Lady Jackets claim district tournament championship

The Trousdale County Lady Jackets are the District 6-A tournament softball champions after claiming the title Friday night with an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Gordonsville at Crump Farris Park in South Carthage.

The Lady Jackets trailed 4-0 after the first inning but and trailed 7-5 entering the bottom of the seventh to the defending tournament champions. But Trousdale County loaded the bases with two outs before sophomore Faith Winter smashed a line drive into right center that cleared the bases and brought the championship plaque to Hartsville for the first time in 19 years.

It was the Lady Jackets’ third consecutive win over the Lady Tigers following a 22-game losing streak in the series that Trousdale broke earlier this season.

“Being down 4-0 in a district championship game would rattle most; however, getting a slow start and finishing strong seems to be the storyline of the 2019 softball season,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield.

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Trousdale County softball players celebrate after winning the District 6-A Tournament championship.

“Addison Gooch and Camyron Hurd came up big for us, especially in the last inning getting on base. Then Faith Winter did the rest and made the most clutch hit I have seen up to this point in my coaching career.”

After falling behind 4-0, Trousdale’s girls scored one run in the first, one in the second and one in the fifth. They then added a pair of runs in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead.

Gordonsville did not go quietly though, as coach Jonathan Bush’s girls scored three runs in the top of the seventh – all with two outs – to go up 7-5 and make things uncomfortable for a large contingent of Trousdale County fans.

In the bottom of the seventh, Gooch was hit by a pitch, followed by a strikeout. Sophomore Kinley Brown hit a single, followed by another strikeout before Hurd, the team’s lone senior, singled to load the bases with two outs and set up Winter’s heroics. The sophomore drove a pitch into the right-center gap, easily driving in Gooch and Brown. Hurd used her speed to score the winning run as the celebration erupted by the Lady Jackets.

“When Gordonsville made their final run and went up two runs, it made it a challenge for us to score three runs in an inning both as a coach and as players,” Satterfield added. “Getting Addison Gooch back proved to be one of the differences in this game.”

Gooch, a transfer from Wilson Central, was playing her first game of the season after sitting out under TSSAA rules. The sophomore made several plays on defense at first base, including snaring a line drive to end a scoring threat.

Hurd finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate while Gooch and Winter had two hits each. Sophomores Makayla Croook and Brown added hits, as did freshman Elyssa Chapman.

Sophomore Hannah Hailey came on to pitch in the second inning and went the rest of the way to earn the win while recording five strikeouts.

On May 6, Winter and Hailey each had a pair of hits as the Lady Jackets caged Clay County 6-2. Brown had a hit as well, as did classmates Kirsten Eversole, Rebecca Chapman and Sidney Gregory.

Freshman Alivia Boykin pitched the first four inning and rang up five strikeouts before Hailey came on to finish, fanning four Clay County batters in the process.

On May 8, Trousdale faced Gordonsville in a winners’ bracket final and put together another comeback, winning 6-5 to reach the tournament final.

The Lady Jackets trailed 5-3 in the sixth inning before plating three runs. Each team had six hits and Trousdale overcame five errors.

Hurd had two hits while Hailey, Eversole, Crook and Brown each had one.

Trousdale County defeated South Pittsburg 4-3 in the Region 3-A opener on Monday and was to host Whitwell on Wednesday in the region championship. A sectional game is set for Friday with the opponent and location dependent on Wednesday’s outcome.

Travis Humes resigns as Trousdale County baseball coach

After five season serving as head baseball coach at Trousdale County, Travis Humes has decided to step down and leave the school system in order to pursue another career opportunity.

“It’s been a tough couple of days,” Humes said. “I’ve been playing, coaching, teaching baseball in some form of fashion for 27 years. It’s been a part of what has shaped me as a man.

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“I’ve seen many great triumphs, many defeats and for a long time I felt like my success and failure was based on wins and losses. I felt my identity was attached to it, but as I have told the guys many times over, baseball doesn’t define us, wins and losses don’t define us. It’s Christ in us who defines us.

“As tough as it is to coach my last game in a Yellow Jacket uniform with a loss, we saw greater victories over the last five years that are immeasurable.”

Humes finishes with a 63-78 overall record, 22-19 in district play. In 2018, the Jackets finished as runners-up in the district tournament before losing in a region semifinal at South Pittsburg.

“I’m thankful and have been blessed with such a support system. I thank my wife and children for being so supportive,” Humes added. “I’m thankful for Mrs. Dickerson, Coach Johnson, Dr. Satterfield, the Trousdale County Board of Education, the staff, parents, students and players. I love each of you and will continue to be a proud supporter of Trousdale County. My family and I will be praying for you guys daily.”

Baseball season ends with district tournament losses

Trousdale County’s baseball team was ousted from the District 6-A baseball tournament last week after going 1-2 with a pair of losses to top-seeded Monterey.

The Jackets went up against the tournament hosts on May 6 and let a five-run lead get away in a 6-5 loss.

