Eliz. Babe Ruth falls to Avoca in Rumble


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  After losing in the opening round of the Rumble in the Mountains, 15 year-old boys tournament, Avoca was able to avenge the loss with a 9-8 victory over Elizabethton Babe Ruth on Friday.
  Elizabethton fell behind early on, but a last inning rally put them ahead with a one-run lead, before Avoca connected on the game winning hit.
  "We haven't practice any for we've had kids at the beach and stuff, so we're still trying to get all the kinks out right now," Elizabethton Babe Ruth coach Charlie Bradford said. "We hadn't played in a few weeks, but there at the end we came on."
  Brandon Medina struck first for Elizabethton, when he made the advancement home off of a wild-pitch in the top of the first.
  The Pelicans responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame, as a hit from Brandon Bowers and error in right field brought home Cody Bryan and John Castle.
  Elizabethton grabbed the lead briefly in third inning when they captured four runs.
  A hit from Medina and bad throw home from short stop enabled Brandon Cole to score to start the sway of momentum.
  Miles Young connected on a shot to right field to bring in Mike Carpenter and Tyler Andes to give Elizabethton a 4-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the third.
  "We hit the ball real well to have not of practiced, but we'll come back and try to win," Bradford said. "We're just a team. We've picked up and we're over here to just have fun."
  Avoca reassumed the lead with a double to deep center field from Castle which drove in Corey Widener and Bryan.
  The lead was pushed back up to two runs once again after the third frame, while both teams added a run apiece in the fourth inning.
  Elizabethton couldn't capitalize after having bases loaded in the fifth frame and two runners left stranded in the sixth, which came hurt their chances with making a rally.
  "We had two inning in a row where we left bases loaded so that hurt there, but I'm proud of them for they played good," said Bradford.
  The rally finally came though with three runs scoring in the top of the seventh.
  A hit from Medina to shallow right field dropped around three fielders to allow Cole to come home.
  Matthew Rasnick connected on a hit straight toward the first baseman, but trouble with fielding the ball created the opportunity for Tyler Andes to score.
  With the game tied, Young smacked a fielder's choice to the second baseman to drive in Medina and give Elizabethton an 8-7 lead.
  Elizabethton was unsuccessful in defending off the Avoca hitter as they stepped up big again in the bottom of the frame.
  "We let them come back, but we fought back and I'm proud of them," Avoca coach Dennis Widener said. "This is a great group of guys and they fight to the end."
  A double to center field from Nathan Doss brought home Bowers to tie the contest up at 8-8 with no outs.
  The last and deciding hit came from Kyle Booher which drove in Doss for the Pelican win.
  "Our guys come through, for when we needed a big hit the guys came around so I'm really proud of them," Widener said. "Hopefully we can keep on winning."