JBR championship set for today

By Tim Chambers

   The Elizabethton Jr. Babe Ruth continued its season-ending tournament after battling mother nature throughout the week.
   Three games were played Saturday, with Moose and David's Trophies earning spots in the championship game. Elks and Elizabethton Herb and Metal will meet in the consolation contest.
   Elizabethton Herb & Metal 5
   Elks Cubs 1
   The recycle men used a strong pitching performance from Tyler Blevins to knock off the big deer in the first contest 5-1. Dylan Shallcross supplied the offense for Herb & Metal, going 3 for 4, including a double.
   Nick Payne and David Donald had the only other hits for the Reds. Jordan Meredith, Brandon Grindstaff, Jacob Thomas, Tim Franklin and Justin Peters had the only hits for the Cubs.
   Elks Cubs 8
   Tetrick's Marlins 7
   The second contest went down to the wire, with Elks earning the win with two outs in the last inning. The Marlins had the undertakers almost buried but the deer just would not die.
   Tim Franklin roped a base hit with two outs, scoring D.J. Reece and Jordan Meredith, who had walked, to earn a hard-fought 8-7 victory.
   Jacob Thomas, Franklin and Justin Peters collected two hits each to lead Elks while Meredith and Brandon Grindstaff scored two runs apiece to help the cause.
   Brandon Cole, Justin Conway, Josh Hardin and Jeremy Sommers contributed two hit apiece to lead the Marlins. J. D. Scalf and Jeremy Hall added one each.
   Peters got the win in relief of Meredith while Hardin took the loss for Tetrick's.
   David's Trophies 10
   Elizabethton Herb & Metal Reds 0
   The plaque attack refused to be scrap metal for the red men, ending the final contest in five. Mike Carpenter pitched a masterpiece, allowing only a leadoff single to Brandon Birchfield for the Reds' only hit of the game.
   Carpenter struck out 12 of the 15 outs recorded in the contest. Carpenter also led the hitting, going 2 for 3 with a double while Chris 'Bucket" Pierce added a 1-for-1 evening.
   Cody Marley, Scott Burleson, Matthew Rasnick, Aaron Bradford and Britt had one hit each to help the cause.
   Bradford slammed a triple while Marley doubled and scored three times.
   After the championship game scheduled at 3:15, regular season and tournament trophies will be awarded while all-stars will be announced. The Chris King award will also be given by Mr. Al King after the finale.