Sixth-inning rally propels  Elks Braves past D-Backs

By Ivan Sanders

   The D-Backs had taken no prisoners in their previous Babe Ruth League games, but on Saturday the boys of Papa Johns had a battle on their hands in the form of the Elks Braves.
   In a tight-fisted affair, the Elks Braves pinned a 5-4 loss on the D-Backs at Elizabethton High School as the Braves rallied in the top of the sixth for the win.
   Papa Johns took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Chad Lewis reached on an error and swiped second. Nick McNeal plated Lewis with a RBI double to push the D-Backs out front.
   Jonathan Crowley kept the Braves in check through the first two frames of the contest while his team added another run in the bottom of the second. Kevin Jessee reached on a walk and took second on a passed ball.
   Jessee advanced to third on a ground out by Jesse White and scored on a RBI ground out by Travis Bishop. The Braves were in need of a rally if they had a shot at victory and they got it.
   Ryan Kennedy got the Braves rolling in the top of the third with a single and a stolen base. Coty Mann reached on an error and advanced to second on a steal placing runners at second and third with two outs.
   Nat Treadway came up big with a two-run single to draw the Braves and D-Backs even after two and a half innings of play.
   Rick Garrison's squad wasted little time in responding to the attack of the Braves by squeaking out another run to regain the lead.
   McNeil came up with another solid double and advanced to third on a passed ball. Corey Nave picked up a two-out RBI single to push the D-Backs ahead 3-2.
   Tyler Andes banged out a double in the Elks fourth frame, but Crowley bowed his back and retired the next three batters to close out the frame and maintain the Papa Johns edge.
   Jesse White helped the D-Backs tack on another run in the bottom of the fourth after he tripled and came in to score on an error by the Brave catcher to provide a little cushion at 4-2.
   Travis Hurley's Braves sliced the lead to one in the fifth after Coty Mann reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. Treadway came through once again with a RBI double to pull his team within one at 4-3.
   Treadway worked some magic for the Braves in the bottom of the frame with a little help from his defense. Michael Hodge singled but was caught stealing on a strong throw from Andrew Kennedy for the Braves.
   Lewis doubled after the out, but Treadway strengthened to strikeout Josh Hardin and get Ricky Garrison to fly out. With time drawing close to the limit of two hours, it was do or die for the Braves.
   Andes drew a lead off walk and advanced as teammate Austin Guinn reached on an error. Derrick Taylor walked to load the bases and Andes scored on a RBI walk to Derrick Nave to even the score at 4-4.
   With the bases still loaded, Ryan Kennedy was pegged by Lewis to force Guinn in to give the Braves their first lead at 5-4.
   The Braves now only needed to keep the D-Backs in check and the win was theirs.
   Treadway placed his club on his shoulders as he struck out a tough batter in Nave and then enticed Crowley and White into grounding out to third for a huge win over the undefeated D-backs and stay perfect themselves.
   Ryan Kennedy and Treadway notched two hits each with Andes and Guinn contributing one hit apiece. McNeil picked up two hits for the D-Backs with Lewis, Nave, White and Hodge each adding one hit each.
   Treadway was penciled in with the win off the hill for the Braves, while Crowley was the hard luck loser for Papa Johns.
   Lewis Racing Dodgers.......................9
   PIC Indians...................................17
   The Indians jumped out to a quick 6-0 first inning advantage and then had to fight for their lives in taking the 17-9 win over the Dodgers. The Dodgers rallied in the second to take a 9-6 lead before the Indians took advantage of a couple of miss-handled balls by the Dodgers to retake the lead and hold off the pesky Lewis Racing team.
   Charles Peters and Jordan Honeycutt paced the Indians with two hits each with teammates Scott Burleson, Shannon Buchannon, Randy Swearingen, Robert Davenport and Chris Richardson picking up one hit each for the winners.
   Josh Lewis had a perfect 2-for-2 day with two RBIs for the Dodgers. Myles Young and Justin Covington contributed one hit to the Dodgers effort.
   Shannon Buchannon notched the win for PIC while Young suffered the loss. Peters and Swearingen also contributed mound duty for the Indians. Brandon Medina started on the hill for the Dodgers with Covington closing out the action.