The All-Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball team announced Tuesday included catchers Matt Malloy of regular-season champion Tennessee Wesleyan and Tyler Latham of Bryan College, which pounded TWC 23-6 in Tuesday's late winners-bracket game in the conference tournament in Kingsport, Tenn. TWC also was represented by third baseman James Boddicker and Billy Berry as coach of the year, and Bryan had shortstop Grant Zawadzki and outfielder Kevin Roberts on the first team as well. Roberts and Lions third baseman Joey Underwood made the Gold Glove team, and teammate Justin Morhardt is the freshman of the year with a .312 average, 12 home runs, 10 doubles, a triple and 50 RBIs in the regular season. Malloy was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Tim Kiene was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and pitcher Taylor Patterson allowed just an unearned run in seven innings as Wesleyan beat Virginia Intermont 8-3 in the late Monday game. Tuesday, Bryan (31-25) led 11-0 after three innings and 23-3 after eight against the top seeds. Roberts was 4-for-5 with four RBIs and four runs scored and Preston King and Kelvin McMiller each was 3-for-5 with four and three RBIs for the Lions, while Crandon Wallace was 3-for-6 with a triple and scored four runs and Zawadzki and Cody Rhinehart each had two hits and three RBIs. For TWC (31-21-1), David Donald was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Kiene was 3-for-5 with two runs.
• Union University edged Morthland 12-10 in 13 innings and Hiwassee beat Johnson 11-8 in the NCCAA Mid-East Regional baseball tournament Tuesday at Lee University. Then Lee beat Hiwassee 12-0 as Rob Gustitus pitched a seven-inning three-hitter and Andres Nelo went 3-for-3 with a triple, four runs and three RBIs. Also for the Flames (31-17), Zacary Hawkins and Josh Silver had two RBIs each, Siosi Poti was 2-for-4 with two runs and Blake Ray and Cameron Scott each was 2-for-4, Ray with a triple and an RBI. Bryan Woodlief was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run and Garrison Sisson was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs for Hiwassee (21-23-1) against Johnson, and Dalton Harrelson was 2-for-5 with two runs while Randell Coley was 1-for-1 with two RBIs.
• University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Emily McLennan from Queensland, Australia, was the Southern Conference women's golfer of the month for April. During April she finished eighth in the Web.com Intercollegiate and first in the league tournament, helping the Mocs win as a team.
• Lee University golf coach John Maupin has announced the signing for his women's team of transfer Cailey Nicollette Gino from California Baptist, which is in NCAA Division II like Lee. She played in every tournament as a freshman this past season for the consistently top-10 team. "We are very excited to add Cailey to our program," Maupin said in a Lee release. "Cailey drives the ball very well and brings some good collegiate experience to our team. I think she understands our program's goals as we move forward, and I am looking forward to her joining us this fall." Gino, who won an Optimist International Junior Golf qualifier and a flight of the California Women's Amateur tournament last summer, said she decided to change to Lee because of the players, the team dynamic and "a great coach," the release said.
Track & Field
• Signal Mountain hurdler Chaz Hawkins has signed to join the fast-developing Tennessee Wesleyan track and field team. He will be attending the Athens school on an academic scholarship. Hawkins is the reigning Class A/AA state champion in the 110-meter hurdles and a strong competitor in the 300 hurdles as well. "Chaz is the perfect example of a student-athlete, being competitive both on the track and in the classroom," TWC coach Shawn Jacubowski said. "He will undoubtedly set an example in both areas."
• Tennessee shortstop Madison Shipman was named Tuesday the Southeastern Conference softball player of the year, and Lady Vols pitcher Ellen Renfroe was the league's scholar-athlete of the year. Outfielder Melissa Davin and catcher Annie Aldrete joined Shipman on the All-SEC first team, and Renfroe and Kentucky pitcher Kelsey Nunley from Soddy-Daisy were second-teamers. Tennessee outfielder Shaliyah Geathers from East Hamilton High School made the Freshman All-SEC team along with Aldrete and Lady Vols infielders Taylor Koenig and Megan Geer. The SEC tournament starts today in Columbia, S.C., with seventh-seeded Kentucky facing 10th seed Mississippi State and eighth seed South Carolina playing Auburn.
• Bryan College was placed in the May 12-14 opening-round series at Montgomery, Ala., for the NAIA national softball tournament and will open play Monday against host and No. 1 seed Auburn-Montgomery (38-6). There are 10 four-team double-elimination series in the first round. Bryan (29-22) was the AAC tournament runner-up to Reinhardt, which also won the regular-season title and is hosting an NAIA opening series.
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