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3/15 - TCCAA Week 3 Preview
Chattanooga vs Cleveland - Cleveland HC Mike Policastro told TBR, "Last weekend at Motlow should be a series we forget, we did not play well after the sixth inning in game 1 of the series. We lost all momentum that an 11-4 lead in the the seventh inning should allow. We let a good hitting Motlow team get momentum and could not stop them. We made crucial mistakes throughout the series and were not able to sustain any functional offense. This week going to Chattanooga is always difficult for us. Greg has the Tigers pitching and playing really well at this time of the year. Keys for us this weekend will be whether our offense can sustain productivity throughout the series. Pitching and defense will need to be much better than last weekend, we would need to minimize free bases and be able to make a pitch or defensive play to get out of an inning without a big number being put on the scoreboard. It will be a challenge as every weekend is." Chattanooga HC Greg Dennis added, "We had a really good defensive and pitching weekend against Roane and were excited to see some guys excel on the mound. This weekend we face a really polished Cleveland State Staff and lineup that can and will put you in trouble in a hurry. On the mound they challenge you with plus-stuff and an aggressive mentality. At the plate they are athletic and powerful. We need to continue to play our style of baseball and stay on-point fundamentally."
Dyersburg vs Jackson - Dyersburg HC Robert White said, "It was nice to see our pitching staff step up last weekend against a tough Vol State team. We did an outstanding job establishing the strike zone and avoided that big inning that has killed us early on. Week #3 will bring another challenge for the Eagles as Jackson State heads to town. Tyson and his staff do a great job with their guys. We know they are always very offensive minded, but this year their pitching staff has several guys that can really pitch. We have to be more aggressive at the plate and put some pressure on them if we want to be successful this weekend. Hopefully we can continue to get better and find a way to win the series! " Jackson HC Ty Malik added, "There was nothing really positive to lean on this past weekend. I have done a poor job of getting my guys to make the necessary adjustments we need to make to become a consistent ball club. We continue to make the same mistakes in the field and at the plate. We have the ability to be a good team but it will take some changes for that to happen on a consistent basis. At this point, it doesnít matter who we play next week. If we canít become better ourselves, we will continue to be inconsistent. Dyersburg comes off a good series win and will be looking to stay on track this weekend."
Roane vs Motlow - Roane HC Zach Sterner told TBR, "Pitching on the weekends has been giving us a chance to win. We just havenít had that big hit to open things up or really got off to a good start. Missing a few key guys due to injury so trying to find some guys that will step up and fill the void. The Buck are coming in swinging it with big time power, so we as a staff have to do a really good job of keeping the baseball down and runners off base. Offensively we must do a better job of finding contact late in counts and minimize our strikeouts if we want to compete with a hot hitting Motlow club." Motlow HC Dan McShea added, "We are coming off an ugly weekend for us defensively. Fortunately, we were able to salvage the series win with the help of our bats and a few key pitching performances. We will head into Roane to face a team that has the ability to beat anyone in the league. They have had some bad luck to start the conference play and will be hungry and motivated. We have got to start playing in the field like we are capable. Our keys this weekend are to stop the big inning and continue to hit the baseball. At times we have pitched well but we need to be more consistent. Roane has always been a team the doesnít strike out much and will put the ball in play. For us to be successful, we will have to be much cleaner in the field. This should be an exciting weekend and hopefully we will get some good weather."
Columbia vs Southwest - SW HC Erik Schoenrock told TBR, "I thought we defended the field better this weekend, turned some nice double plays and helped out our pitchers on some hard hit baseballs off of Walter Stateís bats. Our ABs were relatively competitive against some good arms that we faced, which was also encouraging. Coach Corn will have his club ready to go, they are coming off of a series win and will look to continue building momentum. Our guys will get their first taste of what our conference play is like on the road, and we will have a tough test ahead if Columbia State is able to get into rhythm and play their style of game." Columbia's MIke Corn added, "Heading into week 3 of conference play, we are really no better off than we were coming out of a dismal week 1 from the coaching staffís perspective. Weíre sure the players feel better about themselves which may or may not be a positive. We have several individuals playing well but just have not found that team connection that has been the key to our success in past years. The obscene number of strikeouts by our hitters, the inability just to throw the ball over the plate and a seemingly despondent culture in dugout are things we must repair immediately or we will continue to struggle. These items of concern are so, so scary because they simply come down to attitude, intent and level of investment. If it takes a comment or action by your opponent to start your engine, good luck, because you are in for a long, disappointing life. You can work on a swing or delivery in a few days but the heart and mind take years to develop. This weekend at home will be an enormous challenge for us. Historically, we have been really good in Mule Town but the past couple of years it seems that the friendly confines of Dave Hall Field have been friendly for the wrong side. Teams have rolled and played exceptionally well week and week out. Southwest played a tough schedule early and they are rounding into mid-season form. Coach Rock and the Saluquis will no doubt be a handful and then some."
