Lady Mocs Softball Loses Third Straight At UCF Invitational

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team suffered its third loss of the season Saturday morning in Orlando, Fla., on the second day of the UCF Knights Invitational with an 8-5 loss to LIU Brooklyn.

Sophomore Rachel Albritton (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) was handed the start in the circle and delivered with five solid innings of work, but four Chattanooga errors helped cost the right-hander a loss in her first start of the season.

Albritton registered three scoreless innings to begin the game and was backed by a two-run third from the Mocs’ offense.  Senior Kaiti Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.) doubled with one out and sophomore Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) walked after a short rain delayed the game for five minutes.  A sacrifice bunt from Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) followed to move both runners into scoring position and a throwing-error on a ball batted by Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) allowed both runners to score.

LIU Brooklyn managed one run on two hits in the fifth inning to cut the lead in half, but a four hit, six run sixth lead to the Blackbirds taking an 8-2 lead over UTC.  Three hits to begin the inning cause Head Coach Frank Reed to go to the bullpen, bringing freshman Liana Rodrigues (Chattanooga, Tenn.) on in relief.  Rodrigues coaxed a fielder’s choice off the bat of pinch-hitter Ariana Lopez to force out the lead-runner, but that was the only out the freshman recorded before allowing three runs on one hit, a two-RBI single to right from catcher Nichole Toven.

Chattanooga looked to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh, but the Mocs came up two runs shy of forcing a bottom half to the inning.  Dutton’s second double of the game put her at second, and moved base-runner Jenny Garcia (Miami, Fla.) to third.  A walk issued to Sam Taylor loaded the bases and a single to center from Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) drove in two.  A fielder’s choice off the bat of Criket Blanco (Maryville, Tenn.) drove in two more runs, but LIU Brooklyn starting pitcher Shelly Procter was able to slam the door and pick up the win.

The Mocs 1:30 p.m. game against UCF was then cancelled due to rain.

The Mocs wrap up the UCF Knights Invitational Sunday morning at 9 a.m. against Kansas.  The Jayhawks are 0- on the weekend with losses to UCF and LIU Brooklyn.


CCS, Signal Mountain Split In District 7-AA Matchup

The Chattanooga Christian School basketball teams split with Signal Mountain in a district 7-AA matchup at CCS.  The Lady Eagles of Signal Mountain held CCS to just 19 points, winning 32-19.  The Charger boys improved their district record to 2-0 with a 54-45 win.  In the low scoring girls game, Signal Mountain led 10-6 at the half.  Signal would score 14 ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Tyner Girls Defeated Howard 40-35

City Administrator Lurone Jennings Suspended For Misallocation Of Funds

Rev. Lurone Jennings, administrator of City Youth and Family Development, has been suspended for one week for misallocation of funds. He also is to be issued a letter of reprimand and will undergo ethics training. The action came after a critical audit report from City Auditor Stan Sewell. It says Mr. Jennings transferred $18,500 of funds to a program, Journey Educational ... (click for more)

1 Person Injured In Drive-by Shooting On North Germantown Road Friday Afternoon

A person was shot early Friday afternoon on North Germantown Road.  The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 1:45 p.m. to the 700 block of North Germantown Road on a person shot.   The victim was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound, and  was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS.   The victim was shot from a suspect ... (click for more)

New School Funding Ideas

After reading the article “County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding,” I could not help but think about how helpful it would be to have the millions of taxpayer dollars given the owners of Walnut Common apartments to build some new schools.   In case you did not know, since 2008 our elected officials have given away millions in taxpayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Facebook Starlet

The Pants Store, a toney women’s boutique in Birmingham’s Mountain Book community, held its annual Holiday Open House about a week or so and, as usual, the popular store was full of customers and holiday cheer. It was a festive gathering, fun for all, but as store employees cleaned up for the next day, they happened across an empty designer-shoe box and a brassiere somebody had ... (click for more)