Expert, Moose start Jr. Babe Ruth tourney on right note   

By Tim Chambers
star staff
tchambers@starhq.com

  Expert Express and Moose opened the 2004 Jr. Babe Ruth City tournament in style, scoring big wins over Citizens Bank and Tetrick's.
  The truckers rolled past the Bankers 10-2 while Moose stampeded over Tetrick's 11-3.
  Expert Express 10
  Citizens Bank 2
  Expert used a five-run first and a four-run fifth inning to knock off the Bankers in the first contest.
  The Braves played inspiring baseball but came up short down the stretch.
  Expert jumped on top in the first when Wesley Keylon led off with a walk followed by four consecutive hits. Wendell Loving, Travis Bishop and Jeff Wilson stroked singles, and Nick McNeal crushed a double to jumpstart the Truckers to a 5-0 lead.
  Citizens rallied for two runs in the second on two walks and an error. Expert put the game on ice in the fifth, when a Loving walk was followed by McNeal reaching safely on an error. After Bishop got pegged, Wilson ripped an inside-the-park home run, giving the 18-wheelers a 10-2 lead.
  Bishop was outstanding on the mound, tossing a four-hitter to earn the win. Loving and Wilson had perfect days at the plate, going 2-for-2 while Bishop and McNeal had the only other hits for Expert.
  Josh Lewis swung the big stick for Citizens, batting 2 for 2 while Michael Bowers and Tyler Andes had the only other hits. Justin Covington got tagged with the loss for the Bankers.
  Moose 11
  Tetrick's 3
  For three innings Moose showed little signs of life until a big four-run fourth prevented the undertaker from placing any casket orders for the antler boys.
  The undertakers grabbed a 3-0 lead when Brandon Cole walked and Justin Conway singled to start the inning. J.D. Scalf reached on an error, helping Tetrick's claim the early advantage.
  Jeff Peters was summoned to the mound in the first inning for Moose and got the Bullwinkles out of a major mess. Peters pitched six innings, allowing no runs while giving up two hits. He struck out 10 in six innings of work.
  Moose used six walks and a single by Thomas Dearstone to retake the lead at 4-3. The sixth inning proved to be anything but six foot under for the Bullwinkles as they tacked on an additional five runs due to six walks and two singles from Dearstone and Brandon Whitehead to earn a big win.
  Peters collected the win in relief while Jeremy Hall took the loss. Dearstone slapped two hits to lead Moose while Brandon Whitehead and Jeff Peters had one each. Moose was the recipient of 17 walks in the contest.
  Justin Conway had a good night at the plate, going 2 for 3 while Brandon Potter collected the only other hit for Tetrick's.
  Play resumes tonight with two games scheduled. Elks takes on Elizabethton Herb & Metal at 6 while Moose and Expert battle at 8 p.m.