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District Baseball Tournament set to begin

May 1, 2008

The District 7-AA Baseball Tournament is slated to begin on Thursday, with a pair of games in the play-in round.

The DeKalb County Tiger baseball team, the number-two seed, will host seventh-seeded Cannon County at 5:30 p.m. in the first official game of the tournament. WJLE plans live coverage from the DCHS Baseball Field. The winners in the play-in round move on to the double-elimination portion of the tournament, which begins Monday in Baxter.

Fourth-seeded Macon County will take on fifth-seeded Livingston Academy, Thursday at 6:00 p.m. while third-seeded Smith County is scheduled to battle sixth-seeded York Institute, Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. Play-in round games are at the site of the higher seeds.

Top-seeded Upperman has a bye for the play-in round, and will automatically move into the double-elimination portion of the tournament. The Bees will play the Macon County-Livingston winner, Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Tigerettes edge Smith County in finale

May 1, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team edged district foe, Smith County, 3-2, in the regular season finale Wednesday afternoon in Smithville.

The Tigerettes struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but left runners stranded on all three bases as the inning ended. DeKalb tacked on another run in the bottom of the second inning, but would not score again until the bottom of the fifth, when they added their third and final run.

Smith County provided several scores, although the visitors never led. The Lady Owls scored their first run in the top of the fifth inning to make it a 2-1 game. After DeKalb scored in the bottom of the inning, Smith County loaded up the bases in the sixth, but the Tigerettes escaped with only a single run allowed.

Tigers top LA, again; clinch second in district

April 29, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team used an 11-run second inning to blow out the Livingston Academy Wildcats, 13-2, Tuesday night in Smithville. The win came on Senior Night, as it was the last home game of the regular season, and also clinched second place for the Tigers in the final regular season district standings.

DeKalb dodged a bullet in the top of the first inning, as the Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs. Tiger starter, Zack Rowland, struck out LA's Cody Winton, then Lee Gatts hit into an inning-ending double play as the Tigers kept the 'Cats off the board. DC scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second on a fielder's choice by Bray Page, which brought in Destry Wiggins for the game's first run, and an RBI single by Joseph Bowen.

Tigers rout Livingston, move closer to second place

April 29, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team pounded Livingston Academy, 11-4, Monday evening in Livingston, and moved a step closer to clinching second place in the final regular season standings.

Trey Finley shut out the Wildcats for the first four innings, as the Tigers built an 8-0 lead. DC plated four runs in the top of the third and three more runs in the fourth. Livingston put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but DeKalb answered with three more runs in the top of the sixth, which all but put the game away. The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Tigers won the game easily.

Finley allowed four runs, two earned, through the seven full innings. He gave up three hits, struck out ten, walked six and hit a batter. He improved to 4-3 on the mound, this season.

Tigers take three out of four at Sequatchie County Clash

April 28, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team won three out of their four scheduled games at the Sequatchie Valley Clash Classic, over the weekend.

The Tigers thumped Grace Academy, 9-1, followed by a 4-3 win over Franklin County. The Tigers third win came over host, Sequatchie County, 1-0, but Marion County ended the local team's unbeaten run through the tournament, with a 7-5 win, Saturday evening.

DeKalb County jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over Grace Academy, Friday afternoon, with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. The Golden Eagles plated their lone run in the bottom of the first. The Tigers added two more runs in the top of the third, three more runs in the fifth, and two insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning. The game was called after six innings, due to the two-hour time limit.

Tigerettes split games at Coffee County Invitational

April 28, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team split four games at the Coffee County Softball Invitational in Manchester, over the weekend.

The Tigerettes beat Chattanooga Christian, 4-3, on Friday, followed by a 1-0 loss to Cumberland County. DeKalb ended pool play, Saturday morning, with a 7-4 win over Cornersville, but the local team was ousted in the opening round of the single-elimination tournament, as Ravenwood spanked the Tigerettes, 13-0.

DeKalb County edged Chattanooga Christian, Friday, on Victoria Bennett's two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the one-hour, fifteen minute time limit expired. Morgan Page singled prior to the Bennett homer, and both came around to score. Chattanooga Christian led most of the game, scoring a run in the top of the first inning and two more in the third. The Tigerettes plated a run in the bottom of the second and another in the bottom of the third.

DMS Golf Results

April 23, 2008

Tuesday's DMS golf match at RiverWatch Golf Course

Avery Trace 86: Katya Hoffman 39, Angela Dixon 47
DMS 112: Mallory Sullivan 52, Kalli Mitchell 60
Walter J. Baird 136: Kelsey Hunt 68, Hope Wade 68

Tigerettes storm to DH sweep of Upperman

April 22, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tigerettes rallied from a 2-0 deficit in game one of their Tuesday doubleheader with Upperman, and never looked back. The Lady Bees took the lead in the top of the first inning of the opening game. DeKalb answered with one run in each the first and second innings to tie the game, then blew it open with a seven-run third inning. The end result was a 13-4 rout for the Tigerettes in the opener, followed by an 11-0 shutout in the nightcap.

Morgan Page delivered five innings in the pitching circle in the first game, and gave up the four Upperman runs on four hits, struck out seven, walked five and hit a batter. All four runs came on two base hits - one in the first, the other in the fourth. DeKalb also committed two fielding errors.

Finley signs baseball scholarship with Martin Methodist

April 22, 2008

Another DeKalb County High School student-athlete has signed scholarship papers, and will continue his athletic career on the collegiate level. Trey Finley, a left-handed pitcher for the Tiger baseball team, signed papers, Tuesday morning, with Martin Methodist College, an NAIA school located in Pulaski, TN.

Red Hawks assistant coach, Michael Wallace, was on hand for Tuesday morning's signing, and is excited about having Trey join the Martin Methodist program. "One, he picked up the ball with his left hand, and left-handed pitching is hard to come by," said Wallace. "He has nice velocity for a high school player. He can throw strikes, he has the ability to work and comes from great parents and is a high-character kid."

Finley chose Martin Methodist over Vol State, and feels he made a good choice. "It's a good school for my education and they have a good baseball program," he said. "I know they beat Cumberland, this year, and Cumberland is usually a good team."


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