Happy Valley overcomes East for third straight win

Published 10:27 pm Monday, April 23, 2018

In a pitchers’ showdown Monday night at Sullivan East, the Warriors inched past conference foe the Patriots, 3-2.

Both teams would combine for just six hits with Happy Valley only picking up one on the night. With slow production at the plate, the Warriors had to take advantages of any opportunity they got to pull out a win.

The Patriots got on board first as they posted a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first.

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The game went scoreless in the second and third innings before the Warriors ended the scoring drought as HV’s Carden Ward, in as courtesy runner for Warriors pitcher Nolan Easlic, scampered home on an error by East’s short stop who had trouble with a grounder from Warriors Landon Morefield. The go-ahead run came from Happy Valley’s Jacob Absher who scored off a fielder’s choice by Eli Fleenor, putting HV up 2-1.

The Warriors moved their lead to two runs in the fifth with Happy Valley’s Will Hampton speeding to across the plate on a wild pitch to put his team up 3-1.

East posted the final run of the game in the sixth on an RBI single.

The Warriors only run of the game came from Absher.

On the mound, the Warriors got seven innings out of Easlic who retired eight East batters with two walks. Easlic finished the game with five hits and two runs against him.

Monday’s win put the Warriors on a three-game streak heading into Tuesday’s game against East at Cannon Gouge Park. For the results of Tuesday’s game pick up Thursday’s edition of the Elizabethton Star or visit us online at www.elizabethton.com.


Happy Valley 7, Johnson County 1

The Warriors used a 4-run third inning Friday to upend the Johnson County Longhorns 7-1 at Cannon-Gouge Park in a conference contest.

After going up 1-0 in the second, the Warriors kept rolling in the third. HV’s Landon Morefield got the scoring going as he hit an RBI single the right field to bring in teammate Will Hampton. Morefield would later be walked home before HV’s Nolan Easlic scored off a ground out by Warriors Luke Naylor. After three, Happy Valley led Johnson County 5-1.

The Warriors posted two more runs in the bottom of the fifth as Easlic came to the house during an error. Happy Valley’s Jacob Absher finished up the Warriors scoring as he crossed on a wild pitch.

Happy Valley’s Kevin Whitaker tossed five innings as he picked up the win. Whitaker had four strikeouts with two walks. He finished with six hits and one run against him. Warriors Travis Whitson was awarded the save as threw the final two innings. Whitson had five strikeouts and just one hit against him.

At the plate, the Warriors had eight hits as HV first baseman Nolan Easlic went 3-of-3 with three runs. Both Morefield and Absher finished the game with two RBIs each.


Happy Valley 13, Flames 12

The Warriors continued their winning ways Saturday as they topped the Tri-Cities Flames, 13-12.

Happy Valley’s Hampton netted teammate Whitson in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single for a walk-off victory.

Happy Valley recorded a whopping 19 hits with Hampton going 5-of-5 on the day with four runs and two RBIs. Happy Valley’s Bailey Conley had four hits and five RBIs while HV’s Hayden Holtsclaw had three hits and an RBI.