New Albany Tennis sweeps West Lauderdale in team tennis

Mark Robbins had another impressive win as he blanked his opponent 6-0, 6-0. Photo by Dennis Clayton

Mark Robbins had another impressive win as he blanked his opponent 6-0, 6-0. Photo by Dennis Clayton


By Dennis Clayton
NEW ALBANY – New Albany took another step in their march to defend their state team tennis championship as they swept West Lauderdale 7-0 on Tuesday at BNA Bank Park.
“It was a great day!” New Albany coach Warner Creekmore said. “Our players did exceptionally well. The toughest courts were Girls Doubles One and Girls Singles. Both went to tiebreakers and both pulled it out to give us the 7-0 win over West Lauderdale. Morris Kelly Clayton, Hannah Anderson and Quinshay Perkins played their season’s best today. I was so proud of the whole team and their teammates supporting one another. Great job!”
Mark Robbins continued with his dominating play in boys singles as he won 6-0, 6-0. The boys doubles teams of Michael Crotts and Parker Nail along with Trace Thompson and Christopher Shands also had impressive one-sided wins. Mixed doubles partners Darby Mills and Roberto Valadez won their match easily as well.
New Albany will face Pontotoc on Thursday in the North Half Team Tennis Championship at Pontotoc. Matches start at 4:00.
Boys Singles
Mark Robbins def. Logan Rucks 6-0, 6-0.
Girls Singles
Morris Kelly Clayton def. Jordan Hull 3-6, 7-6, TB 10-6.
Boys Doubles
Trace Thompson and Christopher Shands def. Daniel Smith and Reed Kasper 6-1, 6-1.
Michael Crotts and Parker Nail def. Brooks Hull and Jack Green 6-1, 6-0.
Girls Doubles
Hannah Anderson and Quinshay Perkins def. Rebecca Jackson and Rachel Sollie 6-2, 3-6, TB 10-8.
Katie Davis and Meghan Van def. Jamie Daughtery and Meagan Mallett 6-3, 6-1.
Mixed Doubles
Darby Mills and Roberto Valadez def. Adam Maundey and MAegan Buchanan 6-1, 6-1.
Morris Kelly Clayton won in girls singles play. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Morris Kelly Clayton won in girls singles play. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Darby Mills and Roberto Valadez were winners in mixed doubles for New Albany. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Darby Mills and Roberto Valadez were winners in mixed doubles for New Albany. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Hannah Anderson and Quinshay Perkins took the girls doubles match to a tiebreaker for their win. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Hannah Anderson and Quinshay Perkins took the girls doubles match to a tiebreaker for their win. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Katie Davis and Meghan Van won in girls doubles 6-3, 6-1. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Katie Davis and Meghan Van won in girls doubles 6-3, 6-1. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Parker Nail and Michael Crotts had a big win in boys doubles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Parker Nail and Michael Crotts had a big win in boys doubles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Trace Thompson and Christopher Shands won their match 6-1, 6-1. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Trace Thompson and Christopher Shands won their match 6-1, 6-1. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

West Union finishes division with perfect record

Lauren Koon takes the throw at second as Ashley Hatton slides into the base. Also pictured is Gara Beth Self. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Lauren Koon takes the throw at second as Ashley Hatton slides into the base. Also pictured is Gara Beth Self. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


