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Rain Washes Out Wednesday Slate for CCFL

softball 6The scheduled doubleheader for the Coffee County Fastpitch League was cancelled on Wednesday due to the storms in the area and wet field conditions.  The games will be rescheduled, Thunder Radio and the Coffee Coaches Show will keep you updated on the times and location.  On Thursday night, the CCFL returns to action at Terry Floyd Field at Central High School.  The schedule for Thursday:

5:00 – K&D Rebar vs. Piggy Back (6U)
5:55 – A Winning Attitude vs. Mid-Town Medical (8U)
7:15 – David Clark Homes vs. People’s Bank (8U)

Wisler Collects First MLB Hit While Stifling Nats

Braves3Matt Wisler validated his status as a highly regarded pitching prospect and recorded his first career hit and RBI during a four-run fourth inning that propelled the Braves to Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over the Nationals at Turner Field.

Wisler’s two-out RBI single capped the fourth inning, which was highlighted by the back-to-back homers A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe hit off Doug Fister. But most of the 22-year-old right-hander’s most valuable contributions came in the process of limiting the Nationals to one hit, while recording six strikeouts and issuing five walks over 5 1/3 innings.
“It was just nice to win the game,” Pierzynski said after the contest, which started after a 2-hour, 9-minute rain delay. “These guys have kicked our tail a lot this year. It was nice just to have an opportunity to score some runs and play with a lead against these guys, because it always seems like we’re chasing them from behind.”

The Nationals, who had won each of the past nine games played against the Braves, scored their run when Denard Span produced a two-out RBI single off Nick Masset in the seventh inning. But they were not able to overcome the damage incurred by Fister, who allowed four earned runs and seven hits over six innings.

Wisler, ranked by as the Braves’ No. 2 prospect, used three strikeouts to pitch around the two walks he issued during a 27-pitch first inning. The young hurler, who was making his third career start, also induced an inning-ending double play off Yunel Escobar’s bat after a Danny Espinosa single put runners at the corners with one out in the third inning.

“He threw the ball over the plate, was locating on each pitch, working in and out and threw a very good ballgame,” said Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper. “As a team, I think we’re swinging it well, and we just had one of those nights.” More >
Wilson Ramos had a forgettable night with runners in scoring position. He struck out with runners on first and second to end the first inning, and he again left the Nationals hanging in the sixth inning, when he grounded into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play with runners on first and third.

Pierzynski’s two-run shot — his first home run since June 3 — sparked the fourth-inning uprising that included Uribe’s solo shot and the RBI single Wisler produced immediately after Eury Perez was intentionally walked. The Braves had totaled four runs in just two of the previous 11 games they had played since Freddie Freeman was sidelined with a right wrist injury.

Fister cruised through his first three innings against the Braves, retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced. That all came undone in the fourth inning, though, with Atlanta center fielder Cameron Maybin starting the frame off with a single to a diving Ian Desmond. Maybin’s hit set up the big inning against the Nationals starter, who allowed five of his seven hits in the fourth.
Maybin’s stolen base in the fourth inning was the first that Fister has allowed since joining the Nationals. Since 2014, only three baserunners have even attempted stealing off of Fister: Gerardo Parra was thrown out on May 14, 2014, and Steven Souza was caught stealing June 18, 2015, before Maybin’s successful steal.

For Thursday night’s 6:10 CT series finale at Turner Field, Atlanta will go with Manny Banuelos, who will be making his Major League debut. Banuelos was a hot-shot prospect in the Yankees’ organization before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012. He posted a 2.29 ERA in 15 starts with Triple-A Gwinnett this year.  Washington turns to staff ace Max Scherzer, hoping he continues his recent dominance. His scoreless-innings streak was broken in his last start against the Phillies, but he’s still posted a miniscule 0.69 ERA over his last three starts (26 IP, 2 ER).
Thunder Radio will have the broadcast of tonight’s game beginning at 6:00 PM.

