Lee Baseball Opens Season Saturday

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lee University baseball coach Mark Brew could do nothing but shake his head as he peered out his office window and viewed the snow falling, realizing on Saturday his team would go from snowballs to baseball.

His Flames are scheduled to open the 2014 baseball season with a doubleheader against Emmanuel College, beginning at 2 p.m. A single game will be played on Sunday, also beginning at 2.

Brew admits getting his club ready for the upcoming season has not been easy. "It has been a difficult few weeks of preparation with the freezing temperatures, and now we have to deal with snow.

However, I want to complement our players. They have come to work and prepare every day and have not complained.

"The weather has been bad on every one and the teams that handle it the best will be better able to handle the early part of the schedule," he added. "So I like where we currently are in terms of preparation in spite of the tough elements we have had to endure."

The professional baseball scouts flocked to Olympic Field last season and signed five quality arms from Lee's pitching staff.

"It's difficult to lose one arm with professional ability, much less five," noted Brew. "However, I really have been pleased with this year's pitching staff thus far. Though this staff will have different strengths than last year's (hard-throwing) staff, I really think we have a chance to once again be a quality pitching staff."

Senior right-hander Jeremy Stawychny will get the ball for the opener on Saturday. Junior righty Nikolay Uherek, a transfer from Georgia Perimeter College, will start the second game, and red-shirt right-hander Dustin Lawson will get the call on Sunday.

"Almost everyone will get a chance to get on the mound early and show what they can do," explained Brew. "We will need every arm to fill various roles as we progress into the 2014 season."

Gold-glove winner Josh Silver will be one of the team leaders. Brew calls Silver one top shortstops in the country, regardless of level. "He is as good defensively as anyone I have seen in a while and he is also our top returning offensive player," pointed out the Lee coach.

Senior outfielder/pitcher Derrick Pitts had a huge fall and should be a big key in the middle of the line-up, according to Brew. "We have solid team speed led by (junior transfer) centerfielder Siosi Poti and second baseman Andres Nelo, also a junior transfer.

"We also have some guys in the middle of the line-up in seniors Zac Hawkins, Cameron Brewster, Jordan Stewart and Blake Ray that are capable run producers in addition to Silver and Pitts. Defensively, I think we could really be good led by Silver and Poti and junior Josh Tate, who is a strong defensive catcher."

The Flames begin play in the Gulf South Conference on Feb. 15th when they travel to Jackson, Tenn. to test an old TranSouth Conference rival in Union University. "All I can say is we better be prepared on a daily basis," said Brew. "We pride ourselves on preparation, but that will be tested to the max this year with so many quality opponents on our schedule. Everyone will be well coached and will have teams that can execute. Our level of execution and preparedness will have to be at an all-time high for us to have any type of successful run in 2014."



Cleveland Wrestlers Maintain Top Spot In State Wrestling Poll

The Cleveland Blue Raider wrestling team is still #1 in the latest state coaches poll.   Cleveland won their own dual tournament this weekend.  McCallie is second and Baylor is fifth followed by Bradley in sixth.   Now in its 26th year, The Poll is primarily a measure of  dual meet strength  with some consideration to individual tournament ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Back To .500 With Win Over 49ers

The Chattanooga Mocs are now at .500 for the first time this season after Sunday afternoon’s 64-50 victory over the North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers. Progress has been slow at times for the youngest team in the NCAA, but the Mocs played much better in the first half than they did in the first and were rewarded with a 14-point victory after being tied at halftime. “We had ... (click for more)

Overflow Crowd Attends Latest Signal Mountain Meeting On Leaving County Schools

The December meeting of the Signal Mountain Town Council was for the most part devoted to giving citizens another chance to voice their opinions and ask questions about forming a new school district separate from Hamilton County. More people interested in the subject came than could be admitted to the council room because of fire capacity and the crowd overflowed into the lobby. ... (click for more)

Haslam Appoints Kyle Hedrick Circuit Court Judge

Governor Bill Haslam on Monday appointed Kyle E. Hedrick of Chattanooga as Circuit Court Judge for the 11th Judicial District.  He replaces Judge W. Neil Thomas III, who has retired. The 11th Judicial District serves Hamilton County.   Mr. Hedrick and attorney Glenna Ramer have practiced together since 1994 and formed the law firm Ramer & Hedrick in Chattanooga ... (click for more)

All I Want For Christmas Are Digitized Newspapers For 2018 - And Response

With recent news of the Public Library investing in their own StoryCorps-ish effort with the Chattanooga Memory Project, it got me thinking about digitizing local newspapers again.   It's been two and a half years since the Chattanooga Public Library committed to sending out a request for proposals to digitize the local newspapers they have on microfilm. Back in ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Top Of My Desk

I am always pleasantly amused when people ask me how I can come up with something different to write about each day. The truth is that it is a rare day indeed when there isn’t something I want to share. As I sat down at my desk yesterday and looked about, I laughed at myself because there were several stacks each worthy of a story so please allow me to present “the best of” the ... (click for more)