Hall pitches, hits Bankers to win

from staff reports

   With Jeremy Hall hurling a one-hitter and banging out two hits, Citizens Bank was too much for Elizabethton Federal on Monday night, recording a 9-3 American League victory at Jim Ensor Field.
   Hall, who registered 11 strikeouts from the slab, tripled and singled in his three at-bats. Anthony Cole, Brandon Cole and J.D. Scalf tallied two runs apiece, with Scalf and Brandon Cole connecting on a double apiece.
   Jacob Taylor and Adam Colbaugh added 1-for-2 showings for the Bankers.
   Collecting the one Elizabethton Federal hit was Mathias Maines. Jake Vines drew two walks and scored a run.
   T&C Lawn Care 9
   Cline-Holder 6
   The Lawn Care crew finished with a flourish, plating five runs in the sixth inning to fend off pesky Cline-Holder.
   Knox Erysha carried the big stick for T&C, going 2-for-2, while Jared Irick, 1-for-1, and Justin Pierce, 1-for-3, made solid contributions.
   Pierce also made an impact on the mound, striking out nine batters in a winning performance.
   Logan Andrews supplied the big highlight for Cline-Holder, swatting a two-run homer. Teammates Kendall Wash, Thomas Roddy, Jeremy Sommers (2 runs) and Jonathan Nichols chipped in one hit apiece.
   Sunday's Game
   Expert Express 18
   Elizabethton Federal 2
   This was no lazy Sunday afternoon for Expert Express, which came out on fire by scoring 10 runs in the first inning, then eight more in the second.
   Aaron Bradford and Nick Papantoniou were the main men in the Expert arsenal, each going 3-for-3 and plating two runs. Bradford tagged a triple while Papantoniou had two doubles.
   Hunter Taylor and Jake Oliver did a nice job for the Express. Taylor doubled, tripled and tallied a pair of runs in three at-bats, with Oliver going 2-for-3 and scoring three times.
   Brent Thomas and Blake Russell accounted for a double each, and Franky Birchfield hurled a nifty one-hitter.
   Chris Dishman's first-inning single represented the lone Elizabethton Federal hit. Nathaniel Morefield walked twice and scored a run.
   NATIONAL LEAGUE
   Elizabethton Twins 9
   Carter County Motors 6
   Benjamin McKinney, Roy Edwards and Lance Reed filled their offensive appetites on Monday, lifting the Twins to a three-run victory over Carter County Motors.
   With McKinney and Edwards putting up 3-for-3 showings, Reed added a solid 2-for-2 game as the Twins got the job done.
   Ricky Jones chipped in a 1-for-1 effort for the Twins, who broke a 6-6 tie in the top of the fourth. Reed entered in relief in the first inning and got the win, giving up only one hit.
   Nolan Childers pitched a good game for Motors, but couldn't get the runs at theright time. He and Brandon Birchfield batted 1-for-2 apiece, followed by Chris Bucky Pierce at 1-for-3.
   BET Welding 9
   Grindstaff Motors 8
   Getting the bats cranked up over the final three frames, BET Welding was able to rescue a victory on the T.J. Burleson diamond.
   The Welders tallied eight runs after the third inning, scoring their final three after Grindstaff plated four runs in the top of the sixth.
   Brandon Fair, who went 2-for-3, drove in the deciding run for BET. Michael Hutchins, 2-for-2; Luke Snyder, 1-for-1; and Josh Sorah, the winning pitcher, played key roles in the outcome.
   Cory Blevins and Ethan Fleenor led the way for Grindstaff, with both players batting 2-for-3. Cody Mullins was right behind them at 2-for-4, followed by C.J. Bowling's 1-for-1 output.