Elizabethton opened the District 1-AA Softball tournament in a big way.
The Lady Cyclones reeled off 10 unanswered runs to take a 12-2 victory over Sullivan Central in the opening round of the District 1-AA tournament.
In the other game of the evening, Happy Valley was unable to keep the momentum from Wednesday’s rally going on Thursday as the Lady Warriors fell 6-0 to Sullivan South.
Elizabethton is set for a winner’s bracket contest against top-seeded Unicoi at 6:30 on Friday, while the Lady Warriors will take on Sullivan Central in an elimination game at 5 p.m. Both games are slated to be played at Sullivan East.
For the Lady Cyclones, Maggie Johnson touched home plate off a Madisun Pritchard single to open the scoring in the first inning, and Maddie O’Quinn pushed Hannah Edwards across the plate in the second to give Elizabethton a 2-0 lead after two complete innings.
After the Lady Cougars scored a run in the third and one in the top of the fourth to even the score, EHS regained the lead in the home side of the fourth when Kira Dillard pushed Johnson across the plate.
From there, it was all Elizabethton.
Marley Wagner added a home run in the fifth inning and Kaylen Shell drove in two runs to jump start an eight-run inning for Elizabethton that clinched the game.
Kallista Deprimo and Johnson had three hits each to lead the way for the Lady Cyclones at the plate, while Edwards, Wagner, Pritchard and O’Quinn had two hits each.
In the circle, Pritchard pitched a gem in a complete game effort as she allowed two earned runs on seven hits.
In the nightcap, Happy Valley was unable to get edge ahead of Sullivan South.
The Lady Warriors saw the Lady Rebels take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second, and then South pushed the advantage to 6-0 in the fifth. Happy Valley continued to battle but was unable to bring a run across the plate to rally.
Maddie Lingerfelt had the lone hit for the Lady Warriors. Olivia Absher and Claire Johnson also reached base on errors by South.
In the circle, Abbey Holt allowed six runs on nine hits with four strikeouts in a complete game effort.