Long Deal’s in Sound’s Shutout Win

Sounds2Making just his second start of the season for the Sounds, Nathan Long delivered seven shutout innings and guided Nashville to a 2-0 victory over Colorado Springs at First Tennessee Park on Wednesday night.

The shutout was the seventh the Sounds have posted this season. Nashville improved to 5-3 in the second half and has taken seven of the first 10 from the Sky Sox this season.

Long set the tone of the game for the Sounds. After Colorado Springs hung nine runs on Nashville pitching last night, the right-hander silenced the Sky Sox and limited them to just two hits. Long, who was selected as a Texas League All-Star but skipped the game on Wednesday night to fly to Nashville, lasted seven scoreless innings. After a two-out single in the first, he retired 11 straight batters before issuing his only walk in the fifth. Elian Herrera had two singles off Long, the only hits he surrendered.

The Sounds backed their starter by scratching out the game’s only two runs in the bottom of the fourth. With two away in the frame, Dayan Viciedo hit a double into the right field corner and plated when Jason Pridie followed with a soft fly ball to center. Pridie, who was selected as a PCL All-Star earlier in the day, scored all the way from first when Jake Smolinski hit a rocket to the wall that went for a double.

The two teams combined for just 10 hits, as Nashville outhit Colorado Springs, 6-4. Andy Parrino had the Sounds’ lone multi-hit game and Ryan Roberts collected a double in his third straight contest.

Arnold Leon struck out a pair in the eighth and Ryan Cook picked up his seventh save by leaving runners on the corners to end the game.

The Sounds and Sky Sox play the third game of their series on Thursday night at First Tennessee Park. Former Sound Hiram Burgos will get the ball for the
Sky Sox while the Sounds have yet to name their starter. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Motlow College hosts Basketball Skills Clinics for Area Youth

Motlow College wmonen's basketball coach Dominic Tharpe(left) instructs players at a recent basketball camp

Motlow College women’s basketball coach Dominic Tharpe(left) instructs players at a recent basketball camp

Motlow College women’s basketball head coach Dominic Tharpe recently held a pair of basketball skills clinics at Copperweld Arena on the Moore County campus. Participants were taught multiple aspects of the game; including ball handling, shooting, rebounding, teamwork and defense. Tharpe will assemble his second Lady Bucks squad when fall 2015 classes begin at Motlow in late August.

Pridie Named To PCL All-Star Team

Nashville Sounds outfielder Jason Pridie

Nashville Sounds outfielder Jason Pridie

Outfielder Jason Pridie has been selected to represent the Nashville Sounds on the Pacific Coast League All-Star team that faces the International League stars during the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 15 at Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska.

Pridie was selected as a reserve for the contest by the PCL office.

The 31-year-old claims a .293 (85-for-290) batting average and leads the Sounds with 46 RBIs, eight home runs, 42 runs scored, a .455 slugging percentage and 11 stolen bases in 75 games. He has played all three outfield positions this season, committing just one error and posting a team-high four outfield assists.

Pridie is among Pacific Coast League leaders in games (3rd), hits (T-3rd), totals bases (132, T-9th) and RBIs (T-9th). He put together one of the strongest months of May in the league, hitting .364 (40-for-110) with 14 extra-base hits, 18 RBIs and a season-high 10-game hitting streak (May 15-25).

The Arizona native has recorded 24 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI contests, both tops on the team. He is one of two players on the Sounds to hit a home run in back-to-back games this season. In addition, the outfielder collected the first two RBIs by a Sound at First Tennessee Park during a 3-2 win on April 17.

Pridie is in the midst of his 14th professional season and has spent time in seven different organizations. He made his Major League debut with the Minnesota Twins on September 3, 2008.

The mid-season All-Star selection is the third of his career. Pridie was previously recognized as an All-Star by the Southern League in 2007 and the International League in 2013.

