Peters Concrete takes measure of David's Trophies

By Marvin Birchfield

   After two productive innings of softball, Peters Concrete defeated David's Trophies in an 11-3 final in Carter County Youth League action on Thursday.
   "The pitching was in, the batting was in, and everything we had been working on at practice showed up for us today," said Peters Concrete manager Deanna Jones.
   Peters jumped out to a 4-0 lead during the first frame, when a single by Kayla Blevins drove home Nicole Cantrell, and five straight walks brought three more runs to the plate.
   A pop-up to the second baseman Blevins resulted in a double play for Peters, as Brandi Allen was caught leaving first for the throw-out.
   "The defense is definitely good," Jones said. "They have been working on not letting the stealers have the bases, and the throws have been there along with the back-up."
   After connecting on an infield hit in the top of the second, Marche Hughes scored when Nicole Cantrell smacked a double to center field.
   Cantrell came home after a wild pitch was thrown, and a triple to right field by Duranda Byrd drove in Jessica Ledford and Blevins, making it 8-0 in favor of Peters.
   Jamie Icenhour scored after stealing second base, and an error by David's Trophies on the attempted throw out allowed her to round the bases to cross the plate.
   Walks brought home the next two runs for Peters, with Icenhour and Keisha Miller scoring.
   David's Trophies managed to post three runs in the bottom of the second, when five straight walks brought home the scores.
   "We didn't hit the ball like we needed to, and all of those walks didn't help us, either," said David's Trophies manager Mike McCloud.
   Brittany Taylor was the first runner to cross plate after an infield single established her on first base, and Kasey Perry and Dana Williams came home when walks were committed with bases loaded.
   Neither team was able to add a run in the final frame, as Peters got the win with Nicole Cantrell receiving the victory on the mound.
   "We didn't have our normal pitcher here tonight with summer basketball and softball going on, so you don't know who's going to show up, and you just have to play with what you have sometimes," said McCloud.
   Miller's Plumbing 13
   B&R Construction 6
   When the dust settled after the first inning, Miller's Plumbing was able to outduel B&R Construction in a 13-6 final.
   Both teams were stinking it up in the first inning, along the skunk stench that filled the air, but each team rebounded to play a solid game for the remainder.
   "The first inning we stunk, and we made a few errors in the first inning that hurt us," said Miller's Plumbing manager Dale Colbaugh. "We had a discussion at the mound and started playing good ball from then on."
   Mikki Oliver made the first hit and run of the game for Miller's when a shot up the middle put her in scoring position, and a throw to the mound enabled her to steal home.
   The next six scores that came home were due to nine consecutive walks, with Hollie Grindstaff crossing the plate for the final run.
   B&R came back to pull within two runs, making it a 7-5 contest after Miller's defense gave up two errors and committed five walks.
   The first run scored when Rachael Baumgardner connected on a hit, and an error at third allowed Logan Wagensellar to come home.
   An infield single by Amanda Oaks drove in the next run, with Emily Asher crossing the plate.
   A hit from Amber Dykes and error from the second baseman allowed Oaks to score the last run of the inning.
   Miller's added two more runs in the top of the second after two hits from Amanda Hauerr, and Amy Colbaugh drove in Mikki Oliver and Susie Loveday. B&R made back-to-back errors on defense.
   "We've been hitting the ball well and have improved the last couple of games, and hitting was one of our main concerns coming into this season," said Colbaugh.
   Brittany Westberry connected on a hard shot to left field in the bottom of the second for B&R, but an attempt to advance to third resulted in a tag-out after Hollie Grindstaff made a nice throw.
   A bunt by Brittney Brown in the top of the third produced two runs, when a throw from the catcher sailed by first baseman with Ashley Rambo and Hollie Grindstaff crossing the plate.
   Miller's added two more runs during the inning to take a 13-5 advantage heading into the bottom part of the final frame.
   B&R managed to score just one run in their final attempt at bat, when a hit by Oaks bounced off the glove of the second baseman, which enabled Baumgardner to score.
   "I'm really proud of my girls -- when they got past the first inning they turned it around and played real good ball," said B&R Construction manager John Baumgardner. "It was a good game for us, because they are starting to work together and are really coming along now."