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Manchester Youth Baseball Association Results for July 6th

Sterling Hackett rounds 3rd base on his way to an inside the park home run on Monday in 8U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

The Manchester Youth Baseball Association opened up their 5th week of competition on Monday night at Fred Deadman Park.  Seven games in 4 age divisions kicked off a busy week for the league as they enter the home stretch of the season. 

In the 8U division, Dr. Jay raced past Lions Club 16 to 1 and Freedom Automotive bounced KK’s 16 to 4. In the opener, the Lions Club got a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the 1st inning, only to have them erased by a triple play from Dr. Jay’s.  The Black Shirts from Dr. Jay’s used that momentum to score 7 runs in the bottom of the 1st and coast to the win.  Sterling, Colton and Jackson all had home runs in the first inning while Hayes added a triple.  Lions Club got a pair of hits from Eli.  In the nightcap, Freedom Automotive broke open a close game with an 8 run outburst in the 4th inning to capture the win.  For Freedom, Aiden, Deacon, Davion, Bentley and Channing all had a pair of hits and scored twice.  For KK’s, Christian and Walker each had 2 hits as Christian scored 2 runs. 

Randall Hanson(right) of State Farm is tagged out at home by Levi Dotson of Coffee County Bank as home plate umpire David Holmes looks on on Monday in 10U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

In the 10U division, State Farm bested Coffee County Bank 20 to 2 and Viam locked up Chico’s Bail Bonds 19 to 10.   In the first game, State Farm raced out to a 7 to 0 lead in the top of the 1st inning and never looked back as they ran their record to 7 and 0 on the season.  Coffee County Bank scratched out single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings but could not string together enough hits to take down the division leading State Farm squad.  Brody Christian was the leading hitter for State Farm as he had a double, a single, a walk and scored 3 runs.  Kellen Hershman had a walk and a single for Coffee County Bank.  In the 2nd game, Viam rolled up 12 runs in the 1st two innings to march to the big win over Chico’s.  Chico’s was able to score in every inning, but could not put together a big inning to grab the win.  Xzavier Layne had 3 singles and scored 3 times for Viam while teammate Bryce Spencer clubbed a home run and got the win on the mound.  Christian Meadows had a double, a single, a walk and scored twice for Chico’s. 

Trace Stevens(#10) is greeted at home by his Shelter Insurance teammates after slugging a home run on Monday in 12U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

In the 12U division, Shelter Insurance edged First Vision Bank 12 to 9 and Peoples Bank doubled up Bush Insurance 10 to 5.  In Game #1, Shelter took a 5 to 4 lead into the 4th inning before batting around scoring 7 runs.  First Vision rallied to plate 5 runs in the bottom of the inning only to have 2 crucial runs cut down on the base paths.  Trace Stevens swung the big bat for Shelter as he had a home run and 2 singles.  Matt Moore got the win on the mound for Shelter.  Boone Floyd had a double, a walk and a single while scoring twice for First Vision.  Bryceton Bunch took the loss on the mound for First Vision.  In Game #2, Peoples Bank trailed 5 to 1 entering the bottom of the 3rd inning before rallying for 6 runs to capture their first win of the season.  Isaiah Deadman got the win on the hill for Peoples as he helped his cause with 2 singles, a triple and 3 runs scored.  Kaysen Lowry belted a home run for the Bankers as well.  Bush was led in hitting by Elijah Vernon who had a pair of singles and 3 stolen bases. 

Skylar Bratcher(right) of the Yankees leads off of 1st base as Nolan Jernigan(left) of the Mets holds him close while Mets pitcher Braden Brown works from the stretch on Monday in 18U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

In the 18U division, the Yankees held off the Mets 8 to 5.  In a battle for first place, Yankees pitcher Braden Ross worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the 1st inning only surrendering 1 run to the Mets.  The Yankees rolled up 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning which gave them a lead they would not surrender.  The Mets rallied for 3 runs in the 3rd inning but never could overcome the first inning deficit.  The Yankees were led in hitting by Wyatt Nugent who had a double and a triple.  Braden Brown had a single, a walk and was hit by a pitch for the Mets. 

