Baseball, softball start in 7-AAA

Baseball, softball start in 7-AAA


Baseball, softball start in 7-AAA



One week into the high school spring sports season, District 7-AAA will begin the games that matter.

Both 7-AAA baseball and softball begin league play today at various locations across Rutherford County, eight days into the spring season.

For baseball, the 7-AAA start up is earlier than it was a year ago. However, the move-up date allows league play to not be scheduled heavy in the latter part of the regular season.

“Two years ago it was this time, but last year everyone wanted some games in before district started,” said Oakland baseball coach Mack Hawks, whose team hosts La Vergne at 6 p.m. today in the first of three games with the Wolverines. “No one wanted to play those six games in about 10 days like we did a year ago.”

Oakland (4-2) will start Alex Ward, who was the Patriots’ ace a year ago. Hawks said Ward has improved in the offseason.

“He’s shown he can be a dominating pitcher,” Hawks said. “If he’s on, he will give teams problems. He’s developing into that pitcher that I envisioned that he can be. I think he’ll get better too.”

One field over, Oakland’s softball will host Riverdale at 6:30 p.m. today at Nelson Smotherman Field. Oakland (9-2) is coming off a runner-up finish in the Hendersonville Commando Classic, which included Siegel and Smyrna in the semifinals.

Siegel’s semifinal finish comes despite being hampered with injuries early in the season. The Lady Stars (6-5) have lost three players to knee injuries, including sophomore pitcher Danielle O’Donnell (ACL), sophomore Jordee Cothron (meniscus) and sophomore Ashley Hurlburt (patella).

Siegel play at 6:30 p.m. today at Blackman in its 7-AAA softball opener.

“We’ve had three knee surgeries,” Siegel coach Karen Green said. “But that has provided opportunities for someone else, and so far they’ve taken that opportunity and ran with it.”

Siegel’s roster includes no seniors and just two juniors.

Siegel’s baseball team also begins league play with the Blaze, and will play at 6 p.m. today at Blackman in the start of their three-game series.

Siegel coach Craig Reavis said he feels comfortable with starting league play now after getting six games in this past week.

“If you can get a sweep, that would be huge for any team,” Reavis said. “There is not a bad team in the district this year where you could have a week off. You want to go out and try to win each series. If you do that, you’ll have the shot to win (the league).”

Riverdale opens at Smyrna in baseball to open its first three games of league play. The Warriors (3-2) have recovered offensively since scoring just one run in its season opener.

“Offensively, we’ve made a jump from (last) Tuesday,” Riverdale coach Barry Messer said. “We played well defensively and pitched well that game. But I’m happy with where we are at now.

“Now, after Tuesday I was scratching my head, looking at my schedule trying to find wins. Who knows? It may be 1-0 (today). It’s crazy. You just don’t know.”


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