It was a game for the ages on Wednesday night, and Elizabethton made sure to deliver.
The Lady Cyclones took a 7-6 victory over Sullivan East in a District 1-AA Elimination game as senior Maci West drove in two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
With the win, Elizabethton earned a spot in Thursday’s District 1-AA Championship game as well as a berth in the Region 1-AA tournament next week.
Sullivan East opened the game as Katelyn Loudy scored off an Amber Turner hit in the top of the first, but the Lady Cyclones ended the side without any further damage. Lauren Brickey responded in a big way for EHS as she hit a homerun over the center field fence to tie the game at one run apiece after an inning complete.
After Brickey struck out three of four East batters in the top of the second, Maggie Johnson pushed EHS to a 2-1 lead as her single brought Hannah Edwards across home plate.
Elizabethton retired the top of the third in order. Brickey’s bat struck again in the home side of the frame as she launched another home run over the centerfield fence that also brought Macie Herrmann across home plate to give EHS a 4-1 advantage.
West scored on a fielder’s choice when Bailey Creasy put the ball in play as the Lady Cyclones maintained a 5-1 lead going to the fourth inning.
East, however, battled back as Loudy hit a two-run RBI double and Chelsea Sams pushed a run across home plate in the fourth, and Kayden Bawgus hit a two-run home run in the fifth to give the Lady Patriots a 6-5 lead after five complete.
In the bottom of the sixth, Herrmann and Brickey got on base to open the frame and quickly moved to third and second base, respectively. That setup West’s shot to right field that brought both runs home and give EHS 7-6 lead. The Lady Cyclones secured the win by limiting East to just one base runner in the seventh.
Brickey finished the game 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and also pitched a complete game in the pitching circle striking out five batters.
Kira Dillard, Herrmann, Johnson and West had two hits apiece, while Creasy also added a hit to the EHS cause.
Jana White, Loudy and Sams had two hits apiece for East.
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