Rain fails to stop Boys/Girls Club pitching machine

By Ivan Sanders

   Although rain wiped out all of the T-Ball action this weekend at the Elizabethton Boys and Girls Club fields, the pitching-machine league was running wide open.
   Following is a wrap up of the seven games played Saturday at the Elizabethton High School softball field.
   Girls Action
   Reds 11
   Braves 3
   The Reds turned a slow start into a convincing win as they used big innings in the third and fourth frames to easily out distant the Braves.
   The Braves got on the scoreboard first as Haley Lewis reached base and scored on a home run by Logan Campbell, who also added another single to finish with a 2-for-2 day.
   Coach Julie Reece's team responded in the top of the third with the Reds plating five runs to take a 5-2 edge. Casey Jones, Goldie Ludrosky, Kelly Scott, Axie McQueen and Jayla Elliot each scored the first of two runs the five Red players would record in the contest to go along with two hits each.
   Whitney Carden singled in the third for the Reds as well. Amber Plummer tallied the last score of the day for the Braves in top of the third inning to shave the lead to 5-3. Unfortunately for the Braves, this was the closest the team could get on the day.
   After opening up the top of the fourth with two quick outs, the Reds turned into a scoring machine by plating six runs to put the game on ice.
   McQueen got the club rolling with Elliot, Logan White, Jones, Ludrosky, and Scott touching the dish before the inning came to an end to push the game to the final score of 11-3.
   Whitney Carden and Brooke Garland each notched a hit in the winning cause. Lewis and Campbell finished with two hits for the Braves while teammates Emily Wandell, Plummer, Jessie Hopland and Ashley Brickey collected one base knock each.
   Twins 8
   Orioles 1
   In the day's second game, the Twins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and held off the Orioles to register the victory.
   Breanna Blevins reached in her lead off role in the bottom of the inning and scored on a home run by Savanah Schneider.
   The Orioles responded in the top of the second to slice the Twin lead to 2-1, as Cheyenne Blevins laced a hit and scored on a triple by Rachael Wagner. Jessica Burleson reached on a single for the Orioles third hit of the inning, but was left stranded.
   Needing some insurance, the Twins added two more to its column with Schneider picked up her second of three hits for the game. Jessica Brumit, who also had a 3-for-3 game, followed up with another hit for the Twins, then Amy Berry drove home the runners with a double.
   The Twins finished off the Orioles with a four-run onslaught in the bottom of the fourth frame. Before the Orioles could quench the Twins fire, Blevins, Schneider, Brumit and Berry had recorded hits and scored to give the Twins an 8-1 edge. Kela Cox added the fourth hit of the inning for the Twins.
   Pacing the Orioles was Cheyenne and Lacie Blevins, Wagner, Burleson and Kayla Thomas with one hit each. Cox added another single for a two-hit performance with teammates Megan Hutchins, and Emily adding one hit each in the winning cause for the Twins.
   Angels 15
   Cubs 6
   Harold Mains' little Angels locked the cage door on the Cubs with some hard-hitting and great defense. The Angels wasted little time in sending a message to the Cubs they wanted to win this game, as they pounced on the Cubs with a 6-run first inning.
   Molly Mains, Bethany Collins, Kelsey Mains, Lacey Reed, and Morgan Depew all collected hits in the inning with each scoring before the Cub defense could pull the halo down on the Angels. Sarah Weddle laced a single and scored on Chelsey Weddle's single to counter act one of the Angels' runs in the bottom of the inning.
   Adding four more runs in the top of the third, the Angels had the Cubs rocking on their heels by taking a 10-1 edge after two and a half complete innings. Christine Hardin singled, Collins doubled, Kelsey Mains tripled, and Reed singled and scored in accounting for the four runs the Angels collected.
   Playing super defense, the Angels did something not many teams have been able to do against the Cubs and that was to keep the runners off base and from scoring.
   The Angels meanwhile kept adding to their advantage in the top of the fourth as Emily singled, as did Julia McAmis, Hardin, and Kelsey Mains to go along with a double by Collins in building a commanding 12-1 edge.
   The Cubs managed to counter two of the runs in the bottom of the inning as Sarah Weddle reached on another single with Rachael Carter slamming a triple to score Weddle. Erin Kiser plated Carter by blasting a double.
   Mains' Angels weren't about to let this one slip away as Depew, Caley Hodge, and Victoria Nanney scorched singles and scored to push the lead back to 15-3 going into the Cubs last at-bats.
   Megan 'Mo' Ocano drug out the big timber to lead off the bottom of the fifth, as the powerful young lady torched the ball all the way to the base of the outfield fence for a home run. Emily Harris singled later in the inning and was chased home on another home run by Taylor Grindstaff to close out the game's scoring. Kela Baker added a hit in a losing cause for the Cubs.
