Lookouts Make It Three Straight Over Smokies Wednesday With 8-6 Win

Chattanooga Travels To Biloxi To Face The Shuckers Friday Night

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - by Tim Evearitt
Brent Rooker, who appears to have adjusted to Double-A pitching, slammed his second home run of the week in Wednesday's game.
Brent Rooker, who appears to have adjusted to Double-A pitching, slammed his second home run of the week in Wednesday's game.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Chattanooga Lookouts have been winning one series after another in recent days and Wednesday's (8-6) win made it 4-out-of-5 victories and their second series win this season over the Tennessee Smokies.  The weather was perfect and over 4,400 were on hand for the game; many of the fans were school-children who were also enjoying an end-of-the-year outing. The Lookouts won 9-of-10 games on this homestand.

The team has been hitting home runs in nearly every contest. Except for the first game of this home series with Tennessee, Chattanooga had at least one home run in every game.

Brent Rooker hit a home run in today's (Wednesday) win, and the former Mississippi State star had a homer in Sunday's 11-10 loss. Rooker has now hit three home runs in his last six games.

Trailing 5-4 at the stretch, the Lookouts loaded the bases in the seventh inning thanks to a walk and a pair of singles from LaMonte Wade and Rooker. With Zander Wiel at the plate, Smokies right-hander Daury Torrez threw one in the dirt that got away from catcher Erick Castillo. Tanner English scored easily from third and he was followed in by Wade, who came flying around from second base to plate the go-ahead run. An RBI single from Wiel and an RBI double from T.J. White ensued, leading Chattanooga to an 8-5 lead they would never relinquish.

Wade drove in a pair of runs for the second time in his last three games. Right-hander Sam Clay became the seventh Lookouts pitcher to pick up a save this season, surrendering one run across two innings of work to close out the game. 

Box

Following Thursday's much needed off-day, Chattanooga opens a five-game series at Biloxi. The Lookouts lead the North Division of the Southern League and the Shuckers are leading the South Division.The series could be a preview of the 2018 championship playoffs.

 


PREP SCHEDULES

FOOTBALL     FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 Father Ryan at Baylor Bradley at William Blount Brainerd at Tyner Central at Hixson Notre Dame at Chattanooga Christian Cleveland at Ooltewah East Hamilton at Anderson Co. East Ridge at Howard Grace at Mt. Juliet Christian Sunbright at Lookout Valley Loudon at Marion ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Middle School Tennis Tournament Held This Week

The sun was shining and tennis balls were flying when 150 middle school students from all over Hamilton County pounced on Champions Tennis Club for the district tennis tournament.  All sides of the county were represented with boys and girls singles as well as boys and girls doubles teams playing one another.  Players did an excellent job of keeping score and calling lines.  ... (click for more)

Charles Pipkens Arrested In Series Of Violent Home Invasions

Chattanooga Police have arrested Charles Dijon Pipkens as one of the suspects in a series of violent home invasions. Pipkens, 27, of 434 N. Hickory St., is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, unlawfully carrying a weapon, use of a weapon during the commission of a felony, and criminal impersonation. Police ... (click for more)

County Schools To Push Forward With Equity Effort; Magnet Schools To Get More Diversity With Lottery Change

The county schools will push forward with an equity effort that appeared to have been paused after board members Rhonda Thurman and Joe Smith in May said  they rejected the idea that county schools need to “racially and economically integrate.” An equity task force did not meet for several months and the schools did not move forward on hiring an outside consultant to help ... (click for more)

Drink Up, Chattanooga

I attended the meeting to discuss the placement of the sewage treatment plant at the Cambridge Center in Ooltewah today. My problem with the meeting (aka) dog and pony show, is that the meeting started out with the agenda of the Ooltewah Community Council.  After living in this area for 45+ years I have never heard of this group.  I would like for someone to answer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Lee In A Landslide

The first time I met Bill Lee, the guy who is triggering a huge turnout of Tennessee voters across the state, I instantly liked him, admired him, and must have told a dozen friends that day we have the most exciting guy going to the Governor’s Mansion we’ve ever had. The best reason is because Bill Lee is real. His opponent, Karl Dean, is a Democrat and a longtime politician. Go ... (click for more)