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Lady Grizzlies jump out front early to defeat Lady Cyclones

FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Elizabethton Lady Cyclones made the long trip to Rutledge on Monday to open up their 2021 softball season but the results were not what Coach Ken Hardin’s squad was hoping for.

Using a 12-hit attack, the Grainger Lady Grizzlies took a 10-0 five-inning affair over the Lady Cyclones in a contest where Elizabethton just couldn’t put the stick on the ball.

Grainger scored a single run in the first and third and then closed out the contest with an eight-run bottom of the fifth inning.

While Grainger was able to put runs on the board, the Lady Cyclones had no answer for Lady Grizzly pitcher Alison Byrd who didn’t allow the Lady Cyclones a run while allowing only four hits over five innings.

Byrd struck out two Lady Cyclones and walked one.

Meanwhile, Madisun Pritchard toed the rubber in the pitching circle for Elizabethton as the junior went four innings and allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out three.

Ember Jensen, Kenidy Harris, Maddie O’Quinn, and Emma O’Quinn collected one hit apiece for the Lady Cyclones.

Shounta Coffey had three hits in three trips to the dish to pace the host Lady Grizzles.

The Lady Cyclones committed three errors in the field while Grainger played error-free.

Elizabethton traveled to Sullivan Central for a Tuesday evening affair.