Doing what they do best… Cyclones’ hot bats help propel them past Sullivan East, 10-0

Published 12:38 am Tuesday, May 11, 2021

BY NIC MILLER
STAR CORRESPONDENT
After seeing their final home game of the regular season canceled because of Mother Nature, the Elizabethton Cyclone baseball team was hungry to get back into action during the District 1-AA baseball tournament, a tourney in which the ‘Betsy Boys were the number one seed.

Elizabethton kicked things off in tournament play Friday night at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark against the number four-seed Sullivan East Patriots.

And it was noticeable from the start, as the Cyclones’ starter on the mound, Gage Treadway sat down two of the first three Patriot batters he faced on strikes, giving the momentum to the rest of his team to get things rolling early.

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But the momentum never seemed to spark for either squad, at least for the next few frames, as neither ball club could produce any runs through the third inning of play.

But the lack of scoring would come to a screeching halt in the home half of the fourth inning when Noah Rosato found his pitch and sent a moon shot over the right-field wall to break the scoreless tie and give the advantage to the hometown Cyclones.

And to add the icing on the cake, Elizabethton would add another score in the same inning when a wild pitch from Sullivan East’s Luke Hale would get past the Patriot catcher, bringing home Brilee Hurley to make it 2-0 heading into the fifth inning of play.

In the bottom half of the fifth, Treadway would make his impact at the plate with a bloop single to left field that would add to the Cyclone total by bringing home a runner in the form of Bryson Rollins.

And it would turn into a scoring party with a bases-loaded walk and RBI hits from Elijah Birdsong, Cooper Tipton, Cade Russell, Jaden Anderson, and Bryson Rollins would turn things into a ten-run differential, enforcing the run rule and sending everyone home early with a final decision of 10-0 in favor of the Cyclones.

With the win, the Cyclones advance in the district tournament.