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Predators Sign Ryan Hartman to One-Year Contract

Ryan Hartman of Nashville Predators[Photo courtesy of NHL.com]

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the team has signed restricted free-agent forward Ryan Hartman to a one-year contract worth $875,000.

Hartman, 23 (9/20/94), had six points (3g-3a) and 14 penalty minutes in 21 games last season with Nashville after being acquired from Chicago on Feb. 26. He recorded a combined 31 points (11g-20a) in 78 games with the Predators and Blackhawks during the 2017-18 regular season, his second as a full-time NHL player. Hartman featured in nine playoff games for the Predators and tallied two goals and an assist, including the game-winning goal in Game 2 of Nashville’s Western Conference First Round series against Colorado. The 6-foot, 181-pound winger notched the game-winning goal in his first contest with the team on Feb. 27 in Nashville’s 6-5 win at Winnipeg.

Originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round (30th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Hartman spent two seasons with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs from 2014-16, posting 79 points (31g-48a) in 139 games before jumping to the NHL. The Hilton Head Island, S.C., native competed for the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League from 2012-14, where he finished second on the team in scoring in his rookie season with 60 points (23g-37a) and played in the CHL’s Top Prospects Game. Prior to his time in the OHL, Hartman played for the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., from 2010-12. He won gold with Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Russia and 2012 Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic.

Manchester Post 78 Bows out of State Tournament on Saturday with Extra Inning Loss

A bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 8th inning ended the season for the 15U Post 78 American Legion baseball team on Saturday.  Taking on McMinnville Post 173 in the American Legion State Tournament in Tullahoma, Manchester dropped the loser’s bracket game 9 to 8 on Saturday night.

In a back and forth battle delayed by lightning, the Raiders and the Pioneers traded blow after blow.  After Post 78 got a run in the 1st inning, McMinnville answered back to build a 4 run lead.   Trailing 5 to 1 entering the 4th inning, the Raiders rallied for 4 runs to tie the game at 5.  Trey Rogers had the big hit as he drilled a 3 RBI triple.  After McMinnville scored twice, Manchester tied the game at 7 in the 6th inning.  After McMinnville took a 7 to 6 lead into the 7th inning.  The Raiders rallied to tie the game as Jacob Sherrill executed a safety squeeze bunt to score Braxton White to send the game to extra innings.  McMinnville was able to load the bases in the 8th inning with 1 out before a walk ended the game and the Legionnaires’ season.

Five Claybusters Named to All-State Squad

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation announced the 2018 Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) Scholastic All-State athletes in a press release on Saturday.  Five members of the Coffee County Claybusters received recognition to the All-State team.

To be named a Scholastic All-State athlete, Tennessee SCTP athletes must meet a set of achievement criteria, which was screened through an application process. All-State athletes must exhibit academic excellence by posting a year-end grade average of 92 or better.  Each also need to have logged an average score of 92 in regional and state competitions, and have demonstrated outstanding community involvement.

Named to the SCTP team from Coffee County were: Lindsey Dickson, Victoria Majors, Landon Meadows, Logan Meadows and Neil Slone.  The All-State athletes and scholarship recipients will be recognized at an awards banquet in Montgomery County on August 11.

Sounds Drop Series Finale in Des Moines

A strong start by James Naile wasn’t enough for the Nashville Sounds in a 2-0 loss to the Iowa Cubs Sunday afternoon at Principal Park.

Naile tossed seven innings and limited the Cubs to two runs on just four hits. It was Naile’s eighth quality start of the season, and his first outing since his 2018 Triple-A All-Star Game appearance on Wednesday.

Nashville’s offense never materialized and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They left the bases loaded in the fourth, and runners on in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a run-scoring groundout by Chesny Young. A second run came in the fourth when Bijan Rademacher doubled and Ryan Court knocked him in with a base hit to left field to make it 2-0.

Nashville had a chance to even the game in the later innings but couldn’t push across any runs. Sheldon Neuse flied out to right with a pair of runners on base and two outs in the eighth. With two outs and runners at first and second in the ninth, Ramon Laureano hit a deep drive into left-center but it was run down by Chris Coghlan to end the game.

The Sounds managed only five hits – two of them being doubles by Melvin Mercedes and Laureano.

The Sounds return home Monday as they host the Omaha Storm Chasers in the start of a seven-day, eight-game homestand. Right-hander Ben Bracewell (2-3, 4.88) starts for Nashville while Omaha has not named a starter. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at First Tennessee Park.

Post-Game Notes

  • With today’s 2-0 loss, the Sounds dropped to 44-48 on the season.
  • Nashville was shut out for the eighth time this season. The eight shutouts are tied for the most in the Pacific Coast League with Iowa and Albuquerque.
  • James Naile recorded his team-leading eighth quality start of the season (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K). He threw a career-high 102 pitches.

