Tri-Cities Nissan, Six Sigma prove victorious

from staff reports

   TriCities Nissan and Six Sigma racked up wins on the Elizabethton National Little League's opening night Monday at T.J. Burleson Field.
   Nissan got a great pitching performance from Taylor Gouge to knock off Kentucky Fried Chicken 6-3.
   Nissan was able to break open a tie game in the second with two runs in the third and a single run in the fourth to earn a hard fought win.
   Caleb Sheets was 1 for 1 to lead Nissan while Ethan Fleenor, Drew Clark, Zack Miller and Cody Hill motored their way to 1-for-2 performances.
   Cody Vestal, Jacob Alexander and Steven Elsey were each 1 for 2 to lead KFC, while Nick Campbell and Sumner Garland both chipped in at 1 for 3.
   Six Sigma 15
   Valley Forge Auction 1
   Six Sigma stormed its way for 10 runs in the first inning to cruise past Valley Forge Auction.
   Eleven walks and two hits spelled doom in the first inning for the Auction, but they battled back to limit Six Sigma to only five runs for the remainder of the game.
   Jacob Howell twirled two-hitter on the evening to earn his first win of the season. Corey Richardson and Logan Loving led the hitting department with 2-for-2 performances.
   Michael Austin had a nice day at the plate for Valley Forge Auction, going 1-for-1, while Aaron Bose had the other.
   The Elizabethton National will hold its opening day ceremony on Saturday April 17. The first pitch will be thrown at 12 p.m.
   Field Conditions
   Both league are to be commended with the improvements made to the fields.
   The American League has added a new grass infield with a sprinkler system and redone the entire mound. Don't worry about supper, as the concession stand features cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hot-dogs and fries along with a good variety of chips and candy.
   I just wish they could figure out some way to get the fans closer to the game. From the angles on the first and third base sides it's very hard to watch a game. But with the improvements already made to Jim Ensor Field, I'm sure they will be more to come.
   The National League has widen the road which makes access to the park much easier. The field is well groomed that features a sprinkler system and the surroundings are a thing of beauty.
   The concrete stands were reconditioned to make it much safer for fans. Great parking along with a beautiful press box. Elizabethton is blessed with two exceptional Little League ball fields.