When Brazil faces Puerto Rico in the opening game Thursday morning of the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, three University of Tennessee at Chattanooga players will be involved. Vivian Morimoto and Ninjja Suetsugu are from Sao Paulo and will be on the Brazilian team, while Nicole Osterman will be part of the Puerto Rican squad. She's from Kissimmee, Fla. "This is a great honor for these student-athletes to play for their countries," UTC coach Frank Reed said in a school release, noting that they also will be representing Chattanooga. Morimoto and Suetsugu came to the Lady Mocs from Miami-Dade Junior College, where they helped win the NJCAA Division I national championship. They played for Brazil in the Pan American Games in 2007 and '09. Morimoto was a two-time All-Southern Conference player, batting .402 as a Lady Mocs junior in 2011, and Suetsugu had 17 hits and nine RBIs as a reserve infielder in her 2012 UTC debut season. Osterman also was a newcomer this past season and had four home runs and five doubles among her 21 hits. After the 10 a.m. EDT opener matching the Lady Mocs' two participating teams Thursday, Brazil will face Australia at 3 p.m. Puerto Rico will face the United States on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Brazil takes on the USA at 1 p.m. Sunday, also on ESPN2. Canada and the Netherlands also are included.
• Nineteen UTC spring sports athletes made the Spring Academic All-Southern Conference team, including runner Chris Berry with a 4.0 grade point average in his graduate work. Selection requires at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale, along with significant participation for one's team. Other UTC outdoor track and field honorees were Emmanuel Kirwa, Mark Cole, John Gilpin, Nathan Wanuch and Drew Austell. Also making the list from the Mocs and Lady Mocs were golfers Stephan Jaeger, Alex Ratliff and Maria Juliana Loza; softball players Michelle Fuzzard, Sara Poteat, Layne Rainey, Stephanie Rieck and Kaiti Dutton; and tennis players Shaina Singh, Brianna Wishing, Jenna Nurik, Alexa Flynn and Jackson Tresnan. Wofford tennis player Sarah Evans from Chattanooga and Girls Preparatory School and Georgia Southern baseball players Stryker Brown and Garren Palmer from Dalton, Ga., also made the academic all-conference team.
• Chattanooga's Slade Corvin won a bronze medal at the National Junior Olympics boxing tournament for 15-16-year-olds last weekend in Mobile, Ala. Corvin, a member of the Westside club, finished third in the 95-pound division. Eighty-one-year-old Gene Reese of Harrison and his son Shawn, a Chattanooga firefighter, both worked the tournament as referees/judges, and Gene's wife, Janis, was timekeeper. The three have worked three national events together this year -- the first two in Colorado and Nevada.
• The Chattanooga Cyclones K baseball team won the Southern Wood Bat Tennessee Tech Invitational last weekend, and the Cyclones' lone loss was to the Chattanooga Baseball Club 18s. That was a 6-5 win for CBC, when Brody Binder had two hits and drove in three runs in defeat. Drew Williams was the winning pitcher and had a two-run double in the Cyclones' 10-1 rout of Worth Baseball, when Binder had a three-run double, Lee Gibson had two hits and two RBIs and Logan Baldwin had two hits and scored twice. Baldwin had two hits, two RBIs and three runs in a 13-3 romp past the Atlanta Blue Jays. Jackson McClain and Gabe Rich did the pitching in that game, and Gibson batted in three runs and scored two while Williams had two hits, two RBIs and a run, Jake Stone had two hits and scored twice and Nick Chambers contributed a two-run hit and a run scored. Binder had three hits and a run and Baldwin had a two-run hit in a 7-6 win for the Cyclones K over the Cyclones SM, and Winston Whitener got a save in relief of winner Logan Fugate. The Cyclones SM beat the CBC 18s 12-0, won 10-0 over Worth and lost 5-4 to the Blue Jays. CBS beat Worth and lost to the Jays.
• A 1984 Olympic volleyball medalist, Rose Magers-Powell, will head a free coaching clinic offered by the Choo-Choo City club on July 7 at Baylor School. It will run 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., according to club director Paul Brock. "Rose will present drills and coaching philosophies from her vast experience as both a player and a coach," Brock said. She played professionally in Japan for nine years and was named to the All-World team. She has owned the Rocket City Volleyball Club in Huntsville, Ala., for 18 years.
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