Covenant Softball Sweeps Wesleyan

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The rain departed just long enough on Saturday for the Covenant softball team to snap its losing streak. The Lady Scots swept Wesleyan in non-conference action by scores of 11-3 and 12-1, both in five innings.

Covenant improves to 10-20 overall, while Wesleyan drops to 3-26.

The softball team helped raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis before and during the games. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects about 30,000 people in the United States, with 1,000 new cases each year. The Lady Scots wore special gray and purple jerseys to commemorate the event and Ginger Birnbaum of the local Chattanooga chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation spoke before the games.

GAME ONE: Covenant 11, Wesleyan 3 (5 innings)

Covenant scored 11 runs on 16 hits and put the game away with five runs in the bottom of the fifth for an 11-3 victory in the first game.

Chandler Sheperd and Madison Quirk each went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Lauren Johns went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in. Jordan Brett also had three hits in four at-bats and Morgan Lane added two hits and two runs.

Cori Hilt went the distance in the circle for the Lady Scots and also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored at the plate. Hilt (6-10) allowed four hits and three runs while striking out three in her pitching efforts.

Covenant scored three runs in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead, all with two outs. Shepherd singled up the middle to score Kaitlyn Sirmons and then stole second base. Lane and Brett followed with RBI doubles to make it 3-0. In the third, Hilt doubled to deep center field that plated Kendall Whann to give the Lady Scots a 4-0 lead.

After Wesleyan scored three times in the fourth, Covenant responded with two in its half of the inning on a Johns two-run double to center field. The Lady Scots secured the victory with five runs on five hits in the fifth. Shepherd and Johns each had two-RBI hits and Quirk finished the game with an RBI single to left field.

Ashley Kemp got the pitching loss for the visiting Wolves. Colleen DeGraff went 2-for-3 and Chloe Fowler went 1-for-2 with three RBIs in the loss for Wesleyan.

GAME TWO: Covenant 12, Wesleyan 1 (5 innings)

In the day's second game, Covenant scored four runs in each of the first three innings to cruise to a 12-1 win and a doubleheader sweep of Wesleyan.

Hannah Rogers was outstanding in her start as she went five innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits. Rogers (4-10) also walked one and struck out one, while throwing 64 pitches.

Brett had a big second game by going 3-for-4 with three doubles and four RBIs. Lane was a home run away from hitting for the cycle as she collected three hits and scored three runs. Johns finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Shepherd and Quirk each had two hits. Nicole White also drove in two runs.

Brett doubled home two runs in a four-run bottom of the first for Covenant. Johns and White also added RBIs in the frame as the Lady Scots took a 4-0 lead. It was more of the same in the second inning as Covenant tallied four more runs with a Brett RBI double and one RBI each from Whann and White to make it 8-0

Covenant's final runs of the game would come in the third. Brett produced her fourth RBI of the game with a double that scored Lane. Johns followed with an RBI single and Quirk ripped a triple down the right field line that enabled Johns to score. Quirk later scored on a wild pitch for the final tally.

Nicole Wilson gets the loss for the Wolves. Four players each recorded one hit apiece for Wesleyan.

Covenant will be back in action on Tuesday, April 1 at USA South foe, and nationally-ranked, Piedmont. First game of that doubleheader begins at 2 p.m.


Stone Memorial Picked Ahead of East Hamilton In 3-4A

Crossville's Stone Memorial has been picked to win the Region 3-4A high school football championship in Murphy Fair's Tennesee High School Football magazine. Stone Memorial won the league last year with a 6-0 record and an 11-1 overall record. Coach Ted Gatewood's East Hamilton Hurricanes are picked to finish second. Nic Woods returns at quarterback for the Hurricanes. ... (click for more)

Wolcott Shoots 65 In State Match Play

Fresh off winning the Choo Choo Invitational, Ben Wolcott shot 65 on Thursday in the opening round of the 16th Tennessee Match Play Championship at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay. Wolcott is three shots ahead of Brentwood's Brendon Caballero. At 69 are Matt Cooper, Craig Smith, Lake Johnson, Brian Therrien and Chip Thomas. Thursday's Results:       ... (click for more)

Man, 28, Shot And Killed In East Chattanooga

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed in East Chattanooga early Friday morning. The victim was identified as Jeremy Clark. At 1:20 a.m., Chattanooga Police officers responded to 2008 Glass St. on a person shot. One victim was found suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police said investigators were gathering information on the potential ... (click for more)

Siedlecki Files Amended Financial Disclosure After GOP Files Complaint; Lists Personal Loan Rather Than In-Kind Contribution

Democratic assessor of property candidate Mark Siedlecki filed an amended financial disclosure form on Friday afternoon after county Republicans said he accepted far above the legal limit from a corporation he heads. The new disclosure said he made personal loans totaling $38,288 to the campaign. It does not include any in-kind contributions. The earlier forms listed ... (click for more)

Olympic Events On The Ocoee River Made History – But It Wasn’t Easy

It started with a simple “what if” question while Atlanta officials were working on a bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.  A group of amateur kayakers from the city began asking themselves: “What if Atlanta’s bid is successful? Then where would the Olympic whitewater canoe and kayak races be held?”  To some of the members of that group, the answer was obvious. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mr. Siedlecki, Sit Down!

This is a personal thing but one of my pet peeves is the little advertising stickers I sometimes find on the top of the front page of my newspaper. An editor at the newspaper has already determined a bit of news he or she feels I should read. And then the sticker covers it up so I have to peel it off before I can read “All the news that is fit to print.” As I groveled over my ... (click for more)