Carter County Motors takes nine-inning affair

from staff reports


   Carter County Motors and the Twins played the best game of the young season on Saturday, with Motors winning a 4-2, nine-inning marathon at T.J. Burleson Field.
   Both Motors and the Twins tallied a run apiece in the first inning, then, in a show of terrific pitching and defense, neither team managed to score the next seven frames.
   Carter County finally put an end to the scoreless cycle by plating three runs in the top of the ninth as Nolan Childers, Chris Pierce and Bobby Campbell had base hits.
   The Twins managed a run in their end of the inning, but a comeback would elude their grasp.
   Childers, Pierce and Campbell each went 1-for-2 for the winners. Seth Fleenor added a 1-for-3 effort while Jake Hodge garnered the win from the mound.
   The leading hitter for the Twins was Lance Reed, who shined at 3-for-4. Sumner Garland, Skylar Dugger, Craig Sheets and Ben McKinney all chipped in with 1-for-3 clips.
   Burgie Drug 7
   Six-Sigma 2
   Burgie Drug tallied at least one run in every inning except the fourth, and used the good pitching of winner Casey Crapps to top off the victory.
   Zack Miller paced the Burgie bats with a 1-for-2 showing. Drew Chambers and Daniel Wilson followed at 1-for-3 apiece.
   For Six Sigma, Jake Howell, Eric Norman, Cody Tolley and D.J. Reese each went 1-for-2. Brandon Woodby turned in a 1-for-3 effort.
   Valley Forge Auction 5
   Tri-Cities Nissan 1
   Jerry Berkley held the Nissan bats at bay for the win, and helped out his own cause with a 1-for-2 game at the plate.
   Also going 1-for-2 for VFA were John Robinson, Jordan Hodges, Chris Dunbar and Cody Jenkins.
   C.J. Bowling, Logan Bowling and Cody Hill each had 1-for-2 efforts to top Tri-Cities.
   VFA took control of the game early, leading 4-0 after the first inning.
   Carter County Bank 2
   Cash Express 1
   This game didn't belong to the hitters, but Justin Fuqua's two-run, inside-the-park homer broke a fourth-inning scoreless tie and pointed the way to victory for Carter County Bank.
   Carter County's Derek Mann, Chase Depew and Isiah Osborne combined on a two-hitter, which resulted in a victory for Mann.
   Fuqua and Depew both batted 1-for-1 while Isiah Osborne went 1-for-2 to pace a modest three-hit Banker attack.
   Cash Express got a 1-for-1 showing from Jacob Davis. Sammy Mays was 1-for-2, and Michael Hutchins pitched well in defeat.
   Friday's Games
   Six-Sigma 6
   Twins 4
   Six-Sigma trailed for more than half the contest, but outstanding defense and a five-run fourth enabled Sigma to beat one of the top teams in the league.
   Sigma's Jake Howell turned a double play in the top of the third to end the inning, and D.J. Reece caught a fly ball in center field with the bases loaded to end the fifth.
   Cody Tolley notched the win on the mound, and Eric Norman provided leading offensive support with a 2-for-2 outing. Jake Howell came through with a 1-for-1 night at the dish, and Chris Richardson, Matt Plaas and Tolley each batted 1-for-2.
   Lance Reed, at 1-for-1, and Benjamin McKinney, 2-for-3, showed the way for the Twins. Clayton Ray and Craig Sheets contributed at 1-for-2 and 1-for-3, respectively.
   Burgie Drug 15
   Tri-Cities Nissan 5
   Aaron Vaughn went 2-for-4 and Jordan Meredith pitched his way to a win, lifting Burgie Drug over Tri-Cities Nissan.
   Ryan Thomas delivered a 1-for-2 effort for Burgie, which got a 1-for-3 outing from Daniel Wilson. Matt Febuary and Casey Crapps chipped in a base hit apiece.
   Logan Bowling and Drew Clark led the Nissan attack with 1-for-1 performances. Ethan Fleenor and Caleb Sheets each batted 1-for-2, and Taylor Gouge was 1-for-3.
   Clark's hit was a gem. He blasted the first home run of the season in the National League.