Wagner pitches, Russell bats Cyclones past Warriors, 13-3

Published 9:34 am Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Elizabethton Cyclone junior pitcher Lawson Wagner is probably too young to ever watched a Paul Newman movie called ‘Cool Hand Luke’, but Tuesday night at Cannon-Gouge Park Wagner was just as cool as Newman’s character.

Wagner, slated to start at third base, was called upon to replace penciled starter Eric Carter who was injured when he caught a ball in the shoulder before the game and Wagner didn’t disappoint as he went the distance to lift the Cyclones over Happy Valley in five innings, 13-3.

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It was Elizabethton’s second win over the Warriors in two days taking a 7-1 decision Monday.

“I came in and just wanted to do what I always do and that is to throw strikes and let my teammates make plays for me,” stated Wagner after the contest. “Our hitting was very good today, and it helped me on the mound.”

While Wagner took care of business on the hill, his teammates were doing damage early in building a 6-0 lead after the first inning.

Corey Russell batted in four runs on three hits in the contest while Ethan Eggleston also collected three hits.

Matthew Dailey and Logan Estep had a multi-hit game as well collecting two base knocks apiece.

Karson Dillard, Evan Perkins, and Nick Johnson chipped in with a base hit as well in 13-hit Cyclone attack.

Elizabethton tacked on three runs in both the top of the third and fourth innings to help shorten the contest to a five-inning affair.

Bryce Carter led the Warriors at the dish batting a perfect 2-for-2 and collecting an RBI. Jacob Asher, Eli Fleenor, Hayden Holtsclaw, and Kevin Whitaker added a hit apiece for the Warriors.

Whitaker took the loss for the Warriors lasting two and a third innings allowing nine runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out three Cyclones.

Wagner’s worksheet showed five innings from the hill giving up the three runs on six hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

“We changed some things in the offseason with some approaches and some swing things to revamp some things with our offense,” said Cyclone skipper Ryan Presnell. “When we drew it up, this is what we saw.

“Last night we had a hard time getting going late and tonight we didn’t have that problem going hard all five innings,” continued Presnell. “That’s where we are trying to get these guys—the dugouts, the running off and on the field, that’s got to be there all the time and when its there all the time and we execute all the time, we are a pretty special ballclub.”

With the win, the Cyclones move to 3-2 in Three Rivers Conference action while the Warriors fall to 1-4.