Tuesday MYBA Schedule

6U Division at T-Ball Field

5:00 PM – Star Physical Therapy vs. Lovelady Auto Parts

7:30 PM – Cooper Sports vs. Manchester Tire & Brake

8U Division at Fast Pitch Field

5:00 PM – KK’s vs. Interstate Auto

7:30 PM – Dr. Jay vs. Freedom Automotive

10U Division at National League Field

5:00 PM – First National Bank vs. Viam

7:30 PM – Chico’s Bail Bonds vs. State Farm

12U Division at Aaron Miller Field

5:00 PM – First Vision Bank vs. Peoples Bank

7:30 PM – Clower Automotive vs. Powers Storage

18U Division at Looney Riddle(Babe Ruth) Field

6:00 PM – Christiana Braves vs. Expos

8:00 PM – Mets vs. Expos

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Braves 2020 Schedule Released on Monday Night

The 2019 postseason ended with the Nationals lifting the first World Series championship trophy in franchise history. On July 23, the 2020 regular season will begin with Washington starting its title defense.

The 2020 schedule, which Major League Baseball unveiled live on MLB Network on Monday night, features a tantalizing two-game Opening Night slate on the 23rd, broadcast on ESPN. First, the Nats will host the Yankees at 7:08 p.m. ET, in a matchup that could showcase Gerrit Cole making his Bombers debut against three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. That potential battle of aces will lead into the renewal of one of the sport’s fiercest rivalries, as the Dodgers launch their quest for an eighth consecutive National League West crown against the Giants at Dodger Stadium (10:08 p.m. ET).

Those juicy headliners lead the way for a revised slate that has been shortened to 60 games per team by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a schedule that will look quite a bit different from before — with an increased emphasis on geographical proximity — but which will not lack for urgency or drama.

Following the pair of games on July 23, MLB-wide action begins on July 24. Opening Day presented by Mastercard and T-Mobile offers a 14-game menu — including the Braves visiting the Mets.  A full 15-game slate awaits on July 25. (The Nats and Yankees will be the only teams off on July 24.)

Each club’s slate of 60 games includes 40 against opponents from its own division (10 apiece), plus 20 spread among those from the opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (East vs. East, Central vs. Central and West vs. West). That will all set up the postseason, which will maintain the same 10-team format, which includes two Wild Card teams from each league.

Here is a more detailed breakdown of the revised 60-game schedules, which will run through Sept. 27.

40 divisional games (20 home, 20 road)

• 10 games against each opponent, split between three series

• Each of these matchups will have either one team playing seven games at home and three on the road, or six at home and four on the road.

20 Interleague games (10 home, 10 road)

• Six games against the team’s natural Interleague rival (three home, three road)

• Four games apiece against two other opponents in the corresponding division (two home, two road)

• One three-game home series against a fourth opponent

• One three-game road series against a fifth opponent

Each club will have six off-days, except for the four teams beginning the season on July 23. They will have seven apiece.

Here’s the key info and schedule highlights for the Braves

Opening Day: at Mets — Friday, July 24 (4:10 p.m. ET)

Home opener: vs. Rays — Wednesday, July 29 (7:10 p.m. ET)

Notable early series: The Braves are scheduled to play a four-game road series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park from Aug. 7-10. Philadelphia was the only NL East club against which Atlanta had a losing record last season (9-10).

Highlights: The Braves host the Nationals from Aug. 17-19. Atlanta claimed the NL East crown in 2019, but the Nats one-upped them by winning the World Series. Atlanta also visits Fenway Park from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 during a 17-game stretch against the Nationals, Phillies, Yankees and Red Sox.

Thunder Radio will once again bring you Braves baseball broadcasts as part of the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.  You can see the full schedule at: https://www.mlb.com/braves/schedule/2020-07

NHL Statement on Phase 2 Testing

The National Hockey League today released the following statement on COVID-19 testing results:

“As of Monday, July 6, the NHL has had 396 Players report to Club training/practice facilities for optional participation in Phase 2 activities. There have been in excess of 2,900 COVID-19 tests administered (including more than 1,400 this past week) to this group of Players. Those tests have resulted in a total of 23 returning confirmed positive test results for COVID-19.

