SOUTHERN LEAGUE HONORS PITCHER
CHATTANOOGA -- Former Wilson Central and Tennessee pitching standout James Adkins did his part to keep the Lookouts in the hunt for the second half North Division title, turning in two stellar outings that both resulted in Chattanooga victories.
For his efforts, he was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week.
The 23- year-old lefty pitched 11 scoreless innings in all, surrendering just eight singles.
On August 24 against Mississippi, Adkins struck out five in six scoreless frames, leading the Lookouts to an 8-0 win.
In his next start at Jacksonville on August 30, Adkins gave up four base hits, struck out four and walked one in five innings.
He held the South Division-leading Suns scoreless despite two errors behind him and helped the Lookouts hold on for a 2-1 win.
The Mt. Juliet native is the son of Jimmy and Kristi Adkins.
Adkins was drafted by the Dodgers in the first round (39th overall) in the 2007 MLB Draft.
He was a 1st team Freshman All-American at Tennessee in 2006 and was MVP of the Knoxville Regional at the College World Series. Adkins is Tennessee’s all time leader in strikeouts with 350 career strikeouts.
TIGERS RUSH FOR 414 YARDS
LEBANON – Cumberland surrendered over 400 yards rushing in Saturday’s 38-37 season-opening loss to Campbellsville at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. Travis Carter ran back a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and Anthony Allen returned an interception 94 yards for six points, but CU missed an extra point in the third quarter and then misfired on a field goal in the final period.
The Bulldogs (0-1) had just 277 total yards of offense compared to 509 for Campbellsville (1-0), but big plays allowed CU to stay in the contest before falling just short.
MAYFIELD, KY -- Cumberland continued its strong start to the 2009 season with a 3-0 win over homestanding Mid-Continent Wednesday in the TranSouth Conference opener for the Bulldogs.
The three-set victory (25-13, 25-19, 25-19) marked the fifth time in six matches that the Bulldogs (6-0, 1-0) have not dropped a game. Mid-Continent, which did not win a match in 2008, fell to 0-2 with both losses coming in conference play.
"It was really good for these girls to go on the road and pick up their first conference win," CU coach Dwayne Deering said.
"Mid-Continent is much improved. They’ve got a feisty, scrappy team and they’re well coached. I was really pleased with our team."
CU was led by Jordan Pescatore, who recorded an ace on six of her 22 serves.
The redshirt senior from Birmingham, Ala. served the team to eight straight points during the second game.
The 8-0 run brought the Volleydawgs out of a four-point hole and was the beginning of an 11-2 span to close out the set.
Kaysi Arnold of Greenbrier, posted kills on seven of her 16 attacks, committing no errors.
Arnold’s twin sister Kayla, Cookeville High product Taylor Denney and Tracy Smallwood of Portland each had five kills.
As a team, Cumberland had 13 kills on 30 attempts and only one error during the second match, resulting in a .400 attack percentage.
CU held the Cougars to a negative percentage in the first game and .065 in the final set. Pescatore added a match-high 19 digs, while Denney had 13 assists.
Cumberland steps out of conference play Tuesday, Sept. 8 when the Bulldogs travel to Tennessee Temple.
COMMANDERS MOVE TO 3-0
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian moved to 3-0 on the year with a big 42-6 win Friday night against the Gordonsville at Pirtle Field. The Commanders, who unveiled a new black-on- black uniform, relied on a stingy defensive effort and a solid offensive showing to control the G-Men from Smith County.
Friendship Christian exploded for 21 points in the second quarter and cruised to a 28-6 halftime lead.
SHOOTOUT IN WEST WILSON
MT. JULIET -- Everyone got their money's worth Friday night as Mt. Juliet won a 42-35 shootout against District 9AAA rival Gallatin High.
The Golden Bears finally put the game away on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Reed Gurchiek in the early seconds of the fourth quarter, then played keep-away to ride out the victory.