Yankees impress, Elks squeak out pair of wins

By Ivan Sanders
STAR CORRESPONDENT
isanders@starhq.com

   Regular season play in the Elizabethton/Carter County Babe Ruth wrapped up play on Thursday night with the Tetrick's Yankees securing their hold on a second-place finish.
   Tetrick's raced out to a five-run lead after one and didn't look back as it dealt the Elks Braves a convincing 8-0 thrashing in the evening's first contest at Elizabethton High School.
   Michael Shields worked the first two innings from the mound for the win, while superb relief work came from Dusty Morton, Cane Cannon and Jordy Harrison.
   The Yankees used a minute number of hits in scoring their runs as Chris Wagner, Jake Berkley, Harrison and Morton collected only one hit each for the winners.
   Meanwhile, the Braves matched the Yankees in the hit column with four of their own, but just couldn't get the offensive momentum needed to plate any runs as they stranded 10 runs on the night.
   Austin Guinn led the Braves at the dish with a 2-for-3 performance while teammates Ryan Kennedy and Coty Mann rapped out the only other base knocks for the Elks.
   Mann also suffered the loss from the hill, giving up five runs to the Yankees. Kennedy came in relief, allowing the remaining three runs to Tetricks.
   Elks Braves 8
   Moose Orioles 7
  
The Braves were working overtime on Thursday night as they squared off against the Orioles in Game 2 of the evening.
   Things worked out better for the Braves in this contest as they were able to keep just enough distance between them and the Orioles in taking the win by a score of 8-7 in the nightcap.
   In a nip-and-tuck affair, the Moose scored three in the top of the first with the Braves responding with three of their own in the bottom of the frame.
   The Braves edged ahead in the third with two runs crossing homeplate to take a 5-3 advantage after three complete. The Orioles responded with one of their own in the fourth to narrow the gap to one at 5-4.
   Elks was able to plate one run in the fourth and fifth innings while keeping the Orioles at bay. With a never-say-die attitude, the Orioles responded with three big runs in the top portion of the sixth to bring the game even at 7-7.
   Using consecutive singles and an intentional walk, the Braves were 90 feet away from victory when Tyler Andes worked Ryan Kennedy to a 3-1 count and then took a free pass to record the game-winning RBI.
   Daniel Morris, Michael Mann, Coty Mann and Andes all garnered two hits apiece for the winning cause. Ryan Kennedy, Andrew Kennedy, Austin Guinn and Lucas Deloach all contributed with a hit each for the Braves.
   Andrew Church paced the Orioles with a 2-for-3 outing, with Jake Thomas picking up the Moose's only other hit.
   Ryan Kennedy notched the win for the Braves. Jared Thomas hurled a complete game only to be handed the loss.
  
Lewis Racing Dodgers 8
Elks Braves 9

  
In a game made up Wednesday night due to a rainout, the Lewis Racing Dodgers picked up momentum heading into tournament play by being like a pesky ant in taking the third -place Braves to the limit, only to be handed a heart-wrenching defeat.
   The Braves raced out to a quick 7-2 lead and looked to be in cruise control before the Dodgers came to life with a six-run fourth inning to take a 8-7 advantage.
   Coming out with some intensity, the Dodgers set the Braves down one-two-three in the top of the fourth frame. Loading the bases in the bottom of the frame, the Dodgers realized the importance of insurance runs, but Michael Mann did a good job of working out of trouble to keep Lewis Racing in a stalemate.
   Needing only three outs to take home their first win of the season, the Braves showed why they finished third by getting consecutive singles from Mann and Austin Guinn to put the tying run at third and the winning run at second.
   After a Tyler Andes strikeout, the Braves' Lucas Deloach hit a shot to the Dodger third baseman, who hesitated just enough to allow the tying run to score and in the process threw the ball wide at first, allowing Guinn to end the game from second base.
   Ryan Kennedy and Mann spearheaded the offense for the Elks with two hits each, with Derrick Nave and Guinn picking up one hit apiece.
   C.J. Young, Brooks Price, Brett Honeycutt and Tony Sullivan collected the only hits on the night for the Dodgers, with each batter garnering one hit each.
   Mann took the win off the mound for the Braves while Sullivan took a hard loss. Sullivan came in for Young early in the game and gave the Dodgers their chance at victory by hurling all five frames in a solid performance for Lewis Racing.
   Tournament play begins Friday night with games at 6 and 8 p.m. Play will continue Saturday at 2 p.m. at Elizabethton High School.