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Big inning by Gibbs derails Lady Cyclones

Johnson City Press • Updated May 18, 2018 at 11:31 PM

CORRYTON—Minus one inning, Elizabethton’s softball team did a commendable job containing 10-time state champion Gibbs Friday night.

That one inning, however, ushered the Lady Eagles to their 32nd state tournament berth.

Pushing across six runs in the fourth, the defending champs erased a two-run deficit and defeated the Lady Cyclones 8-3 in the Class AA sectionals.

’Betsy took a 3-1 lead on Kira Dillard’s RBI single in the top half of the fourth, then the Lady Eagles (31-7) came to life. Megan Turner socked an RBI double before a two-run hit off the bat of Macey Hughes put Gibbs ahead, 4-3.

From there came a Liv Wheeler three-run homer that dimmed Elizabethton’s hopes.

Sierra Hucklebee tacked on her second RBI of the game with a fifth-inning hit to left field.

Elizabethton, which earned conference and district championships in 2018, ended its year with a 25-15 record.

“This is a great group of kids,” said EHS coach Ken Hardin. “They played their hearts out. This is a special team. Our four seniors will be missed.”

Lauren Brickey, Maci West, Kellie Cunningham and Macie Herrman finished their Lady Cyclone careers in Corryton.

Brickey got ’Betsy off to an ideal start against Gibbs, ripping a two-run, first-inning homer. Hucklebee answered with a solo shot in the lower end of the frame.

The two teams endured a weather delay after moving to the second inning.

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