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tonybologna

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  1. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    Greenback did beat Lake County 6-2 BUT this game was pretty much given to them with Lake County committing 3 errors including a 2-R error by their shortstop on a soft line drive that went off his glove in the top of the 7th with the score tied @ 2-2. That made the score 4-2 & the 6th run by Greenback also came on an error by Lake County as well. Now, this doesn't mean Lake County deserved to win but the errors by Lake County didn't make Greenback earn the victory in this game. It was nip & tuck all the way until that top of the 7th inning with the 2-R error. I went 12-4 with my state Quarterfinal picks including the DII picks. One thing I've learned for sure now is that GCA- Franklin is legit & deserve to be where they are at. I knew they had a very tough schedule but I still didn't think with that record they would not only be here but look as good as they did against Loretto. They are for real & certainly a serious threat for the Class A title. They take on TCA tomorrow in the winner's bracket & this game will show how serious or good of a team that they really are. They beat TCA & I think they just might go on to take the Championship. It will be a tall & tough task though to beat TCA. I'm picking TCA in a 1-2 run game though. Greenback & Summertown should also be a solid matchup in the other winner's bracket game in Class A. I'm going with Summertown in a close game. Here are my picks for Wednesday's games: Class A Winner's Bracket: TCA over GCA- Franklin (close game, 1-2 runs) Summertown over Greenback (close game, 3 runs or less) Loser's Bracket: Loretto over University High (Loretto by 3-6 runs) Eagleville over Lake County (Eagles by 3-4 runs) Class AA Winner's Bracket: Forrest over Loudon (close one, Rockets by 1-3 runs) Covington over Nolensville (Chargers by 3-5 runs) Loser's Bracket: Sequatchie County over Haywood (SQ by 4-5 runs) Elizabethton over Pigeon Forge (another close game, Cyclones by 1-3 runs) Class AAA Winner's Bracket: Farragut over Summit (Admirals by 3-5 runs) Bradley Central over Independence (Bears by 4-6 runs) Loser's Bracket: Bartlett over Science Hill (Bartlett by 3+ runs) Riverdale over Arlington (Warriors by 4-5 runs) DII-A Winner's Bracket: Goodpasture over CAK (Goodpasture by 1-3 runs) Loser's Bracket: CPA over Clarksville Academy (Lions by 5+ runs) DII-AA Winner's Bracket: Baylor over Christian Brothers (Baylor by 5-8 runs) Loser's Bracket: Father Ryan over Ensworth (FR by 1-3 runs)
  2. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    One other thing guys. I have looked at each quarterfinal matchup closely from Class A-AAA. There really are no what you would call clear cut favorites in any of the 24 opening round games. I mean the matchups are all solid. 2-3 weeks ago I would have thought Farragut playing Bartlett would have been a clear victory for Farragut. Can't say that now because Farragut has lost a couple of games in which I didn't see coming. This is the time of the postseason where Starting Pitching depth matters the most. Farragut in Class AAA clearly has the best SP depth of any team in Class AAA & probably of all 3 DI classifications. I would place Summit as having the 2nd best pitching depth from Class AAA in the state. Class A's pitching depth is pretty even but TCA, Greenback, Lake County, & Summertown are all pretty close. University High has 2 excellent SP's but after that it's a dramatic drop off. In Class AA I see Forrest, Loudon, & Elizabethton having the best pitching depth with Pigeon Forge not too far behind.
