The Lady Cyclones kicked off the 2017 season with a 7-2 win over Grainger on Monday afternoon.

Lauren Brickey hit a 3-run homerun in the top of the first to kick things off for the Lady Cyclones and Allison Riddle knocked Jessica Cunningham across the play in the third to give EHS a 4-1 lead.


Elizabethton struck again in the fifth as Autumn Hensley pushed Cunningham across home plate with a sac fly. The Lady Cyclones added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

Brickey picked up the win in the circle with a complete game effort as she allowed just one earned run on five hits with eight strikeouts.

Cunningham went 2-for-4 at the plate for Elizabethton.

Unicoi County 8, Elizabethton 5 (baseball)

The Cyclones were unable to overcome a late Unicoi surge in the season opener.

Elizabethton took an early 1-0 lead with Michael Robinson pushed Ethan Eggleston across home plate in the bottom of the first, and EHS answered a Unicoi run in the third as Robinson pushed Eggleston across the plate again.

The Blue Devils took the advantage in the fifth with four runs. Elizabethton, however, battled back to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth as Ryan Wetzel and Jesse Carr crossed the plate.

Unicoi took the lead for good in the side with three unanswered runs.

Eggleston went 1-for-2 at the plate, while Evan Perkins, Matthew Dailey and Carr went 1-for-3.