“Just a little bit of a layover from last night with the long trip up and down to Johnson County. We had a really good day yesterday (15-1 victory),” said Elizabethton head coach Ryan Presnell. “I felt like the bats were a little bit sluggish today, but they were able to get done what they needed to get done.”
The outcome sent the Cyclones to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the conference. Elizabethton is tied with Sullivan East in the loss column before Saturday’s tilt while Unicoi County rests atop the league at 5-1. The Longhorns left Elizabethton at 1-7 against league foes and 2-9 overall.
“Johnson County is a good team and they’re going to do well in the tournament,” Presnell said. “They’re going to come out and give you their best effort every day. The conference is once again up for grabs and we’re trying to keep pace.”
Down 1-0, the Cyclones blew across four runs in the bottom of the third to seize control.
With two outs, Ethan Eggleston reached with a bunt then an error allowed Ryan Wetzel to keep the inning going. Evan Carter drew a walk to load the bases in front of Corey Russell, who also walked to tie the game.
A two-run single from Evan Perkins gave Elizabethton the lead and Logan Estep used one of his two hits on the day for an RBI producing at-bat.
MORE CYCLONE RUNS
Wetzel added two insurance runs in the fourth inning. He had a single that allowed his two teammates to score after a groundout moved the duo into scoring position.
LONGHORNS LEAD FIRST
Gabe Reece drove in Rrise Stout with a sharp single to right in the third inning. That was one of the five hits Johnson County collected in the contest.
CARTER CASTS WINNING EFFORT
On the mound, Carter needed 84 pitches to navigate five innings. He struck out four with three hits scattered that led to the single run.
Carter retired the last nine hitters in order before Lawson Wagner tossed the final two frames.
“All-around good effort and we can improve in a couple of big plays, but other than that I’m really happy,” Presnell added about the team’s win.
Bud Icenhour was handed the loss on the mound. He went four innings with six runs allowed — only two were earned — on seven hits.