Bradley scores two runs on one hit and beats the Warriors. Barry Messer's bunch will battle hard - this one will probably go twice at Oakland HS today... In D2A CAK and CPA for all the marbles - the top 2 tsams all year going at it. CAK scored 2 in the bottom of the 7th to win 4-3 on Tuesday - this will be one of the best title matches of the season. In D2AA Baylor i sthe class of the field and will be the champ by 3:00 today. Riverdale wins two, eliminates Indy...
College Tournament Action: Keep up with all action using these links: SEC Tournament... ASun (Lipscomb #3 seed) Tournament... OVC Tourna,ment (UTM #8, #4 Belmont, #2 APSU)... American Conference (Memphis #7)
FHU Coach Jonathan Estes Diary Entry #2:
Day 1- Lewiston
We arrived in Lewiston today. The drive in from the airport in Spokane is breathtaking and we stopped for pictures (friend my wife to see pics Ashley Bennett Estes). We have a full day scheduled tomorrow with a team practice in the morning with head shots and a youth clinic to round out the day. Thursday is filled with practice time at Harris Field and Champions of Character activities at two local schools and our banquet on Thursday night.
5/22/19 - Freed-Hardeman HC Jonathan Estes is going to check in with us during the NAIA World Series and give us a behind the scenes look at the experience... I asked coach to give us an idea about how the season went and what it took to get back: "Qualifying for the 2019 NAIA World Series started last season when we won 32 of our final 36 games and fell short of a National Championship when we lost 6-3 in the title game. Our returners and the newcomers that we brought in, have made it their mission to get back since the first day of our fall workouts. With the exception of a hiccup or two, these guys have done a fantastic job of playing at a high level all season. The 26 conference wins were the most ever in the American Midwest Conference. We swept through the conference tournament winning our second tournament in a row. And for the first time in school history, we spent the entire season ranked in the top 10 in the polls. What a whirlwind ride the last few weeks have been. We were gone for 7 days for the conference tournament from April 30-May 6. During that time, it was announced that we would be one of the nine Opening Round Host sites. That meant when we returned home, we had a lot of work to do to finish getting ready to host the Opening Round of the NAIA World Series.
Being able to host was an awesome experience. The community of Henderson and Chester County rallied around our University and baseball program and we put on an oustanding tournament. Being able to clinch a berth to the World Series on our home field, in front of so many of our fans, was a memorable experience. The "if necessary game" ended about 3:00 on Thursday and my staff and I were in the office from 3:30 until 7:00 that evening getting preliminary travel plans in motion. Friday was spent getting plane tickets, organizing travel from the airport in Spokane, WA to Lewiston, ID, getting vans for travel while in Lewiston, finalizing hotel accomadations, participating in conference calls, organizing practice facilities, and developing a preliminary itinerary for the team."
TSSAA State Tourney - In probably the most shocking upset in tournament play that I can remember, Franklin Grace Christian beat Loretto 8-4 in the first round of the Class A tournament last night. Grace scored 3 runs in the third with 2 outs and a runner on 2b and then put up another 3 spot in the 4th thanks in part to a Arender 2 run homer... Summertown takes down Eagleville 12-8... in AA the Loudon v Sequatchie game went 12 innings as the Redskins put up 4 in the top of the 12th to secure the win. An absolutley outstanding HS baseball game. In AAA, late inning rallies were the key to the day - Late rally sinks Riverdale...Indy rally tops Arlington 3-2...
5/20/19 - Pre State Tournament Edition: Latest Pre-State Tournament HS Polls... D1A Bracket... D2A Bracket... D1AAA Bracket... D2A Bracket... D2AA Bracket... Bobcats fall short, lose to Nolensville 5-3.. Tidwell NO HITS East Robertson... Independence stops Station Camp run... Summitt stops HHS run... Riverdale stays hot punches ticket to state tourney... Eagleville headed to state... Science Hill headed back to state after miracle playUHJC headed to state... Cyclones knock out #1 Alcoa... SEC Tournament... ASun (Lipscomb #3 seed) Tournament... OVC Tourna,ment (UTM #8, #4 Belmont, #2 APSU)... American Conference (Memphis #7)... ...
