Two Games Start District 5-AAA Baseball Tourney Today

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - by Larry Fleming

The next phase of the 2013 high school baseball season begins today for District 5-AAA schools.

It’s an opportunity for redemption for some teams.

It’s a chance to solidify what has been a highly successful seasons for others.

It is district tournament time, with Soddy-Daisy serving as host team this week.

Two games kick off the tournament today – No. 4 seed Cleveland (14-19) takes on No. 5 Rhea County (10-14) at 4 p.m. and No. 3 Bradley Central (19-11) plays No. 6 McMinn County (5-23) at approximately 7 p.m. in the nightcap.

On Thursday, top-seed Ooltewah (20-11), the regular season champion after winning 10 of 12 league games, awaits the Cleveland-Rhea winner for an 8 p.m. showdown. At 5 p.m., No. 2 Walker Valley (18-13) plays No. 7 Soddy-Daisy (8-21).

“I’m proud of the kids, but we’ve still got the district tournament to go,” Mustangs coach Joe Shamblin said. “I might not be so proud after that, but they’ve exceeded our expectations this year.”

In 2012, Ooltewah and Walker Valley wound up in the championship round.

The Mustangs won, 4-0, to force a second game to decide the title.

The Owls won that one, 8-0, behind Drew Williams’ stellar pitching performance and a 13-hit attack to give coach Brian Hitchcox his second district tournament championship.

This time around the Owls are loaded with the district’s best pitching staff, at least on paper, with the one-two punch of Zach Thompson and Jackson McClain leading the way.

In the wings are Kevin Dupree, Williams, Jared Ryan and Logan Fugate.

Yet, Hitchcox isn’t that content heading into the tournament.

“I’m really not satisfied with anything,” he said. We try to get better every day, make small improvements throughout the season and, hopefully, we’re better now than at the beginning or middle of the season.”

After winning the 2012 title, Ooltewah played Warren County in the Region 3-AAA semifinals, losing to the Pioneers, 4-3, in nine innings. Warren County faced Thompson, McClain and Dupree in that game.

Sophomore shortstop Logan Underhill’s run-scoring single in the ninth decided the game and ended the Owls’ season.

The Owls lived with the Warren County loss throughout the offseason and that helped motivate his players to get more out of this season.

“I think some of our guys learned a lesson from that (game),” Hitchcox said. “It’s not like we took that game lightly and didn’t try as hard as we could. They just outplayed us.”

The Schedule

At Soddy-Daisy High School

Wednesday

4 p.m. – Cleveland vs. Rhea County

7 p.m. – Bradley Central vs. McMinn County

Thursday

5 p.m. – Walker Valley vs. Soddy-Daisy

8 p.m. – Ooltewah vs. Cleveland-Rhea winner

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

 

 

 

 


Lee Softball Falls To West Florida

West Florida opened up a six run lead and held on for a 6-3 victory over the Lee softball team to avoid the series sweep on Saturday afternoon on a brisk day at Butler Field. Lee took the first two games of the series in a doubleheader sweep yesterday. The Lady Flames are now 7-4 overall and 2-1 in the Gulf South Conference. The Argonauts improve to 7-3 and are 1-2 in league ... (click for more)

Cleveland State Cougars Split With Gordon State

The Cougars of Cleveland State split their double header this afternoon at Gordon State College. Cleveland State (4-2) lost game one 7-6, but took the rubber match 6-2 winning the series.  "We let game one slip away," said head Coach Mike Polilcastro.  "Our goal was to win the series and we battled all weekend coming back from deficits in winning two games." ... (click for more)

Couple In Small Plane Make Emergency Landing On Highway 27 North Of Dayton

Tom Webb and his fiancée were traveling from Pigeon Forge to Winchester when, at 5,500 feet, they experienced engine trouble. They lost their engine and had to make an emergency landing on Highway 27 north of Dayton. They landed safely and were able to push the plane off the road with help from the Rhea County Sheriff's Department. The incident happened around 7 p.m. on ... (click for more)

Man At Homeless Camp On Chestnut Street Charged With Trying To Set Fire To Another Man

A man at a homeless camp on Chestnut Street has been charged with trying to set fire to another man at the camp. Richard Warren "Trey" Erwin, 40, is charged with aggravated arson. Police were called to the 2200 block of Chestnut at 12:40 a.m. Earlier, Michael Nye and Alisa Buckels had called for an ambulance. They were checked out at Erlanger Hospital for inhalation injuries. ... (click for more)

Alexander And Corker Need To Talk Sense To Their Leadership

Alexander and Corker really need to talk some sense to their leadership  So a Supreme Court Justice dies and before the POTUS can even come up with a list of replacements, Mitch McConnell states the Republican Senate will not seat Obama's replacement. Why? Because they want to throw a hissy fit.  For 240 years the Senate has done their constitutional duty and has ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Evaluators Earn $11.70

A number of curious job notices, under the heading of ‘General Labor,’ have appeared on various Craigslists, that free Internet portal where you can find everything from a used lawn tractor, guitar lessons or even a saucy Saturday night date. This week on the Charlotte, N.C., Craigslist, for example, there appeared an offer to become a “reader/evaluator” for a company known as Measurement ... (click for more)