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WB tennis christens courts with HVA sweep

BY WILL ESTEP DISTRICT 4 LARGE of the players reaction to the new courts. “We are really happy
BOYS to have some courts that we can
William Blount had two tennis WILLIAM BLOUNT 5, HVA 4 play on. Last year was a chal-
matches postponed last week, GIRLS lenge so we are thankful to have
delaying the opener of its new WILLIAM BLOUNT 6, HVA 3 the courts.”
courts. Finally, the Governors On the girls side, William
and Lady Governors got some a close 5-4 win in the season Blount took two out of three
good weather on Wednesday. opener. doubles points. The duo of Shan-
They also played some good William Blount didn’t get to non Martin and Katie Jordan
tennis. play a match at home last sea- won a 9-7 battle at No. 1 dou-
In its first match on the new son. Before last year, WB did bles over Hardin Valley’s Meriah
home courts, both William have courts in the same spot Senogles and Savana Joyeuse.
Blount boys and girls picked up they are now, but they were torn Mattey Rinicker and Lily Book-
a District 4 Large Division win apart last season to build the out won at No. 3 doubles for the
SCOTT KELLER | THE DAILY TIMES over Hardin Valley Academy. new ones. Lady Governors in a 9-8 victory.
WILLIAM BLOUNT’S KIRATMARTINEK WITH a backhand in the girls three seed The girls finished with a 6-3 “They love them,” William
singles match Wednesday night at William Blount. victory while the boys earned Blount coach Wendy Petty said SEE COURTS, 4B

Lady Vol Vols coaches

pitchers prep put stock in
for Georgia scrimmages,
not practice
When South Carolina rocked BY AUSTIN BORNHEIM
the Tennessee softball pitching
staff for an eight-run third inning
KNOXVILLE — There’s a new
operating procedure with the
SEC SOFTBALL Tennessee football program
NO. 6 GEORGIA under Jeremy Pruitt, so it’s no
AT NO. 7 TENNESSEE surprise when fans gets their
GM1: 5 p.m. Saturday first look at the Vols this spring
GM2: 6 p.m. Sunday it will look different than they’ve
GM3: 7 p.m. Monday seen the past few years.
Tennessee opted to have more
of a showcase, utilizing a convo-
Sunday, Ralph Weekly couldn’t luted scoring system for one-on-
remember the last time a frame one and group drills, and situ-
like that occurred. ational football, for the Orange
That was until a game at Auburn and White spring football game
over 10 years ago dawned on him. under former head coach Butch
It featured former UT standout Jones.
pitcher Monica Abbott in a way No more under Pruitt.
the Lady Vol all-time strikeout “My goal is we’re going to
leader was never remembered for. treat it just like it’s a game for
Abbott allowed four consecutive us,” Pruitt told reporters Tues-
home runs and beat herself up, day. “We want to prepare and
much like the Tennessee pitch- get used to our expectations
ers did after allowing 28 runs on because everything is new. What
27 hits in a three-game sweep we’re doing is absolutely new
at South Carolina last weekend.
“We called it Bombs over Bagh-
dad,” said Weekly, laughing, of ‘We want to prepare
Abbott’s off outing in the circle.
“Monica just couldn’t stand and and get used to our
on the bus ride home was torn up
about it. She still ended up being TOM SHERLIN | THE DAILY TIMES expectations because
the greatest pitcher in NCAA WILLIAM BLOUNT’S JARED YOUNG and Heritage’s Cory Kaun (8) collide during a double play attempt at
history. second base. everything is new.’
“It happens and I really feel sor-

Distinct Cade-nce
ry for them when it’s happening. Jeremy Pruitt
We try to change as much as we UT head football coach
can, but it’s part of the game. It’s
like a quarterback. A quarter- from what these guys have been
back gets all the blame and all accustomed to.
the glory.” “That’s one of the things we
Abbott struggles versus the talk about going into spring

Braden’s three-hitter leads Heritage past WB

Tigers piggybacks what the practice: figuring out who the
current pitching staff is going guys are that love to compete
through, where the potential when the game is on the line.
is there but it just wasn’t their The only way to figure that out
weekend. BY TAYLOR WHITE the first five batters with DISTRICT 4-AAA BASEBALL is to put them in a game-like
“In SEC games, we are No. 12 in little trouble before Carson situation, pick sides and let’s go.”
pitching,” Weekly said. “A lot of Wells drew a walk. HERITAGE 7, William Blount 1 Pruitt is still getting a feel
that came about this weekend. After the second inning That hiccup didn’t slow for his team — it was just this
We weren’t No. 12 going into the the Heritage bats went him down as he got the next needed efficient outing with past weekend he mused he was
weekend.” silent, but the damage had the Mountaineers (10-2, 4-0 “starting to like them” — and
Of the 28 runs scored on 27 hits, already been done. District 4-AAA) scheduled competition has been a stick-
Caylan Arnold was the biggest The Mountaineers struck ‘We just played to turn around and play ing point.
culprit. The sophomore gave up for six runs in the second again today against Halls. Everything he and his staff has
14 runs on the same amount of frame and cruised to a 7-1 well. We hit it, we “Everything was working done so far has been with the
hits in three games combined, win over William Blount for Cade,” Bennett said. “He goal of finding out which play-
but the former Maryville stand- behind the arm of Cade fielded it and we was just banging the zone, ers can contribute this fall.
out didn’t have much help. Braden at William Blount and he’s just a really good Players haven’t been made
Junoir Matty Moss, Tennessee’s in a District 4-AAA, in- threw it well.’ pitcher. He throws strikes, available this spring and Pruitt
other top pitcher, was sidelined school contest Wednesday bangs the zone, he’s got has yet to single out a player.
with an illness on Friday and afternoon. Robbie Bennett good off-speed pitches. He Part of that is by design as he
wasn’t her usual self the last two “We just played well,” Her- Heritage baseball coach just throws strikes. tries to figure out who can play
days. Moss tossed four innings on itage coach Robbie Bennett “It was big since we have and who can’t.
Saturday, allowing two runs on told The Daily Times. “We four batters before finally another game tomorrow, “We don’t have any starters,
three hits. On Sunday, she threw hit it, we fielded it and we allowing a hit in the fourth and it was just good for him we don’t have any second-team
just 1.2 innings and allowed six threw it well. When you inning. to get those pitches in and guys, third-team guys,” he said.
runs on five hits after Arnold was do all three of those things In all, he gave up three get those innings.” “We have a rep chart. Every-
shook. good, good things are going hits, two of which came The game got off to simi- thing is being evaluated. I think
Freshman Gabby Sprang, who to happen out there.” on Cade Bochtler doubles, lar start for Isaac Morton as there’s only so much pressure
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