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.


Baylor Falls To Pope John Paul II In Division II State Soccer

The Baylor Red Raider soccer team battled Pope John Paul II through overtime Tuesday night in the first round of the Division II state soccer tournament.  The visitors were able to score in second overtime to earn the 4-3 win over Baylor. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime.  Baylor would lead twice in the second half before giving up a game tying goal in ... (click for more)

Brenau Downs Dalton State Volleyball, 3-1

Dalton State   21   25   18   20 - 1 Brenau            25   15    25   25 - 3  The Dalton State volleyball Roadrunners played hard to the end, but fell in four sets, 3-1, to the visiting Golden Tigers from Brenau University. Brenau ... (click for more)

Architect/Contractor Selected By Erlanger For New Children's/Women's Hospital

HKS has been selected as the architect and McCarthy as the construction manager for a new Children’s and Women’s Hospital at the Erlanger campus on East Third Street. The Atlanta team competed against another Atlanta group for the major construction project. Erlanger officials announced Monday that $11.5 million is being set aside in a debt restructuring for the new $30 ... (click for more)

Red Bank Protestors Say Police Out Of Control

Regular city business was overshadowed at the Red Bank Commission meeting Tuesday night by citizens protesting recent police actions. Outside city hall people holding signs lined the sidewalk and, in the time set aside for residents of the city to speak, the ones that did expressed disapproval of the police procedures surrounding a traffic stop that ended in an alleged beating. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill - And Response

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Policeman’s Prayer

Every year, when the Law Enforcement Foundation of Greater Chattanooga holds its annual luncheon, it is one of the most heartening displays of what America really believes, down deep inside. The most prominent and influential leaders in the community – well over 1,000 -- gather to pay tribute and pledge their support to our heroes in blue who are unfaltering in their devotion, service ... (click for more)