Volunteer vs Walters - Volunteer HC Ryan Hunt told TBR, "We have competed really hard these first two weeks of conference play. We didnít have a good showing in our mid week contest where we did not compete like we have been which has me worried heading into this weekend against the #2 team in the country. This weekend we face a very talented team and maybe the best team in the country in Walters St. We will no doubt have to play very very good baseball to have a chance in this series." Walters HC Dave Shelton said, "I thought we played pretty well this past week at Southwest. They are a much improved club and are going to keep getting better. These were much tougher games than the final scores indicated. I was really pleased with our offense as we were able to put up a good amount of runs without the benefit of a single home run on the weekend. So that was good to see us have the ability to do that. This upcoming weekend going to Volunteer State will be one of our toughest tests yet. They have showed the type of team they have by running off a 12-game win streak earlier and going into Columbia and getting a sweep that opening TCCAA weekend. I hope our guys will respond to the challenge and know that each game of every weekend, they must be prepared for a dogfight."
3/13 - We do many score and story links thru our Twitter feed >>>>>> it is easy to update and we follow every account that we are aware of... If you of an active Twitter account taht we should know about, please let us know! TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Dylan Harris of Walters State. Harris went 9-13, scored 8 runs and drove in 8 runs with two doubles and a HR... the TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is the Chattanooga State rotation of Conner Perry, Jordan Power and Kyle Nunn. Each tossed 6+ innings of scoreless baseball. Perry went 7 innings, striking out 9 and allowing 3 hits... Power went 6 innings, striking out 6 and allowing 4 hits and Nunn went 7 innings, strinking out 9 and allowing only 2 hits... Series POW's are Tim Weatherly/Motlow (5-8 6RBI, 3b, 2HR); Alex Carignan/Columbia (5-12 3HR 5RBI) and Reed Smith/Dyersburg (5-12 2b, 2HR, 2RBI)...
3/12 UPdate... More HS Previews from Clarksville HS... Clarksville Academy... Ripley HS... Sequatchie County HS... Central Magnet HS... Clarksville NE HS... Baylor HS... Knox West HS... Jefferson County HS...
3/12/18 - High School Opening Day!! High School Previews in from Dickson County, Centennial... Coffee County HS... Briarcrest Christian School... Cannon County HS... Knox Central HS... Unicoi County HS... Moore County HS... Good luck to all the players, coaches and teams this 2018 spring season... we will update scores on the Twitter feed as they come up! Dodson, Kemp lift Bisons to series win over Michigan... Vandy downs TCU, 7-4... Neely Throws Complete Game as Vols Sweep Cincinnati... Blue Raiders drop series to West Virginia... Tigers Drop Series to Little Rock... Skyhawks rally in the ninth, defeat Tech 4-3 in series finale... Govs blanked by Gamecocks in series finale... Baetzel's Home Run Gives Bulldogs victory... Belmont sweeps EKU... p
3/11/18 - Motlow pounded out 16 hits including 5 doubles and 4 HR to beat Cleveland 13-10... Columbia used a 5 run sixth inning to propel the Chargers to a 12-6 win over Jackson...Dyersburg beat Volunteeer 5-4... Walters unleashed a 16 hit attack anb beat Southwest 13=3... no results from Chatt v Roane...
3/10/18 - TCCAA Results: Walters St sweeps SW on the road 16-1, 9-6 and 13-3... Connor Perry and Jordan Power with two huge starts for Chatt in DH shutout of Roane (5-0, 3-0) ... Motlow and Cleveland combined for 33 runs in a DH split yesterday... Dyersburg ended Volunteer's 12 game winning streak in a 7-3 win the the second game of the DH yesterday... Michigan takes down Baseball in slugfest....MT bests West Virginia after eighth-inning rally... Memphis and Little Rock Split Friday Doubleheader... Commodores best UCLA, 6-3...Golden Eagles sweep doubleheader over UT Martin to open OVC play... Vols Top Cincinnati in Extras, 3-2... Fourth Inning Fireworks as Belmont beats EKU... Phillips paces Govs to OVC opening win against Gamecocks...Battling Flames Earn Split with Choctaws... Railsplitters fall to Pioneers in series opener at Lamar ... TWC Sweeps Union....Lions Devour Rams 26-3 Over Two Days... Buffs drop finale at Truett, 5-2... Union's Driggers notches 600th career win...Hinton shines in Tusculum's 5-3 SAC win at LMU... Trevecca Splits with Drury, Series Finale on Saturday... Tornado split Friday doubleheader with SWU... Bucs double up Winthrop to open home series... Lions Win Series Over No. 20 Owls In Friday Double Header... Scots split with Huntingdon in key USA South doubleheader...
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TCCAA Week 2 Series
Roane vs Chattanooga - Tiger HC Greg Dennis told TBR, "We continue to try and mature and develop as a team as we see more and more game-time. Our guys competed well against Motlow for the weekend but still spent a lot of time shooting ourselves in the foot with silly mistakes. This weekend we travel to Roane State and going on the road is a completely different animal in conference. We will need to do a better job at the plate as Roane pitching has been very solid so far. Hopefully our pitching and defense will continue to compete well whatever the circumstances and we can work to get something positive out of this weekend against another quality opponent."
