Lady Cyclones battle Lady Warriors for TRC win
BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
In the early going of the softball contest between the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones and Happy Valley Lady Warriors, the game was shaping up as a pitching duel between the Lady Cyclones Madisun Pritchard and Happy Valley’s Abby Holt as the pitchers were being tough on the opposing team’s hitters and the defense behind each pitcher kept the damage at a minimum.
However, with the game tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Cyclones took advantage of a couple of Happy Valley bobbles to score three runs and used that leverage to record an 8-1 victory in Three Rivers Conference action.
The game was close in all categories except the error column where Happy Valley’s seven put the Lady Warriors behind the eight-ball in the contest.
Lady Warrior head coach Cody Hyder’s team also struggled to get the key hits, especially with runners in scoring position with two outs.
Meanwhile, the Lady Cyclones took whatever the Lady Warriors were willing to give for the win.
Kallista DePrimo and Emma O’Quinn paced the Lady Cyclones offensively with each collecting two hits. O’Quinn also made the game’s defensive play in left field when she tracked down a ball that appeared to be heading for a double into the leftfield corner for a long out.
Ember Jensen, Pritchard, Kenidy Harris, and Mollie Johnson each recorded a hit as well for head coach Ken Hardin’s Lady Cyclone team.
Jensen’s base knock went for a double.
Happy Valley managed only four hits off of Pritchard in the contest as Maddie Lingerfelt, Reagan Street, Cierra Southerland, and Holt were responsible for the Lady Warriors hits.
Pritchard pitched the complete game jewel allowing only one run on the four hits while fanning seven Lady Warrior batters and walked six.
Meanwhile, Holt worked five and one-third of an inning issuing seven hits and eight runs to the Lady Cyclones. Holt struck out one Lady Cyclone and walked one.
Ella Marvel finished off the last two Cyclone batters allowing one hit and one walk in her two-thirds of an inning.
The Lady Cyclones were scheduled to travel to Pigeon Forge and participate in a tournament before the Easter weekend.