CSAS Softball Season Ends With 13-6 Loss At State

Columbia Academy Uses Seven-Run Third As Springboard For Win

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - by John Hunt

MURFREESBORO – The first-ever state softball tournament experience for the CSAS Lady Patriots didn’t last nearly long enough.

It was a disappointing two-and-out performance for the Lady Patriots following a 13-6 defeat against Columbia Academy on Wednesday morning in the losers bracket here at the StarPlex Field No.

4.

CSAS was stunned by two-run homer in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s opening round loss to McKenzie, but Wednesday’s game wasn’t nearly as close.

The Lady Bulldogs may have been a bit nervous at the start as they made three of their four errors in the first two innings as CSAS overcame an early 1-0 deficit for a 5-1 lead after two frames.

The bats came to life in a big way for the Lady Bulldogs in the third as they sent 10 hitters to the plate with seven of them scoring.

The big blow was a grand slam homer by number-nine hitter Anna Katherine White.

The Lady Patriots were able to score one more run in the fourth, but the Lady Bulldogs added single runs in the fourth and fifth before putting an exclamation point on the game with a three-run seventh,  which came compliments of a three-run homer by Jordan Brown, her 15th round-tripper of the season.

It was a tough way for the Lady Patriots to end what had been a very good season with their first-ever district tournament and region championships before advancing to the Spring Fling for the first time.

Coach Kaity Holloway was on the verge of tears when the game ended as this was a special group for her as her seven seniors had been setting the stage since she took the job three years ago.

“I’m so proud of these girls, but this is a bittersweet experience for me,” Holloway said after a post-game talk with her girls.

“These girls have done something that nobody has done before and they did it well.  They gave us a lot of positive opportunities these last three years.  Filling those seven jerseys next spring will be the toughest job I’ve ever had as a softball coach.

“We hit it well today, but our hats are off to Columbia Academy as they hit it well too.  There are days when a little bit of luck goes a long way and sometimes you get the short end of the stick.  But I love these girls and couldn’t be more proud of what they accomplished as a Lady Patriot,” Holloway added.

Lady Bulldog coach Brad Bradley was just happy that his offense finally got untracked after his team got blanked on Tuesday.

“Our bats finally woke up today as we didn’t hit very well yesterday.  We sort of opened it up in the third and those seven runs helped settle everyone down.

“We knew that CSAS had a good team and an outstanding pitcher, so I really wasn’t expecting to score that many runs today.  But I guess we were just hungry to hit,” he added.

Sydney Sproul, Brown and White all had three hits as the Lady Bulldogs finished with 15 for the game.

Victoria Blanton and Jamani Greer both had two hits to lead CSAS.

Baylee Terranova was the winning pitcher while Brianna Taylor suffered the loss.

CSAS ends its season at 26-12-1.

COLUMBIA ACADEMY   107  110 3 – 13 15 4

ARTS & SCIENCES           320  100 0 – 6 8 2

Terranova and Goats; Taylor and Suttles.

(email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)

 



Heights' Hawks, Lady Hawks Post Hoops Victories

Hamilton Heights’ Hawks defeated Wesley Christian, 76-59, in the Hawk Havoc basketball round robin Friday night at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy to push their record to 2-0 on the young season. Meanwhile, the Lady Hawks opened their season with a 51-43 victory over Carolina Prep in the Potters House preseason invitational in Jacksonville, Florida. The Hawks had ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Tyner Cruised To A 42-7 Win Over Marion County Friday.

Longest-Serving County Official Knowles Is First In Line To Sign Up For New Term

Bill Knowles is one of the longest-serving officials in Hamilton County history, and he's not through yet. County clerk since 1974, he was the first in line on Friday morning to pick up his petition for re-election. Then he beat everyone back with the completed form. Mr. Knowles said, "I ran in 1974 on a campaign of ending the long tag lines. We put in a tag by mail system ... (click for more)

River Gorge Explorer Will Log Final Cruises In January

After operating on the Tennessee River for more than nine years, Aquarium President and CEO Keith Sanford informed staff and volunteers that cruise operations aboard the River Gorge Explorer will be ending in January. “After developing a new strategic plan and carefully evaluating the Aquarium’s resources, we have decided to stop operating the boat,” said Mr. Sanford. “We are ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Should Be Problem Solvers Around The City

Re: Roy Exum’s “Stay, Signal Mountain, Stay”  Well this article is something to think about. I think the split could go either way, and Signal Mountain schools would still flourish, as they have done for the past several years. What I'm worried about is why Signal Mountain has not yet had the guts to go be problem solvers at Howard, or Tyner, or Central. Why do ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How Would I Vote?

I don’t know what to think or who to believe in the debacle surrounding Alabama’s Roy Moore and his quest for a Senate seat. I have no earthly idea what he did or how he acted 40 years ago. Heck, I can’t remember what I did or how I acted 40 years ago but I do recall I kissed some minors back then. To be real honest, they were the only ones that would let me, this because I was ... (click for more)