Streaking Riverdale Ends Soddy-Daisy Baseball Season, 2-0

Trojans Come Up Short Against No. 8 Warriors In Sectional

Friday, May 16, 2014 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Eighth-ranked Riverdale beat visiting Soddy-Daisy, 2-0, Friday night in a Class AAA baseball sectional and earned a trip – albeit a short one – to the state tournament next week in the Warriors’ home town.

Brady Puckett stopped the Trojans (21-18) on five hits and got enough run support to post the victory.

Puckett and Soddy-Daisy’s Christian Amos were locked in a pitcher’s duel the entire game – both notched complete-game efforts. The Trojans were not able to dent the scoreboard.

“Christian was pitching on short rest,” Trojans coach Jared Hensley said, “but he was just as good as he’s been all year. I felt like he deserved better than he got tonight because he was great.”

Riverdale (29-9), which has won 14 straight games, got a RBI double by Riley Walters in the second and Brad Woodson’s infield hit in the fifth pushed across the second run.

Amos scattered seven hits and struck out three and walked three.

A Cleveland State Community College signee, Amos finished the season with a sparkling 0.73 ERA.

The last two days were tough on the Trojans, who lost the Region 3-AAA title game to Cookeville on Thursday and then saw their season end a day later.

There is consolation in the fact that Cookeville and Riverdale are state tournament teams.

The Cavaliers beat a talented Tullahoma team in the other area Class AAA sectional.

“That was a tough draw going to Cookeville and Riverdale,” Hensley said. “But we learned a lot about our program. I’m hoping the younger guys can learn from this experience and maybe we can put ourselves in a good position to be back here next year.

“There were times we struggled, but when May rolled around they started playing together as a team. It has been really fun these last two and a half weeks, seeing my guys live up to their expectations.”

SUMMARY

Soddy-Daisy                           000 000 0 – 0 5 0

Riverdale                               010 010 x – 2 7 0

Amos and Clift; Puckett and Swazey.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @larryfleming44)


Lookouts Hanging Tough As Season Nears End

Although they have an up-hill climb to make the playoffs, the Lookouts are not quitters. Currently tied for second in the SL North Division, the Lookouts are 3.0 games behind the Tennessee Smokies. The Smokies and Lookouts will end the season with a five-game series at AT&T Field beginning August 28. Chattanooga beat the Barons in their series finale by a score of 6-4 ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: McEnroe And Me

Earlier this week I received an email from my son. It was part of a group message sent to all the members of my family and it read, "Now I know the story behind the picture that has been in our house for 30 years. Check it out on YouTube." The picture he was referring to is a picture of myself in my freshly starched tennis attire, playing alongside tennis great John McEnroe. ... (click for more)

School Board Delays Decision On Big-Ticket Health Insurance Item For 1 Week

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to delay a vote on a new insurance plan for employees until next Thursday. Sandy Hughes, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said, "I have a difficult time trying to think of what priority in spending is more important than the well-being of your employees and their children...You've not given us enough ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)