Miller's Plumbing knocks off Peters' Concrete in title clash  

By Wes Holtsclaw
star staff

  Once again, Miller's Plumbing did what it had to do in its tournament.
  Backed behind a three-run second inning and 15 strikeouts from pitcher Kayla Winters, the squad ousted the Carter County League's regular-season champ, Peters' Concrete, 3-1 in the tournament title game.
  Peter's Concrete's Kayla Blevins was just as superb from the mound, despite the one bad inning, striking out 14 of her own in six innings.
  Neither team had a multi-hit player.
  Mikki Oliver had the first hit of the game for Miller's Plumbing with her double in the first inning.
  Peters' Concrete was shut down the first two innings, despite a Daranda Byrd single, while Miller's got its biggest offensive outing in that critical second stanza.
  Amy Colbaugh opened the frame with a walk before stealing second and third. Emily Asher dropped one down the first-base line, allowing Colbaugh to score while she landed safely on first with a fielder's choice.
  Asher scored on a fielder's choice courtesy of Hannah Colbaugh before Ashley Tribble walked and scored after an errant throw from Peters' Concrete.
  Both teams played solid defense with three strikeouts in the third inning.
  The Concrete team had to play hard in the field to get another chance at scoring, and did with three strikeouts despite a Holly Grindstaff hit for Miller's in the fourth inning.
  Peters' Concrete finally got into scoring position during the inning with walks to Jeri Jones and Kayla Blevins. Dreama Hughes advanced to first on catcher's interference to load the bases with two outs.
  Brooke Johnson lined down the first-base line and touched the bag along with the defender.
  The play was too close to call from behind the plate and was given an out in the field, much to the disdain of several Peters' Concrete parents.
  In the fifth, Amanda Hare singled for Miller's, but got caught up in a double play to end the first half of the fifth.
  Byrd and Sarah Holtsclaw walked to open the inning for Peters' Concrete.
  Jamie Icenhour stepped up with a big single to score Byrd, but the team couldn't rebound once Winters shifted into high gear to sit down the next three batters.
  Blevins did all she could to help the team in the top of the sixth inning, recording two strikeouts and forcing an out at first, but Miller's Plumbing was too strong in the bottom of the inning, with two strikeouts and a fielded out to end the game.
  Miller's Plumbing was errorless with four hits in the game, while Peters' Concrete had two errors and two hits.
  In the early consolation battle, B&R Construction ousted David's Trophies in a tough 16-13 decision that went down to the final minute.