Mobile, Barons Win First Game Of Southern League Playoffs

Friday, September 6, 2013

North Division - Barons 3, Smokies 1

Trayce Thompson had a home run and an RBI single to back Chris Bassitt's strong pitching as Birmingham defeated visiting Tennessee, 3-1, in the opener of the best-of-5 North Division series.

59375px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Bassitt allowed just three hits, including a fifth-inning homer by Rubi Silva, striking out nine without a walk over seven innings. The right-hander was 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA in eight regular-season starts for the Barons after going 7-2 with Winston-Salem of the Class A Advanced Carolina League.

Thompson, the No. 4 White Sox prospect, homered off Nick Struck in the fourth and drove in another run in the fifth against the Tennessee starter. Dan Black, who also had two hits, plated the other run.

South Division - Mobile 3, M-Braves 2

Archie Bradley went seven innings despite needing 34 pitches to get out of the first and the BayBears edged visiting Mississippi, 3-2. After running his total up to 62 in the first three innings, he threw just 42 over the next four frames.

The tiebreaking run was squeezed in by the BayBears in the bottom of the seventh as Ryan Court scored on Ender Inciarte's bunt single. Court opened the inning with a single off Mississippi reliever Juan Jaime and hustled to third base on a single by Garrett Weber, who pinch-hit for Bradley.

Mississippi starter Michael Lee, who went 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA in August, pitched well again. He allowed just five hits -- all singles -- and one walk in six innings before departing with the game tied an inning after being hit on the hand by Bradley while trying to bunt.

Willy Paredes struck out two in the eighth while working around a hit and Jake Barrett had a strikeout in a perfect ninth to pick up the save.

---- Source: MiLB.com



Randy Smith: NFL Anthem Controversy Isn't Over

This week the National Football League owners declared there will be penalties and fines for players who continue to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. Don't think for one minute this controversy is over. What has made our country so great and so strong for so many years is freedom; the freedom to express ourselves without fear of retribution. Making a choice to kneel ... (click for more)

Mocs Announce Burrows As New Women's Basketball Head Coach

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton announced the promotion of Katie Burrows to head coach of the women’s basketball program today.  Burrows becomes the sixth head coach in the history of Mocs women’s basketball after spending eight seasons as an assistant.    “I am excited to introduce Katie Burrows ... (click for more)

Donaldson Tells Jury He Shot Son-In-Law After Knife Was Pulled On Him; Medical Examiner Says Fatal Shot Was From 3 Inches Away

Glen Donaldson took the witness stand Thursday in the attempt to explain how two good friends ended up with one dead and the other facing a first-degree murder charge.   On the night of Dec. 29, 2016, he texted his son-in-law, Adam Levi, and arranged to pick up bed rails for his daughter, who had left items when she moved out of their house. After loading the rails, ... (click for more)

East Ridge Discussing New Animal Shelter, As Well As Field House At East Ridge High

Two new projects suggested by citizen groups dominated the discussion at the East Ridge City Council meeting  Thursday night. Because they were not published on the agenda, no decisions could be made, but the council was in agreement that more consideration was merited about the city building a new animal shelter and dog park, and for building a field house for athletics at ... (click for more)

Speaking Of A Cove

Mr. Sole Commissioner Whitfield,   I live in  a cove in western most Chattanooga. My back yard is woods. My front yard is woodland too. My neighbors and I had chance to voice our disagreement in 1996 to the proposed sale of a portion of the farm that dominated this cove and we did. There weren’t very many of us. One member of the group that listened to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 'Don't Dare Endorse Me!'

When Joe Smith, a member of the Hamilton County School Board, met with officials of the UnifiEd political action committee on Tuesday, his instructions to his somber listeners were very specific. He told the leaders of the now-tainted education non-profit group. “Do not endorse me. I extended the courtesy of answering your questions … I am eager to do the right thing. But I am saying ... (click for more)