Colbaugh homer points Miller's to victory; Whittington also goes deep

from staff reports


   Amy Colbaugh lit the fuse that sent Miller's Plumbing to an 11-4 victory over David's Trophies in a Carter County League softball contest Tuesday night at Unaka Elementary.
   Slamming the league's first out-of-the-park home run of the season, a 185-foot solo shot over the center-field fence, Colbaugh broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the third inning and Miller's never looked back.
   The Plumbers added a couple more runs in the inning as Susie Loveday's RBI grounder scored Mikki Oliver, then Amanda Haerr crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
   David's Trophies answered with a run in its end of the frame, making it a 6-4 game.
   Miller's was able to put the game away in the fourth as Holly Grindstaff started things off with a triple, setting up an RBI single from Loveday.
   Later in the inning, after Tessa Lunceford and Hannah Colbaugh had walked their way aboard, Robin Whittington put the icing on the cake by launching a three-run homer that cleared the right-field fence.
   Amy Colbaugh batted 2-for-3 to pace the Plumbers, which got a 1-for-2 effort from Grindstaff and a 1-for-3 showing from Loveday.
   Lacey Oliver emerged as the winning pitcher, while Hannah Colbaugh chipped in with three putouts at catcher.
   Brittany Taylor had a 2-for-3 performance to highlight the Trophies' effort. Sallee Taylor, Sarah Jones and Jaclyn Reee each added a base hit.
   With five games remaining in the regular season, Miller's Plumbing holds a three-game lead over David's Trophies and Peters Concrete in the quest for its third straight league championship.