Baseball is a sport filled with the superstitious.
"I'm as superstitious as they come," Chattanooga Lookouts manager Razor Shines said. "I'm not going to share any, but trust me when I tell you that."
It may be something within the daily routine. It may be remaining silent when a no-hitter is in the works or when a team is on a winning streak. Well, maybe not that last part as far as the Lookouts are concerned.
Chattanooga's remarkable late-season turnaround continued Wednesday night as the Lookouts pummeled Jacksonville 7-0 for their 11th consecutive victory. An announced crowd of 2,253 watched as the Lookouts improved to 25-25 in the Southern League's second half and pulled within five games of matching Montgomery's 16-game league mark set back in 1968.
"We hear it. I hear it," Shines said of the sizzling streak. "The players are talking about it, and that's OK. They've earned it, and they've busted their butts."
Said second baseman Darnell Sweeney: "We just know that we're playing good baseball right now and that we want to continue playing good baseball."
The Lookouts continued their winning ways with ease Wednesday, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning on Corey Seager's RBI single to right and O'Koyea Dickson's two-run double to center. They made it 5-0 in the third when Scott Schebler drew a leadoff walk and Daniel Mayora followed with a triple to right, with Mayora scoring on Chris O'Brien's two-out single to right.
That would be more than enough run support for Lookouts starting pitcher Nick Struck, who threw five scoreless innings. Chattanooga improved to just 51-69 overall this season, but the Lookouts are .500 for the second half and in a two-way tie for first.
"We've had a tough year," Shines said, "and a lot of times it's how you finish."
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David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...