LMU wins opener in SE Regional... Railsplitters blanked 7-0... LMU plays North Greeneville again at 4pm and needs to force the if neccessary to win their half of the tourney...
5/17/2019 - WE did all the timely updates thru Twitter >>> yesterday so hopefully you could keep up with all the TN college action. We have 3 schools alive in World Series. #2 Walters State swept #3 Gordon State GA to return to Grand Junction and the JuCo World Series starting May 25. The Senators will open the series at 9am MDT(10am CDT) vs the winner of the Central district.
In NAIA action. both TN Wesleyan and Freed Hardeman won the right to play in the World Series as both teams had to win 3 games out of the losers bracket to get it done,.. and they did!! Congrats to both who represent the state so well. Wesleyan, after losing 1-0 on Tuesday brought out the sticks and beat Madonna 15-9 and Webber twice, 17-9 and 8-4 to win the Kingsport regional. Freed, who hosted this year, lost 8-3 to OK Wesleyan on Tuesday and came back with wins over TX Wesleyan (5-1), and OK Wesleyan (7-4, 5-4) to get back to the series for the second year in a row. NAIA - Opening Round Day 4... NAIA World Series Bracket... #7 FHU takes on host Lewis Clark on Friday May 24th at 9pm CDT. #1 TN Wesleyan plays winner of Indiana Tech and Bellevue on Saturday May 25th at 5pm CDT
High School - Grace Christian (Franklin) squeezes by Eagleville for region title... Purvis resigns from MJ... Riverdale wins Region 4AAA... Smith deals as ER clinches sectional berth... Chester County advances to region... Greene Devils hold off Elizabethton for region title... Vikings shutout Toppers for 1AAA title... Greenback denies UH Region 1A title...
SECTIONAL MATCHUPS OF INTEREST - In Class A the two I look at most are Columbia Academy vs Summertown and Loretto vs East Robertson. I think that the winners of these two games are the top two favorites next week in the Boro. East features soph pitcher Peyton Smith who throws around 90mph. However, word on the street says someone close to Smith doesn't want him to pitch... we will see what happens When did me become > WE? East has never been to the state tourney and Smith is probably their best shot to get there. Loretto will in all likelyhood counter with Jr RHP Blade Tidwell at UT commit, this should be a diamond DANDY!! Columbia Academy will throw Drew Logsdon, who tossed a no hitter on Monday vs Summertown. The Eagles will in all likelyhood throw Cory Francis tonight. TCA will also be a major player next week in the tourney.
In AA, East TN is strong this year as Greeneville, defending champs, Alcoa who has had a tremendous season and red hot Loudon all have a chance to win the AA title this year. The Devils will face perennial power Pigeon Forge in what should be a great game. The Tigers will probably throw Hunter Monday (7-1, 1.80). Top hitters for PF are Gent (.564/50rbi) and Harbin (.439/46rbi). Alcoa takes on Elizabethton and will more than likely go with Will Shelton, a Chatt St commit who threw Monday in the win over Gibbs. The offense has outscored opponents by 34 runs in five postseason games. The Cyclones hope to make a second straight Boro appearance will more than likely go with ace Evan Carter on the hill.
In AAA, #1 Farragut was upset and will travel to Bristol to take on TN High. The Admirals Ryan Hagenow will most likely get the call. He threw Monday but will be ready to get his team back to the Boro. Funny how in successful programs the priorities seem to be diferent (WE>me). The Vikings fresh off their first region title in 40 years get a Farragut team who has been denied in the sectional round the last two seasons and will play its hardest tonight after the loss on Wednesday. Should be a good one!! Collierville v Arlington and Bartlett v Houston - whoever wins those two games are going to be favorites next week.
Bartlett has split with Houston losing 5-1 on March 19 and winning 11-1 on April 24. The Mustangs will send Grayson Hitt (LHP/7-2) to the hill and hope the offense lead by Riley Hawethorne, Caleb Barger, George Sala and gang can get enough runs for the win. Collierville and Arlington have not met this season, but they have beaten Bartlett twice.
D2 Semifinal Action: Clarksville Academy, Goodpasture, CAK and CPA all swept their opponents to reach the Boro Final Four! In AA action only the McCallie v Ryan series goes to the third game. Christian Brothers, Ensworth and Baylor swept as well. 7 of 8 series were sweeps.
