Little League opens with 2 no-hitters

from staff reports

   Opening day arrived on Saturday for local Little League baseball, which started play with the annual Elizabethton City tournament.
   A pair of no-hitters highlighted action at the National League facilities.
   The combined work Chris Dunbar and Jordan Hodges held David's Auto hitless as Valley Forge Auction chalked up a 7-0 win.
   Jerry Berkley paced the Auction's offensive output with a 2-for-2 effort that included an inside-the-park home run. Bradley McVey, Brent Powell and Cody Jenkins chipped in with 1-for-2 showings.
   The other no-hitter belonged to Justin Piece, who struck out 13 batters to lead T&C Lawn Care to a 5-1 victory.
   Franky Covarrubias, Josh Peters and Josh Lipford all went 1-for-2 to give Pierce the offensive support he needed.
   Carter County Motors 18
   Cline-Holder 1
   Jake Hodge, Casey Sheffield and Seth Fleenor each batted 2-for-2 as Carter County Motors won in convincing style.
   Nolan Childers added a 2-for-3 performance to back the solid pitching of Hodge.
   Tops for Cline-Holder was Cody Julian at 1-for-1. Kendall Walsh and Logan Andrews both went 1-for-2.
   Cash Express 6
   Eliz. Federal 5
   Joe Guinn hurled a one-hitter in a victorious effort for Cash Express, which scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth, then held on as Elizabethton Federal answered with three runs in the sixth.
   Michael Coone, at 2-for-2, and Michael Hutchins, 1-for-1, led the Express offensively. Joel Oliver, Jacob Davis, Justin Bailey and Zach Miller each batted 1-for-2.
   Francis Tolley accounted for Federal's lone hit.