By Tim Chambers
Four games took place last night in Carter County American Little League action, including two that decided the coach-pitch championship.
Summers Taylor kept ran their record to 19-0 with a convincing 10-0 decision over Beef O’Brady’s. The Chargers had little trouble in disposing of Mallard Cove, 15-2, in the second contest.
It took Chick-fil-A two games to win the Coach Pitch championship. They took the decisive game 6-0 after dropping the first contest to East Tennessee Electric, 4-1.
The Road Graders rode the outstanding pitching effort of Cory Russell in the first game to win a 10-0 contest that lasted just four innings.
The hard-throwing Russell mixed a sharp breaking ball with his heater that baffled the Beef O’ “Batters” en route to his no-hitter.
He struck out 12 of the 13 hitters he faced. His only blemish was a walk allowed to Chris Gwinn during the third inning on a 3-2 count. In addition, he also added a 2-for-3 effort at the plate with a pair of RBI’s.
He wasn’t the only weapon that the Beef O’s had to worry about.
Despite missing three starters, Summers Taylor was clicking on all cylinders. Dillon Johnson swung the hot bat going 3-for- 3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored. His two-run single capped off a five-run first inning that paved the road for an easy victory.
Brett Deaton collected a pair of hits and drove home two runs. Ryan Manuel was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Gabe Hardin had a double and Justin Houghton a single to round out the hitting.
Jamie Phillips and Patrick Robinson aided in the win by walking three times apiece. Garrett Barnett also reached safely twice.
“These kids have played well all season,” said head coach Jason Deaton. “We only lost two players from last year so we thought this team could be pretty good. We’ve got a lot of guys that can pitch which is a big plus.
“We play the second place team on Friday and we’ll have four starters not there. It’s definitely going to be a huge challenge for us.”
The Chargers scored seven runs in the second frame and never looked back, knocking off Mallard Cove by a baker’s dozen.
It all started with a run scored by Ryan Browder in the first inning.
Seven more followed in the second frame thanks to five walks, a hit batter and two RBI singles from Joe Jamison and Browder.
The Chargers ended the contest with a six-run fifth inning after going up 10-1 in the fourth.
The bright spot for Mallard Cove was the play of Carter Everett.
He had a double and scored the team’s only two runs.
Browder enjoyed a big night for the Chargers going 2-for-3 with three RBI’s and four runs scored. Jamison was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored.
Blake King also went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s.
Hunter Davenport, Cooper Tipton and Jayden Anderson added one hit apiece.
King pitched four innings to get the win before giving way to Browder in the fifth.
Charlie Fletcher and Max Cash each scored for the Chargers. Kaleb Croy reached base three times and scored a run.
East Tenn. Electric…….4
The Lighting Bolts pushed across three runs in the fourth inning to guide a 4-1 victory.
Defense dominated the first three frames with neither team able to get on the board. Hunter Smith, Griffin Thompson and Morgan Lyons each had base hits and scored to put East Tennessee Electric up 3-0.
Chick-Fil-A’s only run came during the fifth when Cade Russell crossed the plate after collecting a base hit.
Wilson Burns had a single and scored in the top half for East Tennessee Electric.
Offensively, Gib Maupin banged out two base hits for Chick-fil-A, while Caleb Tipton chipped in with a single.
Kiki Forney provided a base hit for East TN.
East Tenn. Electric…….0
The Nuggets got sweet revenge in the second contest by shutting out the Lighting Bolts.
Dante Little gave them a 1-0 lead in the first inning by scoring after leading off the contest with a base hit. Kellen Hensley provided a base hit and a run scored in the third frame that led to a 2-0 advantage.
Caleb Tipton crossed the plate in the fourth inning by blasting a home run that got the crowd a clucking.
The Nuggets shocked the Lighting Bolts with a three-run sixth that pretty much put the contest away.
Luke Peters, Gage Treadway and Landon Ramsey all had base hits and scored.
East Tennessee loaded the bases in the bottom half but couldn’t dent the scoreboard.
Gib Maupin had three hits for Chick-fil-A, while Tipton, Landon Ramsey, Hensley and Treadway recorded two apiece. Lyndie Ramsey, Sam Bowers, Bryce VanHuss, Nate Stephens, Cade Russell, Luke Peters and Little each had a hit.
Colton Gardner, Kiki Forney, Jacob Birchfield, Wilson Burns, Braydon Powell, McKinley Kuhn, Morgan Lyons and Hunter Smith produced one hit apiece for East Tennessee Electric.