“In addition, since June 8 (the opening of Phase 2), the League is aware of 12 additional Players who have tested positive for COVID-19 outside of the Phase 2 Protocol. All Players who have tested positive have been self-isolated and are following CDC and Health Canada protocols. The NHL will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests administered to Players and the results of those tests. The League will not be providing information on the identity of the Players or Clubs.”

Manchester Youth Baseball Association Results for July 3rd

Kasen Shetth of Manchester Tire and Brake crosses home after hitting 1 of his 3 home runs on Friday in 6U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

The Manchester Youth Baseball Association closed out their 4th week of competition on Friday with 6 games in 4 age divisions at Fred Deadman Park.  A mixture of rain make-ups and regular season contests sprinkled the schedule on a hot night in Manchester. 

In the 6U division, Manchester Tire and Brake rolled over Star Physical Therapy 23 to 2.  Manchester Tire and Brake scored the maximum number of runs in each inning to roll to the win.  Kasen Shetth had 3 home runs to lead MT&B.  Lane Jones and Dowell Pearlman scored the runs for Star. 

In the 8U division, Freedom Automotive took down Lions Club 19 to 4.  Freedom once again used their strong defense and big bats to race to the win. Brock and Bryson had home runs for Freedom.  Fallon had a 2 RBI triple for Lions Club. 

Davion Dycus of Freedom Automotive makes a put out at first base on Friday in 8U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

In the 12U division, Clower Automotive bounced First Vision Bank 10 to 8 and Powers Storage took down Peoples Bank 22 to 5.  In the first game of the night, four lead changes made for an exciting win for Clower.  Chase and Caleb each had a single, a walk and scored twice for Clower.  Boone Floyd ripped a pair of doubles and scored twice for First Vision.  In the second game, Powers raced out to a 10 to 1 lead and never let Peoples recover.  Austin Gipson had a double and 2 singles while Keaton Rowe jacked a home run for Powers.  For Peoples, Isaac Deadman had a single, a double and scored twice. 

Lane Johnson of First Vision Bank delivers a pitch on Friday in 12U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

On Thursday night in the 12U division, Bush Insurance rallied to upset Clower Automotive 6 to 5.  Trailing 5 to 1 entering the bottom of the 4th inning, Bush rallied to plate 5 runs, thanks in part to 5 walks.  Sy Owens got the win on the mound for Bush as pitched all 4 innings.  Ethan Stephen had 2 walks and scored 2 runs, including the game winner.  For Clower, Trace Parker had a pair of singles while Levi Rollman smacked a solo home run. 

Jimmy Penn(far left), head coach for the Manchester Braves, talks to his son, Harley Penn as the Murfreesboro Expos have a mound conference in the background on Friday in 18U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

In the 18U division, the Manchester Braves dropped a pair of games to the Murfreesboro Expos.  In the first game, the Expos got 2 runs in extra innings to claim a 5 to 3 win.  Zach Bush had a pair of singles to lead the Braves.  Jacob had a single and scored twice for the Expos.  In the second game, the Expos plated 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning to seize control of the contest.   The Murfreesboro squad got the doubleheader sweep by a final score of 13 to 3. For the Expos, David had a triple, 2 singles and 4 RBI.  Clayton Rowe, Hayden Garr and Wyatt Lowe all had singles for the Braves. 

