With Senior Trip over, teams back in action

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All of the Cannon County High School athletes are back on campus after missing last week, because of the senior trip. All four of the spring sports teams finished up the 2015 regular season, and they are now in the middle of the all-important District 8AA tournaments trying to advance as far as they can during the postseason.

Baseball (10-17)
DeKalb County 8, Cannon County 1 (April 27)
The Lions finished out the 2015 regular season with a loss to the Tigers as they were on the losing end of a two-game district series sweep. Tucker Francis led the way by going 2-for-3 from the plate, and Nick Vassar hit a RBI single for the only run of the game. Vassar was also the losing pitcher, and CCHS completed the season as the No. 5 seed in the district.
Cannon County 4, DeKalb County 3 (May 1) District 8AA Tournament
A few days later, Vassar and the rest of the Lions got their revenge on the Tigers during the opening round of the district tournament. This time, Vassar pitched a gem going seven innings with four strikeouts, and he only gave up one earned run and five hits.
Sam Schau broke the game open for CCHS with a two-run double in the third to put them ahead for good. Austin Martin and Briar Jakes each had two hits and an RBI in the victory.
Murfreesboro Central Magnet 13, Cannon County 3 (May 2) District 8AA Tournament
The Lions hung in with the top seed and host Tigers in a winners bracket game, but MCMS broke the game open with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth, including a grand slam by Jordan Jackson.
Jackson Mason went 2-for-2 to lead the Lions in a losing cause. Now, the CCHS will face DeKalb County on May 4 at 4:30 p.m. in an elimination game at the Murfreesboro Starplex on the Sportscom campus. The winner advance to face MCMS at 7 p.m., while the loser's season will be over.

Softball (13-9)
Upperman 5, Cannon County 1 (April 26)
Cannon County 2, Murfreesboro Central Magnet 1 (April 27)
Murfreesboro Central Magnet 1, Cannon County 0 (April 28)
Coming into the final weekend of the regular season, the Lionettes were hoping for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming district tournament, but they would have to win four games in three days in order to be in the running for that mark. However, it did not happen as they won only once out of three games in two days.
In game one of the home doubleheader versus the Lady Tigers, the Lionettes scored twice in the first inning, and they held on for the huge win. Shelby Earls went 2-for-2 in that game, including an RBI and scoring a run. Kristen Hale was the winning pitcher with nine strikeouts, and only giving up five hits.
Game two belonged to the Lady Tigers as they scored once in the second inning, and they held the Lionettes to only a hit. It was also senior night for Hale, Molly Williams, Cheyanne Fann, Kendra Maynard and Sarah Hunt.
Cannon County 5, Livingston Academy 2 (April 28)
Cannon County 5, Livingston Academy 3 (May 1) District 8AA Tournament
The Lionettes ended the regular season, and began the postseason with two impressive wins over the Lady Cats. CCHS broke it open in the regular season finale with five runs in the bottom of the second, and they held on for the win. Williams had two hits, and two RBIs in the win for CCHS. Maynard, Hunt, Kelsie Smith also had RBIs for them.
Williams continued her hot streak against the Lady Cats, a few days later in the opening round of the district tournament with a walk-off double, which scored Livia Walker in the final at-bat for the Lionettes.
"I was very proud of her," CCHS co-head coach Gaylon Sissom said. "She stepped up, and had a heck of a hit right there. It was huge, and it was probably the biggest hit all year. Williams has been consistent all year for us."
The No. 4 seed Lionettes faces top seed and state power DeKalb County on May 4 at 4:45 p.m. Monday in a winner's bracket game. The entire district tournament will be held at Upperman with the title game on May 6.

Boys Soccer
MTCS 5, Cannon County 0 (April 27)
Cannon County 1, Sequatchie County 0 (April 30)
Jackson County 5, Cannon County 3 (May 1)
Cannon County wins on forfeit by York (May 2) District 8AA Tournament
It was a busy end of the regular season, and the start of the postseason for the Lions as they had four home matches last week. CCHS split them with two wins and two losses, even though one was by forfeit, because York did not have enough players for the opening round match in the district tournament.
The Lions defeated the Indians on senior night on April 30, thanks to an own goal by the visitors. Sam Sissom got credited for the CCHS goal, and Billy Motlow made several great saves in goal to earn the clear sheet by not giving one in net.
"We were very excited to win," Sissom said. "We have not had as many wins as we planned this season, but it was pretty good. It was a good win."
Sissom, Motlow along with John Frazier, Marshall and Garrett McReynolds, Jake Burdick, Case Isenhart, Walker Hatfield, Tyler Bailey and Spencer Haley were the senior players honored before the win a few nights ago.
In the following night's loss, Isenhart scored twice, and Jake Walkup added another goal, which puts him at 11 for the season for the Lions. Now, the No. 4 seed Lions heads to DeKalb on May 4 in the next round of the district tournament.

Merrol Hyde 4, Cannon County 2 (Girls) (April 27) District 8AA Team Tournament
Goodpasture 4, Cannon County 0 (Boys) (April 27) District 8AA Team Tournament
April 30 Boys and Girls Tennis Individual District 8AA Tournament

The tennis season came to an end for both teams last week during the district tournament on the campus on Tennessee Tech. The Lions were the No. 5 seed, while the Lionettes were the No. 4 seed in their respective brackets during the team tournament.

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