By Dennis Clayton
INGOMAR – West Union had their hands full with a young Ingomar team, but the Lady Eagles remained perfect (10-0) in division with a 7-2 win on Monday. West Union took advantage of Ingomar errors and timely hitting to post the win.
“I am very proud of the team and the seniors were leaders in every way,” West Union coach Lisa Bogue said. “We clinched the division title for the seventh year in a row. That is an awesome task. I couldn’t ask any more out of them, but we are, we’ve got a little bit more to go and we’re going to focus and get ready for playoffs.”
West Union scored early in the game as they made use of two errors to get runners aboard in the first and Callie Baggett drove in both with her triple to put the Lady Eagles up 2-0. Brittany Taylor struck out the side in order in the Ingomar half of the first.
West Union scored two more runs in the second as Taylor tripled to drive in two more runs and West Union took a 4-0 lead.
Ingomar plated a run in the third as Gara Beth Self reached on a West Union error and later scored to cut the lead to 4-1 after three. This score would hold until the top of the sixth.
In the West Union half of the sixth, Gracen Conlee’s single score Julianna Garner and Bailey Bogue to extend the Lady Eagle lead to 6-1. Ingomar picked a run in the bottom of the inning as Self scored again, this time on an inside-the-park home run to cut the lead to 6-2.
West Union added an insurance run in the top of the seventh as Chase Coffey’s sacrifice fly score Jesslyn Brewer.
“We are blessed with both of our seniors with their work ethic and could not ask for better leaders, harder workers or better examples for these younger kids,” Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley said. “As far as the game, I think that we’ve improved and competed better. We’ve got to get to the point to where we make things happen on the field instead of hoping they will happen.”
Ingomar finished 7-3 in division.
West Union Coach Lisa Bogue hold Callie Baggett at third following her triple that drove in the first two runs of the game on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

West Union Coach Lisa Bogue hold Callie Baggett at third following her triple that drove in the first two runs of the game on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Brittany Taylor triples for West Union in the second inning, driving in two runs. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Brittany Taylor triples for West Union in the second inning, driving in two runs. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

New Albany falls to Oxford in extra innings

By Dennis Clayton
NEW ALBANY – New Albany and Oxford battled through eight innings of fast pitch softball before Oxford squeaked out the 6-5 win on Saturday on Senior Recognition for the Lady Bulldogs.
“I picked my schedule because I knew we played Oxford and we still have Lafayette before left going into the playoffs,” New Albany coach Tom Zahller said. “I knew that they had a really good lefty pitcher and I don’t know what we’re going to see and we don’t know who we’re going to play. (in play-in round of post-season) I was really proud tonight, if you looked around we had seventh and eighth graders dotting the entire field. They played with something different tonight, some intensity that we haven’t seen and they didn’t give up.”
As the teams entered the seventh inning, the game was tied 2-2. Oxford scored two runs in the top of the frame to take a 4-2 lead.
Oxford was able to retire the first two New Albany batters in the bottom of the seventh and appeared to have the win in hand. However, Aravia Foote singled and stole second to put a runner in scoring position. Quinlan Amos followed with a single and New Albany had the tying runs aboard with senior Lauren Cavender coming to the plate. Cavender fought off a couple of good pitches, fouling them off before connecting on a two RBI double off the left field fence to tie the game.
Oxford scored two runs in the top of the eighth to regain the lead at 6-5. New Albany scored one run and had runners at first and third with one out, but the Lady Bulldogs were unable to do any further damage and Oxford took the win 6-5.
“I was glad these young girls were able to battle and go back and forth with a playoff-bound Oxford team,” Zahller said.
New Albany will finish third in their division and begin post season play on Thursday or Friday.

West Union clinches division with win over Myrtle

Chase Coffey of West Union drives her three RBI triple into right field during the sixth inning at Myrtle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Chase Coffey of West Union drives her three RBI triple into right field during the sixth inning at Myrtle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


