CCA bombs Bristol, 16-0

By Travis Brown


   JOHNSON CITY -- The Carter County American League 11-12 All-Stars put on an impressive display in the opening round of Zone 1 tournament Monday night with a sound thrashing of Bristol Western by a score of 16-0.
   The entire contest was foreshadowed in the bottom of the first inning, as the American League All-Stars took command and never looked back.
   CCA pitcher Cody Marley sat down the Western All-Stars, surrendering only a walk and striking out the side heading to the home half of the first frame.
   In the bottom of the first the American Leaguers benefited from some charity that involved an error and a pair of walks, and made Western pay. Aaron Bradford delivered a base-clearing triple to right-center field to put American up 3-0. J.D. Scalf would follow suit with a single to right to score Bradford and stretch the lead to four heading to the second inning.
   In the second inning, Marley's dominance was once again in full effect as he sat down Western in order by striking out the side, but that was not all.
   Marley stepped up in the bottom of the second with two runners on base and drove the 1-0 pitch over the wall in left field for a three-run homer to consolidate the momentum and kickstart the landslide. CCA scored three more in the inning to take a 10-0 lead into the third.
   While Marley was sitting down the Western order, striking out 12 en route to a one-hit shutout, the CCA offense was cranking up production.
   The bottom half of the third saw the offensive blowout continue as C.C. American punched out another six runs. Jeff Peters and Nick Papantoniou stroked back-to-back doubles while E.J. Newborn contributed with a single.
   Despite the offensive firepower that C.C. American displayed, the story of this contest would have to be unearned runs. Of the 16 runs that CCA put across the dish, only four of them were earned.
   The large number of unearned runs was due largely to the nine errors committed by Western. Five walks and a hit batsmen also made things rough for Western.
   As the all-star season gets into full swing, this performance by the C.C. American League team is quite encouraging. Looking solid in all aspects, they are setting themselves up for a title run in 2002.
   CCA will be in action tonight at the Johnson City National League field behind Cardinal Park. First pitch is at 6.