Monday MYBA Schedule

8U Division at Fast Pitch Field

5:00 PM – Lions Club vs. Dr. Jay

10U Division at National League Field

5:00 PM – State Farm vs. Coffee County Bank

7:30 PM – Viam vs. Chico’s Bail Bonds

12U Division at Aaron Miller Field

5:00 PM – Shelter Ins vs. First Vision Bank

7:30 PM – Peoples Bank vs. Bush Insurance

18U Division at Looney Riddle(Babe Ruth) Field

6:00 PM – Mets vs. Yankees

UNOFFICIAL MYBA Standings(thru July 3rd)

6U Standings
Place Team Wins Losses
1 Manchester Tire & Brake 8 0
2 Star Physical Therapy 5 3
3 Cooper Sports 2 5
4 Lovelady Auto Parts 0 7
8U Standings
Place Team Wins Losses
1 Freedom Automotive 8 1
2 Dr. Jay 7 1
3 KK’s 5 5
4 Interstate Auto 3 6
5 Lions Club 0 10
10U Standings
Place Team Wins Losses
1 State Farm 6 0
2 Viam 5 2
3 Chico’s Bail Bonds 3 4
4 First National Bank 2 5
5 Coffee County Bank 1 6
12U Standings
Place Team Wins Losses
1 Powers Storage 7 1
2 Clower Automotive 6 2
3 Shelter Insurance 4 2
4 Bush Insurance 3 4
5 First Vision 2 6
6 People’s Bank 0 7
18U Standings
Place Team Wins Losses
1 Yankees 7 1
2 Mets 3 2
3 Expos 5 3
4 Christiana Braves 3 4
5 Manchester Braves 0 8

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Félix Hernández Electing Not to Play in 2020

by Mark Bowman – MLB.com

Félix Hernández posted a picture of himself wearing a mask when he arrived at Truist Park on Friday for the start of the Braves’ Summer Camp.

By Saturday night, Hernández had decided he will not play this season because of COVID-19 concerns.

“I haven’t talked to him directly yet,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He worked out yesterday, threw a side [session], went home, and I found out actually this morning.”

Hernández’s decision came after the Braves announced on Saturday that Freddie Freeman was one of the team’s four players who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Snitker believes the revelations of these positive tests, combined with the challenges players face to adhere to the strict and necessary safety protocols, may have led to Hernández’s decision. The 34-year-old pitcher was set to make a little less than $400,000 if he earned a spot on Atlanta’s roster.

“I think it’s going to be ongoing,” Snitker said. “It’s way, way different. Everybody told us it would be, but until you live it, I don’t think you know it. Guys come in and there are outbreaks. I think it’s only human nature to process these things, because you’ve got family members involved and children. Things like that aren’t a reality until we get here and live it.”

Hernández signed a Minor League contract in January and was bidding for a spot in Atlanta’s starting rotation. The righty was attempting to extend a successful career that has been beset by injuries over the past few years.

Though he is no longer the overpowering pitcher who won the 2010 AL Cy Young Award and earned six All-Star selections with the Mariners, Hernández showed promise when he allowed just three runs over 13 2/3 innings before Spring Training was shut down in the middle of March.

“He was doing exactly what we had asked him to do, which was get guys out,” Snitker said. “He didn’t do anything to not warrant making our club in the spring.”

With Hernández deciding not to play, there is now an even better chance Sean Newcomb will get work as a starter this year. The Braves’ projected rotation now consists of Mike Soroka, Cole Hamels, Mike Foltynewicz, Max Fried and Newcomb.

Even with Hernández out of the picture, the Braves still plan to use a piggyback system with their starting pitchers during the season’s first couple of weeks. This means the starters will be limited to 3-4 innings and be replaced by a reliever, who will be slated to complete 2-3 innings.

“We have plenty of guys,” Snitker said. “We’re going to stretch these guys out with their simulated games, live [batting practices] and intrasquad games. I think our depth is really strong and we can withstand a little.”

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Predators Training Camp Preview

by Mike G. Morreale – NHL.com

The Nashville Predators were 35-26-8 (.565 points percentage) in the regular season and will enter the Stanley Cup Qualifiers as the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. They will play the No. 11 seed, the Arizona Coyotes (33-29-8, .529), in one of eight best-of-5 series, and the winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Predators went 16-11-1 after they replaced coach Peter Laviolette with John Hynes on Jan. 6. They had won three in a row and appeared to be finding their game when the season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

They need to get it going again when training camp begins (scheduled for July 10).

