Lookouts Prepared To Win Come-From-Behind Division Title

Chattanooga At Home For Final Season Series With Smokies

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - by Tim Evearitt
Manager Razor Shines was confident that the Lookouts would play well during the final stretch of the season.
Manager Razor Shines was confident that the Lookouts would play well during the final stretch of the season.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Six weeks ago it appeared that the Chattanooga Lookouts would probably finish the second half in last place. Tuesday night, Aug. 26th, Chattanooga moved into a virtual tie for first in the Southern League's North Division with the Tennessee Smokies when they beat the Jackson Generals, 8-2. Meanwhile, Tennessee has been in a slump losing six straight, including Tuesday night to Jacksonville, 6-5.

Perhaps it was the arrival of Corey Seager (Dodgers' top prospect) on July 17 who did for the Lookouts what Yasiel Puig did for the L. A. Dodgers last summer-- the Lookouts shook off the dust and have made a charge for the top spot in the division. Seager has not carried the load, but he may have been the spark that ignited the fire. After 33 games, he is hitting .331 with 23 RBI.

Chattanooga's Chris Reed, one of the Dodgers' top pitching prospects, was promoted on Aug. 6 to Triple-A  but Steve Smith was sent as his replacement. On Aug. 10, RHP Jeremy Kehrt joined the Lookouts in a trade. Kehrt, who has started four games and is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, was the winning pitcher at Jackson Tuesday. Smith is 2-2 with a 3.26 ERA.

Along with solid pitching and a somewhat shaky bullpen, Lookouts' hitters have been producing. Between July 31 and Aug. 13, Chattanooga ran off an 11-game winning streak.

Scott Schebler, who was named the Branch Rickey minor league player of the year by the Dodgers in 2013, has had another stellar season. Schebler is hitting .281 in 130 games for the Lookouts, and leads the Southern League in both home runs (27) and triples (14). He is third in team RBIs with 72, behind Daniel Mayora (74) andO'Koyea Dickson (73).

After an off-day, Wednesday, Chattanooga will host Tennessee for the final season series with the North Division championship on the line. The team that can win 3-out-of-5 games will prevail.

With five games to go, Scott Schebler (27) is within two of tying Harmon Killebrew (29) for second place for most home runs during a Lookouts' season.
With five games to go, Scott Schebler (27) is within two of tying Harmon Killebrew (29) for second place for most home runs during a Lookouts' season.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt


Complete 2017 Signal Mountain Pie Run 10K Results

**** OVERALL FEMALE **** Place O'All Name                     Ag Div   Hometown             Guntime Pace      ===== ===== ======================== == ===== ==================== ... (click for more)

State Soccer Sectionals, Quarterfinals Set For Saturday

Six Division I and four Division II local soccer teams will be playing on Saturday to earn a spot in the next round of the TSSAA state tournaments which will be played in Murfreesboro this week.  Division I teams are playing in state sectionals with the winners advancing to their respective class' state quarterfinals which start on Wednesday in Murfreesboro.  Division ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain To Hold Public Meetings On Idea Of Setting Up Own School System

Discussion about follow-up public meetings regarding the Signal Mountain School System Viability Committee (SMSSVC) report dominated the council’s work session on Friday afternoon. Council member Dan Landrum’s opinion about how to proceed differed from the other four council members. Mr. Landrum argued to end the study and to hold no public meetings. His reason was that of the 738 ... (click for more)

Man Shot Multiple Times In Cleveland; Jesus Teague, 14, Is Wanted

On Saturday, at 6:12 a.m., Cleveland Police Department responded to 1210 Elrod Place SE in reference to a domestic disturbance.   A man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Erlanger by Life Force. His condition is stable, at this time.   The suspect, Jesus Tyler Teague, 14, is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Bill Pennington, a sports writer for the New York Times, was lamenting the “huddle” is slowly disappearing in football due to the faster pace of the game and, during his search for more information, he called former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann. Bill wrote that Joe couldn’t stop laughing about the funny things that would happen between plays. Joe told this story: ... (click for more)