The visitors built a five-run advantage with two runs in the third and three in the fifth. But the Wildcats put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

In the eighth, the Jackets failed to score and the Wildcats put up one run to take the win.

Trousdale County had six hits but also made three costly errors.

Junior Ben Chumley went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while senior Keyvont Baines, junior Will Holder, junior Chandler Barton and sophomore Robert Butcher each had a hit.

The next day, the Jackets faced Jackson County for the second time in the tournament with this one an elimination game.

Trousdale responded with a 15-5 win in six innings as the Jackets took an 8-0 lead after three innings and tacked on seven more in the last inning to send the Blue Devils home.

Baines, Butcher and sophomore Eli Henderson each had a pair of hits while Chumley, Holder, Barton, senior Houston Stafford and sophomore Taylor Ellis each had one. Trousdale County earned its fifth straight win over Jackson County.

Holder tossed a complete game, allowing six hits and seven strikeouts while giving up just two earned runs.

After a short rest, the Jackets had to hit the field again to face Monterey. This time it was a rough go as Trousdale had five hits and eight errors in a 10-1 season-ending loss to the Wildcats.

Chumley had two hits while Henderson, Holder and senior Dyson Satterfield each had one.

Since being in the same district with Monterey, the Wildcats are the only team the Jackets have yet to defeat.

Trousdale County finished its season with an overall record of 13-18 and went 7-2 in district play, including a road win over Gordonsville.

Larry Woody: Even Aussies interested in eating squirrel

A young woman who hosts a PBS-type show in Australia emailed me awhile back requesting an interview about a column that ran in The Hartsville Vidette.

The subject: squirrel brains.

Ms. Bridget Northeast (you can check her out on Twitter) is planning a documentary about “unique customs around the world.” She Googled a column I wrote a few years ago about eating squirrel brains.

She wanted to pick my brain on the subject.

Bridget said, in a delightful Aussie accent, she “laughed throughout the column.”

She hoped to make the interview “equally amusing.”

I emailed her back and said sure.

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Cooking squirrels stirs interest.

I gave her my number and we scheduled an interview for the next evening.

She called right on schedule and, halfway around the world, introduced me to her Aussie audience as a “squirrel hunter in the States.”

Bridget wanted to know what squirrel brains tasted like. I said they tasted kinda like kangaroo.

She asked why people “over there” eat them. I said they ate them because they were hungry.

I went on to explain – in a more serious vein – that food was often scarce in the mountains where I grew up. A lot of folks didn’t hunt for sport, they hunted for subsistence.

Why squirrels specifically?

Because the mountains were covered in hardwood trees, which meant they were hopping with squirrels.

Squirrels were not only plentiful, but inexpensive to hunt. A .22 cartridge cost a penny when I was a kid. You could bring home a mess of squirrels for a few cents.

Squirrels were abundant, easy and economical to harvest, and tasted good. That’s why they were often on the menu.

Why eat the brains?

In those lean, hungry times, nothing was wasted. Every scrap of wild game was eaten.

And not just wild game, either. When a chicken was killed, everything was cooked but the cackle. Same with a hog. It was consumed from snout to tail and all in-between. Including the brains.

“You ate hog brains,” Bridget asked?

Yep, ate ‘em with relish. Hog brains and scrambled eggs was considered a delicacy.

And how did they taste?

I’d compare them favorably to wallaby.

“My, my,” said Bridget.

I went on to explain that few folks nowadays in our squeamish, urbanized society eat squirrel brains – or any other part of the rodent. That included my wife, a city girl. She refused to cook squirrels with their heads attached. She said she couldn’t cook something while it stared at her.

Bridget hopes to bring a camera crew to the States to film a squirrel hunt. She wants to include a segment on cooking and eating the noggins.

I told her I can arrange it. And once they’re cooked, she gets first bite.

Yellow Jackets kick off spring football workouts

Trousdale County began spring football workouts Monday afternoon under new head coach Blake Satterfield.

Satterfield, who served as defensive coordinator last season, replaced Brad Waggoner, who left for a job in Elbert County, Georgia.

The Yellow Jackets are coming off a runner-up finish in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl but have some holes to fill before the start of the 2019 season.

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Linemen go through blocking drills during the first day of Trousdale County’s spring football practice.

Finding a replacement at quarterback for all-state performer Keyvont Baines ranks as a priority, Satterfield said.

“We’ve got Cameron (Rankins), we’ve got Jayden (Hicks), and we also have Keenan Burnley,” Satterfield said. “I’m trying to get a quarterback in every grade. We’re also going to work Ben Chumley at quarterback.

“The main thing is, we’re putting in some new stuff so we’ve got to see who does it the way you want, their execution.”

Hicks and Burnley saw extensive work Monday at quarterback. Rankins and Chumley are still playing baseball and were not available just yet.

Offensive line is another position where the Jackets need to identify starters, with four of last year’s starting five set to graduate next week.

“We lost some amazing guys,” Satterfield said, “but we’ve got some big guys. We’ve got Trent Pharris who’s coming out, Taydrian Hicks, Colin Hamady, and some guys in baseball right now that we’re going to rely heavily on.”

