East Hamilton Bounces Back To Eliminate Greenbrier, 2-0

Lady Hurricanes Play Errorless Defense While Turning Three Double Plays

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - by John Hunt

East Hamilton softball coach Cara Stiles hopes that her team got all the jitters out in Tuesday night's 12-6 loss to Chester County.

Playing less than 24 hours later, Stiles' Lady Hurricanes were a different team as their defense played error-free softball and even turned a season-high three double plays in a well-played 2-0 victory over the Greenbrier Lady Cats.

East Hamilton will face the loser of Goodpasture and Unicoi County on Thursday at 11 a.m. Chattanooga time.

The Lady Cats had at least one base runner in each of the first six innings, but senior southpaw Maria Walshe never let a run score as she successfully pitched out of every jam.

  Of course, it helped that the Lady Hurricane defense turned in three double plays to help the cause.

"Defense, defense and defense," Stiles said when asked what the key to her team's victory was.

"Our hitting wasn't as good, but our defense was much better today.  We're still too tense, but we were more relaxed today than we were on Tuesday.  Getting that second run made me feel a lot better.

"I just tried to stay positive after Tuesday's loss as I didn't want to add any more pressure than already existed.  We showed improvement in every area of the game, so I don't have a lot to complain about," Stiles added.

Shaliyah Geathers led off the third inning with a single before stealing second.  A single by Tori Barnes allowed Geathers to advance to third and she scored on a fly to center that was dropped for an error.

Alyssa Strickler had a one-out single in the seventh and advanced on a single by Geathers.  Barnes popped to short for the second out before Kelsey Payne walked to load the bases.  An error on a ball to first base by Walshe allowed Strickler to score and that was it for the scoring.

Walshe then retired the side in order for the first time in the seventh to end the game.

Geathers had three hits to lead the East Hamilton attack while Woods had a couple of singles.  Barnes, Payne and Strickler all finished with one hit.

The Lady Cats were limited to six hits with nobody having more than one. 

Sara Bennett, Taylor Hargrove, Courtney Miles, Katie Bolton, Kaytlin Collins and Layne Hunnicutt all had one hit each and they were all singles.

Despite the season-ending defeat, Greenbrier coach Julie Head was all smiles afterward.

"I guess I could be better, but we had a good year as we won the district and region championships before winning our sectional game," she began.

"Our bats fell off today as we just didn't hit the ball very well and it cost us.  I think our inexperience hurt us as we were never able to hit that next gear," she nodded.

Walshe got credit with the victory after tossing the six-hit shutout.  She walked one while recording four strikeouts.

Collins was the loser who went the distance, allowing eight hits and two walks while striking out six.

East Hamilton  001 000 1 -- 2 8 0

Greenbrier   000 000 0 -- 0 6 2

Walshe and Brooks; Collins and Miles.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)

Lee Men Fall To Palm Beach Atlantic 68-66

The Lee men’s basketball team came up just short in a 68-66 non-conference loss to Palm Beach Atlantic in the Valdosta State Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday afternoon. A day after winning in overtime to Coastal Georgia the Flames came up a shot short against the Sailfish despite a 21-point effort from CJ Reese. Jervon Johnson added 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point ... (click for more)

Mocs Basketball Wins At Emerald Coast Classic

-The Chattanooga Mocs captured the Emerald Coast Classic “travel bracket” Championship with a 62-52 win over Jacksonville State at the Arena at Northwest Florida State College. Justin Tuoyo led a quartet of Mocs in double digits with 14. “We really paid a lot of attention to our defense,” senior guard Eric Robertson shared. “Offensively, it really wasn’t clicking a lot in the ... (click for more)

Shots Fired From Vehicle; Police Locate Car And Arrest 5 Youths With Guns

Chattanooga Police said shots were fired from a vehicle on Friday afternoon, then officers located the vehicle and arrested five youths with guns.   That comes after a spate of shooting violence in which two women were killed and several other people injured by bullets.   Just after 4 p.m. Friday,  officers with the Chattanooga Police Department responded ... (click for more)

Man Struck And Killed On Highway 27 Friday Night

A man was struck and killed on Highway 27 on Friday night. The Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a pedestrian struck on Highway 27 Northbound, near the Main Street exit around 8:30 p.m. A male pedestrian was struck by a single vehicle. He  succumbed to his injuries on scene.  It is unknown why he was attempting to cross the highway. The name ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)