Chattanooga State Launches Another Baseball Season Saturday Under Greg Dennis With High Hopes

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Chattanooga State’s baseball team opens its 2013 season on Saturday when the Tigers travel to Covington, Ga., to take on Georgia Perimeter College at 1 p.m.

This season will mark Head Coach Greg Dennis’ 10th year at the helm of the Tigers. Currently he sports a 354–168 overall record at the school and a 702–570 mark for his JUCO career coaching.

“It seems like just yesterday I was arriving here and going to work building the type of program I felt would be most reflective of the college and the community in general,” said Coach Dennis.

“That first year or two was really difficult as we turned the culture around here, but with the hard work of countless players that bought in to our philosophy here and the support of the administration and campus community, we made it happen and have become a very respected program in this region and nationally.”

Chattanooga State has been nationally ranked 5 of the past 6 years and been as high as #1 nationally (2007) and #2 nationally (2011) as well as making the program's first trip ever to Grand Junction, CO for the JUCO World Series ( 2010 ).

“It has been a great run so far and we are excited about the prospects for this season and the work that lies ahead,” said Dennis.

The 2013 team is built like most of Dennis’ previous teams have been around speed and athleticism with a mixture of good solid pitching and defense added in. With a number of returning players and some really solid additions arriving, this team has the chance to put up another “notch” on the Tiger’s baseball belt, he said.

Offensively, the team should be led by 3 sophomores that should shoulder the brunt of the work. Jordan McDonald ( .343, 2, 43) is a returning shortstop from Australia that will be a middle of the order hitter. Aaron Wright and Casey Mannion are both transfers that should surround McDonald in the middle of the order. “All three of these guys are phenomenal hitters and should give us a very potent middle of the order if they hit like they are capable of hitting,” said Dennis. Others who should factor in to the offense include sophomore transfer Marquis Webb, returnees Tyler Garner and Zach Lance, and freshmen Read Walden, Shelden Brogden and Austin Swayze.

On the mound the Tigers return a number of guys that threw quality innings last year and should carry a huge part of the load this spring. Colton Kinnamon, Tyler McClure, Alex Ridge, Carson Bryant and Brooks Taylor threw considerable innings last year, while Mark Harris red-shirted last year and threw a good number of innings in 2011. “This gives us a great core of guys that have experience at this level and hopefully will be ready to challenge hitters and put us in position to win games,” said Dennis of his staff. Kinnamon ( 4-0, 3.41, 25 ) and McClure ( 4-3, 3.63, 45 ) started a number of conference games last year, while Ridge ( 7-3, 3.72, 52 ) and Bryant ( 6-0, 1,79, 47 ) were consistent weekday starters with quality innings. Tyler Troutt and Adam Weldon are freshmen pitchers that should contend for quality innings this spring with Troutt being a guy that could be a conference starter with his solid left-handed stuff, the coach said.

All in all it looks like the Tigers have the making of another great season and, with the continued hard work and determination shown by Coach Dennis and his staff, as well as, the players in the program, there is no reason to expect anything less.

“We just want to invite everyone out to watch some games at our ball park and enjoy the renovations and additions out here as well as follow us on Facebook and our website during this spring,” said Dennis, “We are excited about these guys and where their season is going to go as well as our program and the direction it is taking.”


Soddy-Daisy Wins Big Over Notre Dame

Soddy-Daisy's Andy Wright had 27 points and Carter Tre had 19 points in the Trojans 86-56 win over Notre Dame Thursday night. Soddy-Daisy scored 29 points in a big second quarter to take a 44-33 lead at the half. The Trojans out scored Notre Dame 26-11 in the third quarter to take a big lead.  Soddy-Daisy went on to win 86-56. Notre Dame was led by Tyler Byrd ... (click for more)

UTC's Coach Foster and Mocs Play At National Ranked Notre Dame Women Friday

While Chattanooga and Notre Dame have no history, their head coaches do. Jim Foster hired a young high school coach, former professional player and former St. Joe’s student-athlete, to be his assistant after the departure of his first assistant, Geno Auriemma. Muffett McGraw learned from Foster for the next two years before taking her knowledge and experience out on her own. ... (click for more)

County Schools Have Plan To Put Security Cameras At Every School

The Hamilton County Schools have a plan to put security cameras in every school, Supt. Rick Smith told the County School Board Thursday night. He said the money would come from the $2,201,000 the schools received last year from the sale of the old Ooltewah Elementary School property. The proposal must get approval from the School Board at the December meeting, then from the ... (click for more)

Lookout Mountain, Ga., Raises Sewer Rates; Joins In Kudzu Fight

The Lookout Mountain, Ga., City Council on Thursday night approved an increase in sewer charges. The council approved ordinance 281 increasing sewer rates to $6 per 100 cubic feet of water from the previous rate of $4.77.  The new increase will be in effect in January 2015.    City Manager Brad Haven said the town will be replacing the flow meter for ... (click for more)

Don't Allow Us To Be Overrun By People Who Do Not Belong Here - And Response (2)

Thank you, Senator Corker, for your clear, concise evaluation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress and personally and independently establish national policy that violates our current immigration laws.   Our long-standing failure to enforce our laws to control illegal immigration across our southern border has made this country less safe and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quick! Arm Our Guards

When I learned last Wednesday that Chattanooga’s leading hospital, in a ridiculous attempt to be more “family friendly,” planned to disarm its security guards. I was aghast but decided to wait for the proper “incident” to illustrate how stupid members of our “free thought society” can sometimes be. It took exactly one week. A bit after midnight on Thursday morning a gunman appeared ... (click for more)