5/16/19 - Big Day in College Baseball yesterday - both Freed Hardeman and TN Wesleyan stayed alive by winning two elimination games and forcing a second championship game today. Freed will play OK Wesleyan at noon in Henderson and TN Wesleyan will play Webber International at 11am. Winner of each game will be headed to the NAIA World Series. FHU forces if-neccessary... Win 50 and 51 force if neccessary game in Kingsport...
Walters State beat Gordon State 5-2 in the first game of the 3 game East Central District Championship - winner goes to Grand JUnCtiOn and the World Series... game 2 will be played at 2pm EDT at Walters State. The if neccessary game, if it's neccesary will be played on Friday tbd. Senators take game one...
High School: Is there a better Cinderella story out there than Chester County? A #7 seed in their district tourney, the Eagles won their last 4 regular season games and used it to be runner-up to McNairy in a 12-11 title game loss. On Monday night they beat South Gibson 5-4 and on Wednesday night, the Eagles beat McNairy 5-3 to win the Region 7AA title and will take on Haywood with a chance to go to Murfreesboro... good luck Eagles!
5/15/19 - Riverdale beat Lincoln Co. 3-2 and Loretto shutout Summertown 6-0 in two Region title games moved up due to the threat of weather - all others I believe will be played tonight, weather permiting... NAIA OPENING ROUND CENTRAL... Freed Hardeman, TN Wesleyan to fall into losers bracket while Bryan lost 2 one-run games and has been eliminated... check the link above for live stats and video feeds as well as box scores from these games.
5/14/19 - TSSAA Regional Semifinal Rearview: In the DID NOT SEE THAT COMING SECTION - Lake County's 3-2 10 inning win over Gibson County. Also the fact that TCA went 8 innings with Union City. District 13 flew under the radar this season but this is just another example of how good West TN Class A baseball is... in AA, Forrest absoutey overwhelmed Creek Wood 10-1. That was a shocker... Chester County continued its Cinderela run as a 7 seed in their district tourney to beating one of the top teams in the state in South Gibson 5-4... Lincoln County's 4-3 win over Blackman. I saw both these teams this spring and thought Blackman was a very solid club... when Nick James ran out of pitches Station Camp exploded to win 8-2. West TN AAA baseball is Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville and Houston til otherwise noted... they seem to always be there in the end.
5/13/19 - New Polls plus TSSAA Brackets: Class A... Class AA... Class AAA... D2A... D2AA... NAIA Opening Rounds start TODAY!! 5/13 - NAIA OPENING ROUND CENTRAL... Freed Hardeman plays at 2pm CDT, TN Wesleyan at 5pm CDT/6pm EDT and Bryan plays at 1:15CDT/2:15/EDT - use the link above to get to live video feed, live stats, etc - however you want to follow the games! Good luck to all of our TN NAIA teams this week!!
LMU gets bid to D2 Regional...
TCCAA All Conference Teams
Dallas Bryan Relief Pitcher Motlow State Community College
Alex Carignan Catcher Columbia State Community College
Sean Cheely Outfielder Chattanooga State Community College
Brayden Combs Firstbase Walters State Community College
Noah Fitzgerald Shortstop Chattanooga State Community College
Kobe Foster Pitcher Motlow State Community College
Evan Gilliam Outfielder Dyersburg State Community College
Jerry Hammons Second Base Walters State Community College
Bryce Hodge Designated Hitter Walters State Community College
Theron Powell Outfielder Roane State Community College
Drew Reckart Third Base Dyersburg State Community College
Braydon Runion Outfielder Walters State Community College
Cory Stone Pitcher Walters State Community College
Landon Walker Pitcher Chattanooga State Community College
PITCHER of the YEAR
Alex Haynes Walters State Community College
PLAYER of the YEAR
Noah Fitzgerald Chattanooga State Community College
COACH of the YEAR
David Shelton Walters State Community College
Jonathan Alexander Pitcher Dyersburg State Community College
Bass Cooper Third Base Chattanooga State Community College
Ty Delancey Second Base Chattanooga State Community College
Lance Dockery Outfielder Cleveland State Community College
Jacob Holton Designated Hitter Chattanooga State Community College
Zeke Lecomte Catcher Volunteer State Community College
Christian Martin Outfielder Dyersburg State Community College
Tucker Mendenhall Outfielder Cleveland State Community College
Nate Payne Relief Pitcher Roane State Community College
Sam Stohr First Base Motlow State Community College
Logan Walters Pitcher Motlow State Community College
Cory Wilson Pitcher Volunteer State Community College
D.J. Wright Shortstop Jackson State Community College
5/11/19 - Walters State defeated Jackson State 4-1 yesterday to win the Region 7 championship. Walters State will host NJCAA Region XVII and Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Gordon State, the third-ranked team in the country with a 50-7 record, in the East Central District. Gordon State swept through the region tournament in Albany, Georgia, winning the championship game over South Georgia State, 18-11. With the win, the top-seeded Senators reached the 50-win mark for the third time in Coach Dave Shelton’s six-year tenure as head coach, as Walters State is now 50-9 on the year and will host the NJCAA East Central District Championship Series on May 15-17 at Ken Campbell Field for a berth in the Alpine Bank JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.
