Elizabethton kept their eye on the prize and wouldn’t be deterred on Thursday evening
The Lady Cyclones claimed the District 1-A Championship with a 3-2 victory over Unicoi County in the if- necessary game after EHS forced the game with a 9-2 win earlier.
Elizabethton will host their first round match-up of the Region 1-AA tournament on Monday.
In the final game, EHS found themselves in an early hole as the Unicoi County took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Elizabethton answered in the fifth inning as Macie Herrmann hit a hard double that plated Maggie Johnson and Kaylin Shell. The teams entered the sixth tied at 2-2.
After the Lady Cyclones retired the side in order to open the sixth, Hannah Edwards pushed Haley Fair across home plate to give EHS a lead with two-outs. Elizabethton secured the win as Unicoi forced three straight pop-ups.
Johnson and Shell had two hits apiece, while Herrmann, Fair and Edwards had one hit apiece.
Lauren Brickey earned the win in the pitching circle as she pitched a no-hitter in four innings of work. Kellie Cunningham also had an impressive showing for EHS as she allowed just one earned run on four hits.
To force the if-necessary game, the Lady Cyclones exploded for nine unanswered runs.
The Lady Blue Devils scored two runs in the bottom of the first and maintained the advantage until the top of the fourth when Maci West hit a home run over the center field fence that also scored Brickey to tie the game.
Brickey pushed EHS to the lead in the fifth as her double scored Shell and Herrmann, and a Fair single brought Brickey across home plate to give Elizabethton a 5-2 lead after five complete innings.
The Lady Cyclones left no doubt in the seventh as they scored four runs to secure the game and keep their district title hopes alive.
Fair went 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead the way at the plate, while Brickey was 3-for-4. Shell, Herrmann and Johnson each added two hits.
Cunningham earned the win in the circle for Elizabethton as she allowed just two earned runs on eight hits.