Moose withstands Trophies

By Tim Chambers

   Championship Sunday saw the Moose Yankees and the David's Trophies Giants lock up in what might have been the best game of the season.
   Behind a stellar pitching performance from Jeff Peters, Moose laid claim to the tournament championship by knocking off regular-season champion David's Trophies 2-1 at Elizabethton High School.
   Neither team could muster any offense as a single by Mike Carpenter was the only hit through four innings for David's while Brooks Price ripped a double to deep center field for Moose's lone hit. Scott Burleson was spectacular through five before giving way to Cody Marley in the sixth inning.
   Moose took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Daniel Shankle singled and moved to second on an infield single by Price. A throwing error allowed Shankle to take third and later score on a beautiful squeeze bunt by Dalton Williams.
   Moose extended the lead in the sixth when Peters reached on an error and later stole second. A single to left by Brandon Whitehead plated Peters for a 2-0 advantage.
   David's rallied in the sixth when Chris Pierce walked to start the inning, but was out on a fielder's choice by Marley. Carpenter reached, as did Burleson to load the bases.
   Brandon Medina's sacrifice fly scored Marley but Peters was able to get the next batter to pop out, ending the Giant scoring threat.
   Marley retired Moose in order in the seventh as the Giants tried to make one last rally. Aaron Bradford walked to start the inning but was forced out at second on a fielder's choice. Peters struck out the final two outs to earn a hard-fought win.
   Peters gave up two hits and struck out 12 batters while walking four in going the distance.
   Burleson surrendered one run and three hits in five innings, striking out five and walking one. Marley was touched for one unearned run in two innings of work.
   Price led the Moose, going 2 for 3 while Whitehead and Shankle had the only other hits. Whitehead delivered the game-winning RBI.
   Carpenter and Rasnick had the only hits for David's Trophies.
   "It was a good win but neither team deserved to lose," stated Moose coach Charles Peters. "Jeff pitched well while Price, Shankle and Whitehead got some key hits.
   "The squeeze bunt by Williams was awesome. He did a great job at laying it down."
   Elizabethton Herb & Metal 2
   Elks Cubs 0
   Herb and Metal rode the stellar pitching performance of Daniel Simerly to earn third place in the tournament. Simerly tossed a two-hitter, allowing a leadoff single to Jordan Meredith and a base hit to Jake Thomas for the Cubs' only hits.
   The recycle men scored their two runs in the first. Brandon Birchfield singled and Dylan Shallcross reached on an error, then Nick Payne's RBI infield single and a throwing error resulted in the 2-0 lead.
   Jake Thomas pitched a gem in defeat, allowing four hits in the contest. Birchfield had two hits to pace Herb & Metal while Shallcross and Payne had the only other hits.