“You’re working while you’re practicing, but playing games is a whole different story,” defenseman Roman Josi said. “So I think using this time right now to get back into shape [is key], and then during training camp, I think it’s going to be really fast. Everybody’s rested, the games are going to be intense, and whoever builds that chemistry the quickest and gets back to their A game the quickest will have a really good chance.”

Nashville was bolstered by the play of Josi and goalie Juuse Saros. Josi, the captain, emerged as a contender for the Norris Trophy as the top defenseman in the NHL after leading the Predators with 65 points (16 goals, 49 assists), one of two defensemen in the NHL to lead his team (John Carlson of the Washington Capitals, 75 points). Saros took over as the No. 1 goalie after Pekka Rinne struggled and finished 17-12-4 with a 2.70 goals-against average and .914 save percentage, including a .919 even-strength save percentage in 40 games (34 starts).

Player to watch
Forward Matt Duchene signed a seven-year contract with the Predators on July 1, 2019. There was hope he could spark the offense following a season when Nashville had the worst power play in the NHL (12.9 percent) and was eliminated by the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference First Round. Duchene was ninth on Nashville with 13 goals, his fewest in his 11 NHL seasons. He was one of three Predators to score at least 40 points (42) and was second with five power-play goals, but Nashville ranked 25th in the NHL on the power play (17.3 percent). Duchene has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 18 NHL playoff games with the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Biggest question
Who will be the starting goalie? Saros was 12-5-1 with a 2.22 GAA and .934 save percentage, including a .940 even-strength save percentage, in his last 20 games (18 starts) before the pause. Rinne was 4-6-1 with a 3.59 GAA and .895 save percentage (.904 at even strength) in that span. Hynes has a history of sticking with the hot goalie, and he said June 15 that the job is up for grabs entering training camp.

Injury updates
Dan Hamhuis, D — Expected to be available for qualifer series after missing the final four games before the pause with a lower-body injury.

Fresh face
Forward Eeli Tolvanen was reassigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League following training camp in September and scored 36 points (21 goals, 15 assists) in 63 games this season. The 21-year-old could spark the power play with his shot; he scored seven power-play goals for Milwaukee.

Telling stat
Rinne is one of four goalies in NHL history to start at least 89 consecutive postseason games by one team (2010-present). The others are Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils (194 games; 1994-2012), Patrick Roy of the Avalanche (133 games; 1996-2003) and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (127 games; 2006-present).

They said it
“We’ve talked to [Rinne and Saros] over this break, and I think both players have to come back with the mindset that they want to have the starting job. I don’t think it’s probably smart or fair going into training camp to say that one guy is ahead of the other, only because we don’t know how they’re going to come back. We believe both guys can help us win, but it’s going to be a bit of a competition.” — coach John Hynes

Projected lineup
Filip Forsberg — Matt Duchene — Mikael Granlund

Colton Sissons — Ryan Johansen — Calle Jarnkrok

Yakov Trenin — Kyle Turris — Viktor Arvidsson

Rocco Grimaldi — Nick Bonino — Craig Smith

Roman Josi — Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm — Dante Fabbro

Jarred Tinordi — Korbinian Holzer

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Nashville SC Touches Down in Orlando

Nashville Soccer Club arrived in Orlando, Fla. this afternoon in preparation for the MLS is Back Tournament. Nashville SC will continue its full-team training regimen from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex before kicking off its participation on July 8 against Chicago Fire FC at 9:30 p.m. CT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and locally on 102.5 The Game and ESPN 94.9 Radio.

Follow Nashville SC in its participation in the MLS Is Back Tournament by visiting www.NashvilleSC.com and the club’s social channels on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Freeman, Smith Among 4 Braves to Test Positive

by Mark Bowman – MLB.com

Freddie Freeman and Will Smith were among the four Braves players who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Having received consent from each player on Saturday, Braves manager Brian Snitker announced Freeman, Smith, Touki Toussaint and Pete Kozma had tested positive.

Smith and Toussaint have been asymptomatic, but Freeman and Kozma have been battling a fever and other symptoms related to the coronavirus.

