Lee Softball Wins 4-1 Over Mississippi College

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Senior NiaRaye Ceasar homered and drove in two runs to help lead the Lee softball team to a 4-1 victory over Mississippi College on Sunday afternoon in the 2016 season finale.

Ceasar drilled a solo home run down the left field line in the fifth inning to give the Lady Flames a 3-1 cushion. In the seventh the native of Fairfield, Calif. ended her collegiate career with a RBI double to center field.

Sophomore Leigh Beatenbough (10-9) pitched a complete game in the circle for the Lady Flames.
Beatenbough allowed just one run on four hits and struck out pair while working around four walks.

Courtney Crawford, a junior-transfer from Chattanooga State, wrapped up her first year as a Lady Flame with two singles and finished hitting at a .347 clip.

Freshman Stevie Baird got the Lady Flames on the board in the first inning with a run-scoring single to center scoring Lexie Dean. Annabeth Pruett gave Lee the lead for good with a sacrifice fly in the fourth frame.

Rachel Polacek and Amanda Lynn also added singles. Dean was held hitless but drew a walk and scored two runs. The top three hitters in the lineup, Lynn (.414), Dean (.472) and Emily Dagnan (.411) all end the season hitting above .400. 

The lone run of the game for the Choctaws would come on a solo home run by Tylan Buckley in the bottom of the second.

Carlie Sargent (17-10) was tagged with the loss for the Choctaws after earning the victory in both games of yesterday's doubleheader. Sargent allowed seven hits and four runs in seven innings. The senior walked three and struck out five.

Coach Emily Russell's club closed the season winning 11 of its final 13 contests and finish at 25-24-1 overall and 11-20-1 in league play. Mississippi College falls to 31-18 and 18-15 in the GSC.

The Lady Flames now hold a 7-2 advantage over the Choctaws in the all-time series. The two clubs appear set for a budding rivalry as Mississippi College is in the final year of the NCAA reclassification process and will be fully eligible for postseason play beginning next season


PREP SCHEDULE

(Please notify us of any schedule changes and times as well as game and match scores at news@chattanoogan.com) Softball: FRIDAY, APRIL 20 CGLA at Hixson Sale Creek at South Pittsburg McMinn Central at Bradley CSAS at Tellico Plains East Hamilton Tournament – East Ridge, Soddy Daisy, GPS at Brentwood Academy Signal Mountain at Grace   ... (click for more)

Lookouts Win Seventh Straight With 3-1 Victory Jumbo Shrimp Thursday

The Chattanooga Lookouts (9-5) scored three runs in the first inning on their way to a 3-1 win over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (4-9). The win brings the Lookouts winning streak to a season-high seven games. Chattanooga trails the first-place Jackson Generals  (11-2) by 2 1/2 games. The first inning three runs were all the Lookouts would get as the pitching staff carried ... (click for more)

Federal Funding Allocated For Future Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee State Veterans Home Executive Director Ed Harries announced the receipt of the $26,224,263 award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) State Veterans Home Grants program today. The grant will provide the federal funding needed to build the future Bradley County ... (click for more)

VA Issues Water And Road Traffic Cautions In Areas Of Savannah Creek, Harrison Bay And Chickamauga Marina

The Tennessee Valley Authority is issuing water and road traffic cautions for transmission line work that will span from just north of Savannah Creek to Chickamauga Dam. This work is part of several projects to upgrade TVA’s transmission system to ensure continued delivery of 99.999 percent reliable power. Area residents should expect to see helicopters working in this area ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Black Telephone

If you have never seen one in an antique store you wouldn’t know that the first telephones were contained in a not-so-small wooden box that had a snout-looking mouth piece and a separate speaker that you would hold on your ear while you talked. This was many years ago when phones were fun as compared to today’s tiny cell phones that rudely interrupt us from the task-at-hand both ... (click for more)