Rockies discard White Sox for pee-wee championship

from staff reports


   Just call it an even draw between the top two teams in the pee-wee league of the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys & Girls Club.
   On Tuesday night the regular-season runner-ups defeated the regular-season champions as the Rockies downed the White Sox 9-4 for the tournament title.
   "The whole team played really well," said Rockies coach Mike Hardin. "Defensively, we played the best game we've played all year. It came at a good time because the White Sox hit the ball well."
   The White Sox were holding a 3-1 lead before the Rockies pushed across three runs in the top of the fifth to notch a 4-3 edge.
   After keeping the Sox off the scoreboard in the bottom half of the fifth, the Rockies went back to work offensively, adding five more runs in the sixth.
   An RBI squeeze bunt by Nicholas Lyons ignited the Rockies' final burst.
   "I knew we would need one or two more runs," Hardin said. "He executed it well."
   The White Sox tallied one more run in their final turn at the plate.
   Showing the way for the Rockies was Samuel Parlier, who batted a perfect 3-for-3. Matthew Potter enjoyed a fine outing, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a home run.
   Nick Jenkins and Zack Bach each went 2-for-3 for the Sox, with Jenkins banging out a triple.
   While the Rockies wrapped up the season with a 15-4 record, the White Sox finished out at 17-2.