KFC fends off Sigma, Burgie nips VF Auction

By Tim Chambers
star staff
tchambers@starhq.com

  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.