E-National turns back Manchester   

By Tim Chambers

  A good remedy for a massive headache is to take two aspirins and get plenty of rest. Who could blame the Manchester little league coach if he thought about taking and extra dose and sleeping for weeks.
  Casey Sheffield proved to be a thorn in the side of Manchester by blasting two home runs and accounting for four RBIs in leading the Elizabethton Nationals to a 5-3 losers' bracket win over Manchester American Tuesday night in Charlotte, Tennessee.
  Elizabethton jumped on top in the first innings after C.J. Bowling singled and Stacey Sheffield walked to set the stage for the "Mighty Casey" who sent a fast ball over the left-center field wall for a three-run homer.
  "We all played together as a team and no one got down tonight," said Casey Sheffield. "We win as a team and lose as a team, so this was a good team win."
  After a rocky second inning, Josh Peterson settled down to pitch brilliantly, allowing no runs over the final four innings.
  "My defense played great tonight and C.J. (Bowling) was fantastic behind the plate," stated Peterson. "Everyone had a big part in this win."
  Bowling made two great hustle plays behind the plate to prevent runners from scoring and keeping 'Betsy in the lead.
  Elizabethton took a 4-3 lead in the fifth when Peterson walked and later scored on a double by Bowling. It wasn't Mudville, but the Elizabethton crowd was jubilant when the "Mighty Casey" sent a fastball over the right-field fence for a solo homer, giving 'Betsy a 5-3 advantage in the sixth.
  Peterson retired Manchester in the final inning, aided by a big defensive play from third baseman Brooks Cochran.
  Bowling had a fantastic night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Seth Fleenor added a double while Corey Beam and Cody Hill collected one hit each to help the cause.
  "The kids came out ready to play and it helped jumping on them early," stated Elizabethton skipper Richard Sheffield. "Josh settled down after the second and pitched a remarkable game."
  Elizabethton will take on Lexington tonight at 8 p.m. CST.