The 2018 season is the Sounds’ 41st in franchise history and fourth as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.

Sounds Let Late Lead Slip in Loss to Iowa

Ramon Laureano hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh inning on Saturday night, but the Iowa Cubs answered with a two-run homer in the eighth and beat the Nashville Sounds 5-4 at Principal Park. The five-game series is even at two wins apiece, as the Sounds have dropped consecutive games.

Laureano’s two-out smash to left off Jen-Ho Tseng in the seventh was his fourth homer in 13 games in July, and it broke a 3-3 tie. But Jake Sanchez, who worked around trouble in the bottom of the seventh, gave up a two-out two-run shot to Taylor Davis in the eighth to account for the 5-4 final.

The Sounds first had gotten a lead in the fourth. Down 1-0 against Tseng, BJ Boyd and Jorge Mateo delivered consecutive run-scoring hits, and Boyd scored on a double play for a 3-1 advantage. Iowa scored single runs in the fourth and sixth to make it 3-3 against Raul Alcantara, who turned in a quality start in the no-decision. Sanchez suffered the loss, and Cory Mazzoni retired all six batters he faced to notch the win for Iowa.

The five-game series concludes Sunday afternoon at 1:08 p.m. James Naile (5-8, 4.30) is scheduled to start for the Sounds, and Trevor Clifton (0-1, 4.23) will make the start for Iowa. The Sounds return to First Tennessee Park on Monday night to begin an eight-game, seven-day homestand at 7:05 against the Omaha Storm Chasers.

The 2018 season is the Sounds’ 41st in franchise history and fourth as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.

Manchester Post 78 Legion Teams Fall in State Tournament Games on Friday

American Legion Vets salute the flag during Friday night’s national anthem prior to Post 78 game at Grider Stadium in Tullahoma

Both Manchester Post 78 American Legion baseball teams were in action on Friday in their respective American Legion State Tournaments with both teams squaring off against Columbia’s Post 19 .  The 15U Raiders dropped a 6 to 2 decision to Columbia in Tullahoma.  The 17U Raider squad saw their state tournament come to a close with a 12 to 2 loss to Post 19 in Gallatin.

Despite getting on the board early, Coffee County’s 17U Legion squad saw Columbia roar to the 12 to 3 win.  Manchester’s Post 78 finished with 6 hits on the game but could not keep pace with the Lions.  Gage Edwards had a hit and 2 RBI.  Owen Neel finished with a hit, an RBI and a run scored.  Griffin Meeker had a hit, a walk and 2 runs scored and Noah Bradshaw contributed a hit and a walk.

The 15U team got a 2 out RBI single from Braxton White to take a 1 to 0 lead in the top of the first inning.  After Columbia tied the game in the bottom of the first, they tacked on pairs of runs in the 2nd and 3rd to seize control.  White finished with 2 hits and both Coffee County RBI.  Trey Rogers had a hit and scored both Post 78 runs.  Luke Beachboard added a single in the 7th before Columbia snuffed out any potential Raider Rally.

The Post 78 15U team will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at 5 when they take on the loser of Friday’s late game between Tullahoma and McMinnville.  Opening ceremonies for the tournament will get underway at 4 PM at Grider Stadium.

Sounds Split Doubleheader with I-Cubs

The Nashville Sounds couldn’t hold an early lead Friday night and ultimately lost 5-3 to the Iowa Cubs in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Principal Park. The Sounds had won the first game of the day-night twinbill 8-3 to move their win streak to five. That matched a season-high, and it’s the second time this season their five-game win streak has been snapped by Iowa.

Franklin Barreto got the Sounds rolling in the first inning with a long two-run homer to left off Eddie Butler. It was Barreto’s 10th home run of the year in 50 games for the Sounds.

The 2-0 lead held up until the bottom of the fourth inning. Daniel Mengden, making a second rehab start for the Sounds, retired the first two hitters in the frame before five consecutive I-Cubs hitters reached base. Jason Vosler tied it 2-2 with a two-run homer, and Trey Martin’s RBI single gave Iowa a lead it never gave back. Mengden yielded four runs on five hits in four innings in the loss, and Carlos Ramirez gave up one run in the fifth.

The Sounds fought back in the sixth against Iowa’s bullpen. Bruce Maxwell doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Melvin Mercedes to cut the deficit to 5-3. Steve Lombardozzi, who has reached base safely in 17 games in a row, singled in the seventh, but Barreto and Anthony Garcia each popped out against Dakota Mekkes to end the game.

The five-game series continues Saturday night when Raul Alcantara (4-1, 4.35) opposes Jen-Ho Tseng (2-10, 7.14). First pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m.

The 2018 season is the Sounds’ 41st in franchise history and fourth as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.

