Area Roundup: Cyclones and Rangers post big wins

Published 4:31 pm Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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Softball: Elizabethton 20, Hampton 0

The Lady Cyclones opened play on their new field in grand fashion Monday night as they surged past the Lady Bulldogs. Seniors Mollie Johnson and Emma O’Quinn combined for nine hits and five RBIs in the win. Overall, the Lady Cyclones collected 26 hits in the game. Johnson earned the win on the mound for the Cyclones, giving up no hits or runs while striking out eight. Lilly McDuffie pitched well in relief, going an inning and a third without allowing any runs or walks.

Mikenna Blackwell had four hits with two RBIs; McDuffie, Addy Campbell, and Lela Byrd each had three hits for the Lady Cyclones. Briley Davis picked up a hit for the Lady Bulldogs while striking out two.

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Unaka 11, Happy Valley 1

The Rangers methodically pulled away from the Lady Warriors after trailing for the first two innings, 1-0. They would go on to score three in the third, five in the fourth, and three in the fifth. Katlyn Dugger picked up five RBIs in the contest; Taylor Grindstaff led the team with three hits while Mattie Salyer and Haley Taylor each had multiple hits. The Lady Rangers were active on the basepaths, picking up 13 stolen bases. On the mound, Gracie went five innings, giving up one run on seven hits and no walks.

For the Lady Warriors, Aleah Grindstaff and Miley Miller each picked up two hits.

Baseball: Elizabethton 6, Eagleton Academy 0

Jeriah Griffin had a dominating performance on the mound for the Cyclones, allowing just one hit and no runs while striking out four. Blaine Tolley and Seth Holly also contributed scoreless innings for Betsy in relief. The trio racked up 11 strikeouts.

Offensively, Blaine Tolley provided a spark for the Cyclones in the 5th inning, picking up two hits and driving in two runs. The Cyclones picked up 10 stolen bases, spurred by seven walks. They also played a clean game, committing no errors.

Happy Valley 14, Unaka 2

Happy Valley responded quickly after Unaka put up two runs in the top of the first. Cade Kendall hit a triple, scoring two runs to get the Warriors on the board. Colton Johnson and Kendall kept the bats hot for the Warriors, picking up hits and scoring three more in the bottom of the second to make it 6-2, before the decisive fourth inning when they tacked up six runs.

Tucker Shoun struck out 12 in the game for the Warriors while allowing just two runs off five hits. Shoun also picked up two hits in the game. Cameron Prince and Robert Humphreys each got two hits apiece for the Rangers in the loss.