The Elizabethton baseball team saw a rally fall short on Wednesday.
Elizabethton dropped an 8-6 decision in a wild Region 1-AA Championship at Joe O’Brien Stadium. With the loss, the Cyclones will travel to Alcoa for their substate game on Friday.
It was a back-and-forth battle from the opening pitch.
After Greeneville took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Jacob Mullins recorded a RBI single in the home side of the second inning to score Adam Burchfield to even the score.
The Green Devils, however, answered in a big way in the third inning as GHS plated five runs – all with two outs – to take a 6-1 lead. Elizabethton was able to get one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning as Evan Carter hit a homerun over the right field fence to trim the Greeneville lead to 6-2.
GHS added a run in the top of the fifth, but the Cyclones started to rally in the frame with two outs. Bryson Rollins hit a double that brought Carter across the plate, and then Rollins scored off a Matthew Dailey single. The inning ended in controversial fashion as a batter’s interference call wiped a run off the board as it was the third out.
In the sixth inning, Elizabethton continued to trim the lead.
Jaden Anderson hit a single to the shortstop that pushed Burchfield across home plate. The Cyclones pulled within one run as Nico Ashley scored off a passed ball. A double play, however, ended the inning.
The Green Devils added a run in the top of the seventh and then retired the Cyclones in order to preserve the win.
Ashton Wilson, Dailey, Rollins and Anderson had two hits apiece for Elizabethton. Carson Dillard, Carter and Mullins each added a hit.
On the mound, Dailey allowed one earned run on five hits in just under three innings of work, while Wilson allowed just one earned run on five hits in just under four innings of work.
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