Colbaugh hits, pitches Bank to 9-0 victory

By Wes Holtsclaw

   Once again this season, Adam Colbaugh proved why he's one of the best little leaguers in the Carter County American League.
   The 12-year old sensation from the Citizens Bank squad drove in four runs on a home run and a double, but was the most effective on the mound with a 17-strikeout no-hitter en route to a 9-0 Banker victory over second-place TNC Lawn Care.
   An errored play from TNC's Franky Covarrubias and walks to Justin Pierce and Austin Nanney were the only bags Lawn Care touched the entire game.
   A walk to Hunter Peters in the first inning set up Colbaugh's two-run shot to left field. Jacob Taylor followed with a walk, and a sacrificed play from Stephen Brickey gave Citizens Bank a 3-0 edge.
   TNC pitcher Justin Pierce was also fierce early on, striking out six batters in three innings.
   But another Colbaugh run from a Marcus Hill single put Josh Peterson on the mound for the squad.
   Peterson struck out the side during the fourth inning, but Citizens came back with a walk to Peters and a Franky Birchfield single. Colbaugh followed with a sharp two-run double, eventually scoring himself on a Hill sacrificed RBI.
   A Birchfield single brought Peters and Logan Guinn across the plate in the sixth inning, preserving the 9-0 win for the first-place Citizens Bank squad.
   Summers-Taylor 13
   Inland Containers 8
   In the earlier outing, Summers-Taylor fought back from a four-run deficit in the fourth inning to defeat Inland Containers.
   Both teams battled from the start, with Inland's Britt Yelton and Brian Hamby making it across the plate on a walk and hit batsman, respectively, to give Inland the 2-0 advantage.
   Summers-Taylor's Dakota Waters got on with an error and stole his way around the bases to cut the lead in half.
   Jared Reece followed with a single for Inland before Brian Hamby knocked him in, making the score 3-1. But the Summers-Taylor squad wouldn't quit after Daniel Murray was hit by a pitch, scoring on a D.J. Puckett sacrificed play.
   Inland Containers took advantage of three walks in their next frame before Jordan Pierce doubled across the runs to hold a 6-2 advantage.
   Its opponents followed when Billy Palmer walked to open things up before pitcher Crystal Covington sent a shot flying into left field, eventually making her way around the bases with an inside-the-park homer to cut into Inland's lead.
   Inland kept it going with a a walk to Jared Reece and a fielder's choice to Brian Hamby. It set up a two-run single from James Boot to build an 8-4 lead.
   A change on the mound gave Summers-Taylor what it wanted.
   Roger Bailey and Shane Wilkes tripled, and doubles from Dakota Waters, Billy Palmer and Jeremy Street helped bring across five runs and for a 9-8 S-T lead over Inland.
   Summers-Taylor continued in the fifth inning with a Bailey double and hits from Waters, Palmer and Murray to take the 13-8 victory.