Central Coach Disputes Tyner's No-Hitter In 1-0 Victory

Carter Says Purple Pounders' Kaylor Had Two Hits

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

(This story has been revised)

Tyner’s Rams are making noise in District 6-AA baseball.

For seniors on coach Rob Flowers’ squad, Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Central at Tyner was historic because it was their first against the Purple Pounders.

For Chae Butler, it was another example of his superlative pitching so far this season.

Butler outdueled Central’s Tyler Lowe and recorded his second no-hitter of the year. Butler, now 3-0 for the Rams (5-1, 3-1), struck out 14 and allowed seven base runners, four on walks and the Rams committed three errors behind him.

However, Central coach Glen Carter has disputed the no-hitter, saying the Pounders actually had two hits – both by Hayden Kaylor.

In a text Thursday morning, Carter said Kaylor hit a flare to left field and the outfielder “dove for the ball and never touched it. I’m sure their scorekeeper called it an error.”

He also said Kaylor beat out an infield grounder between third and shortstop “without even a throw to first base.”

Flowers, in an e-mail response, said, “I, too, thought it was a two-hitter until the scorekeeper told me what she had. I checked with the left fielder who said he got a glove on it and could bring it in cleanly; therefore it was scored E-7.

“The play at third did not result in a throw, but that’s because the ball was bobbled between 3B and SS so the scorekeeper scored it E-5.”

Lowe finished with a two-hitter and the lone run came on a passed ball that allowed Tyner’s Bryan Wilson to score.

“It was a great battle between two great pitchers,” Flowers said. “In a game like this, you may only get one shot to win. We were fortunate to take advantage of the opportunity. It’s just one game, though, and it’s early. There’s more work to do to become a good baseball team.”

Central took Monday’s home-and-home series opener with a 7-4 win.

The veteran Central coach also pointed out an incident after the game in which “we had to fight our way out of the parking lot” because “some of their parents wanted to fight my parents.”

Carter said he and “Mr. Haywood, an umpire whose son plays for Tyner, had to separate everyone” and it took “30 or 40 minutes” to get out of the parking lot.

Flowers said, “As for the aftermath, I was still on the field talking with guys and cleaning up when it started, but my understanding was that it was isolated to one parent/fan of ours. It was not a parent of one of my players, however. Obviously, I do not encourage that kind of behavior.”

Carter took nothing from Butler's performance or that of the Rams.

"He pitched an outstanding game," Carter said. "And Tyner has been getting better every year since Rob has taken over. He has done a great job over there. Tyner will be in the mix come tournament time. Some parents/fans need to understand how to handle loss and even sometimes how to handle a win."

Tyner opened district play with a 19-0, 12-2 sweep of East Ridge. Central swept Brainerd last week and is now 3-1 in district action. 

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)



Inaugural Covenant Track And Field Schedule Finalized

The inaugural season of Covenant track and field will begin in February as head coach Katie Stanford has finalized the 2017 schedule. Overall, Covenant will compete in seven events from February until mid-April. "This is an exciting time at Covenant as we start the first-ever track and field season," Ms. Stanford said. "We have a great group of athletes ready to get out on ... (click for more)

UTC Hoops: Notebook: Mocs Top Marshall – The Rivalry is Back

Senior Tre’ McLean scored a career-high 35 points, UTC beat an old rival, Mocs fans (3,064 announced attendance) came out to cheer and support, Toys for Tots folks received lots of gifts for needy kids and all in all it was an excellent night at McKenzie Arena. High-scoring, talented Marshall came to town Tuesday looking for a win and to rekindle a long time rivalry from ... (click for more)

2 Juveniles Arrested For Arson In Sevier County Fires

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in charges being placed against two people in connection with the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.  Last week, at the request of 4 th  District Attorney General ... (click for more)

Shannon Whitfield Already At Work Eliminating Sole Commissioner Post In Walker County; Process To Take 4 Years

Shannon Whitfield is already at work eliminating the position he won by a landslide in the recent election. Mr. Whitfield, who takes over at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1 after a 16-year reign by Bebe Heiskell, noted, however, that it is a four-year process. He said the two House members and local senator are working with him on legislation that must first be approved. That should ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: You Can’t Sue You

The Hamilton County School Board will convene an hour earlier tomorrow to discuss “facilities” and the question of the hour is “Which ones?” Several communities are actively studying pulling away from the county’s Department of Education and the stew is thickening by the day. Now comes the revelation that school board attorney Scott Bennett has sent an email to the town of Signal ... (click for more)