In a thriller, the Elizabethton baseball team wasn’t going to be denied.
The Cyclones plated two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 4-2 victory over Pigeon Forge in an elimination game of the TSSAA Class AA Tournament at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro.
Elizabethton will look to extend their season again on Wednesday as they take on the loser of the Nolensville and Covington game at 5 p.m., Murfreesboro time.
Against the Tigers, Elizabethton struck quickly.
Bryson Rollins hit a single to right field that allowed Karson Dillard to score the game’s first run in the top of the first, and Matthew Dailey hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Rollins to give EHS a 2-0 lead after the first frame.
Pigeon Forge, however, answered in the home side of the frame with two runs to even things up. The Cyclones were able to load the bases in the fourth inning, but came away empty handed as neither team could break back onto the board.
Elizabethton regained the lead in the top of the sixth as Jaden Anderson hit a single that allowed Nico Ashley to touch the plate. In the next-at bat, Evan Carter put the ball in play that allowed Dillard to score.
The Cyclones limited the Tigers scoring opportunities over the final two innings to keep the season alive.
Ashley had a strong showing as he was 3-for-3 at the plate. Dillard recorded two hits, while Rollins and Carter each had a hit.
On the mound, Carter had a strong showing as he picked up the complete game win. He allowed just one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts.