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Little League All-Star teams announced

June 17, 2008

DeKalb County's 2008 Little League All-Star teams and season award winners were announced during a special ceremony, Tuesday night, at the Little League Field.

Kalab Ferrell received the Carter Braswell Most Valuable Player award for the Little League division, while Matthew Judkins and Matthew Giles each won the award in Minor League and Senior League, respectively. Braxton Howell won the Josh Reece Memorial Gold Glove award in Little League, while Jacob Self won it in the Minor League division. Daniel Stanley won the Josh Reece award in Senior League.

DeKalb Little League All-Star Tournaments to Begin June 28th

June 12, 2008

DeKalb County's Little League All-Star teams will open play in the upcoming tournaments on Saturday, June 28th. Two local teams will begin play on that day, with five others slated to open tournament play on Monday, July 7th.

The 9-10 year-old Minor League All-Stars will open pool play in the Area Tournament in Sparta on June 28th. The schedule for that tournament is as follows:

Saturday, June 28th
DeKalb Co. vs. Smith Co. - 6 p.m.
Gallatin vs. Sparta - 7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 30th
DeKalb Co. vs. Sparta - 6 p.m.
Gallatin vs. Lebanon - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 1st
DeKalb Co. vs. Gallatin - 6 p.m.
Smith Co. vs. Lebanon - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 3rd
Sparta vs. Lebanon - 6 p.m.
Smith Co. vs. Gallatin - 7:30 p.m.

The winners in pool play will advance on to the District Tournament, which will begin Saturday, July 5th, in Sparta.

Webb's Pharmacy Wins Little League Title With Perfect Record

June 12, 2008

Webb's Pharmacy shut out Aqua Jet, 14-0, Monday night, and won the 2008 DeKalb County Little League baseball championship. The win gave Webb's an 8-0 record in the second half, and a perfect 16-0 mark for the season, as they also won the first half title.

Steven Page pitched four innings of no-hit ball against Aqua Jet and struck out 11 batters. Webb's put up seven runs in the second inning, and Devin Summers highlighted another seven-run inning in the third with a grand slam home run.

Rice's Tigers closed out the Little League season on Tuesday, with a 15-4 win over Besheare's Landscaping.

Meanwhile, Bumper's Drive-In shut out Love-Cantrell, 6-0, Tuesday night, to win the second half Minor League crown. Bumper's finished the half with a 6-2 record. Johnson's Chiropractic won the first half with a 5-3 record. Jacob Self pitched the complete game shut out for Bumper's to earnthe win.

Tigerettes bow out to Unicoi County at State

May 22, 2008

The run at the State Tournament ended for the DeKalb County Tigerette fast-pitch softball team, Thursday, as they lost to the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils, 7-1, in an elimination game. Despite the loss, the Tigerettes ended up fifth out of the eight team field at State, and finished tied for the second most wins in the program's history, with 28.

Unicoi County had 14 hits against Tigerette pitching and put a total of 20 runners on base in the game. Shay Sullivan started the game in the pitcher's circle for DeKalb County, but lasted only two innings. Sullivan gave up three earned runs on seven hits, struck out one, walked three and hit two batters before being relieved by Morgan Page in the top of the third inning. Page pitched the last five innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits, struck out one and walked three.

Tigerettes stave off elimination from State

May 21, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team stayed alive in the Class AA State Softball Tournament in Murfreesboro, Wednesday, with a 6-0 shutout victory over Waverly Central. The win moves the Tigerettes into another elimination game on Thursday morning against Unicoi County, who dropped a 3-0 decision to Goodpasture, Wednesday evening.

The Tigerettes took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Cynthia Woodward knocked in Shay Sullivan with an RBI single, then scored, herself, on a sacrifice fly by Morgan Page to left field.

Big first inning leads Gibbs past Tigerettes at State

May 20, 2008

Gibbs High School scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning, and blew past the DeKalb County Tigerettes, 9-1, in the first round of the TSSAA Class AA State Softball Tournament in Murfreesboro on Tuesday. The loss moved the Tigerettes into the loser's bracket, where they are scheduled to take on Waverly Central in an elimination game on Wednesday, at approximately 11:30 a.m.

The Lady Eagles sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, and scored nine runs on five hits. Tigerette starter, Morgan Page, also walked three batters and hit two more, before leaving the game after only one-third of an inning pitched. Page allowed the first six Lady Eagle runs, and reliever, Shay Sullivan, gave up three more on a three-run triple by Amy Lawrence before the inning was over.

Fish signs softball scholarship with Maryville

May 20, 2008

DCHS Tigerette, Kayla Fish, will continue her softball career at Maryville College, next year. The senior made it official on Tuesday, as she signed an athletic scholarship with the East Tennessee school.

Fish will be coached at the four-year program by her brother, Danny Fish, a DCHS alum who just completed his sixth season as head coach of the Scots program. Danny Fish said he believes Kayla will fill a void on his team, and will be a team player, despite the family connection.

"I know it'll be a sister playing for her brother, but it's going to be tough; tougher on her than it will be on me," Fish said. "I like to think of myself being able to differentiate the relationships between brother and sister, and player and coach. Kayla shoud be able to come right in, if she works really hard, and help us out. We lost a couple of outfielders from this season's team, so we'll see what happens."

West HR propels Tigerettes to State Tournament

May 16, 2008

The DeKalb County Tigerette fast-pitch softball team is on the way to the State Tournament.

Sarah West blasted a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie with Sub-State host, Hixson, and the Tigerettes held on for a 4-2 victory, Friday night in Chattanooga. The win puts the Tigerettes in the State Tournament for the fifth time in the program's history, and for the first time since the 2001 season.

DeKalb County was held without a base runner for the first four innings, as the Lady Wildcats built a 2-0 lead with a run in the third inning and another in the fourth. Hixson pitcher, Dawon Millwood walked DC's Kristina Stephens to lead off the top of the fifth inning, and West followed with a one-out single. Shay Sullivan ripped a double to the outfield, which scored both Stephens and West, and tied the game, 2-2.

Tigerettes routed by Goodpasture in Region final

May 13, 2008

The Goodpasture Lady Cougars, the top-ranked team in the state in Class AA, and a winner of five consecutive State championships, came to Smithville and dealt the DeKalb County Tigerettes a 9-0 setback, Tuesday, in the championship game of the Region 4-AA Tournament. Despite the loss, the Tigerettes' season will continue with a sub-state game scheduled for Friday at either Chattanooga Christian or Hixson.

The Tigerettes held the high-powered Lady Cougars scoreless through the first four innings, but Goodpasture finally broke onto the scoreboard with a three-run fifth inning. A run scored on a DeKalb County throwing error to first, while a second run scored on a passed ball. Lady Cougar pitcher, Devon Schmidt, plated the third run on an RBI single.


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