Irick home run sends T&C to dramatic win

from staff reports

   It was a game that lived up to the hype.
   With Jarred Irick slamming a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh innings, second-seeded T&C Lawn Care defeated top-seeded Expert Express 6-3 in the Carter County American Little League tournament on Saturday at Jim Ensor Field.
   Lawn Care, though, awoke from its slumber in the bottom of the sixth as base hits from Jeff Peters and E.J. Newbern helped to erase a 3-0 deficit and force an extra inning.
   Peters and Newbern paced the winners with 2-for-4 outings, and Peters pitched his way to a 16-strikeout performance over six innings of work.
   Striking out the side after giving up a leadoff single to Blake Russell in the seventh, Bryant Collins was awarded the win.
   Dustin Carden was 2-for-2 with a triple and a pair of runs for Expert.
   Citizens Bank 5
   Summers-Taylor 0
   Adam Colbaugh weaved some magic on the rubber slab for the Bankers, twirling a one-hitter while striking out 13 batters.
   A balanced Citizens attack saw Hunter Peters stroke a triple, and J.D. Scalf, Colbaugh (2 runs), Jake Hodge and Matthew Gouge each bang out a double.
   Daniel Jenkins' pitching kept Summers-Taylor in the ball game until the fifth, when Citizens tallied three runs.
   Dustin Arnett doubled for S-T's lone hit.
   Cline-Holder 12
   Elizabethton Federal 0
   The stinging bats of Kendall Wash, James Warwick and Thomas Roddy, and the efficient pitching of Cody Marley, represented the cornerstones of a Cline-Holder shutout.
   While Wash batted 2-for-2 with a triple and three runs, Roddy tagged a home run, went 2-for-2 and scored twice. Warwick delivered a double and a triple and two at-bats.
   Marley, who helped his own cause with a hit, two runs and a sacrifice, pitched a one-hitter and had nine Ks.
   Mathias Maines, with a single, got the one hit for Elizabethton Federal.
   Citizens Bank 5
   Expert Express 2
   A tight-fisted game turned in favor of Citizens Bank in the fourth inning, when a four-run Banker surge broke up a 1-1 tie and knocked favored Expert Express out of the tourney.
   A walk and four straight hits keyed Citizens in the fourth. J.D. Scalf started things off with a base on balls, then Hunter Peters, Jeremy Hall and Brandon Cole singled to set up an Adam Colbaugh double.
   Expert tallied a run in the fifth, but a potential rally evaporated when Express stranded two runners.
   Colbaugh led the Bankers by going 2-for-2 with two doubles. Jeremy Hall also went 2-for-2 and did a fine job on the hill, fanning 12 batters in a triumphant decision.
   Jordan Pearce, 1-for-1, was tops for Expert. Frankie Birchfield tripled and Aaron Bradford tagged a double.