Carden hurls shutout as David's Auto beats E-Fed

By Matt Wilson
STAR Correspondent

   The sky was dark and threatening rain, but the only thing that fell from the sky was a barrage of strikes from David's Auto pitcher Logan Carden, who led his team to a 3-0 victory over Elizabethton Federal in a CCA Little League contest at Jim Ensor Field on Friday night.
   Carden went the distance on the mound, striking out 13 of the 20 E-Fed hitters he faced.
   David's Auto plated one run in the first as Jake Hubbard singled to right, then scored on a crushing double to the gap in left center by Jordan Taylor.
   Staked to an early lead, the gutsy little righty Carden went to work, striking out seven of the first nine hitters to protect his slim 1-0 lead.
   Drew Shingleton pitched well for the E-Feds, eluding trouble despite David's Auto threatening with base runners in every inning.
   The only E-Fed threat came in the fourth when Dustin Turbyfill singled into the 4-3 hole between first and second.
   Travis Tolley then lined a shot into center, only to be denied by a diving catch by Zack Naylor, ending the E-Fed attempt to rally.
   David's Auto was clinging to the tenuous one-run lead going into the final frame when Carden gave himself a little breathing room. Carden tripled home Naylor and Derrick Wilson to increase the lead to 3-0.
   The E-Feds managed a base runner on an error by the shortstop, but Carden quickly doused any hopes of a comeback by striking out two in the final frame to secure the win.
   David's Auto skipper Mickey Taylor was pleased with his young squad consisting of only two 12-year olds.
   "That's as good as a game you'll see pitched in little league," Taylor said. "We made some defensive plays behind Logan and scratched out the runs we needed. I'm proud of my kids."
   Cline-Holder 9
   KFC 2
   Things looked well for KFC as it jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the lead faded as did its hopes of victory as Cline-Holder pulled away in the late innings.
   KFC plated two in the first as CH starter Kendall Wash struggled with his control, walking the first two hitters of the game. Alec Whitehead then beat out an infield single to load the bases.
   KFC was able to score two runs on an errant throw by the catcher attempting to pick off the runner at third.
   KFC pitcher Bruce Crumley was able to make the lead stand for three innings, then Cline-Holder was able to tie the game without earning a hit.
   A walk to Travis Sommers started the rally. Zack Bowles reached on a fielder's choice, then a couple of KFC errors plated them both. Cline-Holder added a run in each of the next two innings to lead 4-2 going into the final frame.
   The Cline-Holder offense then seemed electric as it charged five more runs in the final frame, thanks in part to Greg Sams' second hit of the night.
   KFC tried to rally in its last at-bat as Jordan Adams singled and Micah Cates hustled out an infield hit, but CH pitcher Kendall Wash slammed the door on the threat to end the game at 9-2.