Peters' Concrete noses by David's Trophies

By Marvin Birchfield
STAR CORRESPONDENT

   An exciting matchup took place in the Carter County Softball League on Thursday night, as Peters' Concrete came from behind in the last inning to defeat David's Trophies by a final of 4-3.
   "Everytime we play this team it's a good game, and both teams are winners," said Peters' Concrete coach Dean Fields. "They have a good team and show great sportsmanship."
   David's Trophies grabbed the early lead in the first frame, when a single from Brandi Allen drove home Jacquelin Reece.
   Another run scored after a fielder's choice by Ashley Colbaugh brought in Allen, giving David's Trophies a 2-0 advantage at the end of the first.
   Peters' Concrete came back to tie the contest in the second frame, when four consecutive walks plated two runs.
   "I just want to brag on my girls," Fields said. "They have showed heart and pull through on things they couldn't do."
   Jeri Jones walked to bring in Dreama Hughes, and another walk to Marcha Hughes scored Nikki Carrow.
   David's Trophies reclaimed the lead in the top of the third, after bases were loaded and Allen was hit with a pitch to bring home Diana Reid.
   Peters' Concrete had a chance to tie in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded and one out, but Kristie Moffitt was able to retire the last two batters with strike-outs.
   With the game winding down on the time-limit, Peters' Concrete had one last opportunity to put the game away.
   Keisha Miller started the comeback trail off with a single to center field. The next two batters received walks to load the bases, then came a strikeout to notch the first out of the inning.
   From there, the game was tied on a fielder's choice from Kayla Blevins, who brought home Miller.
   "There's just a little inexperience on our part, but it's nobody's fault because somebody has to win and somebody has to lose," said David's Trophies coach Mike McCloud.
   With two outs and the game knotted at three apiece, Jenna Jones came up to get a hit toward the shortstop, which allowed Jeri Jones to cross the plate for the victory.
   "This makes the sixth or seventh ballgame that we have lost by one run in the last seconds," said McClain.
   Miller's Plumbing/Watauga Lodge #622 14
   B&R Construction 1
   The regular-season champs proved why they are the number one seeded team going into the Carter County League Tournament, as Miller's Plumbing/Watauga Lodge #622 blasted B&R Construction in a 14-1 final.
   "I think this was a total team effort and awesome performance, and all 10 girls played their hearts out and played with pride," said Miller's Plumbing/Watauga coach Dale Colbaugh.
   This was Miller's Plumbing/Watauga's 13th win on the year with only one loss on a near-perfect season.
   In the top of the first, Miller's jumped out to a 6-0 lead after making some hard contact on the ball.
   The first score came from a fielder's choice by Amy Colbaugh to drive in Mikki Oliver.
   A hit from Jaclyn Kennedy and an overthrown ball to first-base from the pitcher allowed the second run to score, with Susie Loveday crossing the plate.
   A run was added when Lacy Oliver smacked a double to center, driving home Kennedy.
   Oliver finished the night by going three-for-three at the plate with two doubles and a triple.
   Another run came in after Amanda Hodges ripped a hit to score Lacy Oliver, and Tessa Lunceford drove in Hodges with a single.
   The last run of the inning came when Lunceford made a steal from third to home.
   "When the girls come to the field and play a total complete game, it's a whole team effort, and I'm proud of everyone of them," Colbaugh said. "They are the kind of kids you dream about coaching."
   Miller's Plumbing/Watauga pushed its lead to 10-0 in the second frame with two scores coming off a double from Lacy Oliver, driving in Loveday and Colbaugh.
   "They definitely hit well, and they have been together for a couple of years and it shows," said B&R Construction coach Steve Stenstream.
   B & R Construction finally got on the board in the third when Brittany Taylor knocked a ground single to bring in Amber Dykes.
   Four more runs came across for Miller's Plumbing/Watauga in the top of the fourth as Lacy Oliver crushed a triple to right-field, which brought in Loveday, Colbaugh and Kennedy.
   Oliver made the last score on a steal from third to home, putting the game out of reach for B&R Construction.
   "It's been a great season, and we will try to come back and get them next year," Stenstream.