By Dennis Clayton
MYRTLE – West Union got a win over Myrtle on Thursday and in the process assured themselves of the division title for the seventh year in a row. West Union defeated Myrtle 5-1 in a tightly contested game.
“Huge game, very stressful game for both teams and it was very stressful for me,” West Union coach Lisa Bogue said. “I don’t know why, but today was just a very stressful day. Myrtle is a good team and we came to win and I’m glad that we did for our seniors.”
Both teams had a lot at stake in the contest, West Union was trying to remain perfect in the division and claim the title while Myrtle was trying to remain in second place.
The game went three innings with neither team scoring, West Union threatened in the top of the second, but left runners stranded at second and third. Myrtle left Callie Denton stranded in the bottom of the second following her two-out double.
West Union scored in the top of the fourth as Bailey Bogue singled and later scored on Gracen Conlee’s RBI double. Conlee later scored when the Myrtle attempt to get her in a run-down between home and third failed and the Lady Eagles took a 2-0 lead.
West Union scored three runs in the sixth inning as Conlee reached on an error. Callie Baggett followed in the batting order and also reached on an error. Kylie Massengill loaded the bases with her bunt single. Chase Coffey provided the biggest hit in the game as she tripled into right, driving in three runs to put West Union up 5-0.
Myrtle came back in the bottom of the inning to score one run as Keely Chunn reached on an error and later scored to close the score to 5-1.
Brittany Taylor retired the Lady Hawks in order in the seventh to seal the win for West Union. Taylor struck out seven batters in the win.
“Tonight, the big inning that they (West Union) had started with an error and you cannot give a good team like West Union extra outs,” Myrtle coach Marty Cook said. “Proud of my girls and their effort, we hit the ball pretty hard at times, just right at them. We hope to see them later again in the playoffs.”
West Union is 17-6 overall and 9-0 in division. Myrtle is 11-9 on the season and 7-3 in division.
Keely Chunn fires the throw from third to retire the West Union batter on Thursday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Keely Chunn fires the throw from third to retire the West Union batter on Thursday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Jesslyn Brewer slides into second as Ashton Hogue tried to apply the tag. Photo by Dennis Clayton

Jesslyn Brewer slides into second as Ashton Hogue tried to apply the tag. Photo by Dennis Clayton


Bailey Bogue scores the game's first run as Lauren Coggin reaches for the throw. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Bailey Bogue scores the game’s first run as Lauren Coggin reaches for the throw. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Lady Falcons pick up three division wins at home

Gara Beth Self tries to leap over the inside pitch by Blue Mountain during Tuesday's win. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Gara Beth Self tries to leap over the inside pitch by Blue Mountain during Tuesday’s win. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


By Dennis Clayton
INGOMAR – Ingomar made great strides in their division record on Tuesday as they won three games to improve their record in Division 2-1A to 6-2. Ingomar defeated Blue Mountain 17-2 and swept Ashland by identical 22-0 wins in their doubleheader. With their three wins and West Union’s win over Myrtle, the Lady Falcons trail second place Myrtle by only a half game.
“I didn’t think that against Blue Mountain that we came out real focused in the top of the first and gave up two (runs),” Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley said. “In games like these it’s more about you and not your opponent. You’re playing to do it the right way and I don’t think we were really focused to start with. I thought we got a little more focused as we went along. You just try to get through these without getting someone hurt or developing too many bad habits.”
Blue Mountain enjoyed an early advantage as they scored two runs in the top of the first. That would be short-lived as Ingomar sent 14 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs.
Ingomar pieced together five walks, two hit-batters and four hits to score their runs in the first. Erin Wall and Lauren Koon had RBI singles while Lindsay Hall had a double and Hannah Russell added a single.
Erin Wall shut down the Blue Mountain offense for the rest of the game, allowing no runs and earning the win. Offensively, the Lady Falcons kept tacking on runs in the second and third.
Ingomar scored four runs in the second to push their lead to 12-2. The Lady Falcons closed the contest with five runs in the third to take the 17-2 win.
Ingomar had a big day at the plate in the first game against Ashland. The Lady Falcons pounded out 13 hits in their 22-0 win. Lauren Thompson’s inside-the-park home run drove in three runs. Lindsay Hall drove in two runs with her inside-the-park home run. Kelly Fooshee and Kasey Carson collected triples while Wall, Thompson, Morgan Muhundro and Carson Grisham added doubles in the extra-hit department.
Ingomar is now 12-10 on the year and has division games remaining against Hickory Flat and West Union.
Lindsay Hall crosses the plate after her inside-the-park home run against Ashland on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Lindsay Hall crosses the plate after her inside-the-park home run against Ashland on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