  3. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    You hit the nail on the head with strength of schedule. I would included pitching a little as well but not nearly as much of a factor. LOL! I've heard of & watched them all either live or on demand. All of these teams are solid ballclubs. Grace- Franklin's record makes them look like a team that shouldn't even made it to the Regionals but boy their schedule plus some early season injuries were the culprits for their record. I still say they are the most surprising team from Class A to make the state tourney. By the way, it response to you asking me about the toughest Class A baseball schedules. I listed the Top 10 in a prior post & now I have them in what I think is the order I would place them in. Here they are: 1. Grace Christian- Franklin 2. Lake County 3. Eagleville 4. TCA 5. Greenback 6. Summertown 7. Loretto 8. East Robertson 9. Gordonsville 10. Columbia Academy I based my order on strength of schedule of course. The Top 3 teams listed above played between 6-12 teams ranked in the Top 20 whether in state teams or out of state teams in tournaments. The other 7 teams played teams that were ranked Top 20 5 times or less. That's where I get the order. Of course, some of the teams above played ranked teams more than once when it was teams from their conference. The bottom 5 really could be swapped around in any order from #6-#10. Columbia Academy played the least amount of Top 20 teams but they did play a couple of tough teams. Also keep in mind my ordered list here ONLY includes the regular season & not any postseason games. Looking forward to the start of the state tournament tomorrow guys. Glad it's double elimination & if double elimination was the case in either the Regionals or Sectionals I strongly feel like there would be a few different teams that would have made it. It is what it is though. Maybe the TSSAA will implement or at least consider rule changes in the future. Then again mabye not either with this bunch. LOL!
  4. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    TSSAA State Baseball Tournament Quarterfinal Matchups: Class A Loretto over GCA- Franklin Trinity Christian over University High Lake County over Greenback Summertown over Eagleville Class AA Forrest over Haywood Loudon over Sequatchie County Covington over Pigeon Forge Elizabethton over Nolensville Class AAA Summit over Science Hill Farragut over Bartlett Bradley Central over Riverdale Independence over Arlington DII-A Semifinals Clarksville Academy over Goodpasture CAK over CPA DII-AA Semifinals Baylor over Ensworth Christian Brothers over Father Ryan
  5. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    Well, now that all of the Sectional games are completed I can post my record for my predictions. Not so good. I went 16-8 in total from all 3 classes (A-AAA). That's a 66.66 winning %. I went down in % from my Regional Finals picks (72.72%). I guess that I could say that's expected because the games only get tougher to predict as we advance in the postseason. I will have ALL of the State Quarterfinal picks too submitted by Monday evening. The matchups are set in all 3 classes (A-AAA) plus the Semifinals for DII-A & DII-AA as well. I will include the DII Semifinal picks as well this time. I think the most surprising teams to make the state tourney for baseball from each class are Grace-Franklin (Class A), Haywood (Class AA), & Arlington (Class AAA). Forrest from Class AA with their record could be considered a surprise but not because of their tradition. Lake County from Class A is a little bit of a surprise to me also. The rest of the 19 teams from DI really aren't a surprise for me to see them make the state tourney. However, I thought a select few of them wouldn't make it because the road to make the state seemed too tough for them.
  6. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    @HingleMccringleberry I have went through the Class A baseball teams that have been or are still in the postseason. I have came up with 10 teams that I've decided on having the toughest schedules for 2019. I have not yet placed them in order of the hardest down to the least hardest. I will list them here & post back later with them in order starting with the team I think has had the toughest schedule: 1. Eagleville 2. Gordonsville 3. Grace Christian- Franklin 4. Summertown 5. Columbia Academy 6. Loretto 7. East Robertson 8. Trinity Christian 9. Lake County 10. Greenback
  7. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    I'll wait until after tomorrow's final Sectional game between Sequatchie County & Signal Mountain to post my record for the Sectional picks. I have missed quite a few I know that with 1 more left to go. I will also post comments about what I thought about these Sectional games as well.
  8. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    Here are my Sectional picks: Class A Sectionals: Greenback over Wartburg Harriman over University High Gordonsville over Eagleville Grace Christian over Monterey Summertown over Columbia Academy Loretto over East Robertson TCA- already advanced to state Lake County- already advanced to state Class AA Sectionals: Greeneville over Pigeon Forge Alcoa over Elizabethton Loudon over Grundy County Sequatchie County over Signal Mountain Sycamore over Forrest Nolensville over Greenbrier Haywood over Chester County Covington over McNairy Central Class AAA Sectionals: Farragut over Tenn. High Science Hill over Hardin Valley Bradley Central- already advanced to state Riverdale over Soddy-Daisy Station Camp over Independence Hendersonville over Summit Bartlett over Houston Collierville over Arlington
  9. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    By the way, there was actually 3 Regional Championship games played tonight. I got them all 3 right so I went 18-6 overall with my Regional Finals picks. Still in shock over the Farragut loss when I picked the game to be a run rule game for Farragut. LOL! Will post up my Sectional picks soon. Thanks guys for the discussion & great posts we're having from this thread.