Satterfield said he was impressed with the physicality the team showed in the first day of workouts and said being physical was something he wanted to carry over into the season.

“The main thing I want to find out in the spring is who’s not afraid of contact,” Satterfield said. “Who’s going to be that guy in the fourth quarter who can hang onto a football and who wants to be in that spot.

“We’ve got to find an identity. That’s what this spring is about – finding an identity and executing it.”

Lift-a-thon: The Trousdale County Yellow Jacket football team will hold their annual Lift-a-thon fundraiser on Saturday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the gym at Jim Satterfield Middle School.

Contributing: Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Lady Jackets claim district regular-season championship

For the first time since 2000 and second time in program history, Trousdale County’s Lady Jackets have claimed a regular-season district championship in softball.

Trousdale County and Gordonsville each finished 12-2 in District 6-A, but the Lady Jackets had the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lady Tigers.

Trousdale’s girls needed two wins last week to secure the title and got both, including a 6-5 come-from-behind victory on April 30 at Red Boiling Springs.

Trailing 4-2 in the top of the sixth inning, sophomore Kirsten Eversole belted a grand slam to give the Lady Jackets their first lead of the game.

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The umpire calls Trousdale County’s Crista Shockley safe at home during an 18-2 victory over Clarkrange to open the District 6-A Tournament.

RBS got a homer from senior Allison Deckard in the bottom of the inning to get her team within 6-5 but the Lady Jackets closed the door in the seventh to complete a regular-season sweep.

“Being down 4-0 early in the game would make most teams check out,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield. “However we knew what was on the line and came through in the end.

“Kirsten’s grand slam got momentum on our side and after that play we never looked back.”

Sophomores Hannah Hailey, Makayla Crook and Sidney Gregory also had hits for the Lady Jackets, as did freshman Alivia Boykin.

Eversole pitched the first two innings, Boykin the next three and Hailey closed out the final two innings while recording four strikeouts in the process.

“Being the No. 1 seed heading into the tournament is something we haven’t done in Trousdale County softball before,” Satterfield added. “We have a tough road ahead and it will take a lot of hard work to stay at No. 1 in the district at the end of the tournament. But we are up for the challenge.”

At Jackson County on April 29, the Lady Jackets fell behind 3-0 in the first inning but then buzzed back with three runs in the third and four in the fourth as they went on to an 8-3 win over the Lady Blue Devils.

Trousdale had 11 hits including three from Eversole, who had a pair of doubles. Hailey and Crook each added a pair of hits while senior Camyron Hurd, sophomore Rebecca Chapman, sophomore Kinley Brown and Gregory each had hits.

Hailey went the distance on the mound and rang up seven strikeouts.

The top-seeded Lady Jackets opened tournament play at home on Friday against Clarkrange. After a sluggish start with two runs in the first inning, Coach Satterfield’s girls exploded for 16 runs in the second and won 18-2 over the Lady Buffaloes in three innings.

Eversole continued to swing a hot bat as she went 2-for-2 at the plate. Also with hits were Hailey, Crook, Rebecca Chapman, freshman Elyssa Chapman, Brown and Boykin.

Boykin started the game but left after being hit in the shoulder by a line drive in the second inning. Sophomore Katie Crowder finished the game.

The win moved the Lady Jackets’ record to 14-7 overall and moved them into a Monday matchup with Clay County. That game was to be played in South Carthage.

Yellow Jacket baseball wins tournament opener

Trousdale County’s baseball team overcame a shaky start last Friday to claim a 13-3 win over Jackson County to open the District 6-A Tournament at Monterey.

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Trousdale County’s Will Holder crosses home plate to score a run against Jackson County.

Trousdale trailed 3-1 entering the bottom of the second inning, but put up four runs to take the lead for good. The Yellow Jackets would add four more runs in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth to end the game and extend their winning streak over the Blue Devils to four in a row.

Senior Dyson Satterfield and junior Chandler Barton each had two hits, while senior Keyvont Baines, junior Ben Chumley and sophomore Robert Butcher also had hits.

Chumley went the distance on the mound, recording 11 strikeouts and allowing just one earned run.

The Jackets ended their regular season on April 29 at Smith County, but the result was not a good one as they fell 8-0 to the Owls.

Trousdale had six hits in the game: two from Satterfield and one from Barton, Butcher, senior Houston Stafford and sophomore Eli Henderson.

The Jackets were scheduled to play tournament host Monterey on Monday evening. Trousdale County is looking to make back-to-back appearances in the region tournament after finishing as runner-up in 6-A last season.

Larry Woody: State commission discusses CWD impact

The Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission met last week, and concerns about the impact of Chronic Wasting Disease on the state’s deer population was high on the agenda.

There likely will be no changes in statewide deer hunting regulations this season, although adjustments are likely in five west-state counties in which CWD has been found.

No final decisions have been made, but it is recommended that hunters in the five CWD counties be allowed to take more deer.