Motlow vs Cleveland - Bucks HC, Dan McShea told TBR, "Cleveland State is coming off an exciting 3 game sweep and will be playing with a lot of confidence. We need to play clean defense and continue to pitch well if we want to compete with this talented team." Cougar HC, Mike Policastro told TBR, "We played well enough to find ways to win games against Roane late. We were able to compete in all 3 games. Our starting pitching set the tempo as we try to get offense going consistently. This week as we go on the road to Motlow we coach McShea and Gaskill has put together a dangerous offensive lineup that is able to throw a big number up at any time. Our pitching must be able to stay ahead in counts and not give up free bases. Offensively we will need to be able to have production throughout out lineup, with a few more guys getting hot. All weekends are a challenging and this weekend will not be any different. We look forward to a very competitive series."
Jackson vs Columbia - General HC, Ty Malik, told TBR, "It was a tough week for us last week. We did not compete as well as I had hoped. We made too many mistakes and let it get ugly. I do think we learned some things and am hoping we can use that this weekend against a very good Columbia team. This is always a tough matchup for us. I know Coach Corn will have them motivated and prepared to make it really difficult on us this weekend. " Columbia HC, MIke Corn, told TBR, "Coming off a weekend where we really did nothing well, weíre not sure what to expect. Our pitching was adequate but every other facet of the game left much to be desired. Not that we are an offensive juggernaut but only mustering 13 hits on the weekend was mind boggling. We took strikes and whacked at balls out of the zone. We were behind every fastball and out front swatting at off speed. Weíre obviously not very smart, but even we know thatís not a very good combination. Heading down to Jackson means we could easily start the season 0-6 which is something we doubt a Columbia State team has ever done. We are mired in a cycle of inconsistency that is a direct reflection of the coaching staff. Without major adjustments, we are headed on a path that will be an embarrassment to the tradition rich legacy our program is built upon. That being said, we wouldnít expect us just to lay down and not compete like we did last weekend. The Chargers will get off the mat at some point and be back in the fight"
Southwest vs Walters - Senator skip, Dave Shelton, told TBR, "I feel like we made some strides this past weekend offensively, but we still are not quite clicking on all cylinders there. We were much better on day two than day one, so thatís encouraging. Defensively we must become more solid in the infield, as I know we are capable of doing so. I think we pitched it well, especially against a team that is as dangerous offensively as Jackson. They are going to put up a lot of runs this year. Offensively we had much better approaches at the plate than on day one, and did a pretty good job hitting to all fields. This week we get to show our kids how long the state of Tennessee is with that bus ride across our great state to Millington to play Southwest. They have played as tough of a schedule as anyone thus far, and that looks to be paying off for them now that TCCAA play is here with them taking 2 of 3 from Dyersburg last weekend. Coach Schoenrock is obviously doing good things in his first year there to pull off that series win in the first weekend. We know this weekend will be a big challenge, so hopefully our guys will be up to the task." As Southwest prepares its young team to take on Walters, HC Erik Schoenrock told TBR, "We have to do a better job with getting off of the field with 2 outs, sometimes we get 2 quick outs and loose focus on the mound or defensively and innings get prolonged by doing so. That 3rd out is the toughest one to get, and we have to work harder to get it done. I thought we swung the bat very well against 2 tough arms on Sunday. It was good to see some guys step up that havenít had much success early in the year, it shows that if you continue to prepare diligently through tough times and work hard, the game will find you and reward you. We have another tough test with Walters State coming into town. They have been the perennial team in the league for at least 10 years now and we are looking forward to the challenge they present. They are good in all phases, they are athletic, and very well coached. Coach Shelton and his staff do an outstanding job over there."
Dyersburg vs Volunteer - Pioneer HC, Ryan Hunt, told TBR, "After the first week we still have to get better at executing some parts of our game. Such as bunting and some base running issues. Also our relieves have to be able to get ahead of hitters more and cut down on the walks. We had some breaks go our way that no doubt led us to having a successful weekend. Our starting pitching was outstanding against a very good offensive team. Also we had some huge timely hits all weekend. So hopefully we can carry that over to this weekend. We head to Dyersburg which is going to be a very tough challenge for us. Donít let their record fool you or the fact that they lost their series last weekend. They are still and will be a very good team. They have a very high level talented team. Iím sure Coach White will have his team ready to go this weekend. We no doubt will have to play at a very high level this weekend to be successful." Eagle HC, Robert White, on the Volunteer series, "Heading into week two of conference play, we have the luxury of hosting one of the hottest clubs around in Vol State. Coach Hunt and his staff have done a remarkable job and have their team playing great baseball. They play with a lot of passion and have guys that will flat get after you. We continued our careless and sloppy play last weekend that has led to a dismal start for the Eagles, but hopefully we will get things turned around very soon. The talent is certainly here, but our ability to overcome any adversity has been totally extinct since the first pitch of the spring. We will need to play clean baseball all weekend and pitch it much better to have any chance against the Pioneers."