Sounds Hold Off Cubs to Open Second Half

The Nashville Sounds held off a furious rally by the Iowa Cubs to open the unofficial second half of the season with an 8-7 win at Principal Park.

After racing out to a 5-0 lead and holding an 8-2 advantage in the top of the eighth, the Sounds allowed five doubles in the final two innings as the Cubs scored five runs to make it close.

Bruce Maxwell started the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the second inning. Nashville added four runs in the third as Franklin Barreto, Anthony Garcia, Sheldon Neuse and Jorge Mateo had hits.

The 5-0 lead looked like it would be more than enough support for starter Eric Jokisch. The southpaw went 6 1/3 innings and limited the Cubs to two runs on five hits. He walked a pair and struck out six in his third win of the season.

After Iowa got on the board with two runs in the fourth, Garcia padded Nashville’s lead with his team-high 15th home run of the season, a two-run line drive out to left-center in the sixth.

Ramon Laureano’s RBI double extended his hitting streak to 10 games and gave Nashville an 8-2 lead in the eighth inning. Iowa staged a rally against Liam Hendriks in the bottom half of the inning. Chris Coghlan and Chesny Young had singles, and Taylor Davis and Jason Vosler added doubles to trim Nashville’s lead to 8-5.

J.B. Wendelken relieved Hendriks and promptly allowed back-to-back doubles to Ryan Court and Bijan Rademacher but got out of the inning by stranding the tying run at second.

In the ninth, Iowa’s Mark Zagunis kept the game alive with a two-out double to left field. Wendelken then walked Davis but hung on to the 8-7 lead by striking out Vosler with the tying run in scoring position.

Wendelken notched his third save of the season despite being charged with a run on three hits. Garcia, Neuse, Maxwell and Mateo all had multi-hit games for Nashville.

The Sounds and Cubs play a day-night doubleheader Friday at Principal Park. Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer (5-0, 4.43) starts for Nashville in game one against right-hander Casey Coleman (1-0, 1.50). First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1:08 p.m. Game two is scheduled for a 7:08 p.m. start.

Post-Game Notes

  • With tonight’s 8-7 win, the Sounds improved to 43-45 on the season.
  • Right fielder Ramon Laureano extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the eighth inning.
  • Left fielder Anthony Garcia matched a season-high with three runs scored and hit his team-leading 15th home run of the year.
  • Starter Eric Jokisch notched his fifth quality start of the season (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K).

The 2018 season is the Sounds’ 41st in franchise history and fourth as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com.

17U Post 78 Baseball Team Falls in State Tournament Opener

The 17U Manchester Post 78  baseball team opened up the Tennessee American Legion State Tournament in Gallatin on Thursday.  The Raider squad opened up against Tullahoma at Vol State Community College.  Tullahoma’s Post 43 kept the Raider bats at bay as Manchester fell 11 to 1.

After surrendering 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning to Tullahoma, Coffee County rallied with a pair of singles and 2 walks.  But a pair of outs on the bases quelled the Raider rally with only 1 run scored.   Those 2 hits were the only hits that the Raiders could muster in the contest.  Braden Brown and Owen Neal had the singles while Neal drove in Coffee County’s only run.

Post 78 will fall into the loser’s bracket with the opening round loss.  The Raiders will play at 12:30 PM against either McMinnville or Columbia.  That game will be played at Vol State Community College in Gallatin.

The 15U tournament is set to get underway on Friday in Tullahoma at Grider Stadium.  The 15U Post 78 team will tangle with Columbia at 5 PM.  Win or lose, the Raiders will come back on Saturday afternoon to take on Tullahoma or McMinnville.

Both tournaments are double elimination.  You can see online copies of the brackets at: https://www.tnlegionbaseball.org/page/show/4270388-2018-tn-legion-state-tournament-brackets

Vol Legend Tony Robinson to Visit Manchester on Friday

Tony Robinson on the cover of Sports Illustrated after a Tennessee upset victory over #1 ranked Auburn on October 7, 1985
[credit: Ronald C. Modra for Sports Illustrated]

Former University of Tennessee quarterback Tony Robinson will be in Manchester on Friday.  Tony will be the guest of honor at the Grand Re-Opening of Walk Off Hits at 2012 McArthur Drive.  Robinson will be in attendance with his Washington Redskins Super Bowl Ring from 1987.

Robinson played as a replacement player during the 1987 NFL strike.  Robinson, and his Redskin replacement teammates, received Super Bowl rings in June from the Washington Redskins.  Washington won Super Bowl XXII after opening  the season with a 3 and 0 record with replacement players.

Fans can view the ring and get an autograph from the iconic Vol quarterback.  Photo opportunities will be available with Robinson between the hours of 4 and 7 at Walk Off Hits.  Walk Off Hits is located at 2012 McArthur Drive in Manchester.

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