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TWRA biologists continue to monitor for deer disease.

Deer killed on weekend hunts in those counties must be checked in physically to provide biologists with tissue samples to aid their CWD study. A harvested buck that tests positive for CWD will not count in the two-buck limit, giving the hunter an opportunity to kill another buck.

One recommendation on ways to combat the spread of the disease is to eliminate deer feeders. Biologists say one infected deer using a feeder can infect all other deer that use it.

If the ban goes into effect, it will include deer feeders used by non-hunting wildlife watchers.

There is no known cure for CWD, which is 100 percent fatal to infected deer. It is not believed to be dangerous to humans, domestic animals or wildlife other than deer, elk and moose.

Writers win awards: Two Lebanon outdoor writers dominated the six categories of writing awards presented at last week’s Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association banquet at Natchez State Park.

John Sloan, writer for the Wilson Post and Carthage Courier, won two first-place awards, two second places and two third places.

Larry Woody, who writes for the Lebanon Democrat, Mt. Juliet News and Hartsville Vidette, received second- and third-place awards.

Carp haul: Since a commercial processing program went into effect at the start of the year, 718,000 pounds of Asian carp have been removed from Kentucky Lake.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency partnered with commercial fishermen and processing plants to offer incentives to harvest the fish for commercial use.

The invasive Asian carp represent a serious threat to native species, including such popular game fish as crappie and bass. The carp feed on plankton and other algae-like food, and removing it from the bottom of the food chain will eventually decimate species higher up the chain.

The TWRA is trying to contain the carps’ numbers where they exist, and slow their spread into other waters. Part of the program includes a regulation against dumping un-used minnows into the water, for fear small Asian carp or other invasive species might be accidentally mixed in with the live bait.

Elk raffle: Raffle tickets are on sale for October’s hunt and can be purchased on the TWRA website, tnwildlife.org.

The tickets cost $10 each, three for $50 or 10 for $100. There is no limit on how many can be purchased. Last year’s raffle generated $255,840 for the state’s elk-restoration program.

Entries for the random drawing of additional elk tags will be taken later. Information will be posted on the website.

Outdoors women: The annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop is set for May 31-June 2 in Crossville.

Participants will receive instruction in firearms safety, fishing skills, archery, outdoor cooking, photography, canoeing, turkey hunting and numerous outdoor activities.

The workshop is organized by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The fee is $225, including meals, lodging and a hunting/fishing license.

For registrations or other information contact Don Hosse at don.hosse@tn.gov or 615-781-6541.

Lady Jackets snap Gordonsville skid to take district lead

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A Trousdale player tries to take third base with her after sliding in against Gordonsville.

Last week was a busy one for the Trousdale County Lady Jackets as they played eight games, including five district matchups.

The highlight of the week came on April 25 when the Lady Jackets came from behind for a 17-13 victory over visiting Gordonsville. Trousdale County broke a 22-game losing streak to the Lady Tigers that dated back to 2012.

“Beating a team that has won 22 straight games against us is an accomplishment both mentally and physically,” said Coach Blake Satterfield. “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished thus far in the season.”

Sophomore Makayla Crook had her best game as a Lady Jacket, going 4-for-5 with eight RBIs, three runs scored and a pair of home runs that included a grand slam in the third inning.

Classmate Kinley Brown went 3-for-4 and was solid defensively behind the plate. Sophomores Hannah Hailey and Erin Hix had two hits as did freshman Elyssa Chapman. The Lady Jackets got one hit each from senior Camyron Hurd, freshman Alivia Boykin and sophomores Kirsten Eversole, Rebecca Chapman and Sidney Gregory.

Boykin pitched the first three innings and Hailey came on the finish the contest.

The victory left both Trousdale and Gordonsville with two district losses and gave the Lady Jackets the tiebreaker atop the district standings.

“Every game from this point on is a ‘must win’ game and will determine how long we play in May,” Satterfield said.

The week started with a quality district win at Monterey on April 22 as the Lady Jackets pounded out 18 hits in a 17-9 win over the Lady Wildcats.

Crook went 4-for-4 while Hurd and Hailey each had three hits. Eversole had two hits – a double and her second home run of the season. Brown had two hits also while Rebecca Chapman, Elyssa Chapman, Boykin and sophomore Faith Winter each had one.

Hailey got the win on the mound, recording four strikeouts and giving up just two earned runs.

On April 23 the Lady Jackets had a subpar effort at Clay County, committing 13 errors in a 12-4 loss to the Lady Bulldogs.

Hurd had two hits while Hailey, Eversole, Boykin and both Chapmans had hits.

On Friday, Trousdale County hosted Clarkrange for a doubleheader and posted a pair of shutouts.

Hailey and Crook had two hits each in the opening game, a 12-0 victory. Hurd, Eversole and Elyssa Chapman also had hits.

In the nightcap, the Lady Jackets needed just one inning to post a 17-0 win. Hurd went 3-for-3 while Eversole and Boykin each had two hits. Hailey, Crook, Rebecca Chapman and junior Sierra Stafford also had hits.

