Jeremy Stawychny and two relief pitchers allowed one hit apiece and Nikolay Uherek and Jeremy Bales combined on a five-hitter as Lee University opened its baseball season Saturday by beating Emmanuel 6-0 and 5-0 at Olympic Field in Cleveland. Josh Silver, Derrick Pitts, Zacary Hawkins and Siosi Poti each had two hits and scored a run and Jordan Stewart drove in two for Lee in the first game, when Hawkins hit two doubles. He and Blake Ray had two RBIs each and Silver was 2-for-3 with two runs in game two.
• Toccoa Falls beat host Bryan College 11-7 and 9-2 in baseball Saturday, leaving the Lions 1-2 for the weekend and the season. Jordan Couillard homered and doubled and drove in five runs and Will Patrick was 2-for-3 with four RBIs in Toccoa's first win, overcoming a 7-0 deficit after two innings. For Bryan in that game, Tyler Latham was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Hunter Tipton was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Crandon Wallace had two hits and two RBIs. Justin Morhardt had two RBIs and Garrison Price and Cody Rhinehart had two hits each for the Lions in the finale, when Josh Hill homered and drove in four runs for the visitors.
• Chattanooga State won the first game of its baseball season Friday by defeating visiting Georgia Perimeter 5-1 behind the complete-game pitching of Tyler Troutt and two hits and five RBIs from shortstop Tyler Hendley. But nationally ranked Perimeter won the second game of the doubleheader 10-0 with five-run innings in the third and sixth and then won both games on the Jaguars' field Saturday in Covington, Ga., 11-5 and 5-1.
• Cleveland State opened its baseball season Saturday at home by downing Roane State 5-0 and 12-2. Keegan Frederick pitched five innings of one-hit ball and Gabriel Rich closed out the first game for the Cougars, when Chris Caffrey and Anthony Hunt each had two hits and an RBI and Dalton Rogers added an RBI double. A six-run first inning featuring RBI doubles by Keith Buckhault, Caffrey and Rogers and a two-run two-bagger by Zach Janes propelled them to the five-inning win. Janes and Rogers each added another RBI and Jake Wright contributed a two-run single.
Track & Field
• Bryan College's Anthony Simpson and Connor Hatfield did well as the only NAIA runners in the 25-man 5000-meter run at the Indiana Relays. Simpson finished sixth with an indoor personal best of 15:00.53, the second fastest NAIA time this season, and Hatfield was 12th in an indoor-nationals provisional qualifying time of 15:12.79. Bryan's Alex Stephens already has qualified for the NAIA indoor meet in the 3000.
• Sewanee's Alexandria Bingham in the women's 3000-meter run and Amy Nelson in the weight throw finished second as the Tigers began their indoor track and field season by hosting the Tiger Indoor Invitational on Saturday. Sewanee's Cortez Brown was the only NCAA Division III runner in the 55-meter finals and finished fifth. Teammate Logan Stockton was sixth in the men's mile.
• Lee University had to wait a day to start the area college softball season. The Lady Flames' scheduled two games Saturday at Armstrong Atlantic State in Savannah, Ga., were rained out, but they are set to play Tusculum at 10:30 this morning. Lee wll play next weekend in Eckerd University's tournament at St. Petersburg, Fla.
• NFL official and area resident Lee Dyer will be the guest speaker for the Chattanooga Quarterback Club's noon luncheon meeting Monday at Finley Stadium, and the public is invited. Attendance costs $10 with a meal, $4 without. Dyer was part of the crew for the frigid playoff game at Green Bay.
• Former Alabama cornerback Jeremiah Castille will be the guest speaker at the Chattanooga Chapter of the Alabama Alumni & Friends Association dinner on Feb. 11. The meeting will be held in the Stadium Club at Finley Stadium, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., a reception at 5:45 and dinner at 6:15. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for others. Castille was a freshman on Alabama's 1979 national championship team and was a senior in 1982, which was the final team coached by Paul "Bear" Bryant. In Bryant's last game, a 21-15 win over Illinois in the Liberty Bowl, Castille had three interceptions and was the game's MVP. For reservations, contact Betty Johnson at email@example.com or 877-2287.
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