New Albany tennis advances in team play

Mark Robbins was dominating in his boys singles tennis match, winning 6-0, 6-0. Photo by Dennis Clayton

Mark Robbins was dominating in his boys singles tennis match, winning 6-0, 6-0. Photo by Dennis Clayton


By Dennis Clayton
NEW ALBANY – New Albany swept Corinth on every court in the first round of Division 4A Team Tennis action on Friday at BNA Bank Park and will advance to play next week in the second round.
“The only court that we had trouble with against Corinth was the girls doubles,” New Albany coach Warner Creekmore said. “I was definitely pleased with everybody’s outcomes on the court today.”
“After looking at the brackets again today, we will play the winner of West Lauderdale and Greenwood,” Creekmore said. “I know that West Lauderdale will be tough and Greenwood will have a girls singles player that is really good and athletic players. We take nothing for granted during the playoffs. In my opinion, I think we will be in the North Half Championship.”
New Albany was particularly dominant on three courts, as boys singles (Mark Robbins), boys doubles (Michael Crotts and Parker Nail) and mixed doubles (Darby Mills and Roberto Valadez) won 6-0, 6-0.
New Albany hopes to continue their advance in the playoffs in efforts to defend their State Champion Team Tennis title. New Albany has won the team title three of the past four years.
Boys Singles
Mark Robbins def. Dalton Reeves 6-0, 6-0.
Girls Singles
Morris Kelly Clayton def. Stephanie Jones 6-1, 6-2.
Boys Doubles
Michael Crotts and Parker Nail def. Reid Thompson and Rhett Robinson 6-0, 6-0.
Trace Thompson and Christopher Shands def. Brandon Nhek and Josh Williams 6-1, 6-0.
Girls Doubles
Hannah Anderson and Quinshay Perkins def. Shelby McClain and Madison Mayhall 7-5, 7-5.
Meghan Van and Katie Davis def. Katie Hurt and Avery Shappley 6-1. 6-0.
Mixed Doubles
Darby Mills and Roberto Valadez def. Andy Clausel and Madison Bickert 6-0, 6-0.
Parker Nail and Michael Crotts won their boys doubles match 6-0, 6-0. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Parker Nail and Michael Crotts won their boys doubles match 6-0, 6-0. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Roberto Valadez and Darby Mills won their mixed doubles match 6-0, 6-0. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Roberto Valadez and Darby Mills won their mixed doubles match 6-0, 6-0. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Meghan Van and Katie Davis won in girls doubles at BNA Bank Park during 4A team playoff competition. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Meghan Van and Katie Davis won in girls doubles at BNA Bank Park during 4A team playoff competition. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Eagles shutout Rebels in division play

Hunter Jennings held Hickory Flat scoreless as West Union downed the Rebels in division play 10-0. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Hunter Jennings held Hickory Flat scoreless as West Union downed the Rebels in division play 10-0. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


