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Cyclones pile up runs, rout Sullivan South

Johnny Wilson • Apr 9, 2019 at 10:25 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Perhaps the gap between first and second place in Three Rivers Conference baseball race is about as wide as a Montana sky, or at least that was the case Tuesday, when Elizabethton mauled Sullivan South, 16-1.

It's still early April, but the Cyclones want everyone to know that last year's state-tournament program is still swinging a big stick in Northeast Tennessee.

Up 8-0 after two innings, Elizabethton (14-4, 7-0) scored seven runs in its third at-bat to assume a 15-1 advantage through just three innings.

The Cyclones, getting two hits and three RBI from both Evan Carter and Lawson Wagner, finished with 13 base knocks.

Carter banged out two triples at spacious Joe O'Brien Field, while Karson Dillard and Nico Ashley also ripped three-baggers. Ashley's triple plated three runs.

Evan Perkins and Matthew Dailey both had two doubles and a pair of RBIs for coach Ryan Presnell, while Jaden Anderson produced a two-hit game as well.

"We've been expecting that offense to show up all year," said Presnell, Elizabethton's fourth-year head coach. "I think people around the state have recognized what kind of offense we've got.

"And we do, although we've sputtered at points and until tonight we haven't really executed all phases of our game plan. But tonight we did, things like running the bases and situational hitting, not to mention squaring balls up and hitting with power. It was a nice night of offensive baseball."

CARTER MOWS 'EM DOWN

The right-handed Carter covered the distance of the five-inning game to get the win, beating Sullivan South starter Drew Creech.

Carter allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out four.

The Rebels (10-5, 5-2) of veteran coach Anthony Richardson spoiled Carter's shutout bit when Creech laced an RBI double in the top of the third.

Presnell hopes his talented team simply keeps improving.

"That's what we've got to do, keep improving and these kids have been doing that," the coach said. "There were three or four things that happened in the game tonight that we worked on just last week, and that's good to see.

"(Assistant) Coach (Ryan) White said after BP this afternoon to trust him, that tonight was going to be our night offensively. And it was — good to see."

 

ELIZABETHTON 16, SULLIVAN SOUTH 1

Sullivan South (10-5, 5-2) - 001 00 - 1 4 2

Elizabethton (14-4, 7-0) - 537 1 - 16 13 1

Creech, Frew (4) and Seto, McGhee (4); Carter and Perkins. W - Carter. L - Creech. HR - none.

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