Twins hold off BET Welding

By Marvin Birchfield
STAR CORRESPONDENT

   It was a game played well by two closely-matched teams at T.J. Burleson Field on Saturday, as the Elizabethton Twins managed in holding off BET Welding in a 2-0 final.
   Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the first two frames, due to strong pitching from both sides.
   "We played good defense today, got a strike-out here and there, and made the plays when we had to," said Elizabethton Twins coach Bill McKinney.
   Benjamin McKinney retired 14 batters on strikeouts, allowing four hits, while Josh Sorah had eight strikeouts and gave up five hits.
   "Benjamin has picked it up as the year has gone on, and he's now 6-1 and throws a lot of strikeouts," said Bill McKinney.
   BET had a chance in the first after a walk to Sorah and a single from Michael Hutchins put two runners on base, but a pop-out and strikeout from Benjamin McKinney salvaged the inning.
   "We just didn't have any run support, but our pitcher threw a great game, and we had one or two mistakes that seemed to hurt us," said BET Welding coach B.J. Guinn.
   Elizabethton had the same opportunity in the second, when Ricky Jones ripped a hit to center field.
   But with good head's up play from their infield and pitcher, BET was able to escape their way out of the frame undamaged.
   The Twins were able to draw first blood in the bottom of the third inning, when an error on a throw from third to first-base placed Lance Reed into scoring position.
   Then a hard shot up the middle from McKinney drove in Reed to give the Twins a 1-0 lead.
   Elizabethton added another run to its score in the fourth, after getting a couple of big hits.
   The first hit came from Roy Edwards to center, and then a hit in the in-field toward third-base from Ricky Jones drove home Edwards.
   In the sixth and final frame, BET attempted a comeback by making contact with the ball from their first three batters.
   "They got their hits when they needed them and we didn't for we left two men on in two different innings and couldn't get them across," said Guinn.
   Jake Peters was able to knock a double to center field, but a couple of good stops by first-baseman Craig Sheets denied BET in making their run.
   Grindstaff Motors 1
   6-Sigma 11
   The 6-Sigma team knocked off Grindstaff Motors, as pitcher Daniel Simerly threw a no-hitter throughout four innings of play.
   Simerly finished the game with nine strikeouts, and gave up one run on a walk with bases load with no hits, which earned him the player of week award.
   Logan Loving and Simerly both went two for three at the plate, while Brandon Woodby was one for one at bat.
   The win pulls the Twins even with Valley Forge Auction for the top spot in the league at 13-3.
   Carter County Bank 5
   Valley Forge Auction 6
   Valley Forge Auction was able to make a late rally to steal a victory away from Carter County Bank, which keeps them tied for first place with the Elizabethton Twins.
   Carter County Bank saw a 5-1 advantage after the fourth frame slip away, as Valley Forge stormed back to score five runs in the last two innings.
   Valley Forge's Blake Hopson went two for three at bat including a home-run smash over the fence.
   John Robinson was also two for three for the Auction, while Zak Livingston, Kenny Yarberry, and Justin Fuqua was on for two for Carter County Bank.
   Hopson picks up the win on the mound for Valley Forge, and Yarberry receives the loss.
   Cash Express 8
   Carter County Motors 18
   Too much horsepower in the early going by Carter County Motors enabled it to pull away from the Cash Express to grab a win.
   Jumping out to a 10-1 lead after two frames was more than what Cash Express could overcome.
   Nolan Childers gets the win for Carter County, while Drew Chambers is handed a loss at the mound.
   The Bank's Cody Hyder was two for three at bat, while Brandon Burchfield went one for one.
   Chambers finished the game at three and three, as C.J. Campbell was one for one at bat with a home run.