Sounds Edge Rangers in Front of Record-Breaking Crowd at First Tennessee Park

The Nashville Sounds edged the Texas Rangers, 4-3, in front of a record-breaking crowd of 11,824 at First Tennessee Park Sunday afternoon. It was the first Major League exhibition game in Nashville since June 3, 1999.

Outfielder Preston Beck provided the difference when he gave the Sounds a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when he belted a two-run homer into The Band Box off Texas reliever Shawn Kelley.

Taylor Hearn got the starting nod for Nashville and cruised through five innings after a 44-minute rain delay prior to first pitch. Hearn’s lone hiccup came in the first when Texas plated a run on Hunter Pence’s sacrifice fly. The southpaw went five innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits. He walked two and struck out seven.

Ariel Jurado opposed Hearn and limited the Sounds to one run in 3 2/3 frames. After the sacrifice fly by Pence in the first, the Sounds evened the game at 1-1 on a run-scoring ground-rule double by Zack Granite.

It stayed 1-1 until the top of the sixth when the Rangers took advantage of Nashville’s second error. An errant throw by second baseman Nolan Fontana allowed Juremi Profar to score and give Texas a 2-1 lead.

The slim advantage didn’t last as Nashville bounced back in the home half of the sixth. Eli White started the rally by working a one-out walk off Kelley. Beck followed with his two-run homer to right field to put the Sounds on top for good.

A pair of walks issued by Texas closer Jose Leclerc came back to hurt him in the seventh. The right-hander walked Hunter Cole and Fontana before Ryan Dorow lined a base hit up the middle to bring in Cole to make it a 4-2 game.

Four relievers worked for Nashville after Hearn’s five frames. CD Pelham allowed the unearned run in the sixth, Tennessee native Brett Martin tossed a scoreless seventh, Tim Dillard followed suit in the eighth and Brady Feigl shut the door in the ninth despite Texas scoring a run to make it 4-3.

Pelham picked up the win in relief and Kelley was charged with the loss. Feigl earned the save in Nashville’s win.

The Rangers head to Arlington where they’ll host the Cleveland Indians in an exhibition game at Globe Life Park Monday night. Texas opens the 2019 season against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday afternoon, while the Sounds open their 2019 season on Thursday, April 4 at First Tennessee Park.

The 42nd season of Nashville Sounds baseball officially begins on Thursday, April 4, when the Sounds host the Iowa Cubs at 6:35 p.m. Season ticket memberships for the 2019 season are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting

Weekend Prep Results and Monday Prep Schedule

Friday Prep Results

CHS Softball lost to Pisgah, AL at Warrior Classic – 5 to 2 – See the results HERE

CHS Softball lost to Bryant, AR at Warrior Classic – 15 to 7 – See the results HERE

WMS Baseball lost to Forrest – 16 to 4 – See the results HERE

CHS Boys’ Soccer lost to Loudon at Cleveland Classic – 5 to 1 – See the results HERE

Saturday Prep Results

CHS Bass Club at Region Tournament on Percy Priest Lake – See the results HERE

CHS Softball fell to Carl Sandburg, IL at Warrior Classic – 15 to 4 – See the results HERE

CHS Boys’ Soccer lost to Knox Catholic at Cleveland Classic – 1 to 0 – See the results HERE

CHS Softball defeated Florence, AL at Warrior Classic – 11 to 3 – See the results HERE

CCMS Baseball races past Rock Springs – 13 to 3 – See the results HERE

CHS Boys’ Soccer fell to McMinn County at Cleveland Classic – 5 to 2 – See the results HERE

CHS Baseball wins at Grundy Co -3 to 2 – See the results HERE


Monday Prep Schedule

5:00 PM – WMS Baseball at Cascade

6:00 PM – CHS Softball at Tullahoma – Thunder Radio broadcast – POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER

Westwood Baseball Falls in Friday Home Game

Timothy Henderson of Westwood baseball

The Westwood baseball team welcomed Forrest to Fred Deadman Park on Friday for a conference match-up.  In a game you heard here on Thunder Radio, the Rockets fell to Forrest by a final score of 16 to 4.

Westwood jumped out to a 2 to 0 lead in the 1st inning before Forrest exploded for 6 runs in the 3rd inning to grab a lead they would not surrender.  Westwood plated 2 runs in the 4th inning but could not stop the Forrest offense.  Westwood was led in hitting by Jayden Carter and Timothy Henderson who each had a pair of singles.  Henderson scored twice and had an RBI.

Westwood returns to action on Monday when they travel to Wartrace to take on Cascade.  First pitch is set for 5 PM in the conference game.

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Coffee County Middle School Baseball Blasts Rock Springs on Saturday

Cole Pippenger of CCMS baseball

Coffee County Middle School baseball team stepped out of conference play on Saturday as they visited Smyrna to take on Rock Springs.  The Red Raiders plated 9 runs in the 1st inning as they coasted to a 13 to 3 win.