5/9/19 - Lots of stuff going on - with family stuff - so here is a quick catchup update: TCCAA: Walters is waiting to take on the winner of the Dyersburg vs Jackson LBF which was rained out today - games will start at 10am in the morning... NAIA OPENING ROUND CENTRAL... GMAC - Trevecca eliminated... New HS polls out on Monday just before regional tournament begins... as always check twitter feed for updates>
5/5/19 - It has been an unusual week for our family - my wife's dad had a heart attack last Saturday and quadruple bypass surgery on Friday - we have been out of pocket all week... having said that - I apologize for not getting the TCCAA Region 7 Tournament Preview up - so the tourney started today - I will do my best to keep up with all the stuff going on this week. My daughter also graduates form UTK on Wednesday so we also have that going on...
TCCAA Bracket... In today's play-in games, Volunteer State eliminated Southwest 9-5 and Jackson eliminated Roane 8-0 as Sergio Patsy tossed the complete game shutout. Region 7 Tournament Central... Tournament Live Streaming... Cumberland falls in finals of MSC tourney... Lions wins 2nd straight AMC championship... tomorrow at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, TN Wesleyan takes on Union in the AAC championship game at 3pm EDT...
4/30/19 - MSC Tournament Central (Cumberland) starts Thursday... SSAC Tournament Central (Bethel) starts Wednesday... AMC Tournament Central (Freed-Hardeman) starts Thursday... AAC Tournament Central(TN Wesleyan/Milligan/Bryan)... Gulf South Conference Tournament Central... Rhodes swept thru their side of the bracket and will travel to Birmingham Southern for a 3 game series on Friday & Saturday... ...
4/29/19 - New HS Polls out today!... All our tourney teams this week were knocked out - see results at links below... stay tuned as more tourney's get underway this week!! As always check the Twitter feed for scores/stories >>>
TCCA Week 9 Review - Fireworks went off this weekend as 5 games featured double figure scoring led by the 19-18 win on Friday by Columbia over Roane on Friday. 43 hits and 37 runs featuring 8 doubles, two doubles and 3 home runs. Roane's Trea McLemore had a three run bomb and a grand slam and 8 rbi on the day. Vol beat Chatt on Friday 10-9 in another high scoring affair. Lane Harris and Maddox Vondohlen both had rbi hits in the 8th inning to get the win for the Pioneers. They followed that game up with a 13-11 win over Chatt on Saturday and in the finale the Tigers turned the table to absolutely pound the Pioneers into submission in a 24-9 win. Vol used a 8 run second inning in the 13-11 win as Judd Sparks and a HR and 4 rbi in game two. In game three, Chatt scored 16 runs in the top of the 6th inning to break open a 8-7 game. Ty Delancey had 5 rbi for Chatt. Noah Fitzgerald and Bass Cooper added 4 each. There were also an abnormal amount of 1 run games - like the 1-0 win by Walters over Motlow.Braydon Runion's 3rd inning rbi double held up as Alex Haynes gave up three hits and struck out 14 Bucks.. In workman like fashion, Sergio Patsy shut out SW, allowing 5 hits and striking out 5 hitters in Jackson's 1-0 win as Beau Simpson's second inning sac fly was all the Green Jays needed. Columbia came from behind to top Roane 5-4, scoring two in the seventh to tie and another in the top of the eighth to get the win. Cody Hutcherson's sac fly was the difference in the Charger win. TCCAA Results... TCCAA/Region 7 Tournament Bracket... Creek Wood wins in 9 over Waverly... Indians finish second after split... Jackets sweep Kenwood... Keathley walks off for Heritage... Jo Byrns wraps up 9A crown... Greenbrier tops Portland... Jolley keeps Sycamore rolling... 5 run first leads Brentwood over Centennial... Jett Jackson gives Cougars offense and pitching... Ginther magical in shutout win over Hendersonville... Blackman clinches 7AAA... McElvain one hits Rebels in pitcher's duel... Bradley leads Gallatin past Beech... Unaka wins slugfest... UH rallies past Happy Valley... Betsy blanks Crockett 4-0... Hilltoppers hang on to defeat Greenies... Tribe rolls over Cyclones in matchup of champions...