3/6/18 - TBR/TCCAA Series POW's - Sean Cheely/Chattanooga (6-11 4R 4rbi); Lofton Cotton/Volunteer (6-11 2b 5rbi); Joaquin Estrada/SW (4-8 2-2b HR 7rbi); Austin Henry/ Walters (8-9 2b 3b 5R 9rbi); Brandon Mason/Cleveland (7-11 6R 2-2b)... TBR/TCCAA Pitcher of the Week is Landon Knack/Walters (7ip 0R 1H 12K)... TBR/TCCAA Hitter of the Week is Austin Henry/Walters (8-9 2b 3b 5R 9rbi)... other significant pitching performances were turned in by Jacob Cole/Volunteer, Collin Grove/Cleveland, William Woods/Dyersburg, and Chase Douglas/Volunteer...
3/5/18 - TCCAA Scores... Weekend highlights: Cleveland swept Roane, one of 3 sweeps this weekend. What made this one different? The Cougars won all three in their last at bat. On Saturday, Noah Peterson's btm 7, one out hit by pitch forced in the winning run. In game 2, Logan Peterson found himself in a big situation. The Cougars had just given up 2 runs in the top of the eighth and trailed 2-0. Batting third, Peterson got in the box after 2 consecutive singles and drove the ball out of the park for a game winning 3 run HR. In the series finale Sunday, Hunter Oliver delivered a 2 out bases loaded single to drive in the game winner. Oliver was 0-5 before the at bat... sweeps come and go, but to win 3 games in your last at bat... WOW!!!! And very, very tough luck for Roane State... Volunteer St got great starts from Jacob Cole and Chase Douglas and overall great pitching to sweep the Chargers in Columbia, not an easy feat... Douglas gave up 2 hits and a run in a 3-1 Pioneer win on Sunday and Cole started it off on Saturday with an 8 inning effort, allowing just 3 hits and an earned run in the 6-2 win... Walters swept Jackson as Austin Henry a hit in all seven plate appearances on Sunday, notching five singles, a double and a triple and drove in eight runs as the Senators closed out a three-game sweep with 13-2 and 14-4 victories... Eagles dominant in road sweep of Coker...Three homers power Lipscomb to 12-4 win over NKU... Strong sixth inning sparks ETSU to 8-2 win over Memphis... Blue Raiders pick up extra inning win over Tennessee...Troy edges Golden Eagles in seesaw battle in series finale... Brady Jones Hurls No-Hitter against No. 6 William Carey... Wolves Sweep Bucs in Sunday DH... Emmanuel scores late to top King... Payne, Ney Ignite Flames Victory... Railsplitters split SAC twinbill against Anderson...Scots complete the sweep of Brevard with 9-4 win... Pioneers fall to No. 9 Wingate in weekend finale, TC wins series... Union baseball rallies to win game three versus Shorter...
3/4/18 - Cleveland 4 Roane 3; Volunteer 6 Columbia 2; Walters 4 Jackson 0; Dyersburg 9 Southwest 2... Chattanooga vs Motlow begins today (Sunday) everyone else will finish up with a DH... Phoenix walk-off twice in 3-0, 6-4 victories...Lions Conclude Series With 5-1 Loss At Belleville... Harper, Mefford shine as Buffs split DH with Montreat... Griffinís group grabs two at Coker... Bats come alive as King sweeps Emmanuel... Scots defeat Brevard 7-6 in extra innings; Second game halted by darkness with MC leading 9-2... Bat Govs rally late to down Sycamores... Belmont Rally Falls Short... Ninth-inning home run sinks baseball against NKU... Bucs fall to MTSU for first tournament loss...Memphis Drops Pitcherís Duel 2-1 to Tennessee... Blue Raiders explode offensively to a 16-8 win... Ham hits for cycle, Golden Eagles even series with Troy... Vandy blanked by Cajuns...
3//2/18 - TCCAA Series Changes: Cleve vs Roane Sat/Noon, Sun 1pm; Chat vs Mot will play Sun/Mon and times are still TBD; Vol at Col Sat 2pm/Sun Noon DH; Jack at Walters moved to Sat 2pm EST/Sun Noon DH; SW vs Dburg will play at USA Stadium Sat 3pm/Sun Noon DH
2/29/18 - TCCAA Week One Conference Series Previews:
Chattanooga vs Motlow - The Motlow Bucks (10-7) have jumped out of the gate mashing, leading the nation with 30 HR's. Troy Weatherly has 9 and is second in the nation in the HR category. Coach McShea added, "This has been a very wet start to the baseball season. We have spent a majority of practice time indoors to this point but we were fortunate to be able to get some games in this week in replacement of cancelled games. I like the potential that this team has shown at times but we have a long way to go to get to where we need to be to compete in a very tough conference. Chattanooga is once again going to be a tough team so we will need to forget about our excuses and execute the task at hand. It is always tough to play on the road in this conference and I know Coach Dennis will have his guys playing well."
