Graham Ashcraft Pitches Complete Game Shut-Out in Lookouts Debut

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(lookouts.com) The Chattanooga Lookouts newest player, Graham Ashcraft, dazzled in the team’s 11-0 win. The righty spun six perfect innings in his debut, before giving up an infield hit to Ray-Patrick Didder in the top of the seventh inning. Between two levels, Ashrcraft has now thrown 33 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to May 30. He finished the game throwing the team’s first complete game shutout of the season and only surrendering two hits.

On top of a dominant pitching performance, the Lookouts offense was in mid-season form. Jose Barrero belted a ball 399 feet for his sixth dinger of the season. After tacking on a run in the fourth, the home run barrage continued in the fifth when Koloszvary, Rey and Robinson each sent baseballs over the wall. Koloszvary home run raised his batting average to .304 and gives him three homers on the season.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.