BET, VFA impress in first-round play

By Marvin Birchfield
STAR Correspondent

   The start of the Elizabethton Star Little League city tournament was in full swing on Saturday at the National League field.
   In first round action, it was BET Welding the door shut on Citizens Bank by a final of 11-1.
   "We didn't make mistakes like they did, and we didn't have many walks or give up hits, so we looked really good," said BET coach BJ Guinn.
   Citizens Bank scored their only run of the game in the first inning when Brandon Cole crossed the plate, after Adam Colbaugh ripped a hit up the middle.
   BET came back in the bottom of the frame to grab the lead, which was not to be relinquished for the remainder of the contest.
   Josh Sorah tied the affair off of a wild pitch that allowed him to come home, while Joe Guinn added another run when Michael Hutchins knocked a single.
   BET scored again in the second when Jacob Davis was walked with bases loaded, which brought home Casey Crapps.
   The third frame continued to favor BET, as they managed six runs off of four hits, two of which were triple's from Guinn and Jake Peters.
   "Our guys have worked hard putting a lot into it, and I'm really proud of them," said Guinn.
   With the game on the line in the fifth frame and bases loaded, the Bank decided to make a last minute pitching change bringing Jeremy Hall to the mound.
   It was a little too late for Bucky Harris received his fourth ball, which scored Jacob Davis to close the account.
   "They didn't walk as many people, and played better defense than we did," said Citizens Bank coach Delany Scalf.
   Valley Forge Auction 18
   Kentucky Fried Chicken 0
   The Valley Forge Auction had the best deal around, as they won by the final of 18-0 to put Kentucky Fried Chicken out of business.
   "This team goes back about four years, and hopefully this season will be our year," said Valley Forge Auction coach Jerry Hodges.
   In the first inning, the Auction started cooking the competition serving up seven runs off of two hits.
   A grounded triple to right-center field from Garrett Dykes drove in Christopher Dunbar, Blake Hopson, and Brandon Woods.
   Six runs crossed the plate in the second frame followed by more which came in the third.
   The Kentucky Fried Chicken team did not have much success, as they only acquired one hit from Jacques Rowain, which was a triple.
   "We hit good in batting practice, but come game time we didn't, but this is a young team so hopefully by the end of the year we will see improvements," said KFC coach Mike Crumley.
   An excellent pitching performance from Dunbar allowed just one hit, and captured all of Valley Forge's outs with strike-outs to put KFC out of business.
   "The kid I had pitching is 11 years old, and this was his first time he ever pitched," said Hodges.