E-National overcomes CCA squad

By Tim Chambers

   JOHNSON CITY--It was a game that local fans wanted to see but the outcome was not what everyone expected.
   The Elizabethton National 11-year-old all-stars put on a display of baseball as sweet as one's favorite dessert, defeating Carter County American 9-1 at Keystone Park.
   While the National stars resembled a Smoothie candy cup, the Carter County American were more like rocky road ice cream melting away a huge scoring opportunity in the first inning.
   The Nationals took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when C.J. Bowling singled, stole second and later scored after a single by Stacey Sheffield. After an error and wild pitch, Casey Sheffield brought home Stacey with a hard groundout for the two-run advantage.
   Carter County loaded the bases with one out in the first inning when Austin Nanney, Kyle Walsh and Jordan Taylor drew walks. Josh Peterson was able to get a strikeout and groundout, ending the scoring threat.
   The Americans tallied a solo run in the second when Logan Carden's hard smash got through for an error and scored Justin Nave, who had walked to cut the lead at 2-1.
   Elizabethton National added two more in the third as Peterson slapped a single to center, followed by a Bowling walk. Another walk to Stacey Sheffield loaded the bases for the might Casey Sheffield, who ripped a single to the outfield, scoring Peterson and Bowling for a 4-1 lead.
   The Nationals put the game away with five runs in the last two frames, with Bowling mashing a triple, and the double-trouble Sheffield twins (Stacey and Casey) adding an RBI single and a run-scoring double.
   Peterson was outstanding on the mound, allowing two hits and striking out 13 in the win. Kyle Wash took the loss while Jordan Taylor and Logan Shell pitched well in relief. Nave and David McInturff had the only hits for Carter County.
   Bowling had an awesome afternoon, going 2-for-2 while reaching base safely four times. Casey Sheffield added two hits and four RBIs to the cause while Stacey Sheffield collected two hits and scored two runs.
   Brooks Cochran tossed in a perfect sacrifice bunt, and Clayton Ray and Jake Howell had good defensive plays in the field.
   Jake Hubbard contributed some stellar defensive plays for the Americans.