Chattanooga Lookouts Beat Mobile Monday, 5-4, In Ten Innings

Noochie Varner Doubles In Winning Run

Monday, April 17, 2006 - by Tim Evearitt
Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in the game - his fourth home run of the year.

<i>Click to enlarge photo.</i>
Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in the game - his fourth home run of the year. Click to enlarge photo.
- photo by Rich Cannon (file photo)

The second place Chattanooga Lookouts (8-4) came from behind to tie Mobile, 4-4, Monday night, then won the game in the tenth inning, 5-4, on Noochie Varner's RBI double. As has been the case in game-after-game this season, the difference in the contest was one run.

In the tenth inning, catcher Miguel Perez singled and took second on a sacrifice bunt out by Anderson Machado. Varner doubled home Perez with what proved to be the winning run.

Lookouts closer David Shafter set Mobile down in the tenth inning.

Both teams got solid performances out of their starting pitchers: Travis Chick for the Lookouts and Jared Wells for the BayBears.

Neither team could score until the bottom of the fourth inning when Mobile scored two runs on back-to-back lead off home runs by Steve Baker and Drew Macias. Mudcats 2 Lookouts 0

Chattanooga tied the game in the fifth inning.
- Alex Sanchez reached base on a two-out single;
- Joey Votto followed with a home run over the center field wall. The homer was Votto's fourth of the year.
- Aaron Herr kept the inning alive with a double center, followed by a walk to Javier Colina.
- The threat ended when Eric Crozier struck out swinging. Mudcats 2 Lookouts 2

Chick left the game after pitching 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits, two runs (both homers), walked two and fanned four.

Tom Shearn relieved Chick in the fifth inning and got the final out by striking out Baker.

The BayBears scored two runs off Shearn to break the 2-2 tie in the sixth inning.
- Macias led off with a single to center;
- After an out, first baseman Fernando Valenzuela Jr. doubled to right;
- Pinch hitter Adam Bourassa walked to load the bases;
- Kennard Jones's plated Macias and Valenzuela Jr. Mudcats 4 Lookouts 2

Jared Wells pitched five innings, giving up eight hits and two runs; he walked one hitter and struck out six Lookouts.

Chattanooga added a run in the seventh inning. Chris Dickerson singled and reached second base on a ground out. Aaron Herr's double sent the speedy Dickerson racing across the plate with the run. Mudcats 4 Lookouts 3

The Lookouts tied the game in the eighth inning. After Perez walked, he moved to third on Machado's double. Perez raced home with the tying run on
Varner's sacrifice fly to right. Mudcats 4 Lookouts 4

That set the stage for Varner's game winning double in the tenth inning.

Chattanooga finished with 14 hits. Dickerson and Herr were 2-for-5, Sanchez and Votto were each 2-for-6, and Colina was 2-for-3 in the game.

Brock Till (3-0) picked up the win in relief, and Shafer collected his fourth save of the year.

The Lookouts stranded 13 runners and the BayBears left 9 men on base.

Southern League North Division Standings

Team ----- W L PCT GB

West Tenn -- 8 3 .727 ----

Chattanooga 8 4 .667 0.5

Huntsville -- 7 5 .583 1.5

Carolina --- 5 7 .417 3.5

Tennessee - 4 8 .333 4.5

* * * * *

The teams meet again Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. for the third game of their series. The game can be heard at AM 1310 radio or over the Internet at www.lookouts.com

The Lookouts return home Friday night to take on the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Cubs).

Noochie Varner's tenth inning double gave the Lookouts the lead, and win, in Monday night's game.

<i>Click to enlarge photo.</i>
Noochie Varner's tenth inning double gave the Lookouts the lead, and win, in Monday night's game. Click to enlarge photo.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt (file photo)

Three Marion Players On 2A Preseason All-State Team

Marion County's Corey Tucker, Christian Stephens and Alex Kirkendoll have been voted to the Star Physical Therapy Class 2A preseason all-state team in Murphy Fair's Tennessee High School Football magazine. Other area players on the team are Tellico Plains' Ryan Bookout, Boyd-Buchanan's Eli Legg and Sweetwater's Bailey Byrum.  Marion County finished as state runner-up ... (click for more)

Three Tied For Lead In Choo Choo Golf

Three players shot 5-under 67 on Monday and share the lead in the Choo-Choo Invitational golf tournament at the Council Fire Club. Local 30-year-old golfer Taylor Lewis, Tennessee junior Jack Smith and UT-Martin sophomore Hunter Richardson finished atop the scoreboard  after the first of three rounds. Lewis shot his 67 despite a double bogey on No. 8 . He had an eagle ... (click for more)

Thousands Line Route For Funeral Procession Of Sailor Slain In Chattanooga Shooting; Wife Sings Song At Funeral She Was Singing When They Met

Thousands of people waving flags and signs again lined the streets and highways of Chattanooga for the second of two local funerals for military personnel slain by a gunman on July 16. And at the funeral service for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith, his wife, Angie, sang the song she was singing the first time they met. She said she was singing "You say it best when ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Declared He Was "An Innocent Man" On Child Pornography Charges Gets Conviction, 24-Year Sentence Overturned

The Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Chattanooga man who claimed at his trial and sentencing that he was wrongfully convicted by a jury of possession and distribution of child pornography. James Paul Lowe had been sentenced in May to serve 24 years in federal prison. After the sentencing, he had bid his family goodbye and told them to ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chanie's Puzzling Poem

Ronnie Joice was in a bar in north London when he spied a poem tacked to the wall. The more he studied it, the more it revealed and, suddenly, he was floored. I don’t need to tell you it has gone viral, cheering people up particularly in England, but it is fun to know it was written by an 11 th -grader at an all-girls school in New York. Chanie Gorkin first posted it on her page ... (click for more)