Twins, Welders stand tall at Burleson Field

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR CORRESPONDENT

   Getting hot early can make a big difference in Little League baseball. And in Tuesday night's game against Cash Express, it was all the Twins needed as they came away with a big 11-6 victory at T.J. Burleson Field.
   The Twins opened up with two straight triples in the first inning. Lance Reed hammered his way around the bases, and was scored from a Benjamin McKinney special. McKinney scored on a passed ball that led to quick scores from Zack Montgomery and Roy Edwards on an error.
   Cash Express opened up facing a tough Reed in the first inning. Reed struck two out to quickly close the inning.
   The Twins battled back in the second inning after a walk to Jason Reed, setting up a Lance Reed RBI single. McKinney knocked a base hit to set up Montgomery, who shot in two RBIs with a double.
   Jared Cline opened with a triple for Cash Express, but quickly got caught in a rundown that could've set up a score. C.J. Campbell and Caleb Sheets added singles for Express, which would hit hard to two straight outs to the Twins.
   Cash Express answered in the third inning, putting Drew Chambers on the mound. Drew was the 'big papa' in the third inning, setting down three batters and shutting the Twins down.
   Express rolled offensively, picking up runs from Matthew Plass, Chambers, and Dustin Hill on walks. An error scored Austin Johnson, pulling Cash Express within the 7-4 margin.
   The Twins battled back, despite two Chambers strikeouts, with an RBI single from Reed, scoring Jason Reed, and an errored play from Montgomery, scoring Norman Scott and Lance Reed. McKinney came home on a passed ball, giving the Twins a 11-4 lead.
   Cash Express rolled back with a Plass RBI infield fly for Caleb Sheets, and a Chambers RBI single for Michael Coone. It wouldn't be enough for Express, as the game was ended going into the fifth inning due to the late time, giving the Twins an 11-6 decision.
   GAME ONE
   B.E.T. Welding 16
   6 Sigma Automotive 6

   The first matchup of the afternoon was a pitchers duel, as both B.E.T. Welding and 6 Sigma Automotive pitched their share of players. But B.E.T. opened up on top and finished on top with a big 16-6 victory.
   B.E.T. started with an RBI triple from Michael Hutchins, scoring Josh Sorah, and a Jake Davis RBI for Hutchins, giving Welding a quick 3-0 lead.
   Joe Guinn was a hotshot early from the mound, striking out three batters, keeping the Welding team on top.
   Welding came out in the second inning, scoring eight runs behind errors, a two-run single from Sorah, a two-run triple from Hutchins, and an RBI single from Jake Davis, giving B.E.T. the 10-0 lead.
   B.E.T. Welding scored from a Bucky Harris RBI double, and a Jacob Miller RBI double in the third inning, tallying a 12-0 lead.
   6 Sigma scored from a three-run triple by Wendell Loving and a two-run double from Logan Loving in the fourth inning, as six runs cut into the lead by Welding, forcing at least another inning of play.
   Welding came back and scored a quick four runs behind a Jake Peters RBI single, and a big miscued play to finish the game at 16-6.