CC Bank squirts past Six Sigma

from staff reports

   Dealing with a Six Sigma team that suddenly came to life in the bottom of the fifth inning, Carter County Bank escaped with a 9-7 Elizabethton National Little League triumph on Tuesday night at T.J. Burleson Field.
   The Bankers were rolling along with a 7-1 lead, but Sigma, aided by hits from Conner Plaas, Ethan McKinney and Gavin Heaton, knotted things up by pushing across six runs in its end of the fifth.
   Carter County, however, retaliated with two runs in the top of the sixth to make a winning pitcher out of Derek Mann.
   Mann and Chase Depew both had great defensive games, plus very solid offensive performances. Mann was 2-for-2 at the plate, with Depew going 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run.
   Matthew Potter added a 1-for-2 effort for the Bankers, and Caleb Palm and Caleb Banks added 1-for-3 outputs apiece.
   Showing the way for Sigma offensively was Cody Tolley at 2-for-3. Seth Davis, McKinney and Heaton were each 1-for-2, and Logan Loving and Plaas chipped in at 1-for-3 apiece.
   Carter County Motors 2
   Burgie Drugs 0
   The pitching was superb in this low-scoring affair, with winning hurler Cody "The Rock" Hyder totaling 12 strikeouts as part of a three-hitter, and losing pitcher Drew Chambers collecting 13 strikeouts while allowing only four hits.
   No scoring occurred until CCM got a run in the fourth, then added its second run in the fifth.
   Stacey Sheffield was 2-for-2 as the top hitter for Motors. Casey Sheffield went 1-for-1, smashing an inside-the-park homer, and Jake Hodge batted 1-for-2.
   Leading Burgie was Justin Bailey at 1-for-1. Lucas Birchfield followed with a 1-for-2 clip, and Matt Febuary went 1-for-3.
   Monday Correction
   Tri-Cities Nissan 2
   Greg's Pizza 1
   Monday night's contest between Greg's Pizza and Tri-Cities Nissan ranks second to none in the Elizabethton National Little League season to this point.
   Waiting till its final turn at the plate to get on the scoreboard, Nissan got both of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a come-from-behind victory at T.J. Burleson Field.
   Michael Hutchins, blasting his first home run of the season, gave Greg's a 1-0 second-inning lead that almost held up in the end.
   Nissan, though, got things started for itself in the sixth when Dylan Carr walked. Cody Hill followed with a triple to score Carr and tie the score, then a Caleb Sheets base hit brought in Hill for the game-winning run.
   C.J. Bowling and Hill both went 1-for-2 to pace the Tri-Cities bats while Joe Guinn and Jacob McCracken were tops for Greg's, going 1-for-2 each.
   Nissan starter Jake Miller had six strikeouts in three innings, then gave way to Ethan Fleenor, who gave up no runs and no walks, and struck out nine batters to gain the win.
   For the pizza boys, Jacob Davis had a no-hitter through three innings. He was relieved by Josh Peterson.