BY IVAN SANDERS, Elizabethton Star
It was a busy weekend on both the softball and baseball diamond over the weekend for Elizabethton as both teams picked up wins.
Xavarian, NY 10
In a game that wasn’t decided until the final at-bat, the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones built a 7-2 lead after two innings before having to fight tooth and nail over the last five innings to secure an 11-10 win over Xavarian, NY.
Elizabethton scored a run in the first inning on an error before putting together a solid second inning scoring six runs on base hits from Kira Dillard, Haley Fair, Maggie Johnson, Hannah Edwards, and Marley Wagner with each Lady Cyclone collecting RBI’s in the frame.
The Lady Cyclones tacked on four more runs when Johnson flexed her muscles to take a pitch yard for a grand slam to give the Lady Cyclones a commanding 11-2 lead.
However, Xavarian wasn’t ready to lay down as the New York team roared back in the bottom of the third inning scoring eight runs of their own to whittle the Lady Cyclone lead down to 11-10.
The rest of the game was a pitching and defensive duel between the teams as neither team could muster any more runs the rest of the way as the Lady Cyclones held strong for the win.
Freshman pitcher Madisun Pritchard started the game and pitched two and two-thirds of an inning allowing ten runs on four hits, walking seven and striking out four Xavarian batters.
Senior Hannah Edwards came on in relief to earn the win going four and one-third of an inning holding Xavarian to no runs on three hits. Edwards walked three and struck out two in her time from the circle.
Johnson was big from the plate going 3-of-4 including the grand slam. Maddie O’Quinn, Dillard, Autumn Hensley, and Edwards collected two hits apiece in the contest.
Haley Fair roped a double with Wagner, Pritchard, and Kallista Deprimo adding a hit each. The Lady Cyclones finished with 15 hits in the contest.
Priante and Demonte had two hits apiece to lead Xavarian.
After seeing Claiborne jump out front early 2-0 after the top of the first inning, it was all Elizabethton the rest of the way as Evan Carter’s triple gave Elizabethton a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first and the Cyclones scored seven runs in the fourth to salt the game away.
The Cyclones played the contest at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, home of the University of Tennessee Volunteer baseball team and took full advantage of the opportunity.
Elizabethton’s Evan Perkins lofted a sacrifice fly in the third inning to make it a 4-2 Cyclone lead before the big fourth inning outburst.
Karson Dillard, Perkins, Cooper Tipton, Lawson Wagner, and Ashton Wilson recorded RBI’s in the inning to push the Cyclones to a 11-2 advantage.
The Cyclones adding an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 12-2.
Matthew Dailey picked up the win from the hill tossing five innings of baseball allowing the two runs on three hits with six strikeouts.
Carter Williams threw a scoreless inning of relief out of the Cyclone bullpen.
Bryson Rollins (double), Carter (two triples), and Wilson each rapped out two hits in the contest while Dillard, Perkins, and Jaden Anderson added one base knock each to account for the nine hits collected by Elizabethton on the day.