Auction throttles Burgie

By Matt Wilson
STAR Correspondent

   Perfect games in the game of baseball are a rarity on any level of play.
   Thursday night in National Little League play, Valley Forge Auction used a tag team of strong hurlers to complete a perfect game versus Burgie Drug in an 11-0 Auction win.
   Valley Forge scored more runs than it would need in the top half of the first. Jordan Hodges smacked a double to right center to get things started.
   After an error, lefty Chris Dunbar singled plating two of four runs in the first for Valley Forge.
   Valley Forge starter Jerry Berkley then began his three innings of perfect work. Berkley struck out one Burgie Drug batter per inning while walking none and allowing no hits.
   Valley Forge plated two more runs off starter Drew Chambers when Jordan Hodges struck again in the second. With a comfortable 6-0 lead, Berkley then gave way to the burly left hander Chris Dunbar, who continued the theme of perfection on the mound for VFA.
   Dunbar struck out four of the six batters he faced.
   Jordan Hodges, the RBI man for the evening, collected two more in the fourth to make it 8-0. Valley Forge added three more in the fifth to make an 11-0 tally.
   Dunbar came out for the important fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule in effect if he allowed no runs.
   Jordan Vanhoy was unable to get a Burgie Drug rally started as Dunbar was virtually unhittable.
   Berkley, who got the win, and Dunbar combined for the perfect game, a first in the memory of Coach Jeff Dykes.
   "I've been doing this four years and I've never seen a game with no walks and no baserunners, whatsoever," Dykes said. "I'm proud of them (Dunbar & Berkley)."
   Valley Forge Auction improves to 14-5 on the season.
   Carter County Motors 9
   Carter County Bank 7
   Game 2 of the night at T.J.Burleson Field had what Game 1 did not have: lots of runs scored in spurts.
   In a disastrous first inning for Carter County Bank, starter Austin Johnson was burned by his defense as three errors allowed Carter County Motors to motor out to an early lead 5-0.
   The tough little pitcher then buckled down and managed to hold CCM scoreless for the next two innings.
   Carter County Bank chipped into the lead in the second when Isaiah Osbourne roped one to left.
   Zack Livingston then laid down a perfect bunt too tough to field, and Osbourne scored on a throwing error.
   The big inning once again showed up in the fifth when Carter County Motors used four hits and three walks to extend the lead to 9-1.
   The tough-minded Carter County Bank crew never gave up and baseball providence rewarded their faith as they used a big inning of their own to earn six runs and make this a tight game at 9-7.
   Chase Depew held the CCM batters in check in the top of the sixth, setting up his squad with a chance to steal one in the bottom of the sixth.
   The big inning was nowhere to be found though as Stacey Sheffield got two quick outs to stifle any rally. Landon South then legged out a nice bunt to give CCB some signs of life.
   Sheffield then placed the exclamation point on the win by striking out the final batter of the night, recording a victory in the process.