The 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game will be broadcast live on television on MLB Network and the Armed Forces Network at 7:00 p.m. CST on July 15th

Tuesday Coffee County Fastpitch League Roundup

8U ACtion - June30On Tuesday night, the Coffee County Fastpitch League held a triple-header at Terry Floyd Field. A pair of 8U games opened the night with a 10U contest in the nightcap.  In the first game, David Clark Homes got a big 3rd inning in a 7 to 5 win over K & D Rebar. David Clark Homes returns to action on Thursday night at 7:15 while K&D returns to the diamond at 5:00 on Friday.

8U Action - June30a


In the second game, A Winning Attitude clinched the regular season title in the 8U division with a 17 to 6 win over Re/Max.  Re/Max will be back in action on Wednesday night at 6:20 at Fred Deadman Park while A Winning Attitude will play at 5:55 on Thursday at Terry Floyd Field.


10U Action - June30


In the nightcap, Elite Conditioning got 5 runs in the first inning en route to a 8 to 1 victory over John Roberts Toyota in a 10U game. Emma Kidder threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts for Elite.  Elite will be in action on Wednesday night at 6:00 PM at Fred Deadman Park as they take on the 10U David Clark Homes team in a suspended game from Friday night.  John Roberts has one make-up game left to play.  That game is expected to be rescheduled for next week.

10U Action - June30aWednesday’s Coffee County Fastpitch League Schedule
(Games at Fred Deadman Park)
6:00 – David Clark Homes vs. Elite Conditioning (10U make-up)
6:20 – Peoples Bank vs Re/ Max (8U)

Braves Unable to Pick Up Shaky Miller

Braves5It did not take the Nationals long to extend their dominance of the Braves and halt the struggles they have had against Shelby Miller. A four-run first inning provided Jordan Zimmerman more than enough support as he led Washington to a 6-1 win on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

While Miller surrendered a season-high five runs — four earned — over five innings, Zimmerman scattered five hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings. The Nationals right-hander pitched around A.J. Pierzynski’s second-inning leadoff double on the way to extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak against the Braves to 15 2/3 innings.

Clint Robinson’s two-run homer highlighted the four-run first inning recorded against Miller, who had produced a 0.86 ERA over the only five previous starts made against Washington. The Nationals added an unearned run in the third inning and cruised toward their ninth consecutive win over the Braves.

Wilson Ramos and Clint Robinson added a pair of runs in the first just when it seemed like Miller was about to escape the inning with limited damage. Ramos’ two-out single drove in Espinosa, and Robinson’s two-run homer capped the inning — it was the first home run off of Miller since Brandon Belt’s on May 28.
Miller had surrendered a first-inning hit in just two of his previous 15 starts this year. But by the time he’d recorded his third out, he had already allowed more first-inning hits on Tuesday (four) than he previously had all season (three). The right-hander notched a season-high 10 strikeouts and surrendered just the one unearned run after the first inning. His ERA jumped from 1.94 to 2.20.

After driving in the game’s first run in the first inning with a double, second baseman Danny Espinosa stayed hot at the plate. He singled and scored again in the third inning, and doubled once again in the sixth. Espinosa entered Tuesday with hitting .251, but after going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, he pushed that up to .259 .

Jake Brigham completed three scoreless innings of relief while experiencing the Major League debut he had dreamed about since beginning his professional career in 2006. The 27-year-old right-hander was with Double-A Mississippi less than two weeks ago. But his recent success earned him a chance to become Atlanta’s latest long reliever.

The Nationals’ nine-game win streak against the Braves dates back to April 28, when they erased a nine-run deficit and won courtesy of Dan Uggla’s ninth-inning homer. Going back to the fifth inning of that game, Washington has outscored Atlanta 64-21.

Atlanta and Washington will meet for Game 2 in this series at Turner Field at 6:10 p.m. CT on Wednesday night. Thunder Radio will bring you the broadcast of that game beginning at 6:00 PM.

