E-Fed, Bankers control games

By Tim Chambers

  Two games took place last night at Jim Ensor Field as the Carter County American Little League kicked tournament action into high gear. Elizabethton Federal broke open a close game in the sixth inning with five runs to knock off Summers Taylor 6-0.
  Citizens Bank took advantage of several walks to defeat Elizabethton Lumber 10-0.
  Elizabethton Federal 6 Summers Taylor 0
  The first contest was tight for five innings as Logan Shell and Tyler Olsen hooked up in a classic pitchers duel. The game was scoreless for four innings mainly because of some outstanding defensive play.
  In the third inning Jared Reece made a spectacular catch in center field to prevent Elizabethton Federal from scoring while Aaron Mosley returned the favor with circus catch in the fifth to deny Summers Taylor from scoring.
  The Feds tallied a run in the fifth when Drew Shingleton singled and later scored after a walk and error to take a 1-0 lead. In the sixth inning it was Elizabethton Federal paving a smooth road en route to five runs to stop the road graders dead in their tracks.
  Andrew Long walked to open the inning while the speed of Bret Price created an infield single. After a walk to Drew Shingleton Billy Palmer slapped a double for two RBi's and a 3-0 lead. A triple by Aaron Mosley sealed the deal for Elizabethton Federal.
  Shell got the win while Olsen pitched well in defeat. Shingleton led the hitting for Elizabethton Federal going 2 for 3 while Palmer, David McInturff, Mosley and Price had one each.
  Brian Hamby had a triple for Summers Taylor while Taylor Edwards had the only other hit.
  "Logan (Shell) pitched a great game today and so did Tyler Olsen," said Elizabethton Federal coach Herman Price. "Our bottom of the order came through for us today."
  Citizens Bank 10 Elizabethton Lumber 0
  If Citizens Bank's boots had been made for walking last night they would have been worn out by the end of the third inning. Taking advantage of 14 free passes and one hits bats man the Bankers knocked off the two by fours 10-0 in a five inning affair.
  The money lenders used a solid two RBI single by Logan Carden in the third as the only hit in the inning that produced five runs. Tyler Matheson was brilliant on the mound allowing only one hit, a triple off the bat of Chris Morton for the Lumber's only hit.
  "We need to do a better job of hitting the baseball," stated Banker coach Mickey "Dude" Taylor. "The last game against T-N-C- we swung the bats well but tonight we got caught looking too many times."
  Tyler Ballard had two hits to lead Citizens, while Carden had the only other hit.
  Tournament action resumes Thursday night with games slated at 6 and 8.