Cyclones use excellent hitting performance to cruise past Johnson County

Published 11:18 pm Wednesday, March 24, 2021

BY NIC MILLER
STAR CORRESPONDENT

After making the trek up the mountain and into Mountain City to take on the Johnson County Longhorns Monday night, the Elizabethton Cyclones turned right back around and welcomed the Longhorns to beautiful Joe O’Brien Field inside of Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark Tuesday for the final act of the two-game series.

And it wouldn’t take long for the Cyclones to get on the board as it was in the bottom of the first frame that Elizabethton would attack the Longhorns with the bats, batting through the lineup one and a half times.

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It was a scoring barrage highlighted by four runs coming in as a result of either a bases-loaded walk or a wild pitch bouncing out of reach of the catcher as well as four RBI hits into the outfield grass from the likes of Gage Treadway, Cade Russell, and Peyton Johnson.

Heading into the top of the second inning, the Cyclones had already secured a large advantage of 8-0.

But the Longhorns would answer back with a score of their own in their half of the second, bringing in a run on a wild pitch from the Cyclones starter as well as an RBI groundout from Asa Lewis to bring Johnson County to within six.

The action picked back up in the top of the fourth inning when Lewis would drive in another run for the Longhorns’ cause, this time adding a hit to his total as well to make it an 8-3 ball game midway through.

And to even things out, Padraig Murphy would help the Cyclones add to their total in the home half of the fourth with a well-hit ball to right-center field, bringing home two runs to increase their lead to 10-4.

And if it wasn’t enough in the fourth, the Cyclones would end the contest early after five innings, a frame consisting of four more runs, one of which a line drive by Russell to right field to walk things off – a final decision of 14-4.

With the win, the Cyclones pushed their season record to 5-1 with a game against Providence Academy scheduled for Wednesday evening also at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark.