Early Inning Offense Lifts Scots To Rout Of Greensboro

Saturday, March 22, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Perry Rigby went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and KC Simons was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and the Covenant baseball team routed USA South foe Greensboro 14-1 in seven innings on Friday night in Greensboro.

The win is Covenant's fourth straight in conference play and moves the Scots to 10-6 overall and 7-3 in league play. Greensboro drops to 2-14 overall and 1-11 inside the conference.

Covenant did most of its damage offensively in the second and third innings. The Scots scored seven times in the second inning and five more times in the third inning to build a 12-0 lead. Seven different players recorded at least one RBI for Covenant.

The offensive barrage was in support of starting pitcher Micah Mabe. Mabe (1-0) notched his first win of the season as he went six innings and scattered five hits and surrendered one unearned run in the process. The lefty struck out seven and walked two in picking up his first win of the season. Jonah Paul came on in relief and pitched a perfect seventh inning.

11 Covenant batters came to the plate in the seven-run second inning. Scott Gillespie and Rigby led off the frame with hits and Will Carlton followed with an RBI single that plated Gillespie for the game's first run. One batter later, Forrest Hunter drove in a pair with a double to make it 3-0. Simons batted in two runs with a double down the right field line that enabled Hunter and Paul Phillips to score. Simons later scored on a wild pitch and Rigby capped the frame with an RBI single to make it 7-0.

Covenant added five more runs in the third on the strength of two-run singles from Will Cleland and Rigby along with a Phillips RBI double to give the Scots a comfortable 12-0 lead.

The Scots tallied single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Simons picked up his third RBI of the night with a single in the sixth, while Alex Kerr recorded an RBI with a single in the seventh.

Besides Rigby and Simons' efforts at the dish, Phillips was 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI and Gillespie was 2-for-4 with a run. Hunter went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs on the night.

Zach Royals (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the host Pride. Royals lasted 1.1 innings and allowed six earned runs on seven hits. Greensboro was led offensively by Andrew Hernandez's 2-for-3 effort. Jordan Powell finished 1-for-3 with a run scored.

The two teams will play games two and three of the three-game weekend series on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.


Covenant Men Fall At Piedmont 59-56

 On a night where both teams struggled shooting from the field, the Covenant men's basketball team rallied late but ultimately fell to host Piedmont 59-56 in USA South action inside Cave Arena on Wednesday night. The teams both shot just over 30 percent from the field, but it was a key 3-pointer from Piedmont's Peyton Luken that gave the Lions a 55-52 lead with over a ... (click for more)

UTC's Johnson Sweeps SoCon Wrestling Honors

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga heavyweight Jared Johnson swept weekly honors from the Southern Conference, the league office announced today.  He was named the SoCon Wrestler of the Week, as well as the SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week, for all competition from Jan. 11-17. Johnson went 4-0 with a pair of wins over ranked opponents in the Mocs' four matches at ... (click for more)

Haslam Unveils Comprehensive Tax Cut And Transportation Proposal Including Higher Gas Tax And Vehicle Registration Fee

Joined by mayors from across the state and leaders in the manufacturing and trucking industries, Governor Bill Haslam on Wednesday announced "a comprehensive and strategic plan to cut taxes on food and manufacturing while updating how the state provides Tennesseans the safe and reliable transportation network needed to support future job growth." The IMPROVE Act, “Improving ... (click for more)

Big Woody's Tree Service Employee Killed In Fall On Signal Mountain

An employee of Woody's Tree Service fell to his death 150 feet off a bluff while trimming trees on Signal Mountain on Wednesday. At  11:22 a.m. , a 911 call was made by an employee of the tree service reporting a man in his early 30s had fallen off a bluff the mountain while trimming trees on private property. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded to 6202 ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech - And Response

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Is Central’s Auditorium?

I am surely one of the biggest proponents of high school athletics there is, especially after half a decade of being an eye witness to the vast array of lessons that are learned every day by anyone associated with sports. That said, I have watched the Hamilton County Commission waffle on a $500,000 track at Central High School with a certain curiosity because the same high school ... (click for more)