Elizabethton shuts down Johnson Co.

By Tim Chambers

   Six was the lucky number for the Elizabethton National League's 12-year-old all-star team Saturday at T.J. Burleson Field.
   In a six-inning game, Elizabethton used six different pitchers en route to a 3-0 win over Johnson County in the second game of the Zone 5 Little League all-star tournament.
   Johnson County tied 'Betsy in the hit department with five, with the difference being two of Elizabethton's going for home runs.
   The game was a defensive battle for three innings until Ellizabethton rallied for two runs in the fourth. After Joe Guinn was hit by a pitch, Jake Davis launched a long home run over the right-center field wall, giving 'Betsy a 2-0 lead.
   Derek Mann smacked a two-out double with no outs but two infield pop-ups along with a great defensive play by Daniel Parker off a smash by Drew Chambers prevented another run from scoring.
   Johnson County threatened in the fifth when Eric Cullop, Troy Parker and Cody Greer all singled, but a super defensive effort at home by Michael Hutchins recorded the third out. Hutchins gloved a short-hop throw and blocked the plate to tag out the runner coming home.
   Elizabethton added some insurance in the fifth when Chase Depew slammed a home run over the center field fence for a 3-0 lead. Depew pitched a scoreless sixth to earn the save.
   Davis got the win, pitching a scoreless fourth. Ethan Fleenor, Jake Hodge, Mann, Cody Hyder pitched one scoreless innning each for Elizabethton.
   Zack Hayworth took the loss in relief of Cody Greer, who pitched three scoreless innings.
   Davis was the big stick for Elizabethton, going 2 for 2 with a double along with the home run. Matt Febuary was 1 for 1 with a double while Depew's home run and Mann's double were the only other hits for 'Betsy.
   Cullop was 2 for 2 to lead Johnson County while Greer, Jessie Poteet and Parker had the only other hits for Johnson County.
   Elizabethton National will return to action Wednesday night at T.J. Burleson Field.
   Unicoi County 6
   South Holston 1
   Logan Rice threw 13 strikeouts and had only one base on balls leading the Unicoi County All-Stars to the win. Charlie English had a home run for Unicoi County with Aaron Blevins going 2-for-3.
   Samantha Peters had a solo home run for the lone South Holston score. Jamie Peters suffered the loss despite a solid seven strikeout performance.
   Bristol Western 6
   J.C. American 4
   Charlie Schill, Owen Thigpen, Derek Brown and Sam Austin all had hits leading the offensive charge for Bristol Western's victory. T.J. Simmons picked up the win.
   J.C. American was led by Josh Leonard going 3-for-3 at the plate and Jessee Rogers having a 2-for-2 day. Garrett Case was given the loss.