By Rick Sheek
BRISTOL — In a brief break from the Three Rivers Conference wars, Elizabethton’s softball team enjoyed a productive workout on Wednesday at White Top Creek Park.
The Lady Cyclones hammered Patrick Henry 19-4 in the Sixth Annual State Line Classic.
“We play Johnson County tomorrow, so I’m hoping that it will be a good builder for us,” Elizabethton coach LeAnne Click said. “Lindsey pitched good, and then Emily came in and pitched good as well. Everybody hit good that game, too.”
Indeed, the Cyclones (9-5) rapped 13 hits in the five innings. Danielle Loving batted 3 for 5 with three RBIs, Reazyn DeMoss homered and sent 2 for 4 with four RBIs, while Emily Thorton went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Ashleigh Dykes was 2 for 3.
Lindsey Cunningham fired three no-hit innings. She struck out five and walked two.
Thorton hurled the final two innings, scattering four hits. She yielded three earned runs and fanned two with a walk.
Caley Hodge stole three bases. Lindsey Cunningham recorded two steals, while Elizabethton had nine as team.
That was to go along with five Patrick Henry (4-3) passed balls and four wild pitches.
“I tried to work on a lot of baserunning that game, and really get the aggressiveness of running the bases,” Click said. “Every time we got on, I ran. I stole every time, just to see what we could do.
“When you’re ahead like that, it gives you a lot of options to try different things.”
The Cyclones surged to a 3-0 lead in the first. DeMoss plated a score, a runner crossed on an error and Dykes ripped a run-scoring single.
The advantage was pushed to 8-0 in the second. Sophie Bremer and Cunningham delivered run-scoring singles, DeMoss unleashed a two-run homer and a runner crossed on a wild pitch.
Loving belted a run-scoring double and Whitney Guinn tagged a sacrifice fly to make it 10-0 in the third. Run-scoring singles from Loving and Thorton, plus an error bringing in a score, saw the affair balloon to 13-0 in the fourth.
The shutout was avoided in the bottom half of that inning. The Rebels’ Alex Rickman lined a run-scoring single.
Elizabethton kept pouring it on in the fifth, going up 19-1. Summer Reece clubbed a run-scoring double, Emily Dugger plated a score, Loving hit a run-scoring single, a passed ball brought a runner in, while Thorton and DeMoss completed the offensive assault with run-scoring singles.
In the Rebels’ final at-bat, Nikki Rouse rapped a run-scoring single. Frankie Coleman tagged a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch plated a runner.
Patrick Henry’s Katie Miller was on the mound the first two inning, yielding three hits and four earned runs. She struck out four and walked two.
Rouse pitched the last three innings, getting roughed up for nine hits. She allowed three earned runs, fanned one and walked three.
The Rebels committed seven errors.
Now comes the long trip to Mountain City, where the Longhorns are riding high after knocking off Sullivan East.
“We’ve got to be on, definitely,” Click said. “I think we’ll be ready.”
State Line Classic
Elizabethton 352 36 — 19 13 1
Patrick Henry 000 13 — 4 4 7
Cunningham, Thorton (4) and Hodge. Miller, Rouse (3) and McCauley. W— Cunningham (8-5). L—Miller (4-3). HRs— Elizabethton: DeMoss (5).