Greg's Pizza, Motors forge ahead in 'Betsy National tournament   

By Tim Chambers
star staff

  Elizabethton National Little League tournament play resumed Tuesday night at T.J. Burleson Field, with Carter County Motors knocking off Valley Forge Auction 14-8 in the first contest, and Greg's Pizza hanging on to defeat Six Sigma 5-3 in the nightcap.
  Greg's Pizza 5
  Six Sigma 3
  The pepperonis found it hard to open up some disk space on Six Sigma as the game stayed close the entire way. After a scoreless first inning, Greg's slapped two toppings on the computer gurus to go up 2-0.
  Bobby Campbell was hit by a pitch to start the inning and scored when Corey Bean drilled a double down the right-field line to score Campbell. Bean came home thanks to a single by Luke Gould.
  Greg's turned up the heat in the third inning as Josh Peterson and Shawn Shuffler led off with singles. Jacob Davis then smashed a two-run double to center, giving the pepperonis a 4-0 advantage.
  It was a family affair as Michael Hutchins brought home first cousin Davis for a 5-0 advantage.
  Six Sigma rallied for three runs in the fourth. Jacob Howell led off with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Seth Davis, who took second on the throw. After Logan Loving reached by an error, Corey Richardson ripped a double to center that scored two runs, closing the lead to 5-3.
  Corey Bean pitched five strong innings to earn the win, and Josh Peterson came in and pitched the sixth to power off Six Sigma. Justin Norris had a big catch in right field for Greg's to end the game.
  Peterson was perfect at the plate, going 3 for 3 while Shuffler, Davis, Hutchins, Bean and Gould added hits for Greg's.
  Davis, Tolley, Richardson and Jalen Simmons had the only hits for Sigma while Logan Loving reached base two times. Gravin Heaton was outstanding on defense, making some super defensive plays at second base.
  "I really proud of the kids at this point in the season," stated Greg's head coach B.J. Guinn. "Corey pitched well and had a big hit. We made some mistakes in the field and need to hit the ball better.
  "These are great kids to be around."
  Carter County Motors 14
  Valley Forge Auction 8
  Fresh off celebrating its championship win over Greg's on Saturday, it was time to park the goat wagon and get back to work. Coach Richard Sheffield and his sidekick "Mouse, hey buddy" have done a remarkable job with the Model T's.
  Sheffield took a fifty dollar car and made an antique classic out of it, the same way he built a good baseball team from scratch this season.
  The hot rods found the going tough early as the auctioneers bid four on Motors early. But Motors rallied with four in the first and three in the second to bust open a tight game.
  Cody "The Rock" Hyder drilled a double that scored two runs while his counterpart "the mighty" Casey Sheffield slapped another two-bagger to help the cause.
  Stacey Sheffield was not about to be outdone as he unloaded for a single, as did Nick Kyte to help put some mileage between the bid callers.
  Seth Fleenor got the win for Motors, with Jo Jo Runyan coming on in the fifth to help Motors advance to the second round of the tournament.
  Double trouble Casey & Stacey Sheffield went 2 for 2 as did Hyder and Bryan Mullins for Motors. Kyte and Runyan added hits each.
  Cameron Dugger and Aaron Bose led Auction, both going 1 for 2, while Willie Schnieder added a 1-for-3 night.
  "I'm very proud of these boys," said Carter County Motors head coach Richard Sheffield. "It's been a great season for us."
  Sheffield indicated that when the season was over that a pizza and swim party would take place at his house. Each player will receive a team picture taken beside the red goat wagon that will be parked in center field, a keepsake that they will forever cherish.