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EHS dominates Hampton in ‘Folds of Honor’ tilt

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN

STAR CORRESPONDENT

Folds of Honor is a scholarship program for families of fallen soldiers begun by Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney in 2007 and on Monday they hosted a softball exhibition with Hampton pitted against Elizabethton High School.

The Lady Cyclones unleashed a 17-hit attack and when the dust had settled EHS had earned an 18-0 win over the Lady Bulldogs. Emma Pendergrass came off the bench and went two-for-two with a triple and double and drove in five runs.

“We got everybody in the game,” Lady Cyclones head coach Kenneth Hardin said. “Coach (Chelsey) Weddle is working hard at rebuilding their program and trying to do things to improve things for the team. I coached her in golf and she is a great person. I think they hit the ball pretty well.”

The Cyclones had just one scoreless inning – the third – but scored multiple runs in every other frame. Kallista DePrimo had a first-inning triple that plated a run and Maddie O’Quinn and Ember Jensen each had run-scoring doubles in the stanza.

In the second inning, O’Quinn drilled a second RBI two-bagger and Madison Pritchard also had a run-scoring double as EHS led 6-0. In the fourth frame, the Cyclones plated five more runs against Bulldogs starter Rachel Fair with Pendergrass delivering a bases-loaded triple as the big blow as EHS took an 11-0 advantage.

Normally that would have ended the contest with Hampton going down in the top of the fifth but the teams agreed to finish out the game.

That allowed EHS to add seven more runs with Pendergrass driving in two more and Hannah Morgan came on as a pinch hitter and she drove in two runs with a single to leftfield.

Pritchard came on in the seventh and took care of the Lady ‘Dogs hitters with three strikeouts. For Hampton, Macy Henry had two hits and Madison Setlock had a first-inning double to the base of the leftfield fence.

“We have a game coming up Thursday against Happy Valley so I wanted to get Pritchard an inning of work,” Hardin said.

Folds of Honor exhibition

EHS 18-0

Hampton 000 000 0 – 0 3

EHS 330 534 x – 18 17