C&K/Milligan comeback stuns Cundy

By Wes Holtsclaw

One error was too much.
   With two outs and two players on base, Jackson Lowe drove a huge pop-fly error to send in the winning run as C&K/Milligan Grocery took a charging 21-20 comeback victory over Cundy, Inc. in the first round of the Parks and Rec Open League softball tournament Wednesday night.
   Cundy battled back from a 13-8 deficit in the early stages of the game, grabbing a swift 20-15 lead over C&K/Milligan.
   A towering effort from Robbie Turbyfill, Wade Calhoun and Steve Buchanan gave Cundy the leverage it needed, then Brandon Campbell drove a two-run homer in the third inning.
   Cundy twisted through six more runs behind P.J. Moody and Nick McKinney, but would soon face the hammer.
   C&K/Milligan battled back behind Brad Johnson, Josh Jones and Bebo Hodge, mustering all it took to make the final stride,.
   Josh Jones was the game player for C&K/Milligan, stroking two home runs with five RBIs in the early point of the game, keeping the team close until the final bow.
   Greystoke/Rustlers 23
   Elizabethton Herb & Metal 7
   It was a one-team 'slugfest' in the second contest between Greystoke/Rustlers and Elizabethton Herb & Metal. A total of six home runs were exploded in the matchup, four coming from Greystoke/Rustlers as it devoured Herb & Metal with a decisive 23-7 victory.
   John Campbell, Larry Absher and Jeff Hutchins pulled the stroke out for their squad, with Campbell nailing two home-run shots with a double and three RBIs, Absher with a homer and a double and five RBI's, and Hutchins with a home run and a triple to go with his two RBIs.
   Justin Hyder and Jason Hyder each had awesome games, both going three for three with two doubles and a single apiece for Greystoke/Rustlers.
   Herb & Metal made it a game early with homers from Eddie Whitaker and B.J. Palmer, but would be shut down strong by the victors.
   Vesuvius 28
   Star Building 23
   This game was a complete domination, by both teams.
   Taking a 13-0 lead to open the game, Star Building Systems looked like a group of all-stars against Vesuvius.
   But Vesuvius came back strong, scoring 13 runs of its own in the second inning, and eventually held off Star Building with a big 28-23 win.
   Chad Tipton was on fire for Vesuvius, going three for four with a home run, a double and four runs. Jason Chandler's two doubles, a Steven Gillenmaer home run, and three singles from Randy Tipton and Robert Wilson was simply too much for Star Building.
   Chris Davenport did all he could for Star, going four of four with three home runs and a double, and had his share of backing from J.D. Lunceford and Eddie Olivera, but it wasn't enough against Vesuvius.
   The tournament continues with losers and winners bracket games on Monday afternoon.