The Red Raiders got 10 walks in the game including 3 in the first inning as they sent 13 batters to the plate in the 9 run uprising.  Cole Pippenger had a pair of doubles in the first inning. Pippenger finished the game with 4 RBI and scored twice.  Jacob Holder had a pair of singles, 2 RBI and got the win on the mound as he struck out 8 batters.

Coffee Middle will take off next week for Spring Break.  The Red Raiders will return to the diamond when they travel to Winchester on Monday, April 1st to take on South Franklin.

Coffee County Baseball Wins at Grundy County on Saturday

Hayden Skipper of CHS baseball

Looking to break a 3 game losing streak, the Coffee County CHS baseball team traveled to Coalmont on Saturday to take on Grundy County.  The Red Raiders made the most of their 4 hits as they had 3 extra bases hits.  The Red Raiders won by a final score of 3 to 2.

The Red Raiders scored single runs in the 1st, 2nd and 5th innings to build a 3 to 1 lead through 5 innings.  Coffee County shut down a 6th inning rally with a double play and got out of a bases loaded jam in the 7th to take the non-district win.

Hayden Skipper had a walk and a home run and scored twice to lead the Raiders.  Skylar Bratcher had a double and a walk with an RBI while Bryson Hullett had a double and scored a run on a Gage Edwards sacrifice fly.  Zach Milan got the win on the mound while Edwards earned the save.

The Red Raiders are back in action on Tuesday when they return to district action against Lawrence County.  The Raiders will play host to Lawrence County at Powers Field on Tuesday beginning at 5:30 PM.  Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you all the action with Luck Knott on the call.  Our live coverage begins with the pregame show at 5:20.

Coffee County Softball Closes Out Tournament Play with Saturday Win

Katie Rutledge of CHS softball

The Coffee County CHS softball team finished the Warrior Classic tournament on Saturday as they split their final 2 games.  After a win in Thursday’s opener, the Lady Raiders dropped a pair of decisions on Friday night.  Coffee County finished the tournament with a record of 2 and 3.

In Friday’s opener, Coffee County gave up a pair of runs in the first inning to Pisgah, Alabama.  Coffee County cut the deficit to 1 run before Pisgah added a pair of runs in the 7th inning.  Sarah West had a pair of singles to lead the Raider hitting attack.  Despite striking out 10, Keri Munn took the hard luck loss in the circle.

In the nightcap, the Lady Raiders fell to Arkansas 7A power Bryant by a score of 15 to 7.  Despite getting 7 hits, the Lady Raiders committed 7 errors which allowed 9 unearned runs.  West again had a pair of singles with 2 RBI while Munn added a single and a double.  Katie Rutledge had a triple and a single with 2 RBI.  Rutledge finished the tournament with 11 hits and a batting average of .611

On Saturday, the Lady Raiders dropped a 15 to 4 decision to Chicago powerhouse Carl Sandburg.  The error bug again proved fatal to Coffee County as they committed 6 errors resulting in 7 unearned runs.  Rutledge had 2 singles and a double to lead the hitting attack.  Munn added 2 singles with a pair of RBI.

In Saturday’s final game, the Lady Raiders gave up a 3 run lead in the first inning before pounding out 15 hits and 11 runs to get a win over Florence, Alabama.  Haley Richardson had a home run, a triple and a single with 2 RBI and 4 runs scored to lead Coffee County.  Rutledge finished with a double and 2 singles while Justus Turner and Haidyn Campbell each had a double.  Munn got the win in the circle as she struck out 10 in 6 innings.

Coffee County is set to return to district play on Monday.  The Lady Raiders travel to Tullahoma for a district match up with the Lady Cats.  First pitch is set for 6 PM and Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast with Lucky Knott on the call.  Our live coverage will get underway at 5:50.

Coffee County Soccer Drops Three Games in Cleveland Classic

Briggs Haithcock of CHS soccer

Taking part in their 2nd weekend tournament in a row, Coffee County CHS soccer continued to show improvement on Friday and Saturday in Cleveland.  The Raiders failed to capture a win but played competitively throughout most of the 2 day tournament.

Opening up on Friday, Coffee County fell to Loudon by a score of 5 to 1.  The Raiders trailed 2 nil at the half before Briggs Haithcock found scored Coffee County’s lone goal in the 57th minute.  John Martinez was credited with the assist.

On Saturday morning, the Raiders played well but were shut out by Knoxville Catholic.  The Irish scored their lone goal on a penalty kick in the 2nd half.

In their final game of the day, Coffee County dropped off a 5 to 2 decision to McMinn County.  The Raiders went to the half tied at 2 as Haithcock assisted on a goal by Francesco Alzate in the 24th minute.  Haithcock put a free kick in the back of the net in the 33rd minute.

The Raiders will take off next week for Spring Break.  The Raiders return to the pitch on Tuesday, April 2nd when they play their first home match of the year.  Coffee County will play host to Franklin County with the opening kick set for 7 PM.

