Lady Mocs Advance To SoCon Championship Game

Deason, Henderson Earn Shutout

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team defeated Samford 1-0 Friday morning to advance to the Southern Conference Softball Championships finals for the first time since 2011.  The pitching duo of Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Katie Henderson (Hixson,Tenn.) combined for the Mocs’ third shutout and victory of the tournament.

“I am really proud of how we played today,” Head Coach Frank Reed said.  “I thought the quick score in the first inning might set us up for a strong game offensively, but Deason and Henderson were so strong that we only needed the one run.”

Designated as the away team, the Mocs got on the board in the top of the first inning on a couple of hits off Samford starter Mollie Hanson.  Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) led off with a single back up the middle, ricocheting off Hanson, and was moved to second on a groundout.  A second grounder moved Roberts to third before Nicole Osterman (Kissimmee, Fla.) ripped a hard single to second to score the Mocs’ third baseman.

The Chattanooga pitching staff took over from there, holding Samford scoreless through seven innings and allowing just five hits.  Deason tossed the first three innings – restraining the Bulldogs to just two hits – before Henderson came on in relief in the fourth.  Henderson allowed just one hit and struck out five, moving her tournament-strikeout total to 27 and her week’s scoreless-inning streak to 18.  Pitching the majority of the game, Henderson walked away with the win to improve to 3-0 in the tournament.

Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship game is Chattanooga’s first return to the finals since winning the tournament in 2011 in Statesboro, Ga.  Thus far, the Mocs have not allowed a run to score and held opponents to 13 hits.

ESPN3 is set to carry Saturday’s championship matchup.  Chattanooga will face the winner of Friday’s semifinal round between No. 1 Georgia Southern and No. 5 UNCG.  Live stats and video are both available for free.


Ensworth Ranked No. 1 In Divison II-AA

If the 11 head coaches in Division II-AA know anything about their classification, this year’s BlueCross Bowl Division II-AA game will involve two midstate teams – Ensworth and Brentwood Academy. Both should field great teams but whether they both reach the finals has a lot to do with how the brackets are drawn up. Only time will tell what happens here. Here’s how Division ... (click for more)

Caballero Tops Stolz In Match Play Final

KNOXVILLE -- Brendon Caballero defeated Chattanooga's Zac Stolz, 2 and 1, in the final of the 11th Tennessee Match Play Championship at the Holston Hills Country Club. Caballero, from Brentwood, beat Michael Monroe, 4 and 3, in a semifinal. Stolz advanced to the final with a 4 and 3 win over Matt Cooper. In he Senior Division, Tony Green defeated Tim Jackson, 1 up. (click for more)

23-Year-Old Stabbed To Death Early Sunday Morning

A man was stabbed to death in Chattanooga early Sunday morning. At approximately 2:48 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 2525 6 th  Avenue Court for a person stabbed.  Officers located a 23-year-old suffering from a stab wound to his chest.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injury.  The victim’s information ... (click for more)

Man, 21, Arrested In Hidden Camera Case

An arrest has been made in a case in which a hidden camera was apparently placed in several local restrooms. Chattanooga Police last Sunday, received from a citizen a hidden camera that apparently had been placed by an unknown suspect in the men’s restroom at the Chattanooga Billiards Club downtown.  The footage from the camera was reviewed by Investigators with the ... (click for more)

An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Our’ American Minute

William J. Federer is one of the leading historians in the United States and every morning I am among thousands of people who get an entertaining email from him called the “American Minute.” I adore it because Bill takes a significant event in American history that happened long ago – but he remembers on the very anniversary of when it occurred. A great example is that last Thursday ... (click for more)