D-Backs sew up regular-season title

By Ivan Sanders
STAR CORRESPONDENT
isanders@starhq.com

   The D-Backs of Papa Johns officially wrapped up the 2002 Junior Babe Ruth League title by handing the PIC Indians a 7-4 setback in Tuesday evening's final contest at Elizabethton High.
   Papa Johns recorded seven runs in the first two innings to give winning pitcher Corey Nave a comfortable cushion in the early portion of the contest.
   Michael Hodge relieved Nave in the fourth and stymied the Indians over the final three frames to show the way for the D-Backs. Nick McNeal, Ricky Garrison and Nave collected two hits each to propel the offensive charge for Papa Johns.
   Chad Lewis notched the game's only other Papa John hit on the night in the seven-hit attack. The lone number that was amazing was the fact the D-Backs committed eight errors for the contest.
   Jordan Honeycutt suffered the defeat for the Indians as the hurler lasted only two frames. Shannon Buchannon and Randy Swearingen closed out the pitching chores in relief of Honeycutt.
   Swearingen contributed at the dish as well, collecting two of the Indians' five base knocks. Scott Burleson, Charles Peters and Jerry Little finished off the hit total for the Indians.
   The D-Backs finished the regular season at an impressive 10-2 overall record in claiming the title while the Indians finished regular season campaign at 6-6.
   There are still three regular-season games remaining, involving three teams, before all clubs turn their attention to a double-elimination tournament beginning on Friday night with two games. Four games are set for Saturday.
   Moose Orioles 11
   Lewis Racing Dodgers 2
  
All any coach can ask for of his players is signs of improvement from the start of the season to the completion of such.
   For the Lewis Racing Dodgers, an 0-11 record is not too impressive from the win-loss standpoint, but the improvements have not went unnoticed by many.
   The Moose Orioles defeated the Dodgers by a score of 11-2 in the first game of Junior Babe Ruth League action Tuesday night, but the score was a far closer score than any game the Dodgers have played in this season.
   Jake Thomas went five innings for the complete game victory for the Moose. Thomas received plenty of run support from his Oriole teammates to allow the young man to pitch with much confidence the entire game.
   Andrew Church and Thomas each rapped out two base hits while Eric Cole, Brandon Barnett, Jared Thomas, Tim Franklin and Brandon Grindstaff each contributed with one hit apiece for the winners.
   Myles Young pitched an impressive game for the Dodgers, giving his team the first complete pitching performance of the season. Young picked up eight strikeouts on the evening while picking up a hit at the dish.
   C.J. Young and Brett Honeycutt added perfect 1-for-1 hitting performances for the Dodgers to go along with Young's hit to give the only offensive showings of the night for the Dodgers.
   The biggest difference in the game was the fact that Lewis Racing stranded seven runners to only three for the Moose.