The #3 Martin Methodist Softball team took the lead on three different occasions, but ultimately dropped a 5-4, 12-inning contest to #1 seed University of Mobile Sunday afternoon at the 2019 SSAC Softball Championship at Wilson-Morgan Park.

After a full day of play Thursday and Friday, inclement weather Saturday forced the teams to play the elimination bracket final Sunday morning.

The loss ended a valiant tournament run for the RedHawks, who played five games in four days, winning two ballgames Friday to stay alive in the tournament.

RedHawk freshman catcher Shelby Clifton was named to the league's All-Tournament team.

Top-seed Mobile would eventually defeat #7 seed Blue Mountain twice in the Championship round to win the conference title.

In recent High School Sports…

The Richland Raiders Baseball team topped Culleoka…7 to 4.

The Giles County Bobcat Baseball team beat Community…9 to 4 and lost to Forrest…10 to 1.

In recent High School diamond action…

The Richland Raiders claimed two of three wins topping Mt Pleasant…10 to 1, and 13 to 2, and losing to Fayetteville…6 to 4.

In softball action the Lady Raiders lost to Santa Fe…2 to nothing.


The Giles Count Bobcats Baseball Team beat Forrest…4 to 1

The Giles County Lady ‘Cats beat Culleoka…2 to 1, and lost to Murfreesboro Central Magnet…3 to nothing and Lawrence County…4 to 3.

After a sensational week at the plate, Martin Methodist shortstop Sabrina Gilliam was named NAIA Softball National Player of the Week.

Gilliam, a Columbia, Tennessee, native, was eligible for the honor after she was named the Southern States Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week.

Dating back to 2000, Gilliam is believed to be the first-ever national honor for the RedHawk Softball program.

The junior earned the award thanks to a stellar week at the plate where she went 15-for-21 across six games. 10 of Gilliam’s hits went for extra bases as she recorded 10 doubles to go along with two home runs and a triple. Gilliam drove in 14 runs on the week while scoring 13 times.

A Tennessee bill to allow sports betting has passed the House of Representatives.

The House voted Wednesday to allow and regulate statewide mobile and interactive sports gambling, without brick-and-mortar betting locations. It still requires Senate approval.

Proponents said sports betting is already taking place illegally state wide, and the bill would create order, regulation and revenue. Several Republican opponents argued the bill would fuel addiction.

This is the eight year that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the official benefiting charity partner of the St. Jude Rock-n-Roll Marathon. It’s because of the generous support of the people of the state of Tennessee and people across the country that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continues to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Last year more than 3,000 St. Jude Heroes participated in the race, raising over $2 million for the hospital by securing donations from family, friends and co-workers.

This year the race will step-off Saturday at 7:15am in downtown Nashville.

In recent High School action…

The Richland Raiders spilt a pair on the diamond with Santa Fe, winning…3 to 2, and losing…1 to nothing.

The Lady Raiders Softball team lost to Columbia…7 to 6.


The Bobcats Baseball team took a pair from Community…11 to 6, and 9 to nothing.

The Lady Cats Softball Squad topped Marshal County…10 to nothing.

Martin Methodist College hosted “Martin on the Clock: Behind the Scenes of the NFL Draft” April 8th, an event featuring four top executives from the world of pro-football, planned and presented by students majoring in Sport Management.

“It was an amazing experience being able to sit down and talk with current and former NFL executives, said MMC senior and Sport Management Society President Drew Nipper of Tuscaloosa, Ala. “I feel honored to have been a part of an event of this caliber.”

“This unique event presented by the students in the MMC Sport Management program was an incredible experiential learning opportunity for students, said Assistant Professor of Sport Management and former GM of Jacksonville Jaguars Dr. Gene Smith, a participant in the panel discussion.

“Students put forth their best efforts in the planning and production of this wonderful event. We were blessed to have Jerry Reese, Michael Reinfeldt and Ruston Webster, three noted, well-respected professional sport executives who contributed their time to our student body and shared a wealth of knowledge related to the inner workings of the NFL draft process.

The NFL Draft takes place next week, April 25th through 27th in Nashville.

After two days of play, the Martin Methodist Men’s Golf team moved into third place at the 2019 SSAC Men’s Golf Championship at Robert Trent Jones Cambrian Ridge course Tuesday.

The RedHawks currently sit 28 shots behind runaway leaders Dalton State, but are only 15 shots behind runner-up William Carey.

Individually, Eli Marty skyrocketed up the leaderboard Tuesday as he carded the lowest round of the afternoon with a four-under-par 68. Marty moved from 12th place all the way up to a tie for fourth.

Tyler Turpin improved by five shots from Monday to Tuesday to card a 73 and enter Wednesday’s final round tied for 14th position.

Tate Lowery carded a 78 on Tuesday to finish one shot behind Turpin and sits in 18th place.

The RedHawks, who finished runner-up in last year’s conference tournament, begin their final round at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.