Late surge carries KFC to win over Summers-Taylor

By Adam Buckles
STAR Correspondent

   When Alec Whitehead was called to pitch in the top of the sixth, he simply replied.
   When he took the mound in the sixth, the sticks came alive in the seventh. He recorded the final six outs, giving KFC a 9-5 victory over Summers-Taylor Tuesday night at Jim Ensor Field.
   The chickens wasted no time in the first, as Micah Cates led off with a single, then scored on a sac-bunt by Jared Shrader, giving KFC a 1-0 edge.
   In the bottom half of the frame, the construction crew did its part. Samuel Parlier got on from a base hit, then took a home on a pass ball, which knotted the score at 1-1.
   In the third, Colonel's crew reclaimed the lead. Cates got on by an error before taking home on a wild pitch to reclaim the lead, 2-1.
   The construction crew did its part in the third, claiming its first lead, 3-2, by walking six times.
   The lead didn't last long as Whitehead led off with a triple, and took home after contributing a theft, tying the score 3-3 after two and a half innings completed.
   Summers-Taylor didn't quit in the bottom of the frame. Danny Bales and Taylor Edwards each added RBIs in the inning, giving their team a consistent 5-3 advantage.
   KFC tied it back in the fifth, when Dustin Treadway doubled in Dan Campbell. After a Chris Rasnick walk, Whitehead sent him to the plate to even the game at 5-5.
   The sticks came alive in the seventh for the chickens. Campbell led off with a walk and later scored the go-ahead run to make it 6-5. Nathan Presnell added some insuramce with a two-run single, and later took home on a free pass.
   In the bottom of the seventh, Whitehead delivered.
   "It was hard at first," he said. "I had a lot of pressure -- at the end there was more.
   "We finally came around and scored."
   Whitehead recorded six strikeouts in two frames of work, while his teammates handed Brian Hamby a tough loss.