Freeman tested negative when the team conducted intake testing at the start of this week. But the All-Star first baseman tested positive after he started feeling ill on Thursday night. He had planned to participate in the team’s first workout on Friday.

“[Freeman] is not feeling great, but he’s young and strong,” Snitker said. “He’s going to want to get back out there sooner than later. But the biggest thing we want him to do is just get right and to get better, and then he’ll get back at it. If this has to happen, this is probably the best time.”

Solely from a competitive baseball perspective, there will be a chance for Freeman to recover and possibly be ready to play when the regular season begins three weeks from now.

But Snitker wanted to make sure his players remember that the responsibility they share in fighting against the spread of this virus extends beyond potential wins and losses.

“I think it sobers everybody up and reminds them this is a real thing we are fighting,” Snitker said. “Even taking as great of care as we can, there are still going to be cases. I think one thing they need to remember is that contact part of it. If you test positive, somebody you’re with is going to get shut down for a period of time.”

Freeman will remain isolated from his teammates, but he will maintain communication with the team’s medical staff. He will not be permitted to return until he goes 72 hours without experiencing symptoms and tests negative twice within a span of at least 24 hours.

Because of the measures the team took to keep players separated during intake testing earlier this week, Snitker said Freeman did not knowingly come into contact with any of his teammates.

Freeman and good friend Nick Markakis were at Truist Park at the same time for their intake tests, but Markakis said they were never within 30 feet of each other.

“It [stinks],” Markakis said. “Everybody is in the same boat. Losing a player like Freddie can really hurt your team. But the way things are going right now, we just hope he heals quickly, gets better and gets his butt back out here as quick as possible because we’re going to need him every inning and every pitch.”

Along with revealing the news about Freeman, Snitker said first-base coach Eric Young has informed the team he will elect not to participate this season. His duties, which include outfield and baserunning instruction, will be filled by DeMarlo Hale, who joined the Braves as a special assistant before the 2019 season.

“I applaud EY,” Snitker said. “It was a tough decision for him. He’s a gamer, and we’ll miss him dearly because of what he brings inside this clubhouse with his energy and everything else. He’s chosen to opt out, and we respect that.”

Kozma, who was scheduled to be with the players who will work out at Triple-A Gwinnett’s Coolray Field, told Snitker he had started to feel better over the past two days.

Smith, who signed a three-year, $39 million contract in November, and Toussaint will continue to undergo testing until they receive the negative results that will allow them to begin working out with their teammates.

“I feel like, within the industry, it’s important to remember this is a real deal,” Snitker said. “This virus is nothing to mess with. It’s serious, and it’s something we need to be aware of. We’re going to have to deal with this for the next three months.”

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Manchester Youth Baseball Association Results for Thursday, July 2nd

Odis of Lions Club(in purple to right) gets safely into 3rd base ahead of the throw while KK’s 3rd baseman Walker(#12 in red) awaits the throw in 8U action on Thursday in the Manchester Youth Baseball Association.

The Manchester Youth Baseball Association hit the diamond for the 1st time this week on Thursday night at Fred Deadman Park.  After 3 straight nights of rainouts, 4 age divisions were in action with 8 games scheduled on a muggy evening.

In the 6U division, Manchester Tire and Brake won a forfeit over Lovelady Auto Parts and Star Physical Therapy edged Cooper Sports 18 to 17.  Star edged Cooper in the final inning to get the nail-biter of a win.  Curtis Rowe had 2 doubles and a single and scored 3 runs for Star.  Brodie had 2 doubles and a single for Cooper. 

In the 8U division, KK’s held off Lions Club 19 to 13 and Freedom Automotive topped Interstate Auto 19 to 5.   The KK’s defense was able to hold Lions Club scoreless in the 3rd and 4th innings of the early contest to get the win.  Dustin had 4 hits and scored 4 times to lead KK’s.  For Lions Club, Mia was the big hitter as she delivered for hits and scored 4 times.  In the nightcap, Freedom jumped out to a 10 to 1 lead and coasted to their 5th straight win.  Davion had 3 hits and scored 3 times for Freedom.  Lawson knocked a pair of hits for Interstate. 