  10. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    I will have to take a look @ the schedules. Do you mean of the teams still left in the postseason or just in general from Class A? TCA had a 20 run 2nd inning. WOW! I knew MAHS would get beat pretty easily but didn't expect it to be that easy. I think the bottom of the 2nd inning lasted like 30-35 minutes. Geez!
  11. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    We were talking about University High's pitching & not Greenback's. I'd say LOL! It must have been that Farragut didn't use any of their best pitchers & was satisfied in just making the Sectionals to save their ace for that. Not bad but I've done better. Could go up or down too with 2 more Regional Championships later today.
  12. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    Once ALL the Regional Championship games are done after tomorrow night's games I will replay back with my predictions for the Sectional games. These will be another one & DONE situation so teams better bring it or they're going be watching the games from home on TV or actually still going to watch the state tourney games in person as non-participants. I don't really have a favorite team left in the race but I have to stay local & root for Tenn. High & Science Hill (Class AAA), Elizabethton & Greeneville (Class AA), & University High (Class A). I think Greeneville has the best chance of all of my favorites but I also think Tenn. High & Science Hill both could be sleepers. I just don't know which one though has the better chance. They are about as even of teams you will see play & they're from the same conference as well.
  13. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    Well, so far with my Regional Final picks I have went 16-6. There's still 2 more Regional Championships left to play tomorrow. I picked Bartlett & Collierville in these 2 Class AAA Championship Games. I'm stunned Farragut got beat by Hardin Valley to lose home field advantage for the Sectionals but this stuff can happen to any team. There are no more mulligans left now in the Sectionals. They will gain a mulligan back though if they can beat Tenn. High in the Sectionals & advance to the state tourney where it's back to double elimination. I did not think Hardin Valley could beat Farragut a single game on their absolute best day/game.
  14. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    Yes, Meredith plays basketball for UH as well. Degennaro does have more than a fastball. I know for a fact because I've seen him pitch twice this season & at least 3 times last season. He is mostly a fastball pitcher though. He depends on placement more than trying to throw it by guys. He does hit 87-88 MPH on the gun at times with that fastball. He also has a slider & a cutter. If he starts trying to throw the slider & it isn't doing what he wants it to do then he usually ditches that pitch for that game after 2-3 slider pitches. He throws the cutter usually only on 2 strike counts. I would say normally he throws 80% fastballs, 15% sliders, & 5% cutters. The final score of this game against Greenback was about what I figured it would be. I said no team would score more than 3-4 runs. I thought the score would be like 2-0 or 4-2 Greenback. UH just doesn't have enough bats especially when it comes to facing ace pitchers. Then again we can say not many teams can hit ace pitchers at just about all classifications. I thought Rossview was a team that could hit ANY pitcher going into the postseason because their bats were on fire scoring like 8 straight double-digit games going into the Regionals. They were held to 3 runs by Hendersonville though.
  15. tonybologna

    2019 State Baseball Poll Rankings (Poll #2)(4-14-19)

    Bad news for Elizabethton in Class AA. Evan Perkins (their starting Catcher) & leading hitter & RBI guy fractured his foot in the Semifinal game vs Grainger. That's a MAJOR blow to the Cyclones. Their backup Catcher is a freshman. They do have a 1B that has played some Catcher when he was much younger but he's not practiced any there since the 6th grade. Betsy has strong pitching but to throw a freshman receiver in there at this time of the season with very little playing time is going to be tough for Elizabethton. I thought they had a chance of beating Greeneville before this happened but I give them a much smaller chance in doing that now. It's going to effect them more though in the Sectionals because they don't have to win this game to keep their season going. Giving him 1 game that's not a lose & go home situation will provide the freshman some experience & help Betsy maybe in their Sectional matchup.
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