In Chatt town, Greg Dennis and the Tigers (7-4) have shutouts in four of their seven wins and averaged just under 9 runs in those wins. Coach Dennis told TBR, "We have been really hamstrung by all of this rain and havenít been able to play nearly the amount we would have liked to have played. With 23 freshmen out of 26 guys this is very problematic. It is what it is though and we have to just find a way to make the best of it in the long-run.Early on Nolan Machibroda has hit the ball pretty well and Vinny Vega and Gavin Harmon have had solid early campaigns thus far. On the mound we have gotten much better production, early on, than we did in the fall and hopefully, there is more to come. We havenít hit the ball nearly as well as we had hoped but with this many 1st year guys, I guess it is to be expected. We saw Motlow this spring and they were physical and aggressive at the plate while very competitive on the mound. We will have to find the right formula to encourage some hitting from our guys at the most opportune times. Hopefully, these young guys get the right mindset to begin conference and can get rid of the early butterflies and bring their ďAĒ games to the field this weekend. Should be a tough series with a tough opponent!!"
Cleveland vs Roane - The Cleveland St Cougars are 8-5, having won four of the last five games and are 5-2 at home. The Coug's have always been a tough team to beat at home. Coach Policastro and company open with Roane, who they lost to on opening day by a score of 4-3. Coach Poly told TBR, "We have been fortunate to be able to have a consistent schedule the past week. We have been able to dodge the rain for the most part." "Our most consistent offensive production has come from Noah Hill, Logan Peterson and recently Hunter Oliver. Those have been the most consistent offensive players for us. We will lean on our starting sophomore pitchers Hooper Mills, and Ryan Lloyd to give us quality starts. Also, our line up has to get deeper with more quality at bats throughout the lineup, added Policastro. Coach Poly told TBR this about the opening series, "To date we have been inconsistent, we have pitched well and played better defense for the first month, but offensively have not put it all together yet. Hopefully we will be able to figure it out. We open up with Roane at home this weekend. They are always a difficult series for us. They play with a lot of energy, we will need to match there energy and be functional throughout the series and capitalize on any opportunities we have. It is always a competitive series."
Up on the mountain, the Roane St Raiders (2-7) are excited to get the conference series season going. Coach Zach Sterner has taken advantage of indoor facilities to get a bunch of work in even in the bad weather we've experienced over the last month. The Raiders have beaten Cleveland on opening day 4-3, but have lost seven of their last 8 games. Coach Sterner told TBR, "Preparation hasnít really been a huge factor in my opinion. You can still simulate live ABís etc, I guess the only thing you donít get with all the rain is actually being out on dirt that you will play on. We are fortunate to have an Indoor Expo and an Outdoor Expo on campus that we have full access to. We are able to get most of our day to day fundamental work in, so no excuses from us! " TBR asked how the pre conference season has progressed so far. Sterner told us, "The first month was kind of up and down for everyone still figuring it out and what they can and canít do to help us win. Jared Ruan has really stepped up contributing offensively both himself and as the vocal leader of the offense while leading the team in QABís. Our middle of the line-up Drew Patterson, Chris De Los Santos, and Luis LaMarche are starting to settle in and are seeing the ball better while putting better contact on the ball. The Orr brothers might have found a little nitch about themselves that worked out over the weekend. Still waiting for 2 or 3 more hitters to get settled in locked in. Lastly dugouts have been keeping the games lose and exciting which is always fun to be around. Whatís impressed me so much about this team is these guys really do care about each other on and off the field and love to compete. They are always trying to get better when the lights arenít on and always willing listen and try something uncomfortable. Very selfless ball club that has been playing really hard, just not finding or getting any breaks along the way. Still trying to see who is going to step up out of our bullpen and be a dude that guys can trust and know they can do their job. They are young but I know we have them so defiantly looking for a better job there." Concerning what it would take to win the Cleveland series Sterner told TBR, "SimpleÖ. over 63% QABís, Minimize freebies, and play really good defense. Coach Poly and Aaron always have a competitive club year in and year out and this year is no different. They got a couple guys that can win on the weekends with handful of hitters. We will have our hands full knowing that these 3 games will be different than our first encounter. "
Walters vs Jackson - The Jackson St Generals will travel to Morristown this weekend for a Sat/Sun series with arguably the most potent team in the conference. After sitting out of the mix last year, Walters will undoubtedly be on a mission to return to Grand Junction. The Generals (9-4) have won four in a row heading into the series. Coach Ty Malik told TBR, "The rain has played a role but it has affected the vast majority of teams. Weíve been fortunate to get a decent amount of games in at least to see where we are at going into conference. Weíve had some guys play really well and I think we have some guys that are starting to get there. Weíve been a little inconsistent with overall play but have shown glimpses of being able to swing it, pitch it and field it. We need to focus a lot more and not be so willing to give up free bases or extra outs. That will kill us throughout the conference year. Our discipline at the plate will have to be paramount this week to have a chance and we canít make mistakes defensively or on the mound."
