Mocs Softball At Samford Saturday, Sunday

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team visits Birmingham, Ala., this weekend as Head Coach Frank Reed’s squad takes on Samford in a three-game SoCon set. 

The Mocs have won four of their last five outings, sweeping a double-header from Tennessee Tech and taking two of three games from Elon last weekend.  Standing at 8-3 in the Southern Conference, Chattanooga sits in second place behind 11-1 Georgia Southern in the race for the regular season crown.

Chattanooga looks to improve its 3-2 road record with the duo of Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Katie Henderson (Hixson, Tenn.) in the circle.  Deason continues to maintain a 0.98 ERA and Henderson leads the Mocs with 12 wins.  Both pitchers have reached double-digits in the win column, Deason with 10, while both are holding opposing batters under a .230 average.

The Chattanooga offense is led by Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) with a .343 average while sophomore shortstop Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) leads with a team-best 38 hits.  Taylor and freshman first baseman Jesslyn Stockard (Ringgold, Ga.) are currently tied for first in homeruns with five each.  Stockard’s last homerun came last Sunday as she lifted a grand slam to opposite field.

Samford comes into the weekend with a 30-12 mark and 6-5 SoCon record.  The Bulldogs are still reeling on a doubleheader sweep of the Tennessee State Tigers in Nashville, Tenn., from just a couple of days ago.

The Chattanooga pitching staff will have to be careful around Bulldogs’ infielder Abby Adams.  The junior is batting .323 with a whopping 12 homeruns thus far.  Adams has driven in 33 runs, tied for the team lead with fellow infielder Callie Brister.  The sophomore is batting .333 with 42 hits – six of which are homers.

Mollie Hanson has proven to be the ace of the Samford staff this season.  The junior has started 17 games and recorded 13 complete games.  The right-hander is 18-7 on the year with a 1.44 ERA.  Beyond Hanson, Grey Adams ranks second with a 6-2 mark and nine games started.

Follow the game online via live stats.  There will also be a free video broadcast courtesy of Samford Athletics.  Follow the links above or on the schedule page to follow live.


Covenant's Smith Wins Maryville Invitational Cross Country; Teams Place 2nd

Lilly Smith  collected her first collegiate victory and both Covenant cross country teams placed second at the Maryville College Invitational  on Saturday  morning. The victory for Smith is the first of her career and also marks the second straight year that a Covenant runner has won the women's race (Ruthie Cargill in 2015). Smith ran the course in 25:20 to ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: McCallie Wins Big Over Baylor

Naked Man Involved In Collision On Highway 111 Taken Into Custody

A naked man who was involved in a wreck on Highway 111 late Friday morning is facing numerous charges. At approximately 11:40 a.m., Hamilton County Sheriff deputies started to receive numerous reports that a vehicle was driving erratically on U.S. Highway 111 and that the driver was stopping his vehicle and at one point got out of his vehicle in a naked state. According to ... (click for more)

City Council Incumbents Anderson, Gilbert, Freeman, Hakeem Pick Up Papers Seeking Re-Election

Four City Council incumbents have picked up papers for the March 7 city election. The latest getting qualifying petitions are Russell Gilbert in District 5, Chris Anderson in District 7 and Yusuf Hakeem in District 9. Moses Freeman in District 8 picked up earlier. Anthony Byrd is a possible challenger. Former District 7 Councilman Manny Rico has already qualified. Others ... (click for more)

Chattanooga's Citizens Are The Best

Today, when I finished my shift, my wife and I had a rare kid-free time where she and I could enjoy a nice quiet dinner. So, when I left my extra job and she left her job, we met at a neat local place in St. Elmo. She and I had been looking forward to and planning this dinner all day. You see, between my work with the city of Chattanooga, my many hours of extra jobs, and our responsibilities ... (click for more)

My Garden In October

Just when you thought the weather would never break, the heat was on low this morning as Tide and I stepped from the house to study our October garden. Falling leaves and the dog’s dirty tennis balls aside, let’s praise the Lord that, as a new month dawns, we are still blessed with orchids and onions galore. The dog asks that I include the fact October is National Pet Adoption month ... (click for more)