4/26/19 - SAC Tournament Central (Results)... Eagles fall 9-4... Maryville falls into loser's bracket in USA South...
4/25/19 - SAC Tournament Schedule - Carson Newman, Tusculum, LMU all in!!... SAC All Conference Teams loaded with TN players.... USA South Tournament Cenrtal: Starts Thursday(today) - Maryville reps TN... SAA Tournament Central : Starts Friday - Rhodes reps TN...
TCCAA Week 9 Preview
Cleveland at Dyersburg -The Cougars travel across the southern border to Dyersburg for the Wk 9 finale. Cleveland HC Mike Policastro told TBR, "We travel to Dyersburg this weekend to end the regular season. Playing Dyersburg has always been a challenge for is no matter where we play them. This weekend will be critical for both teams as we play for tournament seeding as well as having momentum going into post season. Robert has another good team that shows a good offense as well as arms that can shut down lineups. Our challenge this weekend will be to stay away from big innings and try to capitalize on the few scoring innings that may come our way." DSCC's Robert White added, "The final weekend is here and we get to host Cleveland State. Mike has done a tremendous job with his squad and have them playing well. They have really been consistent all year and my hats off to them. Us, on the hand have been flirting with disaster by playing with no passion, discipline, and fundamentals. With that recipe, it has us in a must win situation to avoid a play in game. So it will be interesting to see if our guys have any gravel in their bellies and can find a way to get it done."
Columbia at Roane - The Chargers travel to Harriman to take on the Raiders in the finale with a 3 game win streak going. Columbia HC Mike Corn told TBR, "Where has the season gone? Everyone is looking for answers down the stretch. Trying to make that one adjustment which will jumpstart a tournament run. Is it in the line-up? Is it in the rotation? In the bullpen? Players play and coaches coach but an administrative adjustment right now can make all the difference in the world. This weekend over on Caney Creek will play a significant role in tournament seeding. Looks as if rain will again force a scheduling decision to be made by Coach Sterner and staff. On paper, this looks to be a very even match-up with Roane getting the nod for being on familiar ground and superb weekend pitching. Can we muster up the juices for three consecutive super pivotal games? Competitive greatness…the ability to play your best when your best is needed…who will have the ability to make it happen when the game is on the line? Raiders and Chargers should be a good one!" Roane skipper Zack Sterner added, "We have been playing POLLUTED defensive as of late so that has to change if we want any chance of keeping in striking distance. Coach Corn will have his troops rolling, I just hope we play clean baseball. My eyes have been killing me lately."
Motlow at Walters - The Bucks will travel up to Morristown to take on the Senators in a 1v2 matchup. Motlow's Dan McShea told TBR, "We travel to Morristown to take on a very talented Walters State baseball team that has been ranked in the top 5 all season. We will have our work cut out for us this weekend. We have to pitch well and get timely hits if we want a chance to compete with this team. Coach Shelton and his staff have done a great job again. This will be a good test for us to play a highly talented team, on the road, #1 vs #2 to finish the season. What a great weekend for college baseball." Walters HC Dave Shelton added, "On paper this looks to be an exciting weekend here in Morristown as we host the Bucks with the regular season championship on the line. Motlow’s numbers are very impressive, as they are at or near the top of the league in most categories. A huge key for us will be if we are able to solve their pitching staff this weekend, a task that has proven unsuccessful for most teams this season. We have to be ready to battle at the plate more than we have all season if we have a chance this weekend."
