Cyclones have no answer for visiting Indians

Published 12:43 am Tuesday, April 12, 2022

BY BRANDON HYDE
STAR CORRESPONDENT
After a defining win over Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennett traveled to Elizabethton to face the Cyclones Monday night at Northeast Community Credit Union Riverside Park. After dodging the rain, the Indians got things going early against the Cyclones.
Riding the wave of momentum, the Indians went on to take a 13-6 victory over the home Cyclones.
A scary moment would see Jake Timbes hit an infield single that struck Gage Treadway, bouncing off his leg and into the shortstop’s glove.  This got Timbes safely to first but would stop the game to make sure Treadway could continue.
A shaky re-start by Treadway allowed Timbes to second.  After a Garrett Embry double and a Tanner Kilgore single, the Indians would take an early lead of 2-0 in the first on three hits, two runs, and no errors.
A rundown and strike-out would end the first inning.  Elizabethton couldn’t counter with much of anything in the bottom of the first as Dobyns-Bennett would make short work of the Cyclones first up to bat.
With runners on first and third, Dobyns-Bennett’s Gregory Harris popped one straight up to second baseman Brilee Hurley for what should have been an easy out, but a squeeze and drop would lead to two more runs scored by the Indians making it 4-0 at the top of the second inning.
The inning ended on a pop fly to left fielder Kaleb Hambrick making the grab.
With Cade Russell up and runners on first and second, Dobyns-Bennett pitcher Aiden Byington ended the Cyclones second inning with two strikeouts sandwiching a single hit by Elizabethton.
Going into the third inning, an Evan Mutter sacrifice put runners on second and third for D-B.  An earlier Cyclone walk would come back to haunt Elizabethton as the Indian’s Samuel Ritz zinged one over the mound into center field, driving in the two runs now giving the Indians a 6-0 lead in the top of the third.
With two outs and two on, a Timbes pop fly would find it’s way into Zach Workman’s glove, putting Elizabethton out of their misery.
Peyton Johnson gave Elizabethton some hope in the bottom of the third with a double to left field putting runners on second and third.  Treadway hit a single to center driving in two runs as Johnson would slide headfirst for the second score on the hit making it 6-2, giving the Cyclones some hope in the third with two runs, two hits, and two errors by DB.
The Indians made it 8-2 in the fourth after a Turner Stout hopper to the Elizabethton shortstop ended in an error and a slide to home run. Another run would come from an RBI by D-B’s Andrew Myers.  This would lead to a change at the mound bringing in Cyclone’s Jonah Hubbard.
Treadway ended up walking four, striking out five, giving up seven hits and eight runs out of 24 batters faced.  Elizabethton wouldn’t muster much with three up and three down taking the game into the fifth inning.
The Indian’s Jack Browder added another score on an RBI in the fifth along with an RBI triple from Timbes putting D-B up 10-2 in the fifth.  The Indians added another three runs over the next two innings making it 13-2 going into the bottom of the 7th with Elizabethton’s last at-bat.
The Cyclones made it interesting with Russell starting things out as he was walked and got a quick steal thereafter and eventually finding his way to third.  Wes Shankles popped one to right field but recorded a sacrifice fly and an RBI sending Russell home.
Johnson then took a base after being hit in the back bringing Treadway up to bat.  A wild pitch advanced Johnson to second with Treadway getting to first on a walk.
With two runners on, an Ethan Meier walk led to a Johnson score now making it 13-4.  Elizabethton found themselves with bases loaded after Zak Workman recorded a hit and Brilee Hurley recorded an RBI infield base hit on a speedy run to first.
Jeriah Griffin walked with bases loaded making it 13-6 giving the Cyclones a glimmer of hope, but only a glimmer with two outs.
Russell bounced into an infield grounder to second base after a D-B pitching change for an out at first bringing the ball game to an end after a nice seventh inning effort by the Cyclones.
Dobyns-Bennett recorded 13 hits and 13 runs for Dobyns-Bennett while Elizabethton had the four runs, on five hits, and three errors.
The Cyclones fall to 7-8 on the season.

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