Mocs Softball Team Wins At UNLV Easton Desert Classic

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team picked up its first win of the season with an 8-0 run-rule victory over BYU Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, Nev., at the UNLV Easton Desert Classic.  The offensive outburst was backed by lights-out pitching performances from freshman Liana Rodrigues (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and junior Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.).

Chattanooga exploded for eight runs over five innings to down the Cougars 8-0.  Sophomore Criket Blanco (Maryville, Tenn.) led off the scoring with an RBI-single to center to score Alyssa Taylor from second base to put the Mocs up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning.

Junior Sara Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) led off the third inning with a single and a sacrifice bunt from Jesslyn Stockard (Ringgold, Ga.) moved Roberts over.  A throwing error allowed Roberts to score and a sacrifice fly from senior Kaiti Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.) put the Mocs up 3-0.

The fifth inning proved to be the final inning as Chattanooga tacked on five runs to invoke the eight-run mercy rule.  Rieck was hit by a pitch and sophomore Jenny Garcia (Miami, Fla.) singled to lead off the inning.  Dutton singled to the right side to load the bases, and back-to-back walks scored two runs.  Sophomore Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) double to drive in two more, and the final run came courtesy of a Blanco single through the right side to score Alyssa Taylor.

Rodrigues was credited with the win, tossing three innings and giving up just one hit. Deason closed out the game with two innings pitched and two strikeouts.  Deason also allowed just one hit.

The Mocs fell 2-1 in the first game of the tournament Friday morning to Boise State.  Another outstanding pitching outing for Chattanooga, sophomore Katie Henderson (Hixson, Tenn.) tossed 6.2 innings of one-hit softball in relief.  The UTC bats were just unable to battle back from an early two-run first inning from the Broncos.

Deason started the game and only lasted through 0.2 innings before giving up a two-run blast to Broncos’ first baseman Ashley Palmer.  Henderson came on in relief after the homerun to close out the inning.

Sophomore Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) provided one run for Chattanooga in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Leading off, the second baseman lifted a solo homerun to center to cut the Boise State lead to one run.  The one-run shot was the Mocs’ first homerun of the season, but it was not enough to help UTC to a win. 

Henderson pitched 6.1 innings, allowing a bunt-single while striking out 10 batters.  It was her longest outing of the season.  The sophomore yielded no runs, coaxing five flyouts and four groundouts.

Broncos’ starting pitcher Rebecca Patton earned her second win of the season with a seven-inning, two-hit bid.  The only Mocs to claim hits off the pitcher were Taylor and Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.).  Patton struck out just one batter and walked one.

Chattanooga continues its weekend in Las Vegas with Saturday at Noon with a matchup against Nevada.  The Mocs then take on No. 10 Oregon at 2:15 p.m. to wrap up the second stint of the tournament.   Live stats and audio are available for each game.  All times listed are Eastern.


Moran Wins 46th PGA Tennessee Professional Championship

MORAN CAPTURES 46th PGA TENNESSEE PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP KNOXVILLE – Scott Moran of Knoxville, TN, winner of the Tennessee Section PGA Professional Championship, Aug. 18-20 at Holston Hills Country Club will lead six Section PGA Professionals to compete in the 48th PGA Professional National Championship, June 21-24, 2015, at The Philadelphia Cricket Club.  Moran turned ... (click for more)

Lookouts Hanging Tough As Season Nears End

Although they have an up-hill climb to make the playoffs, the Lookouts are not quitters. Currently tied for second in the SL North Division, the Lookouts are 3.0 games behind the Tennessee Smokies. The Smokies and Lookouts will end the season with a five-game series at AT&T Field beginning August 28. Chattanooga beat the Barons in their series finale by a score of 6-4 ... (click for more)

Boy, 16, To Face Murder Charges In Criminal Court On Triple Lookout Valley Slayings

A Lookout Valley youth who was 15 at the time of his alleged involvement in a massacre in the valley will stand trial as an adult. Jacob Allison, who is now 16, was taken by the sheriff's office to the Hamilton County Jail after a transfer hearing in Juvenile Court on Friday morning. Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw said under state law he has jurisdiction over rehabilitation ... (click for more)

Justin Wilkins Selected As Deputy Chief Of Staff For Mayor Berke

Native Chattanoogan Justin Wilkins will serve as Mayor Andy Berke's deputy chief of staff, it was announced Friday. Mr. Wilkins has spent the last several years serving as the Tennessee state director for multiple advocacy and electoral organizations, including Organizing for America and Organizing for Action. Prior to that, he worked as project manager at Profit Plans LLC ... (click for more)

Mackey Should Be Thankful For The State Troopers On Highway 153

This is in response to a statement made by Warren Mackey at the commission meeting.  His question was to the mayor regarding the state troopers writing tickets on Highway 153, saying they were on a rampage.   It is apparent that Mr. Mackey doesn’t travel this highway.  His only concern was that the ticket money was going into state funds and not into county funds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)