Coach Dave Shelton has his Senators rolling along at 15-3 and a 7 game winning streak heading into the series this weekend. Coach Shelton told TBR, "We have discontinued all baseball work and began gathering animals in pairs of two up here in East TN. Honestly I feel for Northern teams a little more now with how much we have been indoors. We have been able to travel and play games (16 road, 2 home) thus far, but our practice time on the field has really suffered. I am not much on making excuses, but I would like to think that has something to do with our poor defensive play thus far. I hope so anyway. I guess the only bright side is everyone has pretty much been in the same boat and dealing with the same issues, said Coach Shelton.
Anyone stepped up so far? "As far as guys stepping up, a big one has been Landon Knack, both on the mound and at the plate. So far he is our leading hitter with a .429 avg and .857 slugging pct, and has been great on the mound going 3-0 with a 0.60 ERA. We havenít really been able to click on all cylinders yet. Our hitting has been a little inconsistent at times, our defense has been way below what it is capable of, and our pitching as a whole has room for improvement. We are just beginning to play a little better as a whole, so hopefully we can continue that into conference play." Coach Shelton added, "with Jackson coming to town, as always we must find a way to control that potent offense of theirs. They are always one of the most dangerous offensive teams in our league, and their numbers point to that being the case again this year. I know they also have some good arms we will have to contend with as well, so this weekend will be a big challenge for us. "
Southwest vs Dyersburg - Southwest hired Erik Schoenrock last summer to take over a program that needed change. The Saluqi's are 2-10 heading into the conference season and with 20 freshmen on the roster will need some time to find the right combination. We asked the coaches about the rain and preparation to get to this point and how it has gone so far, Coach Schoenrock told us, "This is as much rain as I have ever seen in the month of February, it has been interesting trying to make a plan for our team. Thankfully, we have an large indoor facility here in Memphis that we can get work done at. We have also mixed in some extra lifts so that we can maintain the jumps we made in the weight room in the fall & winter. We have had a few guys play to their potential that we see in them. 3 guys in the middle of our order have done what we expect them to do with driving in runs Ė Blake Daniels, Jacob Nobles, & Blake Donels. On the mound, freshman Brayden Green has been a big time strike thrower and has earned the right to say he is our Friday Night guy as of now." How has the team responded and prepared for this weekend series? "Iím impressed with how our guys have remained positive and energetic through a very difficult 10 game start (all on the road, 8 games against top 10 nationally ranked opponents). We are still figuring out what roles our guys in the bullpen need to be in for us to have success, but that is probably the case with most teams this time of year. We have to be better at challenging hitters and letting our athleticism work to our advantage on defense.Obviously we have another tough test this weekend hosting Dyersburg. They are proven to be an elite team in our conference and in the country. We preach to our guys to compete against the game, not the opponent. We are fighting each day to do little things the right way and change the perception of our program."
In a clash of total opposites, 2x defending Region 7 champ Dyersburg has been an extremely powerful team for the last two seasons. This year the Eagles are 6-4 heading into the conference fray and Coach Robert White has not been too happy with how things have gone so far. The Eagles are replacing several starters this season and the transition is not going well so far. Coach White told TBR, "Opening up with Southwest is always a tough task and this year will certainly be no different. We are not playing very well and Erik will have his guys ready to play the Eagles. I donít know much at all about the Saluquiís, but one thing is for sureÖ..they will be full of energy when we step off the bus. Up to this point, we have played with zero passion and been flat every single game. Poor pitching, poor defense, along with a very selfish offense has led to 3 losses late in games with a 4-run lead or more. We will have to do a 360 if we have a chance of winning this series."
Columbia vs Volunteer - The Chargers have been inconsistent, may be the weather has prevented most teams from being truly prepared, although they would never use it as an excuse. Charger HC, Mike Corn is no exception. He told TBR, "The precipitation pattern here in southern middle Tennessee has certainly been a challenge to start the season but I donít think anyone would trade it for the typical cold. Besides the moving of game times and locations, I donít think it has affected our ability to prepare for the conference gauntlet. Offensively we have had our bright spots but hitting in the clutch has prevented us from winning a few games we were in position to find victory. If our sophomore table setters are able to get on base, we can apply a little pressure. That has been our recipe for success so far through 15 games. We havenít been overly impressive in any aspect of the game so far. We have many holes in our armor that will need to be plugged if we are going to have any success against a great Vol State team. The lead-off walks and striking out with runners in scoring position is on the what not to do list of every successful team. So far, these two specific items have been our Achilles heel." What will it take to be successful this weekend? For us to be successful this weekend, we will need to focus on two things, on base percentage and pitching to contact. If we can generate a steady stream of our guys getting on base, we can try to push to envelope and create a little havoc. If we are unable to bunt and run, it may be a long weekend for the Chargers. Vol will field a strong line-up but we must make them beat us with hits rather than creating runs for them with freebies. Itís always exciting to get the conference schedule rolling. No matter who you play, there will be a different feel in the dugout. The Vol and Motlow seriesí have always been a little special because of the good old Kenny Thomas, Don Rhoton and Jim Painter, TJCCAA West rivalries that were instant classics. Coach Hunt is doing big things with the program nowadays so we better show up with our best effort if we donít want to be embarrassed at home", added Coach Corn.