By Dennis Clayton
ENTERPRISE – West Union defeated Hickory Flat 10-0 at home on Friday behind Hunter Jennings’ two-hitter and took sole possession of third place in Division 2-1A.
“We’ve battled, we’ve had our ups and downs throughout the year, but we really came out competing and played well,” West Union coach Ashley Russell said. “Hunter Jennings did a great job on the mound for us and I thought it was one of the better defensive games that we’ve played all year. Even before the game last night (Hickory Flat defeated Ingomar) we came into the game feeling like we had to win to get in (playoffs). We did a good job with that pressure on us. I thought our kids competed well.”
The Eagles scored in every inning but one during the five inning game and used timely hitting and help from the Rebels to produce runs.
In the West Union first, after Tyler Wooley and Jennings singled, two walks and a hit-batsman put the Eagles on the scoreboard with a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles took advantage of three walks to load the bases in the second and Caleb Jennings’ three RBI double put West Union up 5-0. West Union was aided by RBI singles by Wooley, Jennings and Logan Raines in the third to pad their lead at 8-0.
Hickory Flat was able to get runners on in each of the first three innings, but Jennings got the defensive help needed to retire the side without allowing a run.
Wooley, the Eagles shortstop was involved in one of the more exciting defensive plays of the night in the top of the third. With two out and a runner on second, a sharply-hit grounder up the middle struck second base and popped into the air. Wooley, hustling on the play defensively, snatched the ball on the right side of the base and fired to first to get the third out of the inning.
Chase Bogue’s two RBI single in the fifth provided the final two runs of the evening for the Eagles.
“We’ve just got to be more consistent, we’ve not made as many errors in the last two games and we’ve gotten the timely hits and we’ve just got to keep doing that to win,” Russell said.
West Union is 10-9 on the year and 5-3 in division.
Chase Bogue drives in the final two runs for West Union with his single in the fifth inning. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Chase Bogue drives in the final two runs for West Union with his single in the fifth inning. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Dye leads Lady Bulldogs over Ripley

Megan Dye led her Lady Bulldogs to the win over Ripley. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Megan Dye led her Lady Bulldogs to the win over Ripley. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


By Dennis Clayton
RIPLEY – The Ripley Lady Tigers got a double dose of Megan Dye as the New Albany senior pitched a one hitter and drove in five runs to lead her Lady Bulldogs to a 16-1 division win on Thursday. The New Albany win kept them firmly in playoff contention in Division 2-4A.
“I think we played pretty well, we had a couple of girls that weren’t here today and had to change our defense around, but Megan pitched really, really well,” New Albany coach Tom Zahller said. “We didn’t have too many base-runners on (for Ripley) and when Megan fell behind, she came back and had some big strikeouts. Offensively, it’s always difficult with different pitchers and we were a little bit over-aggressive to start. We settled in a bit, got some base-runners on and had some timely hitting.”
New Albany scored all their runs in three innings, six runs in the second and fourth innings and four in the fifth.
The Lady Bulldogs made use of a couple of walks, a hit batter and three hits to score their first runs of the game. Dye came through with the big hit of the inning as her single drove in two runs.
In the New Albany fourth, ten batters went to the plate to extend the lead to 12-0. Dye hit a three RBI double and Meadow Golden hit a two RBI single and later scored a run.
Beth Barnes’ RBI double and run scored helped New Albany increase their lead to 16-0 in the top of the fifth. Ripley would score a run in the bottom of the inning with two outs.
Dye allowed one run on one hit while striking out eight for the Lady Bulldogs. Dye was 2-3 at the plate with a walk, five RBIs and a run scored.
New Albany improved to 3-2 in division with games remaining against Byhalia, Senatobia and Lafayette to determine their placement in division.
Katlyn Cavender is safe as she slides under the tag at the plate. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Katlyn Cavender is safe as she slides under the tag at the plate. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

New Albany sweeps division tennis tournament

Hannah Anderson serves for New Albany. Anderson will compete for the girls doubles state championship again with new partner Quinshay Perkins. Anderson and Olivia Dunnam were the champs in 2013. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Hannah Anderson serves for New Albany. Anderson will compete for the girls doubles state championship again with new partner Quinshay Perkins. Anderson and Olivia Dunnam were the champs in 2013. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


