J.C. Major no match for E-National 11s

By Tim Chambers

   Seth Fleenor and Stacey Sheffield were members of the Carter County Motors regular-season and tournament championship teams during the 2004 campaign. Friday night they looked more like a Crown Victoria while their opponent had more trouble getting started than the old Ford Pinto.
   Behind a nifty one-hitter from Stacey Sheffield and the awesome display of hitting from Seth Fleenor the 11-year old National Stars knocked off the Johnson City Majors 11-1 at the Johnson City National's new little league baseball complex.
   Stacey was well within reach of a perfect game, but a fly ball that dropped proved to be the only hit in the contest.
   After two scoreless innings, the Fords got to hitting on all cylinders, scoring six runs in the third inning. Shawn Bentley led off with a walk, then Josh Peterson laid down the perfect bunt. Following walks to C.J. Bowling and Stacey Sheffield, the mighty Casey Sheffield ripped a two RBI's single up the middle to help the cause. All the above, along with Jake Howell, who had walked, scored in the inning.
   Elizabethton added four in the fourth after Bowling walked and Corey Beam was hit by a pitch. Fleenor roped a double to the left-center field wall, scoring both runners.
   Three singles from Clayton Ray, Taylor Gouge and Brooks Cochran were too much for the Majors to overcome.
   Fleenor added insult to injury when he drilled a fast ball over the right-center field wall to close the scoring in the fifth. Sheffield struck out five but was aided by some outstanding defense.
   Fleenor had two hits and reached safely three times to lead the 'Betsy Stars.
   "All the kids played well tonight," stated Elizabethton skipper Richard Sheffield. "Our goal is to play well each game."
   "This team has some good players. The hardest part is getting playing time for 14 kids."