Volunteer State has gotten off to a very hot 8-3
start winning the last 8 to head into the first
conference weekend. Ryan Hunt, in his third year
as Pioneer skipper with possibly his best team so
far. Hunt told TBR, "The
rain has hampered us and Iím sure everyone else. We
just havenít had much practice time on the field to
be able to work on in game situations. We have done
what we can inside but luckily we have been able to
get most of our games in. Our SS Jake Lyle, a ETSU
commit, has really played well here in early part
and hopefully he will keep it up. We will be leaning
on him heavily from a offense and def stand point.
We will also have to have a few guys step up their
game with the bat for us to compete at a high level.
Other guys we are leaning on is our starting
pitching. They have to be able to pound the zone and
make sure we hit our spots and keep us in games.
2/28/18 - TCCAA CONFERENCE WEEKEND 1 PREVIEWS WILL BE POSTED FOR THURSDAY VIEWING... Austin Brenner Walk Off Boosts Bethel to Win over ONU ... Lions Fall 6-3 To Christian Brothers In 12 Innings...Sierra hits four homers in 15-8 CU victory... Home runs lift King over Eagles...Trojans Surrender Lead in Loss to Chargers... Union baseball rallies to win game three versus Shorter... Flaherty's big night unable to tow Bat Govs past Commodores... Midweek Slide, Belmont falls... Lipscomb falls in midweek action at Tennessee Tech... Ouellette Walks Off to Give Memphis Win Over SEMO... Charleston, Ammons, Heflin Lead UT Past Middle Tennessee... Golden Eagle offense at it again on way to 27-7 victory over Lipscomb...
2/18/18 - Vial's gem paces Govs to shutout of Fighting Illini... Belmont defeats Youngstown in finale... Cate dazzles as C-N one-hits Timberwolves to earn twin-bill split... Blackwell posts three hits, four RBIs in CU split with St. Francis... Diamond Bisons fall 6-3 in Sunday finale...Bucs take season opening series against Northern Kentucky... King sweeps Mars Hill, Mirabal tosses no-hitter... Railsplitters extend winning streak to seven with ... Scots sweep Hiwassee to start season 6-0... Memphis Wins WKU Series... Baseball earns season-opening sweep vs. Western Illinois... Vitello Earns First-Career Win as Vols Split Sunday Doubleheader... Tech splits doubleheader with Little Rock, claims series with massive 17-7 win... Trevecca Trojans Drop Series Finale against (23) North Georgia... Tusculum splits pair at Pioneer Double-Round Robin... Vandy thumps Duke, wins series... Vandy vs Duke Photo Gallery...
2/17/18 -Kueber's big day lifts Govs past Jackrabbits in season opener... Cain's Grand Slam Helps Bryan Down Old Rival... Dodson leads Bisons in win over UNC Asheville... Lee Loses Two Close Contests To No. 19 Mocs...Tigers Shut Out WKU on Opening Day... MT takes season opener behind dominant staff... Buffs rally to earn doubleheader split... Lynx defeat Greenville 8-6... Tech claims season-opening victory over Little Rock behind power pitching, bats...Vandy falls short in 5-4 loss...
2/16/18 - Weather is the story... bad weather that is - many series have been shifted or cancelled- check the twitter feed here for updates... Team Previews from Franklin County HS and Antioch HS... Golden Rams Use Fast Start to Top Lee, 8-4...
2/10/18 - Coach Rusty Thompson gets Milestone Victory with Bat Cats Sweep of Cincinnati Christian... Lions Extend Winning Streak To Eight With Sweep Of IU Kokomo...Pitching powers Eagles to twin-bill sweep of Cavaliers... Miscues hamper baseball in 9-1 loss... Lions Split Twin-Bill With Midway University In Friday Series... Complete games lead King to sweep of Davis & Elkins... Railsplitters throttle Ohio Valley in doubleheader sweep ...RedHawks Best No. 6 Spartans on Opening Day... Seventh-inning small ball sends Scots past Johnson, 4-3... Buffs rally to earn doubleheader split... Baseball falls 10-4 to Belmont Abbey in home opener...Union baseball splits Friday double-header versus Maryville ... See all the JuCo scores and info in the twitter feed >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
2/8/18 - Gallatin HS checks in with their 2018 preview... Coaches send your preview NOW!! Go to http://tnbaseballreport.com/nominationandpreviewform.htm#PART_2 and fill out the Team Preview Form...