Trousdale County played three games Saturday at the Griffin Classic in Gallatin, falling 16-0 to Allen County-Scottsville, 7-0 to Springfield and 15-0 to Waverly.

The Lady Jackets were to play at Jackson County and at Red Boiling Springs and can secure the top seed for the district tournament by winning both. The tournament schedule had not been determined at press time.

Jackets finish third in district after loss to Monterey

The No. 1 seed in the District 6-A baseball tournament was within reach last week for the Trousdale County baseball team, but a 6-2 home loss to Monterey on April 23 left the Yellow Jackets at No. 3 instead.

The Jackets stumbled early, giving up two runs in the first inning and three more in the second. Trousdale County got on the scoreboard with one run in the second and another in the third before Monterey tacked on another in the fifth.

The Jackets managed just three hits and committed five errors in the loss. Junior Will Holder belted his first career home run, while senior Houston Stafford and sophomore Eli Henderson each had singles.

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Trousdale County baseball players pose during Senior Night festivities. Four seniors were recognized: Keyvont Baines, Dyson Satterfield, Houston Stafford and Stetson White.

Sophomore Taylor Ellis overcame a slow start to record eight strikeouts in six innings on the mound.

Prior to the game, Coach Travis Humes recognized four Yellow Jacket seniors: Keyvont Baines, Dyson Satterfield, Stetson White and Stafford.

On Friday, the Jackets committed six errors that led to a 3-0 loss at Macon County despite outhitting the Tigers 5-4. Holder had a pair of hits, while junior Ben Chumley, Stafford and sophomore Cameron Rankins also had hits.

Trousdale County traveled to Westmoreland on Saturday, where the Yellow Jackets split a doubleheader with the Eagles.

In the first game, the Jackets’ bats got hot with 10 hits in a 7-5 victory.

Chumley went 3-for-4, while Stafford and Baines each had two hits. Rankins, junior Chandler Barton and sophomore Robert Butcher had the other three hits for the visitors.

Chumley also went five innings on the mound, earning the win.

The Jackets struggled both at the plate and on the mound in the second game, falling 12-2.

Holder, Chumley, Stafford and Barton each had hits for Trousdale County.

The Jackets will travel to Monterey on Friday to open the district tournament and will take on Jackson County at 7 p.m. Trousdale County finished as runner-up in last year’s district tournament.

Hartsville youth competes in tennis tournament

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Hartsville’s Taylor Harper, 10, competed in the Boys 12 division of a round-robin tennis tournament on April 27 at the Sequoia Swim and Tennis Club in Nashville. Taylor, 10, is in Mrs. Pruitt’s fourth-grade class at Trousdale Elementary and has won three tournaments this year playing at the Boys 10 level.

Saturday’s event was a Level 6 tournament played in round-robin style, with no points or trophies given no effect on a player’s ranking. Taylor’s father, Marcus, said his son played very well in the new bracket and had won his way up to Court 1 and was down 2 games to 1 when the tournament director called time. Under the format, players who won moved closer to Court 1 while losses moved players toward Court 6.

Larry Woody: My run of experience with skunks

I smelled it before I saw it.

Then, up ahead in the road, there it lay. A squashed skunk.

The pungent scent hung heavy in the warm spring air, mingling with honeysuckle and newly mown hay. It brought back a flood of memories. Some good, some not so good.

When I was a kid I caught a baby skunk. It waddled across a dirt road, one of four padding along behind their mama. The little stinkers resembled fuzzy black tennis balls with white stripes.

I raced over, cornered one in a fence row, and grabbed it, squirming and spraying.

Why did I feel compelled to catch a skunk? I was five, and I caught the skunk for the same reason I caught a water snake that bit me. It was the Kid’s Code.

I ran home with my skunk, and by the time I got there it had sprayed itself out and calmed down. I put it in a chicken-wire cage and named him Mr. Stinky.

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Skunks are interesting critters.

He grew fat as a butterball on table scraps. He was docile. He let me scratch his ears.

(Note: Nowadays it is illegal to keep a wild animal as a “pet,” and I agree with the regulation. Hopefully, the statute of limitations has expired on the unlawful possession of a skunk.)

I kept Mr. Stinky’s cage in the barn, out of the weather. The only time he threw his scent was one night when a stray dog got in the barn and started barking at him. Mr. Stinky gave the obnoxious mutt a good spraying.

I began to feel sorry for the skunk, caged up like that. What had he done to deserve a life sentence behind bars? All he did waddle across the road with his mama.

One day I carried his cage out to the field and opened the door. Mr. Stinky poked his head out, sniffed the sweet air of freedom, and went shuffling off into a fence row.

I hope he met a nice lady skunk, raised lots of little stinkers, and had a good life.

Sometimes on warm summer nights when the odor of a skunk drifts on the breeze, I wonder if it might be the work of one of Mr. Stinky’s great-great grandkids.

