7-run Rally Puts CSAS In 5-A Softball Title Game

.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - by David Jenkins
If there were any lingering questions in the mind of Arts & Sciences coach Kaity Holloway about how much they wanted to stay on course in the District 5-A tournament, they were answered decisively Wednesday afternoon.

After being suppressed and frustrated for five full innings by Grace Academy pitcher Tara Helton. the Lady Patriots rallied behind Jumani Greer's  clutch double for a seven-run sixth inning and an 8-2 victory in the winners' bracket final in a memorable battle at Warner Park.


CSAS will thus have the day off today while Grace hosts Silvedale Academy at 7 p.m. in the losers bracket final for the right to move on to region play.

Trailing 2-1 going into the sixth, the Lady Patriots were in a two-out, two-on situation when Greer hit a towering fly ball down the right field line that fell exactly where it could not be caught in fair territory. While the Grace girls were still reeling, the next two CSAS hitters dropped down bunt singles and the big inning was on. Mercedes Benn would also go to have an RBI single in the inning and Brittany Taylor, whose double set the table, would drive in a run on a misplay in he second at-bat of the inning.

Holloway, the Lady P0atriots' first-year coach who took over the program from her sister this season, saw Greer's big hit as anything but a but a fluke.

"That was huge for us," she said. "Jumani did what she needed to do, did what we work on doing every day. That's the kind of hitter she is.

"I think we became a better team today," Holloway added. "To have done a bunch of things we did, we showed the heart of a lion today."

The rally also made the pitching performance of senior right-hander Liana Rodrigues stand for something substantially more. The CSAS pitcher struck out 14 while holding Grace Academy to a single hit. But the underdogs were able to scratch out two unearned runs in the fourth inning thanks to a pair of uncharacteristic throwing errors by the Lady Patriots.

Grace Academy        000    200    0    --    2    1    1
Arts & Sciences        010    007    x    --    8    8    3

    Helton, Smith (6)  and McGoughey; Rodrigues and Settles.

PHOTOS: Region 3-AA Championship Game

Moc Men Golfers Lead Davidson Invitational

-The Chattanooga Mocs got the spring campaign off to a solid start with an even-par 288 to take the lead at the Davidson College Invitational. It was a balanced effort as the four counters turned in level-par 72’s. “I’m very pleased,” coach Mark Guhne shared. “Drop score of 74 first time out? That’s not too bad. I’m not sure I have much to complain about. It was a good day. ... (click for more)

Tennessee Temple University To Close After Almost 70 Years

Tennessee Temple University, after almost 70 years in operation in Highland Park, is set to close after this semester. Trustees are set to vote on Tuesday morning to merge Temple with Piedmont International University of Winston-Salem, N.C. Students who are not graduating this semester would have the option to continue their education there. Bryan College in Dayton, Tn., and ... (click for more)

Brand-New Cleveland Police Chief No Longer In Charge After He Is Caught With Officer's Wife

The brand-new Cleveland Police Chief, Dennis Maddux, is no longer in charge after he was caught in his police car with the wife of one of his officers. City Manager Janice Casteel said she will temporarily lead the department. She said Cpt. Mark Gibson will be in charge of day-to-day operations. City Manager Casteel said, "Pursuant to Article Vlll Section 2 of the City ... (click for more)

Tennessee Deserves Better Health Reform

Tennessee needs health care reform. Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," was not the best solution for Tennesseans. That is why the vast majority of Tennessee legislators never publicly supported the plan defeated in a special legislative session in February.   It is important to distinguish health care from health insurance. As one physician ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cameras Or Subterfuge?

State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) is an easy-to-like member of the Tennessee Legislature and the fact he is teaming with state senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) to rid the state of its loathsome traffic cameras is indeed a wonderful thing. The legislative action is long overdue, with the biggest winners being the out-of-state camera companies. That alone is just about all you ... (click for more)