2/7/18 - Lions Prevail Over Martin Methodist 5-4 In Home Opener ...LMU demolishes Claflin 21-4 ... Coaches send your preview NOW!! Go to http://tnbaseballreport.com/nominationandpreviewform.htm#PART_2 and fill out the Team Preview Form...
2/6/18 - Ozment honored ...
2/5/18 - Bethel drops season opener ... Once Again Lions Topple No. 18 UNOH And Rout Rio ... Langhorne, potent lumber muscles C-N over Pfeiffer ... Big Innings Carry Rangers Past Bucs ... Phoenix completes sweep with 10-3, 7-3 victories ... Mirabal gives King split at Anderson ... Railsplitters fall to Pacers in series finale 10-5 ... RedHawks Best No. 6 Spartans on Opening Day ... Buffs victorious in rubber game at USC Beaufort ... Lynx throw 12 Strikeouts; Fall to George Fox 3-1 ... Lynx defeat Concordia Texas 13-6 as Cleanthes earns 400th Career Win ... #13 Bulldogs Split Doubleheader ... Finchum drives in game-winner in Tusculum's 4-3 victory at Lynn ...Union baseball sweeps opening day double-header ...
2/1/18 - Don't forget 45th annual Groundhog Day Luncheon on Friday at MTSU!! Vandy will have 11 national TV appearances this spring...
1/29/18 - CONGRATS to Ryan Weathers, of Loretto HS, for being named 1st Team Pre-Season All-America by Collegiate Baseball Magazine and to Joshua South/Cookeville RHP for being named to the 2nd Team... Walters State opened up TN college baseball over the weekend with a 3 game sweep of USC-Salkahatchie, including a perfect game by Brett Jones (73 pitches no less)... This week most all NAIA, D2, and D3 schools will open their season (all game times are local) - on Thursday Feb. 1: Bethel takes on Columbia at 3pm and Tusculum travels to Embry Riddle for a 3:30 contest. Friday is a big day for openers: Bryan vs Rio Grande at 3pm and NW Ohio at 5pm; TN Wesleyan @ Middle Georgia 3pm; Milligan DH at SC Beaufort 2pm; Cumberland @ Reinhardt 3pm; Martin Methodist at Missouri Baptist 3pm DH; Sewannee @ LaGrange 5pm; Carson-Newman @ Limestone 4pm; LMU @ USC-Aiken 4pm; Rhodes takes on Pacific Lutheran in Austin, TX at 5pm... We also have 3 season openers on Sat. Feb 3 - Union hosts Ouachita Baptist at 3pm; Christian Brothers hosts NW Oklahoma State at 3pm and lastly, Lee hosts Tuskegee at 3pm
TCCAA Openers - 2/1: Southwest TN @ LSU-Eunice 6pm 2/2: Chatt State at Georgia Highlands 3pm; Motlow @ Wallace St - Hanceville 1pm DH 2/6: Columbia St @ Wallace St-Hanceville 1pm; Cleveland St @ Roane St 2pm 2/9: Dyersburg St vs Mississippi Delta @ USA Stadium 10am; Volunteer St vs Johnson Co. CC @ USA Stadium 3pm
1/25/18 - Volunteer State , Jackson State and Motlow State CC check in with their 2018 preview and we are COMPLETELY DONE WITH TCCAA PREVIEWS FOR 2018. Thanks to all the coaches for getting the info to me!
1/24/18 - Team Previews from Blackman and Forrest HS are online... Coaches send your preview NOW!! Go to http://tnbaseballreport.com/nominationandpreviewform.htm#PART_2 and fill out the Team Preview Form...
1/22/18 - Baseball Notes: ETSU and UT both have new coaches this year... ETSU's long time coach, Tony Skole, left to coach at The Citadel where he is an alum. New coach, Joe Pennucci has been an assistant at Stony Brook, who made some noise on the national scene in a 2012 trip to the College World Series... UT released Dave Serrano and hired Tony Vitello from Arkansas. Vitello has been a top flight assistant at Missouri and TCU as well. This is his first head coaching job... UT Martin's Rick Robinson stepped down on December 7 and assistant coach, Ryan Jenkins was named interim HC a week later...
1/16/18 - Roane State checks in with their 2018 Team Preview...
1/15/18 - TCCAA Team Previews are in for 3 schools - Chatt St, Dyersburg St and Walters St have their preview online...
1/11/18 - TBCA Clinic is this weekend at Marriott in Franklin, TN... I'll be there shooting pix of award winners for the TBCA... Juco coaches are sending in their 2018 Team Previews - we will have those up next week!
High School Coaches - Go to http://tnbaseballreport.com/nominationandpreviewform.htm#PART_2 and fill out the Team Preview Form and we will start posting your previews for the upcoming season as they come in...
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|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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