Lady Mocs SoCon Champs With 4-3 Win Over UNCG

Saturday, May 10, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Chattanooga Mocs defeated No. 5 UNCG 4-3 to win the 2014 Southern Conference Softball Championship on Saturday at UNCG Softball Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.
 
Jesslyn Stockard posted three RBIs to help the No. 2 Mocs claim their first title since 2011 and 12th overall, while teammate Katie Henderson was selected as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Henderson finished the tournament with a 3-0 record, allowing just two earned runs in 23 2/3 innings to go along with 32 strike outs and just two walks.

 
After a scoreless first inning, Criket Blanco led off the top of the second with a single through the right side, advancing on a Kaiti Dutton groundout in the next at bat. Stockard provided the first runs of the day, taking a Raeanne Hanks pitch over the left field wall to give UTC a 2-0 lead.
 
Lindsay Thomas would cut the Moc lead to one in the bottom of the third, cranking a lead-off home run, her fifth of the tournament, to make the score 2-1. The Spartans would lead the bases following Thomas’ shot, bringing Tory Wright to the plate with two outs. Wright sent a line drive to left that would have plated at least one run, but Nicole Osterman laid out to make a diving catch to get the Mocs out of the inning.
 
In the top of the fourth, Criket Blanco’s double to right gave UTC a runner in scoring position. Blanco advanced to third on a Kaiti Dutton groundout before Stockard brought her home on a fielder’s choice, picking up her third RBI of the day to make the score 3-1.
 
Chattanooga would get another run, this time from Osterman, who singled to center, scoring Alyssa Taylor. The Spartans would come up with a run of their own in the fifth, as Emily Lopez crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice with one out to make the count 4-2.
 
The Spartans would come within a single run in the bottom of the sixth, as Danielle Vega doubled home Dominique Madruga, just after play resumed from a 43 minute lightning delay.
 
UNCG would keep the Mocs off the board in the top of the seventh, but were unable to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh.
 
Stockard finished the day 2-for-3 with three RBIs, a hit and a home run, earning all-tournament honors for her play. Blanco also picked up a pair of hits and added two runs scored to help the Mocs earn the SoCon title.
 
Henderson tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on nine hits with five strikeouts. Taylor Deason earned the winning, pitching 1 1/3 innings with no runs and one hit allowed.
 
Thomas, who also earned an all-tournament selection, went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a home run, while Vega finished 3-for-3 with an RBI. Hanks took the loss, throwing seven innings with five strikeouts and four earned runs on nine hits. 

The Mocs will learn their destination for NCAA Regionals on Sunday, as the NCAA Selection Show will take place at 10 p.m. on Sunday on ESPNU. NCAA Regionals will begin on Thursday, March 15.
 

Most Outstanding Player
Katie Henderson, Chattanooga
 
All-Tournament Team
Sarah Purvis, Georgia Southern
Tory Wright, UNCG
Raeanne Hanks,UNCG
Lindsay Thomas, UNCG
Megan Dowdy, Samford
Mollie Hanson, Samford
Sam Taylor, Chattanooga
Katie Henderson, Chattanooga
Jesslyn Stockard, Chattanooga
Sarah Beth Roberts, Chattanooga


Lookout Rowing Earns Club National Medals

It was a good weekend on the water for Lookout Rowing Club as five boats competed at the Club Nationals Regatta in Oak Ridge, with four in the finals and two earning silver medals. Men’s Lt Weight Double : A pair of local high school coaches - David Hall (Chattanooga Junior Rowing) and Anders Swanson (GPS) - combined talents and rowed to a silver medal ... (click for more)

Dan Bailey Still Plodding Along After All These Years

Dan Bailey has been retired from the Tennessee American Water Company for more than 10 years now, so he doesn’t get in a hurry to do anything. He jokes about how slow he runs these days, but he felt better when reminded that if it wasn't for people like him, there would be no overall winners in local races. The 71-year-old Bailey is originally from Indiana, where ... (click for more)

DA Looking Into Issue Of County Commission Candidate's Campaign Sending Filled-Out Requests For Absentee Ballot To Elderly Voters

The District Attorney's Office has been provided with documents that a County Commission candidate's campaign sent filled-out requests for absentee ballots to elderly voters. Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said there have been four instances in which such requests came from the Elect John Brooks campaign. He said state law says in Section 2-6-202:  (3) A person ... (click for more)

Graham Says County School-City Lawsuit Settlement "Stinks," But County Commission Approves It

The County Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Hamilton County Schools against the city of Chattanooga, though several commissioners said they were not happy with the deal and Commissioner Joe Graham said it "stinks." Commissioner Graham was the lone no vote. He was joined by Commissioner Tim Boyd in a failed effort to defer it a week. ... (click for more)

The Truth From Weston’s Sister - And Response (4)

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Say It Ain't So, Larry Joe!

Larry Joe Wheelon, the tainted horse trainer who was charged with 18 counts of aggravated animal cruelty when his barn was raided in April of 2013 and some animals were sored so badly that they could barely walk, finally went to a court hearing in Blount County on Wednesday and his steps toward Judge Tammy Harrington’s bench were decidedly heavy. My goodness, yours would have been ... (click for more)