Elizabethton sees season end in TSSAA tournament

Elizabethton saw a rally fall one run short on Wednesday night.

The Cyclones saw their season come to a close with in a 4-3 loss to Nolensville in the Class AA State Tournament in Murfreesboro. EHS finishes the season with an impressive 27-10 record.

Elizabethton had defeated Pigeon Forge 4-2 earlier in the day to advance to face Nolensville (recap here).


Runs were at a premium for the second night in a row for the Cyclones and Knights.

Elizabethton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Karson Dillard scored off a wild pitch, but the Cyclones were unable to keep the inning going – stranding two men on base. Nolensville answered the run in a big way as the Knights plated three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 advantage.

The teams settled into a defensive battle as opportunities were limited over the next two innings. Bryson Rollins kickstarted the fourth inning with a single and Lawson Wagner also reached base with a hit, but the Cyclones were unable to plate either run in the frame.

After the Knights pushed their lead to 4-1 in the home side of the fourth, Elizabethton answered quickly. Nico Ashley hit a single to right field and scored in the next at bat as Dillard hit a double to left field. Dillard crossed the plate off an Evan Carter sacrifice fly to close the gap to 4-3 entering the sixth inning.

The Cyclones saw the tying run reach base in both the sixth and seventh inning. However, EHS was unable to continue the rally to continue the season despite a hard-fought effort.

Jaden Anderson, Jacob Mullins, Ashley, Rollins and Dillard each had a hit for the Cyclones. Carter and Dillard each had a RBI.

On the mound, Wagner pitched a strong game as he allowed just three earned runs on five hits in six innings of play.