KFC fends off Sigma, Burgie nips VF Auction

By Tim Chambers
star staff

  Play resumed last night in the Elizabethton National Little League baseball tournament, with KFC and Burgie earning wins to advance on the Saturday's games.
  KFC earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over Six Sigma, and Burgie Drugs held off Valley Forge Auction 10-7 in the nightcap.
  KFC 2, Six Sigma 1
  The first game of the night turned out to be better than a 16-piece bucket with three extra sides. The drumsticks and the computer gurus hooked up in a classic, with the game being decided in the seventh inning.
  KFC took a 1-0 lead in the second when Sumner Garland led off with a double and later scored on a single by James Benge.
  Cody Tolley and Garland engaged in an old-fashioned pitching battle, with neither team able to generate any offense. Sigma tied the game in the fifth inning when Tolley smacked a double to center and later scored on a single by Cory Richardson.
  Sigma was aided by two outstanding defensive plays by Richardson, one of which prevented KFC from scoring the go-ahead run. With the game tied at 1-1 after six innings KFC called on Caleb Durant to pitch, which proved to be an outstanding move.
  Durant retired the side in order in the seventh, giving the drumsticks a chance at a win. Nick Campbell led off with a solid single and advanced to second on Garland's third hit of the game.
  Another single by Benje gave KFC a hard-earned win.
  Garland, at 3 for 3, led KFC while Campbell and Benje added two hits each. Durant chipped in with one.
  Richardson had a big night for Six Sigma, going 2 for 2 while Tolley added a double.
  Burgie Drugs 10
  Valley Forge Auction 7
  The auctioneers were looking for their first win in their final game, and had it not been for waking up the babe, they might have pulled off the upset.
  In a game that seem to have as many walks as Mountain Dew has carbohydrates, the two-hour time limit came into effect in this contest.
  Auction took a 1-0 lead in the first on four consecutive walks and added another in the third on three walks and a hits bats man. Cameron Dugger added a base hit during this melee to help the auctioneers' cause.
  Burgie rode the bat of Drew "the babe" Chambers to prevent Auction from regaining the lead.
  After a triple by Lucas Birchfield, six walks and an error, Chambers ripped a hit to center to score two runs for a 4-1 advantage. Aaron Vaughn's double to right field scored Chambers for a four-run cushion.
  Burgie busted the game opened in the fourth when three walks loaded the bases for Chambers, whose double to the left-center field wall plated three runs for a 10-4 lead.
  Auction cut the final margin to 10-7 thanks to three free passes and a triple by Jordan Austin off the right-field fence.
  Chambers led Burgie, going 2-for-2, and Birchfield, Vaughn and Justin Bailey helped the cause win one each.
  Burgie plays in the loser's bracket at 10 a.m. Saturday, then KFC will battle at 12:00. Their opponents will be determined after Friday nights games.