Sky Sox Baffle Sounds

Sounds4The Nashville Sounds fell 9-2 to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the first game of their four-game set at First Tennessee Park on Tuesday night.

Colorado Springs jumped on Brad Mills quickly, tagging the Sounds starter for four straight hits to begin the game, scoring two runs. Mills, the Sounds team-leader in ERA, did an excellent job getting out of the jam, surrendering just one more run as he forced Matt Dominguez to ground into a double play, before striking out Nevin Ashley.

The Sounds wasted little time answering, scoring the following half inning when Dayan Viciedo singled to drive in Ryan Roberts. Roberts had reached second base the at bat before, hitting a one-hopper to the wall in left center field.

Similar events transpired two innings later as once again the Sky Sox put up three runs and the Sounds answered with a run. Dominguez made up for the double play in the first inning, smashing a homer down the left field line to make it 6-1. The Sounds then scored on an RBI single by Roberts in the latter half of the inning.

Mills settled down after that, retiring the final 12 batters he faced, striking out six over seven innings. Colorado Springs would tack two more runs on in the eighth and another in the ninth. The loss brought Mills record to 3-8.

The Sounds and Sky Sox play game two of their four-game set Wednesday night. Freshly promoted from Double-A Midland, Nate Long is tabbed to start on 80’s night at First Tennessee Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Coffee County Fastpitch League Roundup for Monday

6U action on 29JulyThe Coffee County Fastpitch League kicked off a busy week of action on Monday night with a triple-header.   The night began with a 6U game between Hackett & Harrell Farms against Piggy Back Financial in a 6 and under contest.  The 6U games are played without keeping a score, but each team had some great defensive plays along with some timely hitting.


8U action on 29July


The second game of the night featured Mid-Town Medical taking on People’s Bank in a battle for third place in the 6 team 8U league. People’s scored the maximum 5 runs per inning to jump out to a 15 to 8 lead after 3 innings.  Mid-Town battled back to take a 16 to 15 lead going into the bottom of the 5th and last inning.  The “Pink Lightning”  of People’s Bank got 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th to claim the 17 to 16 win.


10U action on 29July



In the nightcap, State Farm took on David Clark Homes in an important 10U contest as the winner would move into 2nd place in the five team 10U division.  State Farm scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning to take a 2 to 0 lead which they held until the 3rd inning when they added an insurance run.  David Clark managed to score once in the bottom of the last inning, but State Farm extinguished the rally to claim the 3 to 1 win in the pitchers duel.  The pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts on the night.

Tuesday night, the Coffee County Fastpitch League will move their games to Coffee County Central High School’s Terry Floyd Field for a pair of 8U games and a 10U contest.  The night begins with David Clark Homes taking on K & D Rebar at 5:00 PM followed by ReMax taking on A Winning Attitude at 6:20 PM in 8U action.  The nightcap is a 10U contest between John Roberts Toyota and Elite Conditioning at 7:40.

Manchester’s 9 & Under Longshots are Baseball State Champions

9U Longshots of Manchester - BPA Gold Minor State Championship

9U Longshots of Manchester – BPA Gold Minor State Champions (photo provided)


The 9 and Under travel baseball team Longshots won the BPA State title in the Gold Minor Division on Sunday.  The team, based out of Manchester, defeated the Tennessee Bulldogs 4 to 2 on Sunday night to claim the BPA State Tournament title.  The Longshots finished the weekend with a record of 4 and 1 in the tournament held at Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro.   Members of the team are: Tyler Craig,  Brady Smith, Jayden “Bird” Fellers, Kyler “Rook” Terry, Nolan Jernigan, Cole Pippenger, Preston Gentry, Brennon Mealer, Ollie Todd and Beau Murray.  Coaches for the Longshots are Keith Pippenger, Mike Jernigan and Jason Craig.  The Longshots, who were also the runner up in the state USSAA Tournament, will now advance to the BPA World Series which is set to begin on July 15th in Murfreesboro.

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