Coffee County Youth Bass Club Lands Good Finishes in Saturday Tournament

Taking part in their next to the last South Central Tennessee Region BASS Nation High School, the Coffee County Youth Bass Club put five high school boats and a junior division boat on the water Saturday.  Competing on Percy Priest Lake, the Raider anglers looked to improve upon their region standings.  The junior division anglers captured a 6th place finish while the top high school boat came in 17th place.

In the junior division, the boat of Kyaln Mantooth and Lance Marcom caught a pair of fish weighing in at 4.79 pounds to capture 6th place.  That finish was good enough to keep the pair at the top of the region standings with one event remaining.  The junior team of Delainee Driver and Grayson Mangrum are in a tie in 35th place.

In the high school division, the boat of Briley Sain and Kaden Freeze were the top finishers on Saturday. They landed 3 keepers on the day tipping the scale with 7.49 pounds to finish in 17th place.  Colby Thurmond and Jacob Garms also landed 3 fish with a total weight of 6.56 pounds to finish in 23rd place.  Adam Petty and Jayden Yates caught a pair of fish weighing 3.96 pounds.  The brother tandem of Branson and Dawson Wells also landed 2 fish weighing 5.54 pounds to capture 27th place and Curtis Tudor and Sawyer Banks caught one fish weighing 42nd place out of 89 boats.

In the region standings, Coffee County has 3 boats in the top 12 and 6 boats in the top 50.  Thurmond/Garms are currently in 4th place with one tournament to go.  The Wells brothers sit in 6th place while the defending region championship team of Isaiah Owens and Garrett Davis are in 12th place.  Petty and Yates are in 36th place, Tudor and Banks are 39th and Sain and Freeze moved up to 42nd place.

The Coffee County Youth Bass Club will be back in action on Saturday, April 6th in a state trail tournament on Kentucky Lake.  The South Central Tennessee Region Championship will take place on April 20th on Percy Priest Lake.  Both tournaments will blast off at first light.

Preds Disappointed with Effort in Loss to Jets

The Nashville Predators were unable to prevail in the biggest game of the season so far.

The Jets scored three times in the second period en route to a 5-0 shut out of the Predators at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. The result ends Nashville’s four-game point streak and sees the Jets take a four-point lead over the Preds atop the Central Division.

Nashville entered the night with a chance to tie Winnipeg for first in the Central, but after a quality first period from the visitors, the Jets were frankly “better” than the Predators, according to captain Roman Josi.

“It’s disappointing,” Josi said. “Biggest game of the year up to this point, and they were just better than us. It’s disappointing.”

The opening stanza ended scoreless, but there was tremendous pace throughout with both clubs trading chances over a 20-minute period that favored the Preds.

“The first period we played really well,” Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “We had the edge just with what we were trying to do. I thought we were sharp and on point, and then the next 40 turned and we weren’t good at all.”

It looked as though the Predators had taken a 1-0 lead early in the second, but moments after Calle Jarnkrok’s deflection was overturned due to a high stick, Kyle Connor gave Winnipeg the first goal of the game.

The Jets followed up with two more tallies before the middle frame was out courtesy of Andrew Copp and Kevin Hayes, and Connor added two more in the third to complete the hat trick and clinch a playoff spot for the Jets.

“They were just better than us the whole game,” Josi said. “It’s really disappointing that we played like that for such a big game. It was a big game for both teams, and we just didn’t play well enough.”

The Predators will have a chance to conclude the trip on a high note on Monday in Minnesota, and although Nashville will be anxious to move on from this one, they know they can’t brush it off, either.

“We’re playing again in two days, but it’s a tough loss,” Josi said. “That’s a really good team over there. They’re in our division, and it was a big game for first in the Central. We have to find a way to play better than what we did tonight.”


Rem Pitlick, Austin Watson, Matt Donovan, Cody McLeod and Frederick Gaudreau were scratched for the Preds on Saturday night.

The Predators will now depart Manitoba bound for Minnesota and a meeting with the Wild on Monday night.  Thunder Radio will bring you that broadcast immediately following our live coverage of Coffee County softball at Tullahoma.

Pete Weber’s Postgame Report

Friday Prep Scores and Saturday Prep Schedule

Friday Prep Results

CCMS Baseball at Harris – Moved to April 11th

CHS Softball lost to Pisgah, AL at Warrior Classic – 5 to 2

CHS Softball lost to Bryant, AR at Warrior Classic – 15 to 7

WMS Baseball lost to Forrest – 16 to 4

CHS Boys’ Soccer lost to Loudon at Cleveland Classic – 5 to 1


Saturday Prep Schedule

6:00 AM – CHS Bass Club at Region Tournament on Percy Priest Lake

8:00 AM – CHS Softball vs. Carl Sandburg, IL at Warrior Classic

10:00 AM(ET) – CHS Boys’ Soccer vs. Knox Catholic at Cleveland Classic

12:00 PM – CHS Softball vs. Florence, AL at Warrior Classic

12:00 PM – CCMS Baseball at Rock Springs

3:00 PM(ET) – CHS Boys’ Soccer vs. McMinn County at Cleveland Classic

5:30 PM – CHS Baseball at Grundy Co

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