VFA, Twins advance in NL tourney

By Ivan Sanders

   The lightning was not only coming down out of the sky on Wednesday night, but it was happening on T.J. Burleson Field as well. The only problem was nature's light show might have canceled out the thunder getting ready to come from Cash Express against Valley Forge Auction.
   In a game continued from Wednesday night due to the storms passing through the area, Cash Express was on the verge of a major upset in tournament play before the Auction realized its final bid was about to be cast against them, and they pooled their resources together to pull out an exciting 8-6 win in its final at-bat.
   Blake Hopson came in relief of Chris Brummit as action resumed in the second inning, and gave up only one hit over the five innings he pitched while striking out 13 to help Valley Forge overcome a sluggish start on Wednesday and deposit the Express.
   Cash Express had no appearance of the team that showed up the previous night as it managed only one run over five innings while scoring five in the first frame on Wednesday.
   Drew Chambers tired in the fifth and was replaced by Wyatt Penrod, but the four walks given up by Chambers came back to haunt the young lefty as four runs scored as a result of the free passes.
   Leading the way at the dish for Auction were Garrett Dykes with a 2-for-2 contest and Brandon Woods chipped in with a 2-for-3 performance. Justin Peters added a solo hit with Chris Dunbar going 1-for-3, which drove in the go-ahead run.
   For the Express, Mathew Plaas and C.J. Campbell notched a base hit each in two plate appearances. Logan Schultz, Jared Cline and Daniel Wilson contributed with a 1-for-3 outing.
   Valley Forge out hit the Express six to five and committed three miscues to only two for Cash Express. Valley Forge Auction takes on BET Welding tonight at 5:45 p.m.
   Carter County Motors 4
   Elizabethton Twins 6
After playing an outstanding game against the Bank, Carter County Motors tried to conquer its second major opponent in the Twins. Opportunity knocked for Motors, but the Twins slammed the door flush like a screen door in a tornado.
   The Twins scored five in the first and an insurance run in the fifth to provide enough offense to stymie the comeback efforts of the Motors as the Twins held on for a 6-4 win that advances them to the finals on Saturday.
   Lance Reed picked up the win on the hill for the Twins while Adrian Hopson took the tough defeat for the Motors. Reed also provided an offensive spark, going 1 for 2 at the dish.
   Zack Montgomery added a 1-for-2 performance as well, with teammates Craig Sheets and Skylar Dugger each going 1-for-3 on a perfect evening for baseball.
   Pacing the Motors at the plate were Nolan Childers, Nick Berkley and Hopson -- all collecting one hit each for the losing team. The Twins only outhit the Motor club by one, 4-3.
   Each team had outstanding nights in the field as the Twins played flawless ball while Carter County Motors committed only one error.
   The Twins now await the winner of the contest between BET and Valley Forge Auction as a tournament champion will be crowned at 2 p.m. Saturday at Burleson Field.