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Cyclones blow by Warriors, 7-1

Tanner Cook • Apr 2, 2018 at 8:35 PM

ELIZABETHTON — While dodging the impending rain, the Elizabethton Cyclones made quick work of the Happy Valley Warriors in a Three Rivers Conference baseball matchup and took a 7-1 win at Joe O’Brien Field on Monday night.

The Cyclones (7-4) blew the game wide open in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring five of their seven runs after Happy Valley (4-5) pitcher Nolan Easlic was relieved.

“Tre (Shoun) was lights out tonight,” Cyclones head coach Ryan Presnell said. “We had some errors in the field, but this weather is preventing us from getting a lot of individual reps. I think as the weather improves, our hitting and fielding will improve.”

A LOOK AT THE BOX

Ryan Wetzel had three hits for Elizabethton and an RBI. Evan Perkins was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Corey Russell was 1 for 3 and also had two RBIs. Matthew Dailey had two RBIs as well.

Will Hampton was 2-for-4 and scored Happy Valley’s only run, which was unearned.

ON THE MOUND

Shoun went the distance for Elizabethton and had seven strikeouts while allowing four hits and throwing 95 pitches.

BAGELS ON THE BOARD

Through the first inning and a half, the hits were at a premium for both the Warriors and the Cyclones. Evan Perkins finally broke up the no-hit bid for Easlic in the second inning with a single to right field. Colt Miller came in as a pinch runner, but was picked off as he was leaning towards second base.

ERRORS PLAGUE ELIZABETHTON

Two errors in the top of the fourth inning hurt the Cyclones, allowing Happy Valley to tie the game at one run apiece. The one that hurt the most was an error on Perkins that got the runner home for the Warriors.

CYCLONES STRIKE BACK

Elizabethton regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a spree of doubles. Shoun was still pitching a one-hitter for the Cyclones, but only had a one-run lead going into the fifth.

UP NEXT

The Warriors and Cyclones will meet again on Tuesday with first pitch from Happy Valley scheduled for 7 p.m.

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