If this was a poker tournament, the Elizabethton National Cal Ripken All-Stars would be holding a hand of four aces.
The 11-12 year-old All Star pre-tournament began on Saturday with a fundraising tournament in which the Aces pounded the Piney Bluff Stars 23-0 in game one of the round-robin tournament — which will conclude with three games today.
The Aces hammered four home runs — including two by left fielder Chris Taylor — and rapped out 12 hits against four Piney Bluff hurlers.
Coach Pitch (Game 5)
Elizabethton National 6
The Junior Aces took a 4-0 lead after the top of the third inning on RBI hits by Sean Smithdeal, Ben Ellis and a triple by Cole Blackwell but couldn’t hold back the Bristol boys from Avoca.
Elizabethton National 14
Piney Bluff 3
Ellis and Brown each had triples in the early going of the morning contest as EN scored four times in the top of the first. They added three more in the second, with the big blow coming on a triple by Blackwell.