Peters' Concrete retaliates against Miller's Plumbing

By Marvin Birchfield
STAR STAFF
mbirchfield@starhq.com

   The battle for the top spot in the Carter County League Softball race got a whole lot tighter as Peters' Concrete avenged a loss from a couple of weeks ago to Miller's Plumbing in a 3-1 final at Unaka Elementary.
   Peters' suffered a 2-1 loss in its first match-up, but the battle for first place became tied after Concrete's solid defense allowed just one hit on Tuesday night.
   The mound featured showdown between two Kaylas, with Kayla Blevins leading Peters' and Kayla Winters pitching for Miller's.
   Blevins captured seven strikeouts, yielding one hit through five innings, while Winters finished with twelve Ks, giving up two hits.
   "Us people who play basketball were kind of tired, but we knew what we had to do, so I guess that give us an extra push," said Blevins. "The first time we didn't have it together, but this time we were ready to hit, catch, and make plays."
   Miller's prevented a score in the first frame, even though bases were loaded after Daranda Byrd was hit with a pitch with one out.
   A strikeout by Winters and fielder's choice by Jessica Ledford resulted in a throw from shortstop to second base for the final out of the frame.
   Miller's captured its only hit of the night when Amy Colbaugh smacked a hit down the right-field line.
   "We had one or two mistakes, but basically we had no offense," said Miller's Plumbing coach Dale Colbaugh. "When we don't hit the ball we don't win, and we didn't come up with the crucial hits at the crucial times to produce."
   Peters' responded with three straight outs on a nice catch from Jeri Jones on a foul and two strikeouts by Blevins.
   Winters started the top of the second by hitting the first batter with the ball, but she was perfect after that, striking out the next hitters faced.
   A nice charging play on a bunt from Brittany Brown in the top of the third ended with Jamie Icenhour making a throw to first, as Peters' continued to make the plays necessary to win the contest.
   "They made some good plays which robbed us of maybe a hit or two, and then the good bunt that Brittany Brown laid down, the girl at third base made a great play on it," said Dale Colbaugh. "They outplayed us."
   Two walks in the bottom of the third with two outs gave Peters' the opportunity it was looking for when Blevins connected for her second hit of the night.
   A double to deep right center drove home Icenhour and Teddy Jablonski to put Peters' up 2-0 after three innings of play.
   "When I went in there I knew we needed a hit. We had two people on base," said Blevins. "I
   Peters' scored again during the fourth frame when a grounder to first base by Marche Hughes drove in Byrd.
   Miller's came back to answer with a run in the top of the fifth, after the lead-off batter Emily Asher reached base on a walk.
   Hannah Colbaugh connected on a ground-out to advance the runner, while Amy Colbaugh followed with a grounder to second base to score Asher.
   "We didn't show up tonight and we seem to be afraid of their pitcher and don't hit off her well," said Hannah Colbaugh. "The play where I dropped the ball and the girl made it to first hurt us, but not nearly as bad as our hitting. All I can say is next Thursday we better show up more than we did tonight."
   Laci Oliver and Winters were left stranded on second and third base at the end of top of the fifth, which became their last attempt at bat on the night due to the time limit.
   "We laid down on our bats tonight," said Dale Colbaugh. "We left runners on base early and then left two runners on base with no outs and that hurt us."
   Miller's avoid giving up another run in the bottom of the fifth, after Winters threw a strike on a high fast ball for the final out after bases were loaded.
   David's Trophies 16
   B & R Construction 7
   It was David's Trophies capturing a win over B&R Construction in a 16-7 final.
   B&R struggled from the mound, which helped enable David's Trophies to grab the advantage early in the contest.
   After falling behind by several runs, B&R came back late to score some runs a make a strong showing late.
   IRS 20
   Chapel's Exterminating 2
   Insurance Restoration Systems had an impressive 20-2 victory, after Chappell's Peston Control had trouble getting the ball across the plate in the 9-12 year-old division.
   The contest became lopsided when several walks resulted in driving home runs, as Chapell's was never able to overcome its pitching woes.
   "It was a good game, but their pitching gave up on them," said IRS coach Jeff Williams. "The pitcher for them would get ahead and then she would start walking us a bit and then lose it."