Elizabethton 13s advance to state semifinals
from staff reports 
   BRISTOL -- Giving up five runs on two hits in the first two innings, and then falling behind 9-3 in the fourth, it looked like the Elizabethton 13-year-olds' season had come to an end on Friday night.
   In baseball, though, the game is not over till the final out, and with relief pitcher Blake Hopson on the mound throwing strikes, the Elizabethton team came to life in the sixth inning. 
   Scoring eight runs on mostly bunts and first-pitch hits, 'Betsy scored eight runs in the inning to take a 13-9 lead over Avoca. Four more insurance runs in the seventh and some great defense plays would land 'Betsy a 17-9 victory and a berth in the final four of the state tournament.
   They will play today at 2:30 p.m., taking on either Marshall County or Shelbyville.
   Almost every player on the team scored for Elizabethton.
   With the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second, Bryant Collins stayed patient and drew a walk to load the bases. Wendell Loving singled to tie the game at nine with two outs.
   Looking for the surprise play, the Elizabethton coach called for a squeeze home, with C.J. Campbell at third and Jake Peters at the plate.
   Peters laid down a nice bunt and Campbell crossed home as the ball rolled foul.
   With Elizabethton going back to the drawing board, a hit and run was called and Peters delivered a shot that was bobbled by the third baseman, scoring Campbell. Collins and Loving would score on the overthrow while and Peters made his way to second.
   Peters scored on a hit by Hopson.
   Hopson then went back to the mound and threw three pitches. Two batters flew out to center field and one to left field for the quick inning.
   Jeff Peters sent a high fly to the fence, Nick Papantoniou hit three gappers and one deep to center to go 4-for-5 and score three runs. Jeff Peters went 2-for-4 and scored twice.
   Campbell scored twice while batting 3-for-5, Brandon Cole contributed a pair of runs, one by walking and another on a fielder's choice.
   Loving was 2-for-5, Jake Peters 2-for-5 and Cody Marley 2-for-3 with a run. Bryant Collins walked three times and scored once.
   Jeff Peters pitched 4 2/3 innings, with Hopson working the final 2 1/3 frames.
   A win this afternoon will put Elizabethton in the 8 o'clock game on Sunday night.