Express, S-T ride offensive prowess

By Ivan Sanders

STAR CORRESPONDENT
isanders@starhq.com

   The Expert Express of the American Little League feasted on the pitching of the KFC team like a preacher on a bucket of the Colonel's finest finger-licking good chicken.
   Riding the heels of a 14-hit performance, the Express rolled to a 19-8 victory in action at Jim Ensor Field in AL action on Tuesday night.
   Nick 'this home run is for you' Papantoniou smacked two homers to push his season total to eight in leading the Express at the plate. Papantoniou finished the night with a perfect 4-for-4 performance and five RBIs.
   Aaron Bradford, Hunter Taylor, Brent Thomas and Brit Yelton collected two hits each for the winners. Shane Heaton and Blake Russell contributed with one hit apiece.
   KFC finally got things going in the third after trailing 9-0 entering its portion of the inning. Recording five runs without the benefit of a hit, KFC found itself trailing only by four after three complete.
   The Express wasted little time in letting its opponents know that it meant business, coming back with six more runs in the fourth on three hits to basically put KFC in the bucket.
   Papantoniou, Franky Birchfield and Bradford combined to limit KFC to only four hits in the contest, with Papantoniou recording the win off the hill.
   Jacques Romain, Chris Triplett, Hedron Hey and Chase Dye nailed the only base knocks of the contest for KFC. Alec Whitehead took a tough loss on the mound for the boys from KFC.
   A-1 Auto.....................11
   Summers-Taylor..........13
  
In the nightcap, Summers-Taylor stormed out to a commanding 12-2 lead before A-1 Auto began revving their engines to come roaring back in a fiery close to the night's action.
   Lucas Teague tagged an inside-the-park homer and Dustin Arnett had a perfect 2-for-2 night while Josh Taylor added a 2-for-3 performance for S-T.
   Amanda Wilson provided the highlight of the evening as the hard-hitting young lady stroked an inside-the-park home run for three runs batted in for Summers-Taylor. Justin Hatley provided the other hit for the winners.
   Logan Carden paced A-1 Auto with a 2-for-3 outing with 2 RBIs. Jordan Taylor, Aaron Taylor, Alex Chambers and Zack Naylor contributed a solo shot for A-1.
   Derrick Holder threw two good innings for Summers-Taylor to pick up the win, with Dakota Waters and Daniel Jenkins coming in with solid relief work in the latter innings to hold A-1 in check.
   Carden took the loss for A-1, but the young hurler showed a lot of spunk on the mound and will be a tough pitcher down the road for Auto.
   Summers-Taylor had eight hits on the evening while A-1 banged out six. A factor in the game could have been the four errors committed by A-1 while S-T played solid defense with only one error on the night.