'Betsy Dizzy Dean squad notches state win

from staff reports

   The Elizabethton 14-year-old Dizzy Dean team won its opening game of the state tournament with a 7-0 win over Etowah on Thursday night.
   Jeff Peters had the hot hand from the mound for 'Betsy, striking out the first five batters and seven of nine, allowing only one base runner, on a walk.
   Tyler Cook would be the only runner on base for Etowah until the seventh inning, when Randy Raburn single off relief pitcher Chad Shelton.
   Cody Marley took the mound for Elizabethton in the fourth and took over where Peters stopped, striking out five of nine batters and allowing no base runners in three innings of work.
   Marley would account for 'Betsy's first run reaching base in the second inning, on a error. Shelton delivered a shot to the right-field fence that scored Marley from first.
   'Betsy would score another run in the third. Jonathan Canady walked, stole second and scored on a throwaway ball to third.
   Leading 3-0, Shelton walked and scored on a single by J.D. Scalf, who would score when Thomas Dearstone lifted one to center field. 
   In the sixth, Tyler Blevins came to the plate and delivered a big hit in the game. Jeremy Sommers came off the bench and sent a rocket into the outfield that scored Blevins.
   Sommers was batted to second by Daniel Simerly and would score off a long ball over the centerfielder's head by Nick Papantoniou, who collected a double. Papantoniou would steal third and score when another player Justin Peters came off the bench for an RBI single.
   Leading 7-0 going into the bottom of the seventh, Shelton came in to pitch and gave up the only hit of the game for Etowah. Moore was hit and Raburn put runners on first and second with a liner over second base.
   With one out, Al Hammonds hit to shortstop Dearstone, who pitched the ball to Scalf and the quick relay to Peters at first for the game-ending double play.
   Sommers and Shelton both went 1 for 1, and J.D. Scalf and Tyler Blevins 1 for 2 for 'Betsy.