Birchfield slips by Horseless

By Marvin Birchfield

   The tightest battle on Saturday in the Carter County Major League ended with Birchfield's Construction holding on to a 4-2 victory over Horseless Carriage.
   "It was a good defense game from both teams, and it was good pitching by "Richard Buchanan", said Birchfield's Construction coach Don Parkey. "For they've whipped us most of the year."
   A 3-0 lead after the first two frames was a big enough advantage for Birchfield's Construction to hold-off a late rallying Horseless Carriage club.
   The first run came across the plate in the first inning for Birchfield's, when a passed ball enabled Jeff Wilson to come home.
   "We've picked up a really talented player Jeff Wilson, who can hit the ball and pitch well," said Parkey. "But all of the team did a nice job for us tonight."
   Two more runs were added in the bottom of the second, after a throw from the catcher to third-base went past that allowed Jerry Chappell to score.Wilson scored when a throw from the pitcher to third-base enabled him to cross the plate.
   Birchfield's threaten to strike again in the bottom of the third, but a Thomas Blevins was caught between home and third, after a ground-out was hit by Cody Hilton.
   Horseless Carriage pulled within one run in the top of the fourth, after a triple to left-field from James Coffey drove-in Nick Keranan and Holden Vines.
   The last run of the night was scored by Wilson, after he doubled and advanced himself to third. He then proceeded to steal home.
   "I don't think we could have played any better than tonight," said Parkey. "They made a few mistakes, but they're not professionals and I always tell them to never get down on themselves."
   Fletcher's 11
   Ron's Masonry 4
   It didn't take Fletcher's long to get the bats swinging. They grabbed a huge lead from the start to defeat Ron's Masonry in an 11-4 final.
   A flourishof nine-runs in the first inning was too much of a deficit for Ron's to overcome, after Fletcher's captured several nice hits.
   "We came out and had a good solid game in the first inning," said Fletcher's coach Ernie Campbell. "We got them down nine or ten runs and good pitching and defense kept us in it the rest of the night."
   The Masonry had some trouble from the mound, which brought the first run across the plate with a walk to Austin Arrwood that scored Mickey Tanner.
   "They struggled at the mound," said Campbell. "One inning they'd pitch good and then in the next one they just fell apart,"
   A single by Michael Bachman drove-in the next two runs with Arron Mosley and Darion Morton coming home.
   Hits from Mosley and Morton drove home Brandon Anderson and Jackson Wood, making it 8-0 in the first, and the last run crossed after a bases loaded walk scored Tanner.
   Two more runs were scored by Fletcher's in the top of the second, with the first one coming from a walk to bring-in Bachman.
   A hit from Mosley and error by the short-stop allowed Dustin Stover to score, as the Masonry had dug themselves a huge hole.
   Fletcher's had some trouble at the mound in the bottom of the second with all three runs from Ron's coming off of walks.
   Billy Hilton, Cody Hartley, and Dustin Bringham were all benefactors by scoring runs from the walks.
   Another run was added for Fletcher's in the last frame, when a walk to Joseph Wilson with bases loaded brought home Hilton.
   "They're psyched up and I told them not to let it go to their head, for we've have to come back out Monday and be ready to play," said Campbell. "I just want to congratulate them for how well they played."
   Infinity Painting Service 12
   Pizza Plus 5
   Infinity Painting Service captured a win over Pizza Plus, as they were simply too tough at the plate in their 12-5 victory.
   A hit from Blake Munsey and error in the outfield gave Infinity a 3-0 lead during the first with Wayne Lyons and Andrew Baumgardner scoring.
   "We had some good hits," said IPS coach Don Parkey. "Blake Munsey nearly hit one over the fence, along with Phillip Sparks, who almost knocked one out also."
   IPS was relentless in the third frame, as they made plenty of contact on the ball to acquire a huge lead.
   The first run came after a hit from Greg Parkey drove in Josh Willis, and a shot following from Chris Russell brought home Parkey.
   A two-run, home-run shot by Tyler Carr drove in Russell, and two more runs scored when Chris Beech and Adam McAnich crossed the plate.
   Pizza Plus captured four runs in the third off of several walks and a couple of hit batters, as Lucas Thomas, Logan Simmons, Steven Elsea, and Justin Douglas all came home.
   "Our hitting was good all evening," said Parkey. "Our pitching lacked a little, but we're learning and will be all right,"
   Another run was added by Pizza Plus in the last frame, when an error by the catcher enabled Kameron Elsea to score.
   Two runs were added for IPS in the last inning, when Russell ripped a hit to deep centerfield, which drove-in Willis and Parkey.
   "We had some good hits from several kids, along with Wayne Lyons who had a nice hit for us and stole second to contribute," said Parkey.