published Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Lee plays on; TWC out of NAIA Series

LEWISTON, Idaho—Roberto Reyes went 4-for-4 with a home run, three doubles and four RBIs as the Lee University baseball team bounced back from a gut-punch 5-4 loss Friday to beat Faulkner 7-3 Saturday in the NAIA World Series, but 10th-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan followed its own opening 5-4 defeat with an 8-6 loss to third-seeded Oklahoma Baptist. For Lee (48-13), Curtis Camilli (8-2) and Matt Passauer pitched a combined five-hitter with eight strikeouts. Passauer worked the last 22⁄3 innings and allowed one hit. Preston Scoggins was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI and Chris Grayson had an RBI and scored twice for Lee, which plays again Monday at 3 p.m. EDT. TWC (40-21) tied OBU with a four-run fourth inning and took a 6-4 lead in the sixth before being eliminated. The Bulldogs’ David Bergin was 3-for-4 with a double and matched Cody Gaskill with two RBIs, Stephen Branca was 3-for-6 with two doubles and Ryan Santos had an RBI double and another hit. Friday night against host Lewis-Clark State, Santos was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Anthony Boix also had two RBIs, Branca was 3-for-5 and Rafael Carlot was 2-for-4 as TWC nearly wiped out a 5-0 deficit.

• NASHVILLE—Former Baylor standout Dylan Craig was 2-for-5 and Ooltewah native Derek Hamblen was 1-for-4 — each with a double, an RBI and a run scored — as Belmont University defeated Mercer 9-7 for the Atlantic Sun baseball tournament title Saturday. Batting one-two for the Bruins, Hamblen and Craig are hitting .322 and .324 with 69 and 44 runs and 36 and 35 RBIs. Hamblen is a senior captain who went 6-for-16 with seven runs and five RBIs in the tournament, and Craig was first-team all-conference. Sophomore Chase Brookshire from McCallie, who pitched a complete game in the Bruins’ second tourney win, was second-team all-conference.

• JACKSON, Tenn.—Left fielder Jake Sharrock from Gordon Lee and catcher Sam Eberle from Notre Dame each scored three runs, Eberle also driving in two, in Jacksonville State’s 15-12 win over Southeast Missouri State in the losers-bracket final of the Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament Saturday. Then each scored a run in the 7-3 championship loss to Austin Peay, when Eberle was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Sharrock was 2-for-4. Sharrock went 3-for-5 and Eberle scored the run in JSU’s 4-1 loss Friday night to Peay.

Track & Field

• MARION, Ind.—Lee University senior Anna Hrushka finished eighth in 4:32.81 in the women’s 1500-meter final Saturday at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, earning one team point, and Bryan College junior Bryson Harper from Sequatchie County High School finished 10th in 3:52.70 in the men’s 1500. His showing followed Bryan senior Zach Buffington’s 30th-place finish in the 10,000-meter run Thursday night. Shorter’s Paul Chelimo and Oscar Ogwaro finished first and third in the 10k. Lee’s Kristin Cretton, Joy Hrushka, Erin Nelson and Maggie Opelt were NAIA Scholar-Athletes.


• Fifth-ranked Tufts University will try to repeat its NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse championship tonight in Baltimore against top-ranked Salisbury with a freshman goaltender from Chattanooga, Patton Watkins. The McCallie School graduate took over for Tufts’ injured starter in the sixth game of the season and has helped the Jumbos return to the national final. He had 13 saves in their 16-12 semifinal victory over Rochester Institute of Technology.

Auto Racing

• Chattanooga stock-car driver Ronnie Johnson has had a long history of success at Boyd’s Speedway, and he added to it Friday night by winning the SRRS race it hosted for Super Late Models. Johnson got $3,000 for the victory. Georgetown’s Skip Arp was second with Tim Busha, Stacey Holmes and Brandon Kinzer completing the top five. Craig Burrows won the Crate Late Model race with Jason Welshan, Robby Mason, Jeff Smith and Jerry Coffman second through fifth. Chuck Cooper won in A-Hobby with Booger Brooks and Larry Higgins second and third, Dallas Brooks won in B-Hobby with Jonathan Sims second and Jason Brown third, and Thomas Gilbert was the Front Wheel Drive victor with Matt Patton and Daniel Burnette in the next two spots.

• North Georgia Speedway at Chatsworth is scheduled to reopen Saturday night with Mark Wooten of Dalton now heading the operations. A full schedule is planned with a Super Late Models feature paying $2,000 to the winner and a Crate Late Models 20-lapper paying $800 to win. Racing is set to start at 7 p.m.; gates open at 4. The website remains


• The next two Sunday afternoon “FLW Outdoors” television programs will focus on bass tournaments held in the Chattanooga area in mid-April. Today’s show hosted by Jason Harper will highlight Allen Boyd’s victory in the TBF National Championships on Nickajack Lake. Next week’s installment will be about the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga. Showtime is 1-2 p.m. on the Versus network.

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