Big-time win… Lady Cyclones notch key win to maintain driver seat in TRC
Published 3:13 pm Tuesday, April 27, 2021
FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Elizabethton Lady Cyclones moved one step closer to snaring home-field advantage throughout the District tournament by rebounding from an early-season loss to Sullivan East and returning the favor on Monday at Lady Cyclone Diamond by taking the 3-0 victory.
With a win over Unicoi County on Thursday, Coach Ken Hardin’s Lady Cyclones will be the outright conference champions and with coaches voting to play the District at the higher-seeded field, the Lady Cyclones will having a little extra advantage by playing on their home field throughout.
Elizabethton made a statement early in the contest as the Lady Cyclones jumped out 2-0 after one inning of play.
Maely Ingram led off the inning by working a walk. The Lady Patriots managed to get Maddie O’Quinn out on a pop fly before Mollie Johnson responded with a single to put runners at first and second.
It appeared that the Lady Patriots might get out of the frame as Madisun Pritchard was retired on a fly ball for the second out of the inning.
A hard ground ball off the bat of shortstop Ember Johnson plated Ingram and allowed Johnson to reach second base to give the Lady Cyclones a 1-0 advantage.
Kallista DePrimo stepped to the dish and delivered a single to center field which allowed the speedy Johnson to scamper home from second base to make it a 2-0 contest.
With the lead, Pritchard was twirling her magic from the pitching circle as the junior scattered a near four hits over seven innings of action while ringing up eight strikeouts in the process. She walked no one.
The Lady Cyclones added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
With one out, Ingram stroked a single to left field. She didn’t have to stay on base long as Maddie O’Quinn delivered a triple to center field that allowed Ingram to circle the bases for the score.
Pritchard’s counterpart, Hannah Scott, pitched just as effectively coming up on the short end of the stick pitching six innings giving up six hits and the three runs while striking out two and walking one.
With her eight strikeouts, Pritchard stands one away from reaching 150 strikeouts on the season.
Three Rivers Conference
W L W L
Elizabethton 10 1 18 5
Sullivan East 9 3 15 12
Unicoi County 7 2 17 14
Johnson County 4 6 8 13
Sullivan South 3 8 7 12
Happy Valley 2 8 5 18
Sullivan Central 1 8 4 18