Solid play lifts VFA, Auction to ENLL wins

By Marvin Birchfield

   BET was like a gang of robbers, escaping away with all the lute on Tuesday as it welded the door shut on Carter County Bank by a final of 10-4 at T.J. Burleson Field.
   It was a domineering display through five innings of play that sparked a 10-run lead, which was too much for the Bank to overcome.
   "I'm proud of them because it's hard to always come down here ready to play, and they did well today," said BET Welding coach B.J. Guinn.
   Both teams had chances to grab the early advantage in the first.
   Josh Sorah led off with a double, and a walk to Michael Hutchins placed two runners on base for BET with one out. Isiah Osborne came back to retire the next two batters on strikeouts to dodge the early bullet.
   A walk to Derrick Mann and a single from Osborne gave Carter County the same opportunity in the top of the inning, but a strikeout from Casey Crapps and a fly-ball catch in center field from Jake Peters enabled them to flee the frame.
   "Casey Crapps did an excellent job by throwing strikes and keeping them off balance all day," said Guinn.
   BET hit the Bank twice in the third frame, and ended up robbing them of two scores.
   A leadoff single from Luke Snyder, followed by a triple to right-center by Peters drove in the first run. Then Peters sped home after a wild pitch was thrown to give BET a 2-0 lead.
   The next frame wasn't pleasant for Carter County as its committed six walks to plate three runs. Three additional scores came when Sorah blasted a double to left, bringing in Snyder, Peters and Justin Bailey.
   Sorah was able to cross the plate with the final run of the frame off of a wild pitch.
   BET extended its lead to 10-0 in the top of the sixth after a fielder's choice from Adam Buck scored Snyder.
   Carter County had been bankrupted in earning any runs through five innings of play. Finally, in the top of the sixth, the Bankers were able to earn four runs with four hits.
   The first two came when Osborne hit a single to center, driving in Derrick Mann and Justin Fuqua. The next run scored after a single to right center from Tyler Blevins brought home Osborne.
   The final run was made when Ethan Laws hit a single to right, scoring Chase Depew, but Kenny Yarberry was thrown out in his attempt to come home as BET made its getaway with the victory.
   "We had a real good defensive game, and a couple of runs are going to score when you move people around, but it gives them good experience and that's what it's about to teach them," said Guinn.
   Valley Forge Auction 16
   Cash Express 3
   The bid for runs was on at the Valley Forge Auction and Cash Express ball game, with the Auction making a final sell of 16-3 to capture the win.
   "Our younger players are pretty much what brought us through tonight, and our older players do hit which we expect," said Valley Forge Auction coach Jerry Hodges. "But when you can get them to step up, then it's a plus."
   Valley Forge built a 7-0 lead in the first inning with its first couple of runs coming off an error on the second baseman to score Garrett Dykes and John Robinson.
   The last two runs were scored when Jordan Hodges knocked a double to left, driving home Justin Peters and Bradley McVey.
   The only hit of the night for Cash Express came when Jordan Cline hit a single to right, but it was unable to capitalize after having bases loaded.
   Two more runs were added in the second frame after Christopher Dunbar hit the ball to left-center, bringing in Dykes and Brandon Woods.
   A couple of errors in the third allowed Jordan Hodges and Chris Brummitt to cross the plate, giving the Auction a commanding 11-0 advantage.
   Cash Express was able to make some noise in the fourth frame when a hit by Wyatt Penrod and an error by the second baseman scored Logan Schultz and Caleb Sheets.
   Penrod would score after the bases were loaded and a walk to Austin Johnson was made.
   Valley Forge padded its lead with five more runs in the fifth, as three of them came off of a double to center field from Robinson, scoring Jordan Hodges, Dykes and Daniel Roberts to seal the deal.
   "I just want to commend the boys on their effort," Jerry Hodges said. "They never gave up, and then we let them score three runs, but we were able to get them back and put it away."