   Boys Action
   Tigers 9
   Rangers 2
   The Tigers collected all the runs they needed in the top of the first by crossing the dish six times. Austin Oaks, Aaron Price, Bradley Townsend, Cody Wilson, and Cory Walker all lined hits for the Tigers to go along with a home run by Christopher Johnson to give the Tigers all the offense they needed.
   Dylan Wiseman recorded a hit in the top of the fourth and scored with Oaks ripping a double to give the Tigers a 7-0 grasp on the game at that stage. The Tigers all but sewed the contest up in the top of the fifth, as they added their final two runs.
   Nick Campbell and Townsend reached on hits and scored the runs for the Tigers. Johnson picked up his second hit while teammate Richie Minton reached base for his third time on three hits for the contest.
   The Rangers refused to be shut out by finally breaking the ice in the bottom of the fifth. Nick Honeycutt and Austin Smith put together a set of hits and scored as Tyler Higgins doubled. Neither team could muster a score in the sixth and the game ended with the seven run difference.
   Twins 8
   Braves 5
   In a barnburner, the Twins managed to hold off an attack by the Braves to record the win. The game went seven innings before the winner prevailed in a thrilling end.
   The Twins drew first blood in the contest by scoring a solo run in the bottom of the first inning. Colton Oaks reached on an error and worked his way around to score. Pulling even quickly, the Braves used a single by Isaiah Vaughan and timely hitting by Joseph Matherly and Justin Fisher to knot the score at 1-1.
   Forging back ahead in the bottom of the inning was the Twins, as Justin Reagan and Zach Norwood reached on errors. Consecutive singles by Dylan Rouse and Logan pushed the advantage back to 3-1 after two complete.
   Luke Goulds and Dillion Andes safely reached in the bottom of the third after the Twins managed to hold the Braves scoreless in the top of the inning. Both runners scored on a double by Reagan and a single by Norwood to propel the Twins into a 5-1 lead.
   The Braves chopped a single run off the edge with the help of hits off the bat of Jonathon Franklin, Anthony Ward, and Colton Haun with Franklin scoring the run.
   Needing a big rally, the Braves added two more runs in the top of the fifth and a solo run in the sixth to pull even with the Twins.
   Drew Burker singled and Fisher reached on an error with both runners scoring in the fifth with the help of an error on a ball hit by Trevor Poteet and a single by Jacob Slagle. In the sixth, Ward slapped another single and came around to score as Colton singled along with another error on a ball hit by Vaughan.
   That set up the dramatic seventh as the Braves went down one-two-three to lead off the inning. Andrew White reached on an error, as did Blake Terry. Both Twins scored on consecutive hits by Oaks, Ben Goulds and Luke Goulds, with Oaks scoring as well to make up the 8-5 score.
   Diamondbacks 10
   Rockies 9
   Just like in the Major Leagues, the contest between the Diamond Backs and the Rockies was a nail-biter as the Rockies rally in the bottom of the sixth came up just short.
   Justin Wandell went 3 for 3 and Zachary Hyder added a 3-for-4 performance with three runs scored to propel the D-Backs.
   Nathan LaPorte added two runs scored with a 2-for-3 effort while Jesse Honeycutt, Drew Holsclaw, Koty Scalf and Aaron Miller collected two hits apiece. Aaron Bunton added a hit for the D-Backs as well.
   Daylann Blevins had a fine day for the Rockies going 3-for-3 and scoring a run. Johnathan Keene added another good plate performance as he collected two hits in two plate appearances and scored both times.
   Also contributing for the Rockies were Andrew McAuley, Garrett Wood, McKenly Berry and Bradley Whitson with two hits each while Zach Treadway added a solo hit.
   The Rockies were trailing 10-7 entering their last at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning, but made a great rally to pull within just one run with the tying run left at second base as the game came to an end on the third out of the inning.
   Cardinals 9
   Yankees 1
   In a game that was challenged by a heavy rain shower, the Cardinals used a big five-run, fourth inning to go along three more runs in the sixth to handle the Yankees with relative ease in the day's last game.
   Jordan Banner, Andy Bowers, Bryan Mullins, Ryan Pinkerman, and Jeb Davis all had big RBIs in the fifth inning to jump-start the Cardinal onslaught. The only run scored by the Yankees came on an RBI hit by Cameron Blair in the bottom of the second as he drove in Travis Lowe.
   The Cardinals added one in the fifth as Eric Dugger scored after reaching on a hit. They added the three in the sixth to seal the game away.
   Zachary Peters, Banner, and Dugger all provided clutch hits to help their team to the win in the dreary nightcap.
   The rain provided as difficult for the bookkeeper as the rain caused the pages to become unreadable to identify any of the other notable offensive performers.