Will Carden of Coffee County Bank takes a pitch off the helmet in 10U action on Thursday in the Manchester Youth Baseball Association. (Note – Will was uninjured)

In the 10U division, Viam got by Coffee County Bank 11 to 8 and First National Bank stunned Chico’s Bail Bonds 10 to 7.  Trailing by 7 entering the 3rd inning, Coffee County Bank rallied for 7 runs to tie the first game.  Viam answered back with a single run in the 3rd to retake the lead and added a pair of home runs in the 4th inning for the final margin.  Bryce Spencer and Ty Sterns had back to back homers for Viam.  Spencer added a triple for the home squad.  For Coffee County Bank, Kellan Hershman had a home run, a single and a walk as he scored twice and drove in 2 runs.  In the nightcap, a big 6 run 2nd inning was the key to First National’s inspired win over the Chico’s bunch.   First National got 2 runs scored from Reed and Strickland.  Reed had a pair of walks while Strickland had a walk and a hit.  Chico’s was led by Toombs and Sterner who also used a pair of walks to score twice. 

Jonas Roper of Powers Storage(in red) scores ahead of the tag of First Vision Bank pitcher Eli Hancock(#8 in blue) in 12U action on Thursday in the Manchester Youth Baseball Association.

In the 12U division, Powers Storage blanked First Vision 8 to 0 in the first game of the night.  In the nightcap, Bush Insurance upset Clower AUtomotive 6 to 5. First Vision got runners to 3rd base in every inning, but could not get the timely hit to get on the scoreboard.  Powers jumped out to a 5 run lead in the 1st inning and cruised to their 6th win of the season.  Jonas Roper had a double, a single and scored a run for Powers.  Austin Gipson got the win on the mound for Powers.  Eli Hancock had a single and 2 walks to lead First Vision.  Scoring details were not available at press time.

Friday MYBA Schedule

6U Division at T-Ball Field

5:00 PM – Manchester Tire and Brake vs. Star Physical Therapy

8U Division at Fast Pitch Field

6:30 PM – Freedom Automotive vs. Lions Club

12U Division at Aaron Miller Field

5:00 PM – First Vision Bank vs. Clower Automotive

7:30 PM – Powers Storage vs. Peoples Bank

18U Division at Babe Ruth Field

6:00 PM – Expos vs. Manchester Braves

8:00 PM – Manchester Braves vs. Expos

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Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show to Interview 3 Legends of Raider Athletics

Coming up on Saturday morning’s Coffee Coaches Show we will have the first in our new series of interviews with “Central High School Legends.”  On a day when Al White Ford/Lincoln is closed for the 4th of July holiday, we have lined up interviews with 3 generations of stand-out performers from their days playing for the Red and Black of Central.  The Legend Series will be a semi-regular feature in the coming months for the Coffee Coaches Show as we attempt to revisit some of the historic names to ever play sports in this community.

We begin the show with an interview with former Red Raider, and current Tennessee Volunteer, football player Alontae Taylor from the Class of 2018.  Taylor is the first member of the Red Raider football program to sign a football scholarship with an SEC program since the 1970’s. 

Next, we will talk to former Lady Raider and Lady Vol track athlete Leslie Henley Trussler from the Class of 1993.  Leslie was not only a member of the 1993 state championship Lady Raider basketball team but competed in 4 events, winning 3, in the TSSAA State Track Meet.  She went on to hurdle and pole vault at Tennessee. 

And we close the show with an interview with former Red Raider basketball star Marshall West.  Marshall was a member of the Class of 1960 and was recruited by the legendary Adolph Rupp during his senior year.  Marshall eclipsed the 1,000 point mark during his time playing for head coach Red Jarrell at Manchester Central.  Marshall did not continue his basketball career at the collegiate level but has the distinction of being a pretty effective fast pitch softball pitcher facing the renowned “King and His Court” on 2 separate occasions. 

The Coffee Coaches Show is heard each and every Saturday morning from 10 to 11 AM here on Thunder Radio.  The Coffee Coaches Show is broadcast from the showroom of Al White Ford/Lincoln.