Burgie, Greg's come out on top

By Tim Chambers

   Burgie Drug survived a last-inning comeback to knock off KFC 6-5 while Greg's Pizza rolled past Valley Forge Auction 28-0 in National Little League Action Thursday night at T.J. Burleson Field.
   Burgie Drugs 6
   KFC 5
   Burgie knocked the pill all over the field for five innings, but KFC put on a remarkable rally, only to come up one chicken leg short.
   Burgie jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Justin Bailey doubled and later scored on a two-run homer from Matt Febuary. Aaron Vaughn later added a double to bring home a run.
   Burgie took a 6-0 lead in the third thanks to two walks and a double off the left center field fence by Drew "Heavy D" Chambers. Chambers later scored when Febuary roped a double off the left-field wall, making it a 6-0 count.
   Justin Bailey pitched brilliantly for five innings, holding KFC scoreless and allowing only two hits before giving way to Febuary in the sixth. The Drumsticks took advantage of the move and decided to lay a little extra crispy on the pharmacist as Sumner Garland had a huge two-RBI hit while Clayton Ray John Stunkard and Caleb Durant slapped key hits for the drumsticks.
   Febuary was able to catch a pop fly to end the game with the tying run at second base.
   Bailey got the win while Zack Treadway took the loss.
   February swung a mean stick for Burgie, going 2-for-2 with a home run and a double while Chambers and Vaughn added 1-for-2 efforts, each collecting a double. Bailey and Lucas Birchfield chipped in at 1-for-3 apiece.
   Garland led KFC by batting 2-for-3. Ray was 1-for-2, and Stinkard and Durant added 1-for-3 each.
   Greg's Pizza 28
   Valley Forge Auction 0
   In the second game Auction was just too overmatched against the high-powered Greg's team.
   Greg's had a ton of highlights, starting with Jacob Davis hitting two home runs and going 3-for-4. Shawn Shuffler and Corey Bean added 2-for-3 games.
   Josh Peterson was 2-for-4 while Joe Guinn and Michael Hutchins added 1-for-2 clips.
   Mike Austin and Daniel Roberts had the only hits for Auction.
   Logan Russell took the loss.
   "Writer's Editorial"
   Each player and coach for Valley Forge Auction House is to be commended for showing up and trying his hardest every game.
   This is a team whose coach left them on draft day with no players returning. Sometimes we get caught up and forget what Little League baseball is all about, but for these 12 players and three coaches, I find it hard to believe that these kids can say baseball is fun.
   It was a heartbreaking scence as the Auctioneers left the field last night. I made it a point to tell each of them how proud I was of their efforts and what they meant to this league.
   Each one knew on draft day what the outcome would be with 12 new first-year players on one squad yet this team was formed.
   Little League baseball needs to be fun yet competitive. As for VFA, the system failed.
   I hope each VFA player will continue to play hard and every opposing coach will view this not as a slap in the face but as a reality check. Are we doing what is best for the kids? In this case, the answer is no.