E-Federal, TNC prevail in CCAL season openers

By Tim Chambers
Star Staff

   Chilly temperatures couldn't keep the boys of summer from playing baseball at the Carter County American Little League Field last night.
   Elizabethton Federal opened the night by defeating Summers Taylor 16-9, then TNC Lawn Care raced past Elizabethton Lumber 19-4.
   Summers Taylor took a 1-0 lead in the first on two singles by Samuel Parlier and Brian Hamby, but Elizabethton Federal rang up eight runs in the first. Billy Palmer, Aaron Mosley, Drew Shingleton and Dennis Turbyfill accounted for singles while Brett Price smashed a double to right field to aid the E-Fed cause.
   Summers Taylor paved their way back in the game with a four-run third inning to cut the lead at 9-7. A double off the bat of Billy Bales was the big blow along with a solid single from Logan Barker.
   The Feds opened up the vault in the fourth inning, scoring seven times thanks to key hits from Turbyfill, Price and Palmer.
   It was then that Elizabethton Federal manager Herman Price brought in Palmer and Shingleton to close the door and win their opener of the season.
   "Our team played very well tonight and so did Summers Taylor," said Price. "Travis (Whitehead) has done a great job with his team."
   Palmer had three hits for Eliz. Federal while Price, Mosley, and Shingleton added two. Coty Buckles had a nice hit and two RBIs.
   Parlier, Bales, and Hamby banged out two hits for Summers Taylor while Danny Bales and Lyn Barker chipped in with a hit each.
   TNC Lawn Care mowed down Elizabethton Lumber in the nightcap behind some solid hitting, good pitching and superb defense.
   Elizabethton Lumber opened the game with two runs on singles from Chris Morton and Cody Guess. Jacob Taylor planked a double to left for two RBIs.
   TNC rallied with eight runs in the first. Franky Covarrubias, Justin Pierce, Knox Eryasa, Jonathan Chapman, Joseph Wilson, Austin Nanny, and Michael Starnes each had singles and scored a run. Covarrubias slammed a inside-the-park home run off the right-field fence for an 8-2 lead.
   Elizabethton Lumber added a single run in the third on a RBI single form Logan Guinn. TNC rode a seven-run second inning to put the game out of reach.
   Pierce whacked an inside-the-park homer, and Chapman, Nanny and Tyler Jaynes slapped RBI doubles for TNC. Wilson pitched brilliantly for TNC giving up only five hits on the night.
   Jaynes did a nice impression of Andrew Jones when he snagged a deep line drive off the bat of Jacob Taylor and threw to first for a double play. The Lumber had to play without key standout Corey Scalf who was out with an ankle injury. Scalf is good with the stick.
   Chapman led TNC with four hits while Pierce, and Nanny added two each. Covarrubias was 2-for-2 while Wilson added two hits.
   Eryasa, Jaynes, and Starnes had one each.
   Taylor had a huge double for the lumber while Morton, Guess, Anthony Cole, and Guinn added singles.
   "We hit the ball well, got good pitching and played some great defense," said TNC coach Jerry Pierce. "We beat a good team and those kids from Elizabethton Federal played with a lot of heart.