Another skunk encounter wasn’t so pleasant. My dog caught one in a field one night, and when I ran over to lend a hand (remember the Kid’s Code) it hosed down my dog and me.

I was wearing my school shoes at time. Next morning when I walked into my second-grade class at Woody Elementary, heads turned and noses wrinkled.

Miss Bristow opened the widows, then asked if I had any more shoes at home. I said I did. She said go put them on. I walked home – about a half-mile away – and changed shoes.

My mom wasn’t able to remove the skunk odor from my shoes and had to throw them away. Grudgingly, she let me keep my dog.

A skunk raided my grandmother’s chicken house and hen-napped a prize pullet. My grandmother set a trap, and that night when the skunk returned for a second helping, it got caught.

My grandmother dispatched the critter with her trusty garden hoe. It was quite a battle, and the chickens that witnessed it smelled pretty ripe for sometime afterwards. I felt a tad sorry for the skunk; after all, I enjoyed Grandma’s chicken dinners too.

I’ve always found skunks intriguing. Other than occasionally raiding a hen house or digging holes in lawns and golf courses scratching for grubs, they don’t do any harm.

Granted, they can stink up a neighborhood when they throw their scent, but they do it only in self-defense, when scared or provoked.

When you wrinkle your nose over Mr. Stinky, remember, somebody else started it.

Lady Jackets squeeze out district win over Monterey

Trousdale County’s Lady Jackets faced a big test in district play on April 16 but passed with flying colors in a 3-1 home victory over Monterey.

“It was a must-win game for us,” said coach Blake Satterfield. “We are undefeated in district play at home with a 6-0 record. Our girls take pride in playing on the Creekbank.”

The Lady Jackets racked up 10 hits to just five for Monterey.

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Trousdale County second baseman Kinley Brown takes a tumble after making a catch against Monterey.

Sophomores Kinley Brown and Faith Winter each had two hits while classmates Hannah Hailey, Kirsten Eversole, Rebecca Chapman and Sidney Gregory each had hits. Senior Camyron Hurd and freshman Elyssa Chapman had hits as well.

Hailey was the winning pitcher as she recorded 10 strikeouts.

“Being 6-1 in the district halfway through our district schedule is a big accomplishment for TCHS softball in 2019, especially with all the players that we have had out,” Satterfield added.

On April 15, the Lady Jackets stepped out of district play and brought in a solid Class AAA opponent in Station Camp. Satterfield took the opportunity to get some experience for some players in different positions and the Lady Jackets lost 16-0.

Rebecca Chapman and Eversole had the lone hits for the Lady Jackets.

Scheduled games Friday with Clarkrange and Saturday with Friendship Christian were casualties of the wet weather last week.

The Lady Jackets are scheduled to host district-leading Gordonsville on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Trousdale County lost 6-3 at Gordonsville earlier this season on a walk-off home run.

Jackets baseball extends district winning streak to four

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets won two district baseball games last week, giving them four wins in a row and keeping them at the top of the standings.

The Jackets thumped Jackson County 20-1 on April 15, scoring 20 unanswered runs to post their third consecutive victory over the Blue Devils.

Leading 12-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, the Jackets put up eight more runs on the scoreboard to send the Blue Devils home after five innings.

Junior Chandler Barton enjoyed his best game of the season, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Houston Stafford, junior Ben Chumley, junior Kobe Pridemore and sophomore Taylor Ellis each added one hit.

Ellis also picked up the win on the mound, striking out six batters while allowing just two hits and one walk.

On April 18, the Jackets made the long drive to Pickett County and returned home with a 15-2 victory.

Trousdale County ran out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, then added four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to end the contest early.

Trousdale pounded out 14 hits in claiming its fourth consecutive win over the Bobcats.

Stafford was 4-for-4 at the plate, while sophomore Robert Butcher had three hits. Chumley and sophomore Eli Henderson each had a pair of hits, while sophomore Cameron Rankins blasted his first career home run. Ellis and junior Will Holder had the other two hits for the Jackets.

Henderson earned the win on the mound, striking out 13 batters along the way.

Trousdale County (10-12, 7-1 6-A) was to host Senior Night on Tuesday against Monterey, then will have three road games to close the regular season. The Jackets will play at Macon County on Friday, at Westmoreland on Saturday and at Smith County on Monday.

Larry Woody: Meet the mussels man

Mt. Juliet’s Jason Wisniewski, who recently joined the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency along with wife Jenifer, is noted for his mussels.

He’s not a bodybuilder. He’s a malacologist – a biologist who specializes in the study and management of freshwater mollusks, commonly known in Tennessee as mussels.

“Lots of people don’t realize they are one of our most imperiled species,” says Wisniewski, who works at the TWRA’s aquatic species hatchery at the Cumberland River Aquatic Center in Gallatin.

Why do mussels matter?

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TWRA biologist Jason Wisniewski checks a stream for mussles.

“They filter impurities from the water and are good ecological ‘early warning systems’ because they are so sensitive to pollutants,” Wisniewski says. “However, by the time we discover a pollutant is adversely impacting mussels, it’s probably too late to prevent the damage in that particular water.”

