Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.

DALTON, Ga. — The Southeast Whitfield boys' soccer Raiders found themselves in an unfamiliar position when the playoffs started — at home.

For those wondering how Arts & Sciences' softball team would celebrate if it ever won a district tournament championship, it was revealed Friday afternoon at Warner Park: The players and coaches had a water-balloon fight.

Silverdale Baptist Academy's softball team lives to play again — again.

Boyd-Buchanan pitcher Skyler Anderson entered Saturday's game with an earned run average of 1.23.

Last year Arts & Sciences was one victory away from winning the first TSSAA district softball tournament for a program that has been around since the mid-1990s.

After down-to-the-wire regular-season races, Chattanooga-area high school baseball teams begin their seasons of no return this week.

After Monday's development at Silverdale Baptist Academy, things are all square at the top of the District 5-A high school softball standings.

The last time that Polk County High School's softball team won a regular-season district title, "Schindler's List" won the Academy Award for best motion picture that year. The theme from "Aladdin" won best song at the Grammy Awards. And no player on Polk's current regular-season-championship team was born yet.

The high school softball teams at Baylor and Arts & Sciences got to know each other well over the last three days. And as things turned out in the championship game of Baylor's Hits for Hope tournament at Warner Park, that was a little too well for the Lady Patriots' liking.

Kenny Struthers singled and doubled in his first two at-bats, but it was the Arts & Sciences hitter's third and fourth plate appearances Thursday that made the difference in the Patriots' 5-4 victory over Notre Dame.

The injured mouth and dental repair for one player and the staples in the head of another eventually will be forgotten, but Arts & Sciences baseball coaches, players, administrators and fans never will forget the heart-felt hospitality and sympathy extended by host Marion County after two Patriots players collided during a game last week.

For the second consecutive year, Baylor is hosting a Hits for Hope high school softball tournament Friday and Saturday at Warner Park with proceeds benefitting the MaryEllen Locher Foundation Scholarship Fund.

It usually takes a goal to get the Boyd-Buchanan boys' soccer team fired up. A goal by the other team, that is.

Silverdale Baptist Academy scuffled through the District 5-A high school softball season a year ago while Arts & Sciences was busy winning the district regular season for the first time in school history.

It took an extra-inning explosion, but Arts & Sciences picked up a 14-3 high school baseball victory Monday at Lookout Valley.

  • April 1st, 2014  |
  • By Idris Garcia

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