National knocked from tournament by Daniel Boone

By Tim Chambers

   For the first two innings of Saturday's district all-star contest, the Elizabethton Nationals looked more like they were in a greasy pig chasing contest than a baseball game. Six errors, which led to seven runs (six unearned) were too much for the Nationals to overcome.
   Rallying from a 9-4 deficit with two outs in the last inning, the Nationals brought the tying run to the plate but came up short 9-7 at Jim Ensor Field, putting a close to their season.
   Dylan Compton reached on an error to start the first, then Zach Worshem was the courtesy of two errors on a fly ball out that saw two runs score. Caleb Dishner singled and later scored on a groundout for a 3-0 Daniel Boone advantage.
   Elizabethton National fought back with two runs after two outs in the first when Joe Guinn singled, as did Jake Davis, with both runners moving up on an error. A single to left center by Drew Chambers closed the deficit to 3-2.
   Boone added four more in the second, thanks to two singles and three more 'Betsy errors. Following a Tyler Smith single, two consecutive miscues pushed the lead to 7-2.
   Cody "The Rock" Hyder relieved starter Derek Mann in the third and proceeded to strike out two of three outs, pitching a perfect inning.
   The Nationals edged closer when Hyder singled and Guinn roped a home run over the left-field fence that cut the lead to 7-4.
   Boone got a solo run in the fourth on a home run by Worshem, and added another run in the sixth on three walks and a single.
   With Boone appearing to have the game well in hand with a five-run lead, Elizabethton Nationals mounted one last desperation comeback. Guinn slugged his second homer of the day on the bank in left before cleanup hitter Davis hit a mammoth shot over the center-field wall to close the gap at 9-6.
   Chambers followed with a bullet for a hit and later went to second on a wild pitch. After two strikeouts, Mann sent a fastball off the right-field fence, slicing the Boone advantage to 9-7.
   Boone was able to get the next Elizabethton hitter on a strikeout to end the hard-fought contest.
   Guinn batted a perfect 3 for 3 with two homers to lead Elizabethton while Davis and Chambers followed with 2-for-3 performances. The trio accounted for six RBIs in the contest.
   Hyder and Mann had the only other hits for Elizabethton Nationals. Mann was touched for seven runs, with only one earned, in two innings of work.
   Hyder pitched four innings, allowing two runs and striking out eight. Dishner went the distance to earn the win for Boone.
   Johnson City Major 5
   Unicoi 3
   The Majors, under former Elizabethton native Jeff Scalf, continued on their undefeated path by knocking off Unicoi 5-3 in the first game of the winners' bracket.
   Jim Ashborn silenced the Unicoi bats throughout the game, allowing three runs while scattering five hits.
   Ashborn and Cody Ryans were the hitting stars, going 3 for 3 each with a double along with scoring two runs. Nick Arrendoudo smacked a homer in the fifth while Greyson Janeway added one hit and scored to pave the way.
   Steven McInturff contributed a double to the cause while Drue Deloach added a solid single to lead the Majors into the championship game between the winner of Unicoi and Daniel Boone.
   Logan Rice had two hits for Unicoi while Holden Tolley smashed a home run.