Chattanooga at Volunteer - The Tigers, on a 5 game win streak, will ride up I-24 into Gallatin to take on the Pioneers this weekend. Chatt's Greg Dennis told TBR, "We had a tough weekend against a good Dyersburg team and came out of it with a couple of hard-fought wins. We have continued to pitch it pretty well and defend it well also while mixing in some timely hitting. We go up to Gallatin to close out the regular season against a challenging Vol State team that always plays with energy and effort. We know that Coach Hunt and his staff will have them primed to compete on all levels and we will need to continue to perform well and compete on the mound and at the plate in order to get any success there. Hoping the guys are ready to be challenged again!!" Pioneer skipper Ryan Hunt added, "We have a very good Chatt State team coming to town this weekend. We hope to create some type of momentum heading into the tournament starting on May 5th. Hopefully we play well enough to do that this weekend. We shall see!"
Jackson at Southwest - The Green Jays will make the journey down I-40 to BBQ town to take on the Saluqi's. Southwest's Erik Schoenrock said, "We finish the regular season this weekend at home against Jackson State. Coach Malik has a strong lineup this year - we saw their power first hand when we played them in a midweek game last week. We will have to make pitches down in the zone to hamper their ability to hit for power and make plays defensively when they do find barrels. We are excited to finish up the regular season at home after a long road stretch and get tuned up for the conference tournament hopefully." Jackson skipper Ty Malik added, "We have put ourselves in a place where we have a chance and a couple options to get in the tournament, however, we will need to have a great weekend and get some help from others. Would prefer to have our destiny in our own hands, but haven’t played consistently enough to earn that. Hopefully we can find a way to play out of our minds against a very competitive Southwest team who has the possibility to give us fits this weekend. Even if we do, we need others to not be at their best to give us a chance."
4/24/19 - TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is going to two guys this week who threw 2 awesome games. First, Brandon Johnson from Columbia State. Brandon threw a complete game shutout while allowing 2 hits and striking out 12 Walters State batters in a 1-0 Charger win. Logan Walters from Motlow State tossed a complete game no hit shutout with 9 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Volunter State. Congrats to both those guys!! The TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Ty Delancey from Chattanooga State. Ty was 4-7 with 4 RBI’s. He had a HR in Game 2 and the game winning RBI in Game 1 of the DH. Other fine performances came from Jackson's CJ Clark – 4/7, 4 runs, 2 Hr’s, 1 2B, 5 rbi and Ryan Inches, CG shutout, 4 hits, 7 k's.
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 that’s 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. Robert’s 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 let’s 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 don’t 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 series’ 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, "We’ve 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 can’t 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 don’t 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 don’t come prepared this weekend. We are running into one of the top teams in the country that has plowed through every opponent they’ve 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 don’t 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 haven’t been much of a threat at the plate in 3 weeks. We need a good weekend that can catapult us to a strong finish. It’s the time of year to start playing your best, I hope we haven’t 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 isn’t something that has been done very much, if any. Combine that with their pitching numbers on the year and that should open our guy’s 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 staff’s 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 we’re 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, “It 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.”
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 don’t 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 don’t 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 made…..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 didn’t 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 approach…seven come eleven, back door little joe...no whammy, no whammy, no whammy…STOP. 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 intimidating…alas….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 record…they put their pants on just like we do, one leg at a time so don’t completely count us out. Coach Ammons and Coach Crutcher have been getting these guys better day by day…at some point we think it will begin to show. Mule Town USA…Dave Hall Field…man, 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. It’s 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 “complete” 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 “Jack” 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 it’s 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 didn’t 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 couldn’t 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 it’s 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 weekend’s 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 didn’t go our way in the end last week. Felt our effort was there, but we just didn’t 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. Can’t give up at-bats and can’t take a hitter off as there won’t 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 isn’t 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 Saluqui’s 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 series’, 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 haven’t 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. I’m 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 today’s 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. It’s real simple…..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.
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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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