CCM pulls upset of Bankers

By Ivan Sanders

   What makes tournament time special, especially in the game of baseball, is the element of surprise present when a team that has finished lower in the season standings can ultimately pull off a victory over a team that has experienced an exceptional year.
   Such was the case at T.J. Burleson Memorial Field on Tuesday night as the Carter County Motors squad built a 6-2 advantage, then held off a determined Carter County Bank team by the score of 6-5 in the single-elimination Elizabethton National Little League tourney.
   Carter County Motors had finished the season as the number six seed, but played an excellent all-around game in eliminating the Bank, a team that had clinched the league's third place slot.
   Stacey Sheffield pitched a fantastic game for the win, going into the sixth inning before receiving relief help from Adrian Hopson after the Bank cut the lead to 6-3. Hopson had an off night by some observer's opinions as he couldn't find the plate and needed some assistance from Brandon Birchfield to close out the win for his team and notch the save.
   Justin Fuqua represented the tying run in the bottom of the six-inning contest, but was erased after making a move for home, then retreating back to the bag at third only to be tagged for the final out.
   Casey Sheffield led the way at the plate for Motors as he had a 1-for-2 outing. Hopson, Chris Pierce, Nolan Childers and Sheffield all collected one hit each in three plate appearances.
   More noted as an offensive team, the Bank struggled as it managed only four hits off Sheffield for the game. Cain McWalters showed the way for CCB as the young man had a 1-for-1 plate performance.
   Zak Livingston and Isiah Osborne contributed with a 1-for-2 night while Derrick Mann banged out one hit in three times at bat to close the book on the offensive output for the Bank.
   Mann also was the pitcher of record for the Bank as he was the hard-luck loser from the mound. Motors committed two errors on the night with the Bank playing flawless in the field.
   Carter County Motors will face the Twins Thursday night as tourney action continues.
   6-SIGMA 1
   BET Welding 11
   Game two saw league champion BET Welding hand in its metal rods and ride the wave of walks issued by 6-SIGMA. Only one hit was connected by BET as it took a 11-1 win in the four-inning game called because of the mercy rule.
   Playing uncharacteristically, Sigma just couldn't get untracked as the pitching staff gave up 15 free passes on the night to put the nail in their season's coffin.
   A total of four hits were all that was recorded in the contest as the winners had one and 6-SIGMA tallied three for the night.
   Leading the way for the winners was Joe Guinn as he collected their only hit. For 6-SIGMA, Daniel Simerly had a perfect 2-for-2 night while teammate Wendell Loving added a 1-for-2 performance.
   Josh Sorah was the winning pitcher for BET while Simerly absorbed the defeat. BET advances to play the winner of the Valley Forge Auction-Cash Express contest slated for tonight at 8.