No-hitter highlights ENLL play

By Tim Chambers

   Don't be surprised if some of last night's Little League players grow up and become postmen. Not rain, sleet nor almost snow could stops these boys from giving fans their money's worth Tuesday night at T.J. Burleson.
   Derek Mann, Chase Depew and Cody "Rock" Hyder gave Elizabethton National Little League fans their best impression of Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Roger Clemens Monday night at T.J. Burleson Field.
   Behind the no-hit pitching from Mann and Depew, Carter County Bank edged by Carter County Motors 2-0.
   Mann, the winning pitcher, was magnificent, recording 16 strikeouts while walking four through six innings of work. Depew earned the save with a perfect seventh inning, striking out three straight batters.
   Hyder pitched brilliantly through six, striking out 14 while walking only one. Hyder was touched for one hit, a two-out double by Mann, but was able to get the next out.
   Neither team could muster any offense until the seventh inning, when Bank took advantage of two walks and two infield singles to gain a 2-0 lead.
   Conner Campbell led off with a walk as did Brooks Cochran to start the seventh. After moving up on a wild pitch, Depew cracked an infield single that scored Campbell while Mann followed with another infield hit to score Cochran.
   Stacey Sheffield was able to strikeout the next batter leaving two on base.
   "Both team played a great game," said Carter County Bank head coach David Mann. "Fans got to see some good baseball tonight.
   "I am really proud of my kids for the way they battled."
   Mann had two hits for the bankers while Depew chipped in with one.
   Greg's Pizza 5
   Burgie Drug 1
   The first game was a tight contest until the pepperoni's broke loose for four runs in the fifth inning, with the big blow being a home run off the bat of Jacob Davis.
   Greg's took a 1-0 lead in the first, when Josh Peterson walked and scored on a double by Joe Guinn. Burgie threatened as Justin Bailey walked and advanced to third on a base hit by Drew Chambers.
   Peterson got the next batter to strike out, leaving Chambers and Bailey stranded at second and third.
   Burgie tied the score in the third after Bailey single and advanced to third on two wild pitches. A third errant pitch allowed Bailey to race home tying the score at 1-1.
   Greg's used singles from Michael Hutchins, Bobby Campbell and a walk to Austin Oaks to aid the home run of Davis. Each runner was able to score on a wild pitch to break open this tight-fisted affair.
   Davis relieved Peterson in the fourth and pitched no hit baseball the rest of the way. Davis struck out eight of nine batters, preventing Burgie from getting back to the meat of their order.
   Bailey tossed a nice game giving up five hits, while striking out seven. Peterson struck out five in three innings of work.
   Davis, Peterson, Guinn, Hutchins and Campbell had the hits for Greg's, while Chambers and Bailey got the only hits for Burgie. Aaron Vaughn made a great defensive catch in centerfield for Burgie which resulted in a double play.
   "The conditions weren't the best in the world but I thought both teams played well tonight," said Greg's Pizza manager B.J. Guinn. "We were aggressive with the bat and played good defense."