He adds: “It’s possible mussels have uses we haven’t discovered yet. That’s part of our research. But we never want to lose any species. We have to assume it has some purpose and function.”

Mussels have long been an important part of life in the Southeast.

They provided food, tools and ornaments for Native Americans. The oyster-like mussel was eaten, and the sharp shell was used for cutting and scraping. The iridescent shell was also fashioned into pendants, beads and earrings.

More modernly, mussels are harvested by divers for sale to the button industry, including foreign markets. Mussels are commercially farmed to produce freshwater pearls. One such farm is located at Birdsong Marina on Kentucky Lake.

Wisniewski earlier this year joined the TWRA with his wife, who serves as the Agency’s Chief of Communications and Outreach. They settled in Mt. Juliet because of the quality of life and split proximity to their new jobs – Jenifer’s at TWRA headquarters in Nashville and Jason’s at the TWRA’s Aquatic Center in Gallatin.

Both previously held similar positions with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Wisniewski, a native of Pennsylvania, moved to Tennessee in 2001 to attend Tennessee Tech, where he earned a Master’s degree. He joined the Georgia DNR and quickly gained a reputation as an authority in his field, authoring 15 technical papers, assisting with a Supreme Court lawsuit, and most recently spending time at the Smithsonian to assist a mollusk research project.

Wisniewski says he “stumbled into” his mollusk career.

“I was interested in fisheries management, and the only openings at the time were in mollusk studies,” he says. “I took what was available, and the more I got into it, the more fascinating it became.”

The Aquatic Center was built decades ago by TVA, and in 2006 the TWRA opened an aquatic species hatchery program. Today the TWRA manages and operates the Center in partnership with TVA, Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

“It’s a great facility and we’re fortunate to have it,” Wisniewski says.

During his free time Wisniewski likes to hunt, fish and trap. He is a member of the Fur Takers of America Grant Committee. He was a licensed “nuisance trapper” in Georgia and plans to eventually resume trapping nuisance animals here, in addition to his TWRA duties.

Lady Jackets walk away with victory over Red Boiling Springs

Hannah Hailey belted a three-run, walk-off home run with two outs on April 9 to lift the Trousdale County Lady Jackets to an 11-8 win over Red Boiling Springs in Hartsville.

The finish was dramatic and the outcome even more so as the Lady Jackets were trying to stay toward the top of the District 6-A standings.

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Teammates greet Trousdale County’s Hannah Hailey (6) at home plate after the first of her two home runs against RBS. The second was a walk-off winner in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“It was the biggest win I have been a part of in high school softball since I have been coaching,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield. “After coming off a tough district loss the previous week and to turn right back around and go seven innings and pull through really shows how far these girls have come.

“Last year we wouldn’t have showed that mental toughness. We are still young and still have some people out, but finding ways to win is the name of the game. I’m so proud of this group of young women.”

In addition to the winning homer Hailey, a sophomore, also went yard in the first inning, singled in the second and doubled in the fourth. She had three RBIs and scored three runs in addition to being the winning pitcher with nine strikeouts.

Sophomores Makayla Crook and Faith Winter each added two hits while senior Camyron Hurd and sophomore Kirsten Eversole had the other hits for TCHS.

Red Boiling Springs got a grand slam plus 10 strikeouts on the mound from senior Allison Deckard, a Motlow State signee.

The win snaps a four-game losing streak to RBS for the Lady Jackets and improved their record to 6-2, 5-1 in district.

Trousdale County is scheduled to travel to Clarkrange on Friday for a doubleheader, then will host Friendship on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Yellow Jackets sweep doubleheader with Red Boiling Springs

Trousdale County hosted a baseball doubleheader on April 9 against Red Boiling Springs and the Yellow Jackets flexed their muscles with two decisive district victories.

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Trousdale County coach Travis Humes talks with his infield during the doubleheader with RBS.

In the opener, the Jackets won 11-0 in five innings after scoring three runs in the first, four in the second, three in the third and one in the fifth to take down the Bulldogs.

Junior Kobe Pridemore went 3-for-4 at the plate while classmate Ben Chumley had two hits, including his first home run of the season. Senior Houston Stafford and sophomore Eli Henderson each had two hits while the Jackets also got hits from junior Will Holder, sophomore Taylor Ellis, sophomore Robert Butcher and sophomore Cameron Rankins.

Ellis also got the win on the mound, going four innings and recording six strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Pridemore hit his first career home run and picked up the win on the mound as the Jackets won 10-0. Pridemore and Butcher each had two hits as the Jackets extended their winning streak over the Bulldogs to 21 games.

Stafford, Chumley, Rankins and senior Keyvont Baines had one hit each as the Jackets raised their district record to 5-1.

Trousdale County is scheduled to travel to Pickett County on Thursday and will host District 6-A leader Monterey on Tuesday for Senior Night.

Larry Woody: Lebanon man reports on fishing in area lakes

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Lebanon’s Joey Mallicoat writes a fishing report for Mid-South Hunting and Fishing News, which hopes to expand circulation in Middle Tennessee.

