Lady Cyclones collect shutout win over Lady Chiefs
BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
The Elizabethton Lady Cyclones continued to put on a solid display of softball on Monday at Lady Cyclone Diamond when the Lady Chiefs of Cherokee paid a visit.
Unlike last week when the Lady Cyclones found themselves playing in freezing conditions, the beautiful weather with warm temperatures seemed to bring out the best in Elizabethton as junior pitcher Madisun Pritchard went the distance allowing only three hits on the day as her Lady Cyclones took a 4-0 victory.
The Lady Cyclones snatched a 2-0 lead at the end of two innings of play as Mollie Johnson drew a lead-off walk to open the frame.
A Kenidy Harris groundout to third base allowed Johnson to advance to second base on the play. Cheyenne Poiroux followed with a single that put Lady Cyclones at the corners.
An Emma O’Quinn groundout pushed Johnson across the plate and allowed Poiroux to scamper to third base.
Maely Ingram picked up the first of her two hits of the game to pick up Poiroux from third base as the Lady Cyclones went on top 2-0.
Elizabethton tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Johnson got things going with a leadoff single to start the frame. Harris followed suit with another single to puts Lady Cyclones at first and second base.
A perfectly placed sacrifice bunt by Poiroux advanced both runners a base. Emma O’Quinn notched her second and third RBI of the contest when she laced a single to center to score both runners making it 4-0 in favor of the Lady Cyclones.
The Lady Cyclone defense, meanwhile, played error-free softball behind Pritchard as Elizabethton closed out the remainder of the game holding the Lady Chiefs scoreless to take the win.
Ingram led the way offensively with two base knocks while Maddie O’Quinn, Johnson, Harris, Poiroux, and Emma O’Quinn each collected a hit as well for head coach Ken Hardin’s Lady Cyclones.
With the win, the Lady Cyclones ran their season record to 10-4 and will have a big Three Rivers Conference showdown on Tuesday at Unicoi County and will host Sullivan Central on Thursday at home at 5:30 pm.