Elizabethton Dizzy Dean 14s vanquish Polk County

from staff reports

   BENTON--Shaking off a slow start to tally seven runs in the third and six runs in the fourth, the Elizabethton 14-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Stars defeated Polk County 13-2 in five innings Sunday to advance to the final six teams in the state tournament.
   Jeff Peters got the ball rolling for 'Betsy in the third with a base hit. Jonathan Canady also singled, then Cody Marley slammed a curve ball into center field to score Peters and Canady.
   From there Daniel Simerly laid down a sacrifice bunt down to move Marley to third. Chad Shelton drew a base on balls, stole second and scored on Tyler Blevins' hard-hit two-run double.
   The hits kept coming for 'Betsy. Following a Nick Papantoniou single, Thomas Dearstone showed nice patience by earning a walk walked, and later crossed home plate on a sacrifice play by Wendell Loving.
   The 'Betsy team suffered two tough blows, one before the game when Dalton Williams was in a freak accident, suffering two broken bones in his foot and being transferred back to Johnson City Medical Center to undergo surgery. The other would come in the third inning when Peters was tossed from the game, meaning he has to sit out in tonight's action.
   On a play at the plate, Peters blocked the play after making a catch from right field to overpower the runner from third. The runner was called out, but Peters was called for using excessive force and was ejected from the game. 
   The Betsy 14s now were fired-up and ready to give the Polk County team their best stuff. Canady and Marley hit back-to-back singles, Simerly was hit, then back-to-back singles by Shelton and Papantoniou scored runners.
   Dearstone would clear the bases with a solid hit. J.D. Scalf singled to end the inning, but not before scoring six runs and giving 'Betsy a 13-0 lead.
   Polk County would try a rally in the fifth and keep the game going on with two runners reaching base, one by a walk and the other on Polk's second hit of the game. Two runs would score but not enough to evade the 10-run mercy rule as the 'Betsy 14s advanced in state play.
   For Elizabethton, Peters, Canady, Blevins and Papantoniou each went 2 for 3. Wendell Loving hit two triples in Sunday's game.
   Elizabethton will play the winner of the East Ridge-Harrison game at 6 p.m. tonight.