Mid-South Hunting and Fishing News magazine hopes to expand its presence in Middle Tennessee with increased coverage, including monthly fishing reports by Lebanon’s Joey Mallicoat.

Mallicoat currently reports on fishing in Percy Priest and Old Hickory lakes.

The magazine has a strong presence in West Tennessee and neighboring states, and hopes to include more Midstate news and features.

A one-year, 12-issue subscription costs $12. Subscriptions can be made online at mshfn.com or by calling 731-772-9962.

Youth hunt: Area wildlife officers recently guided youngsters from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Muddy Bayou Archery Team on turkey hunts in Trousdale and Sumner counties.

Anglers weigh in: Tennessee fishermen are invited to submit comments and suggestions about the state’s fishing regulations to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. They will be taken into consideration when regulations are drawn up for 2020-22 seasons.

Comments can be emailed to FishingReg.Comments@tn.gov. They also can be mailed to:

Fisheries Division,

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

P.O. Box 40474

Nashville, TN 37204

The deadline for submissions is April 23. The TWRA will pass along the comments, along with other input for the Agency, to the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission which establishes the regulations.

Outdoors women: The annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop is set for May 31-June 2 in Crossville.

Participants will receive instruction in firearms safety, fishing skills, archery, outdoor cooking, photography, canoeing, turkey hunting and numerous outdoor activities.

The workshop is organized by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The fee is $225, including meals, lodging and a hunting/fishing license.

For registrations or other information contact Don Hosse at don.hosse@tn.gov or 615-781-6541.

Elk cam: A TWRA “elk cam” provides 24-hour viewing of herds on the North Cumberland and Sundquist Wildlife Management Areas. The elk cam can be accessed at tnwildlife.org.

Last-minute license: Turkey season is underway and runs through May 12, and anyone who failed to complete a mandatory hunter education class can still obtain a restricted license.

Details about the required licenses and other information is posted on tnwildlife.org and listed in the Tennessee Hunting & Trapping guide. There is also information about hunter education classes, including some online.

TWRA, CoreCivic team to sponsor youth turkey hunt

Area youth were able to get their first shot (no pun intended) at hunting Saturday morning thanks to a joint venture between state and local agencies.

Wildlife officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency brought 11 youth from Sumner and Trousdale counties to Hartsville to experience a morning turkey hunt on local farms.

Warden Russell Washburn of CoreCivic’s Trousdale Turner Correctional Center and Robby Atwood of Trousdale Comfort Heat & Air also helped organize the event and went with the kids, who all were hunting for the first time.

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette

“As wildlife officers, part of our job is outreach and education,” said Eric Anderson, TWRA wildlife officer for Sumner County. “We saw a need in this area for youth, to teach and give them opportunities to hunt.”

All the youth were members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or the Muddy Bayou archery team out of Gallatin, Anderson said. The group met at the Hartsville Community Center at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and then went to various local farms with the permission of the landowners.

Five of the 11 youth hunters had the chance to shoot at a turkey and all participants spotted at least one. Anderson said the shot rate was impressive for a group of novice hunters.

“It was a teaching experience in this sport and hopefully they’ll grow from there,” Anderson said.

TWRA and CoreCivic wish to thank the landowners of Trousdale County who offered their properties for the youth hunt: Martha Dixon, Julie Chaffin, Tommy Thompson, Lewis Beasley, Blake, Jason and Stanley Holder.

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-374-3556 or cgregory@hartsvillevidette.com.

Yellow Jackets snap six-game Gordonsville skid

The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets came up with a key district win last week when they went to South Carthage and took down the Gordonsville Tigers 12-7 on April 1.

The Jackets trailed 1-0 after the first inning but scored four runs in each of the next three to take control of the game and snap a six-game losing streak to the Tigers.

The Jackets pounded out 10 hits led by a 3-for-4 effort from sophomore Eli Henderson, who also had two RBIs and scored a run. Classmate Robert Butcher went 2-for-2 and Trousdale also had hits from senior Houston Stafford, senior Keyvont Baines, junior Kobe Pridemore, junior Will Holder and sophomore Cameron Rankins.

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Trousdale County’s Robert Butcher (34) tags out an Antioch runner attempting to swipe third base.

Sophomore pitcher Taylor Ellis went six inning to earn the victory.

The next day, the two teams met in Hartsville but the Jackets lost 4-0. Gordonsville senior Hunter Mann, an MTSU signee, went the distance and recorded 10 strikeouts.

Henderson, Stafford and Baines had the only hits for the Jackets.

On Thursday, the Jackets hosted Antioch but fell 13-5. Trousdale had 10 hits but committed seven costly errors.

Pridemore had three hits for Trousdale County while Henderson and senior Dyson Satterfield each had a pair of hits. Stafford, Ellis and senior Stetson White each had one hit.

Trousdale is scheduled to host Cannon County on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Jackson County at 6 p.m. on Monday.