By Dennis Clayton
NEW ALBANY – New Albany swept every court in the Division Individual Tennis Tournament at BNA Bank Park on Wednesday and will compete in the State Individual Championships on May 1 and 2.
“Not in the history of my coaching career here at New Albany have we had every court advancing to the State Championships,” New Albany coach Warner Creekmore said. “I thought we did well, we had byes for the first round, so we had two decent matches and now we’re all going to state. Hannah Anderson will get the opportunity to compete for another individual title in girls doubles again with Quinshay Perkins.” Olivia Dunnam and Anderson won the 4A Girls Doubles title in 2013.
Mark Robbins will be making his third consecutive trip to the state championship in boys singles. “I am looking forward to competing for my school one last time and consider it an honor to represent New Albany,” Robbins said. Robbins knows the competition will be tough, but is looking forward to the challenge.
Division tournament finals
Boys Singles
Mark Robbins def. Nathan Hollis (Lafayette) 6-3, 6-2
Girls Singles
Morris Kelly Clayton def. Sadie Wilson (Lafayette) 6-1, 6-0
Girls Doubles
Hannah Anderson and Quinshay Perkins def. Pickett and Northern (Rosa Fort) 6-0, 6-0
Katie Davis and Meghan Van def. Sallis and Reed (Lafayette) 6-0, 6-2
Boys Doubles
Trace Thompson and Christopher Shands def. Fox and Graves (Ripley) 6-0, 6-0
Michael Crotts and Parker Nail def. Reed and Knight (Lafayette) 6-1, 6-2
Mixed Doubles
Roberto Valadez and Darby Mills def. Odom and Arrington (Lafayette) 6-0, 6-0
Morris Kelly Clayton won in girls singles play for New Albany. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Morris Kelly Clayton won in girls singles play for New Albany. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Trace Thompson and Christopher Shands were winners in boys doubles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Trace Thompson and Christopher Shands were winners in boys doubles. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Smith tosses one-hitter in Hawks’ win

Colt Smith fanned 12 in Myrtle's win over West Union in division play. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Colt Smith fanned 12 in Myrtle’s win over West Union in division play. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


By Dennis Clayton
MYRTLE – Colt Smith shook off a slow start and finished strong as he led his Myrtle Hawks to a 9-1 win over West Union on Saturday.
“He’s (Smith) been like that throughout the year,” Myrtle coach Robert Gordon said. “Later on in the innings, he has tendencies and it seems like it just takes him a while to get loose, but then he gets in a groove and gets in a rhythm. Obviously he pitched real well and was around the plate. I think he ended up throwing around 70-75 pitches today, which in seven innings is great, that’s filling it up.”
Myrtle also had productivity at the plate as lead-off batter Taylor Hogue went 3-4 and scored three runs to lead the offense.
West Union would score first as Tyler Wooley singled to start the game and eventually scored on Chase Bogue’s fly ball to center to put the Eagles up 1-0. That would be the only run the Eagles could manage off Smith.
Hogue would score the first of his three runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1 and the score stayed there until the bottom of the third.
Myrtle scored two runs in their third as Anthony Lipsey and Smith had RBI singles to put the Hawks in front 3-1. Three more runs crossed in the Myrtle fourth with Jacob Gaines driving in a run on a fielders choice grounder and Brandon Perkins’ two RBI single extended the lead to 6-1.
Neak Scott drove in two more runs for the Hawks in the fifth with a single and a Zach Perkins’ single scored Hogue in the sixth to provide the final margin in the contest.
“We had some timely hits with two outs and that’s something that we had been struggling with,” Gordon said. “Our mentality has got to be that we’ve just got to get to the next person (batting).”
“I thought we came out with a pretty good approach at the plate early,” West Union coach Ashley Russell said. Hunter (Jennings) did a really good job, I thought he did a good job of competing. We just didn’t make enough plays to stay in it.”
Smith allowed one run on one hit while striking out 12. Myrtle is now 5-1 in division. West Union is 4-3 in division.
Taylor Hogue slides into home ahead of the throw to Chase Bogue to score Myrtle's first run against West Union. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Taylor Hogue slides into home ahead of the throw to Chase Bogue to score Myrtle’s first run against West Union. Photo by Dennis Clayton.