Stump On Sports Tennessee-Georgia Baseball Classic Set For Friday

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Some of the best prep baseball talent the northwest Georgia area has to offer will take on their counterparts from the southeast Tennessee area in the 17th Annual Stump on Sports Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Baseball Classic this Friday night.

Nestled in the foothills of Lookout Mountain, Lookout Valley High School will serve as host for the Classic for the first time. Tickets will be $5 each for the nine-inning game, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. The game will feature recent graduates (Class of 2018) from both states.


Lookout Valley coach Lance Rorex, who played in the Classic himself back in 2008, will direct the Volunteer State club.

"Having played in this game 10 years ago, I understand what a privilege it is to be able to play in this game," Rorex said. "It will be a very competitive game and we are excited to watch the best baseball players in our area compete for their home states. I'm also excited to be to coach alongside some of the best coaches in our area."

This year's game will be played in memory of Stump Martin, the founder of the Classic, who passed away on May 10.

"When someone thinks of high school sports in our area, immediately we think of Stump Martin," Rorex added. "He spent his life giving back to high school athletes. With that being said, it is an absolute honor to be able to host this year’s Classic at Lookout Valley."

This year's roster for Team Georgia will include Dylan Minghini (Lafayette College), Caleb Hopkins (Hiwassee) and Austin Thompson (Chattanooga State) from Class 1A Public School state champion Gordon Lee.

Also scheduled to play for the Peach State are Blake Bryan (Carson-Newman), Bryce Bird (Young Harris), Justin Morris (West Georgia), Lance Dockery (Cleveland State) and Cole Wilcox (Georgia) from Region 6-AAAA champion and Class 4A state semifinalist Heritage and Nathan Camp (Louisiana-Lafayette) and Ty Jones (Lipscomb) from Region 6-AAA champion and Class 3A state semifinalist Ringgold.

Allen Coley, assistant coach at Southeast Whitfield and director of Dalton-based Team Rawlings Baseball, will guide the Georgia squad.

"Being part of this particular game means more to me than any in the past," Coley said. "Knowing Stump's passion for this game and baseball alone makes me feel more privileged because I feel like I'm getting to honor Stump and his family."

Among the standouts for Tennessee will be Soddy-Daisy pitcher Dylan Perry (MTSU), Ooltewah infielder Andrew Manning (Chattanooga, football) and Baylor first baseman Teddy Lepcio (Army), who played select ball for Martin from 2010-2011.

Tennessee holds a 14-2 lead in the all-time series. The Volunteer State won last year's meeting, 14-5, at Ooltewah High School.


PREP SCHEDULES

FOOTBALL   THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 Central vs. Walker Valley at Finley Stadium Baylor vs. Notre Dame at Finley Stadium   FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 Boyd-Buchanan at Whitwell Bradley at Farragut Brainerd at Howard McCallie at Chattanooga Christian Rhea Co. at Cleveland Copper Basin at Polk Co. Signal Mountain at ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: East Hamilton Beats Signal Mountian, 9-0, In Weather Shortened Game

City Looking For Proposals For Floating Restaurant, Riverboat Excursions

The city is seeking proposals for an exclusive agreement for a berthing agreement that would include a floating restaurant and a vessel for river excursions. Officials said the operation would be another enhancement for the downtown riverfront. The city is seeking an entrepreneur who would enter into a 10-year contract with options up to 10 years more. Officials said, "The ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Man Who Robbed 2 Credit Union Branches While Unarmed Gets 4-Year Federal Prison Sentence

A Soddy Daisy man who robbed two credit union branches while unarmed has been sentenced to serve four years in federal prison. Jeffrey Rutherford, 35, appeared before Judge Travis McDonough. Authorities said on Aug. 19, 2016, Rutherford entered the Comtrust Federal Credit Union on Gunbarrel Road while dressed all in black and with his face covered. He approached two tellers ... (click for more)

It’s Time To Restore A Valuable Tool To Prosecutors By Fixing The ACCA

Violent crime rates in our country tripled from 1964 to 1980.  Robbery tripled, murder doubled, and aggravated assault nearly tripled.  This was an alarming time for communities across our nation.   To fight back, Congress passed the Armed Career Criminal Act in 1984, giving federal prosecutors a powerful new tool to deal with the growing rate of violent crime.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

I have to admit I am still laughing over the fact over 350 newspapers ganged up against President Trump’s stance on Thursday that the media is biased towards his administration. In a concerted effort these newspaper editors proved Trump to be exactly right. How in the name of common sense could any man, event, or natural phenomena cause every newspaper to unite is such a laughable ... (click for more)